Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for February 04, 2018


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Have a collection of Mel Brooks movies and 30 Rock always available.

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    Dirty Dragon  almost 2 years ago

    Gee, now I wish I would have left the comics for after I got up this morning.

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    boydpercy Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    One of his best ever!

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    dsTrekker Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    OK, who wrote this, and what have you done with the real Stephan Pastis?

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    A_NY_Outlaw  almost 2 years ago

    I’m stumped. So what does this mean!?

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    Alexander the Good Enough  almost 2 years ago

    Could it be his farewell to Bud Grace?

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    Ratbrat  almost 2 years ago

    All true; all profound. Well done Mr. Pastis.

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    blunebottle  almost 2 years ago

    “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun? …”

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    ladywyntre  almost 2 years ago

    Someone needs to check on Pastis. :O

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    WoodEye  almost 2 years ago

    Wow! Just WOW!

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    Bilan  almost 2 years ago

    If that tree is so smart, how did it end up as a fence?

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Well that’s it. Pig wins the Sunday comics this week.

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    jackh  almost 2 years ago

    Be more believable wid Larry

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    PICTO  almost 2 years ago

    I Kant believe that Pig finally figured it out.

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    MikeBrennan  almost 2 years ago

    That’ll do, Pig.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Very poetic, Pig. This is why you’re my favorite

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Bacon is, like, the very best thing in the world!

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    Balaclava  almost 2 years ago

    I’m 94 and I’ve known what Pig means for quite some years. Thanks Stephan.

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    Mr. Organization  almost 2 years ago

    So, does this make up for all of Pastis’ bad puns over the years?

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    Egrayjames  almost 2 years ago

    A melancholy Pig. When I get like this, something in the back of my brain tells me that something is about to go wrong…..very wrong….very soon! Almost like we are not suppose to have good thoughts like this and now we can expect punishment.

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    Poncede  almost 2 years ago

    I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. – E.B. White

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    " … oh, and try not to chop down the last tree in the meadow."

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    Ignatz Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I spent the whole comic waiting for the cynical punch line. Surprise ending, it didn’t come. Very good.

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    cj7ole  almost 2 years ago

    Pearls of wisdom.

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    cj7ole  almost 2 years ago

    And a swine was involved.

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    Lucid Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I’ll choose faith, though.

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    rshive  almost 2 years ago

    Laugh as much as you can—at bad puns too.

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    F-Flash  almost 2 years ago

    “The just shall live by faith”, and laugh a lot too.

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    F-Flash  almost 2 years ago

    “The just shall live by faith”, and laugh a lot too.

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    enigmamz  almost 2 years ago

    So, um, Stephan? As sympathetically as possible, “who died?”

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    Bobbers Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Wow! Coming just a couple of weeks after Rat’s “Six Stages of Marriage”, methinks I’ll be heading for “Pearls” first thing each day!!

    “Pearls”, Indeed!!! Thanks, Mr. Pastis!!

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    Dianne Lee Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Thanks, nice way to start the day.

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    tripwire45  almost 2 years ago

    Or you could just go to sleep at night and wake up to a hot, fresh cup of coffee.

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    John Czach Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Well, I “cling” to money, for food and yes, I do like to be physically comfortable. Any immortality comes from whatever extent you’ve touched family and/or friends and they in turn connect with others.

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    Nyckname  almost 2 years ago

    Lazy is when you look at a Sunday strip, think “Too many words”, and skip to the next one.

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    BiathlonNut  almost 2 years ago

    Up there with the 2003-12-28 Jerusalem Bus strip.

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    jmartin1955  almost 2 years ago

    Two thoughts. 1 – You’re getting older and soft. 2. Awesome strip today.

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    Jeff Astle Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I may sometimes cry from laughing at Steph’s awesome puns but this one brought tears from the heart. Thanks Pig.

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    mr_eman  almost 2 years ago

    I didn’t get the pun.

