The template of the meme consists of two WikiHow stock images: one with someone looking at a bottle of pills with a label that says "Hard to Swallow Pills" and another with the pills already in the person's hand, ready to be ingested.

People download it, slap a text of what they think is a universal truth on the second picture, and upload it back on the Internet, waiting for upvotes. And we often have to give it to them. Quite a few of these memes capture some universal law, most of which we know but don't want to accept. Like, "some of your problems are your own fault, and won't get better until you actively do something about it" or "you can't make someone love you."

Bored Panda has compiled some of the most popular Hard to Swallow Pills, so continue scrolling, check out the memes, and upvote your favorites.

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Jo Cooper
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1 month ago

One of my favourite quotes; going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

Vic
Community Member
1 month ago

But I go to the donut box, and it does make me round..

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Some of the most judgemental, narrow-minded, and rudest people I have ever met, have been avid church goers. So, yes, I agree with the caption.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

Some of the nicest most sensible people I have known attend a denomination I don't agree with. It's better to look up, than at!

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B-b-bird
Community Member
1 month ago

know a few truly wicked ones who never missed any Church Sunday :(

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

This is 100% true. Some of the worst people I know are the "Christians" that go to church. Some of the best people I know are the people on the outside. I work in a pizza buffet place and on Sundays, the worst acting customers were the ones who just got out of church.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

All you have to do is read the bible to know this one is true.

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
1 month ago

Just look at Falwell Jr.

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

Believing doesn't make you a good person. Not even being good makes you good.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew of a fellow who was rotten to the core but would occasionally be seen at church, as if, I suppose, he could 'rinse off' his sins once in a while. Psycho.

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Laura Maeflower
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel this one sooo much. I'm a Christian myself, but man, sometimes the people who represent this group are scum of the earth and it makes me mad.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

In fact, it's often the direct opposite, as the most devout people tend to be the most narrow-minded and least likely to accept any other viewpoint than their own. There's a reason that 'holier-than-thou' is a term.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

Amen.

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John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah. That doesn't mean all religious people are bad either. I agree

Richard Brown
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1 month ago

In all my experience I have found devout religious people to be the worse kind of people

Mari
Community Member
1 month ago

i guess you haven't met us all then :)

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NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

yup! very true....so many nasty ass people think yup its ok I go to church on Sundays! nope nope isnt ok!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

You are judgemental. What better place for the kind of people you decided are in church to be, where they have a chance at change?

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Marcia J. Downing
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1 month ago

Some of the most judgemental, I keep thinking judge not lest you be judged but you can preach and preach this verse and people don't change. There are way too many clicks in the churches.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 month ago

Always said this as it is true

A
Community Member
1 month ago

Prime example...they hypocritical, Duggar family.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Statistically it makes you a selfish hypocrite who wants only assurance that you will make it to heaven, f**k everyone else. Words, not deeds, basically.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Not true.

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Leisa K
Community Member
1 month ago

Amen.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

Talking the talk is nice and all but if your only warming a pew then how is that showing your light to the world ?

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

Being a good person makes you a good person.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

Bingo.

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Luanne Graham
Community Member
1 month ago

Just like not going to church every Sunday doesn't make you a bad person.

Paulene
Community Member
1 month ago

No it doesn't, its how you live that does

Courtney Taylor
Community Member
1 month ago

So much truth.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

exactly it does not make you anything you are just a follower of someone else's ideals.

Z Alexi
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm w/Stephen Hawking: "Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion." [Trump’s fundamentalists cling to same stale anachronistic views for decades, even centuries. Aaack!]

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Good place for a heatern to learn though.

Leo Buzalsky
Community Member
1 month ago

These are mostly good. #19 is the one I take issue with. It seems that many people believe the earth is flat and/or that vaccines don't work in order to believe they are smart and special. (They have insight all us sheeple lack.) Honestly, who believes the world is round or that vaccines work in order to feel special???

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

I am going to get a down vote for this, a good number of “ Christians” are hypocrites. They sin all week then go to church to get redemption then go and sin all over again.

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely true!

Gaming Animalcrafter03
Community Member
1 month ago

Indeed

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
1 month ago

There are more hypocrites in church.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

And in schools, offices, sports they are everywhere! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the truth.

Debster
Community Member
1 month ago

Soooo true!

