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50 phrases of Mafalda full of humor, social criticism and irony

50 phrases of Mafalda full of humor, social criticism and irony

May 22, 2024

Mafalda is a fictional character made by the Argentine humorist Quino , whose real name is Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón. This girl, who is part of a comic strip, aims to represent and reflect the idealism of the middle class and progressive and concern and rebellion against the problems of today's society. His witty phrases invite us to reflect on many aspects of our day to day in an ironic and irreverent way.

It is for all that this article picks up a selection of phrases from Mafalda .

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50 great phrases of Mafalda

Below you can see about fifty phrases with which the character of Quino, Mafalda, questions and criticizes controversial aspects of society.


1. Life is beautiful, the bad is that many confuse cute with easy

Difficulties and obstacles are something that we have to deal with continuously throughout life, and that in fact allow us to mature and learn to value their beauty.

2. If living is to last, I prefer a song by the Beatles to a Long Play of the Boston Pops

This phrase expresses the need to live intensely and without fear , taking advantage of our life regardless of the time we are here.

3. Half the world likes dogs; and to this day nobody knows what wow means

Criticism of the lack of knowledge, communication and mutual understanding.


4. As always; as soon as one puts his feet on the ground the fun ends

Mafalda points out that extreme realism leads us to worry excessively and does not let us dream.

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5. The problem is that there are more people interested than interesting people

Today the prevailing culture tends to individualism , there is a wide swath of the population that focuses its behavior and lifestyle only on the pursuit of personal benefit.

6. Everywhere they bake beans, but nobody dares to strangle the maitre.

This phrase expresses that although there are many problems, the majority is limited to suffer them without seeking a real solution that ends with them.

7. Life is beautiful, the bad thing is that many confuse cute with easy

Difficulties and obstacles are something that we have to deal with continuously throughout life, and that in fact allow us to mature and learn to value their beauty.


8. What do the years matter? What really matters is to see that ultimately the best age of life is to be alive

Reflection that drives us to stop assessing age as it is not important. There is no age that has to be better than another. We have to focus on what is important: to live.

9. Stop the world, I want to get off!

This phrase, originally from Groucho Marx, expresses a criticism of the functioning of the current world and the need for change.

10. Do we send a father every day for that damn office to return this to us?

In this sentence of Mafalda a criticism is made of the excessive level of demand to and absorption of the labor world.

11. The ideal would be to have the heart in the head and the brain in the chest. So we would think with love and love with wisdom

Reflection that leads us to assess the need for emotion and reason go hand in hand.

12. What if instead of planning so much we flew a little higher?

Mafalda questions the fact that we dare not go further in our dreams and ambitions, limiting ourselves to acting on the basis of self-imposed limits.

13. Yes, I know, there are more problemologists than solutionologists, but what are we going to do to him?

In this sentence Mafalda criticizes that most people tend to limit themselves to complaining about reality and pointing out what is wrong and very few seek to find solutions.

14. We have men of principles, pity that never let them go from the beginning

In today's society, values ​​and principles are often beaten and disregarded by interest, restricting and not letting those who try to act according to them advance.

15. And will not it be that in this world there are more and more people and fewer people?

Criticism of the progressive dehumanization of society , focused on the economic and competitive and less and less worried about their peers.

16. The checks of your teasing have no bank funds of my encouragement

The teasing and the attempt of others to harm us do not have to make a dent.

17. The bad thing about the mass media is that they do not allow us time to communicate with us

The excess of information available through the media means that we often forget the importance of communicating with others or even with ourselves.

18. It is not that there is no kindness, what happens is that it is incognito

Goodness is a concept that we can apply in our daily life, although in recent times seldom appears in a disinterested way.

19. Start your day with a smile and you'll see how much fun to go around keeping it with everyone

Critical to the excessive rigidity, seriousness and sadness that most people express, not being so frequent to find expressions of joy in our day to day.

20. Let those who are tired of seeing the world with their feet raise their hands!

Here the dissatisfaction is expressed about how things are and the type of management that is made of the global society.

21. The problem with closed minds is that they always have their mouths open

Those less flexible and more intolerant tend to reflect and perpetuate their ideas continuously, trying to impose them on others.

22. In this family there are no bosses, we are a cooperative

This phrase is criticizes the traditional patriarchal model , in which man is seen as the head of the family.

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23. If you do not do stupid things when you're young you have nothing to smile about when you're old

Phrase that encourages youth to enjoy and not take things too seriously in this vital stage, as well as to experience and live new things and / or make us enjoy.

24. Some love me for being the way I am, others hate me for the same reason, but I came to this life to try to be happy ... not to please anyone!