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    kd1sq  almost 2 years ago

    Toon boy has been at the Absinthe, I’d say. But what he says has merit.

    I cope by this -

    Q: What’s the purpose of everything ?A: Whatever point you choose to give it!

    “Man shouldn’t play God!”“Well, if we don’t, who will?”

    (With apologies to the believers amongst us.)

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    Machtyn  almost 2 years ago

    I do find it interesting that people will claim “nobody knows.” There are things I have faith in. But there are a few things that I know.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I’m with Pig; I always try to find some humor in every situation. Not always possible, but i come close.

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    DAVID LONG Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Nailed it

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    dutchs  almost 2 years ago

    Or you could, you know, actually UNDERSTAND. That might be nice.

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    lonecat  almost 2 years ago

    Thanks, Stephen.

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    momofalex7  almost 2 years ago

    Well said, sir.

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    Jayneknox  almost 2 years ago

    Sounds like my dad. We got talking about the Purpose Of Life once, and he said “The purpose of life is to do as much good and as little harm as possible, and to have fun while doing it.”

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    Richard Beebe Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Perhaps today’s comic balances Rat’s comment from yesterday about the cruelty of perspective?

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    Nathan Daniels Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    It’s not the best we can do, but it should be the least.

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    AZPhinFan  almost 2 years ago

    Very touching…..need to take time to think about what is really important. It made me think of a couple songs:

    “Don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy” – “Dust In The Wind” Kansas

    “Harry got up Dressed all in black Went down to the station And he never came back They found his clothing Scattered somewhere down the track And he won’t be down on Wall Street in the morning

    He had a home The love of a girl But men get lost sometimes As years unfurl One day he crossed some line And he was too much in this world But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore" – “New York Minute” Don Henley

    “The greatest futility! Everything is futile!” What does a person gain from all his hard workAt which he toils under the sun? A generation is going, and a generation is coming, But the earth remains forever.  The sun rises, and the sun sets; Then it hurries back to the place where it rises again. All things are wearisome; No one can even speak of it. The eye is not satisfied at seeing; Nor is the ear filled from hearing. What has been is what will be, And what has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one may say, “Look at this—it is new”? It already existed from long ago; It already existed before our time. No one remembers people of former times; Nor will anyone remember those who come later; Nor will they be remembered by those who come still later.  I have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. I set my heart to study and explore with wisdom everything that has been done under the heavens— I saw all the works that were done under the sun,And look! everything was futile, a chasing after the wind.- Solomon / Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

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    cheri.thomas  almost 2 years ago

    Nihilism…. the philosophy of despair.

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    Solaricious Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Thank, you, Mr. Pastis. Now go grab a Pliny :-)

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    richdell  almost 2 years ago

    Sermon on the stump.

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    oakie817  almost 2 years ago

    best ever. period

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    mggreen  almost 2 years ago

    Great comic, Stephan! No doubt!

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    BruceValley  almost 2 years ago

    Never thought the “meaning of live” would come to me through a cartoon strip. Bullseye!

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    venushailstorm  almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for that it made me cry, touching!!

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    Number Three  almost 2 years ago

    This is lovely.

    If Rat had interrupted Pig’s beautiful dialogue then I would not be a happy bunny.


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    johnschutt  almost 2 years ago