We must forget and stop giving importance to what others think of us and how we are and focus on living freely, in our own way.

25. The bad thing about the great human family is that everyone wants to be the father

This phrase expresses that everyone wants to command and impose their way of acting and their points of view, which is why conflicts between people, countries and cultures are born.

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26. The newspapers invent half of what they say. And if we add that they do not say half of what happens, the newspapers do not exist

This is a criticism of the manipulation and lack of veracity of many media.

27. As always: the urgent does not leave time for the important

We are in a very demanding society in which we constantly have something to do and finish promptly, often leaving aside vital aspects for us or forgetting to deal with aspects that, although they may be minorities, are still of great importance.

28. Did you ever think that if it were not for everyone, it would be nothing?

Mafalda makes us see that although we can get very far in life, the fact of doing so is due in large part to the contribution or effect of those and what surrounds us.

29. They say that man is an animal of manners, but usually man is an animal

Reflection on cruelty and stubbornness of the human being.

30. Did you gain weight two kilos since last summer? Well, millions of people could not get fat because they had nothing to eat. But I guess you need comfort and do not feel so stupid

The concern for the figure is something that obsesses today's developed societies, but does not take into account that a large part of humanity goes hungry and dies of starvation.

31. It's always late when happiness is bad

Mafalda expresses a somewhat pessimistic view of reality, as we can see in this phrase that is opposed to the popular saying.

32. I do not have my hair disheveled but my hair has freedom of expression

Comic phrase that nevertheless can express as much a critic to the absence of freedom of expression as to, the existence of the consideration that can do anything sheltering in her.

33. Would not it be more progressive to ask where we are going to go, instead of where are we going to stop?

Through the language Mafalda expresses the need to make things flow and continue instead of focusing on giving them an end.

34. It is not true that all past time was better. What happened was that those who were worse still had not realized

We must try not to mythologize the past. This one is often remembered with nostalgia , without taking into account that at that time there were also different difficulties.

35. Do not let tomorrow try to fit another what you have to do today

Criticism not very subtle to the tendency to find someone who saves us work by doing what you should do yourself.

36. I want to congratulate the countries that lead the world policy. So I hope that there are some reasons

Mafalda expresses his dissatisfaction with how the world works and current politics.

37. Work for a living. But why does that life that you earn have to be wasted in working for a living?

Mafalda asks why we centralize so much life around the world of work and ignore or put underneath other aspects as important as enjoyment or personal relationships.

38. It's funny, you close your eyes and the world disappears

We are often too focused on what surrounds us, on the demands of work and society, in which they will think ... but in the end we will be the ones who live our lives and we must live it at our own pace.

39. Better go take a look, and if there is freedom, justice and those things wake me up be the world number that is, are we?

Phrase that reflects that today the world is still full of injustice , that we have to fight to achieve a better world.

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40. The bad news is that one has to answer at the time to a journalist everything he did not know how to answer himself in life ... And above they pretend that one is as intelligent

This phrase expresses the fact that there is a great amount of things that we do not know about ourselves or that we do not dare to consider, and that when they are pointed out they surprise us.

41. We sound, boys! It turns out that if one does not hurry to change the world, then it is the world that changes it to one

This phrase pushes us to not conform and fight to change what we consider unfair.

42. Nobody can amass a fortune without making flour to others

This phrase expresses a criticism towards the way of stepping on and using others to achieve benefits that are still used today.

43. I would say that we would all be happy without asking why

Happiness and joy should not have a hidden reason to exist or demand an explanation.

44. In all parts of the world, the law of compensations has worked very well, to which the voice goes up, the cane goes down

This sentence of Mafalda talks about the risk of protesting against the established due to the punishment that can be.

45. Would not the world be beautiful if libraries were more important than banks?

This phrase criticizes the excessive value that we give to money and the little importance that is really given to knowledge.

46. ​​Of course money is not everything, there are also checks

Again, an acid criticism of the excessive importance given to money and economic wealth , in such a way that it seems to be all that matters.

47. Life should not throw him out of childhood without first getting him a good position in youth

It expresses the need to be able to be a child and have guaranteed basic aspects such as sustenance or education in order to develop into adulthood.

48. There is always someone left over

There is always going to be something or someone we do not like and who opposes what we believe or do.

49. At the end of the day, humanity is nothing more than a meat sandwich between heaven and earth

Small reflection that puts us all at the same level: we are all people, neither more nor less .

50. Smile! It's free and relieves headache

Mafalda urges us to try to be happy instead of over worrying and thinking everything.


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