    Hello, Stephan,Thanks for all your strips. You’re a wonderful cartoonist. I would like to raise several issues with your strip of 201802031. How you you know for certain that no one knows what we’re doing here? How did you come to that conclusion.2. Faith is not “wishing” but is “confidence” in what knows to be true.3. Yes. Some are scared. Yes. Some cling to money or awards.4a. IF there is no God, then you are absolutely correct that none of this has any significance.4b. But you’ve understated the case. Without God, there is no meaning, value, nor significance to any of life. (Search W.L.Craig for an elabration on this point.)4c. Without God, there is no objective standard for morality either.4d. Without and objective standard of morality, there is no objective right or wrong.4e. Without objective morality, there is only subjective morality. There is no value to “love.” It’s equally as valuable as hate. A Mother Teresa is morally equivalent to an Aldoph Hitler.5. But God does exist.6a. If you want to search, then the logical place to start is with Jesus.6b. He alone claimed to BE God. Read John. The Jews picked up stones to stone him because they said that he was committing blasphemy – claiming to be God.6c. He said that the vindication of his claim to be God would be his resurrection.6d. He rose from the dead. See Habermas and Licona On the Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. The objective evidence is clear.6e. Therefore, he is God.

    I had a family member die when I was young. I decided either that God did not exist or that he didn’t care. I became an atheist. I later looked at the evidence when I was a senior in college. I’d encourage you to do the same. Read John and ask who Jesus claimed to be.Anyone who is honest with the data will come to the same conclusion.I’m now 63 with a Ph.D. in biology. Since my senior college year, I’ve only seen how strong the evidence is for Jesus’ claims.

    I wish you the best. I’m always open for discussion.

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    Gent  almost 2 years ago

    Wow, what a piglosophy!

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    Bookworm  almost 2 years ago

    Mr. Pastis, I salute you with the words of Mark Twain (writing in “The Mysterious Stranger”); “Your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon-laughter. Power, Money, Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution-these can lift at a colossal humbug-push it a little-crowd it a little-weaken it a little, century by century: but only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.” Well done, Mr. Pastis. And well done, Pig. Thank you.

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    Kind&Kinder  almost 2 years ago

    Camus, in his play Caligula has a character say, “Men die, and they are not happy.” Stephan, you, Shakespeare and countless others have raised these points. It’s always touching because it concerns us all. But this strip is so beautifully done, it’s a keeper. Reminds me of a “Peanuts” strip in which Sparky has CB sitting on a hill at night. He says in one panel, “I know we only pass this way once.” and two panels later, still looking at the stars, he says, “I wonder why I passed this way.” That hit me than as your strip does now. Thanks.

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    DukeDiamond  almost 2 years ago

    STEPHAN! This was great. <3

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    We are here to learn how to love. To choose compassion while learning why we need it so much.

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    soaringblocks  almost 2 years ago

    Thanks Stephen. This one brought tears to my eyes. It’s very good. Hugs to you!Victoria

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    Nobody_Important  almost 2 years ago

    Very nice Mr. Pastis. Thank you!

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    Sisyphos  almost 2 years ago

    i really don’t appreciate Stump Speeches. Especially when Pig goes all pedantic and philosophical on us….

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    Alan Steenhouwer  almost 2 years ago

    Optomistic Nihilism

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    Kah Kheng Khoo Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    This is definitely a pearl.

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    blovrich  almost 2 years ago

    ‘Faith is when you believe something you know not to be true.’ Mark Twain

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    blovrich  almost 2 years ago

    ‘Faith is when you believe something you know not to be true.’ Mark Twain

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    SJAMMyers  almost 2 years ago

    This is going up next to my 22 Sep 2013 Calvin and Hobbes

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    reviewerbecky1  almost 2 years ago

    This is one, if not my fave, Pearls toon. Thank you!

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    reviewerbecky1  almost 2 years ago

    This is one, if not my fave, Pearls toon. Thank you!

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    reviewerbecky1  almost 2 years ago

    This is one, if not my fave, Pearls toon. Thank you!

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    SomeOtherGocomicsGuy  over 1 year ago

    Pig is right. We are all scared, and we like comfort. This is one of the best strips.

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    RonnieAThompson Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I am here to contribute what I can to life not o take what I can from life.

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    fivestring65  over 1 year ago

    I missed this one the first time around. Everything in the strip is true. Well done.

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    JohnNordquist  7 months ago

    Did you guys miss the punch line? “Laugh as much as you can.”

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