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

Going to church every Sunday often wastes your finite time on this earth.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

But it's better than NOT going to church; that one seed of a message could 'hit home' and transform. The most poorly presented, misspoken sermon I ever heard was given by an assistant pastor who evidently was unprepared. He was earnest and honest, though, and his message gave tears and goosebumps; not out of pity, but realizing the gravity of what he was trying to say. Bravo!

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Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 month ago

Best one yet... and don't I know the feeilng! Whole family full of "Christian Hypocrites!"

Andy Johnson
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1 month ago

appears to be a comment by FAKE NEWS.. Does going to church make you a bad person?

Russian Otaku
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1 month ago

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Just makes one dumb is all

Onyinye Odimmegwa
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1 month ago

I don't agree

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Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

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But what about the bible??

John Louis
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1 month ago

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NO ONE says it does!

Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

If that were true there wouldn't be businesses that advertise they're christian. Like that somehow means they're more honest or better.

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Sergio Serg
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1 month ago

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Pill: Just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean he doesn't exist.

Astrid Nineor
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1 month ago

Are you sure you exist? :p

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Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Mary Lamia, Ph.D., thinks that the notion that one is “in denial” seems to have taken on a life of its own as an agent of many ills and as a catchphrase for people who dismiss the implications of their behavior.

"Although denial is considered to be a defense often used by people with addictive tendencies, its attributions reach beyond those struggling with substances," Lamia pointed out. "Denial is also attributed to people who do not want to acknowledge that bad stuff is occurring in their lives, such as those who are attempting to cope with a tumultuous relationship, a life-threatening illness, obesity, a loss, or anything else that one may attempt to disavow."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I definitely agree with this. Come on all the downvotes.

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Sure, we can deny a fact, deny responsibility, deny the impact of our actions, or even deny what is really going on by hiding from our feelings. But according to Lamia, when we use denial to defend ourselves or cope with what we feel, we contradict the reality of a situation or attempt to adjust to a circumstance by neglecting its impact. However, the extent of someone’s denial may not really be the issue at hand.

"What’s important is not that people recognize their denial, but that they are able to accept what they are feeling that leads to the denial in the first place," Lamia explained. "If someone excessively and habitually uses alcohol to medicate their anxiety, for example, we might emphasize their attempts to dismiss the harm that their use of alcohol will cause, rather than focus on the emotions they feel that motivate their denial. If that person stops drinking, one would hope the emotions that were formerly hidden by denial, which often have to do with shame, would be exposed and accepted by the individual."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Poor people have to work even harder than others, just to get a daily meal and shelter

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We not only use denial to hide from any negative emotion, including shame, fear, guilt, or distress but to mute positive emotions as well. "Sometimes feeling positively may be just as threatening as negative feelings. We may want to deny the reality of our emotions, because accepting a reality that is uncomfortable, painful, or incongruous to what we expect means we must also alter our perception of ourselves. Thus, if you are in denial, perhaps you are simply trying to ignore the truth about what you actually feel, rather than about what you are doing or thinking."

But if you want to move forward, you have to swallow the truth.

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
1 month ago

YES IT IS

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#5

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This applies to both guys and gals. Nobody is as kind as they think themselves are.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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#7

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It's even harder to swallow the problems that are NOT your own fault, but it's UP TO YOU to clean someone else's poop to save your ass.

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

I like this one. Re-evaluate your worldview every so often, visit other places, talk to people from other communities, read books, and so on. It's character building too.

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H Edwards
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1 month ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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Monday
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1 month ago

I'm all for praying for those in need if that's what you believe in, but send a donation with that prayer.

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

Sunken cost fallacy. It can be so hard to let some things go...

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

True. And the nearer the end, the more I think of it. Viruses don't plan according to human made calendars. This could go on and on. And even after it's gone, the damage repair will still take a while.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

This one should not even have to be a thing, but sadly it is.

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

I felt this one.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the one thing every teenager (including me) has to understand. Not everyone has to like you, nor do they have to hate you. We just gotta let it be.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true, no matter how "woke" people say they are

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Smoking is a good example. Children of smokers are much more likely to take it up themselves.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Possibly so, but believing that the Earth is flat, or that vaccinations don't work does make you stupid and deserving of ridicule.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

The three big things needed in a relationship are trust, compromise and respect. Of course there are more like having each others back, liking the other person etc. Relationships are hard work, you need to make the effort to help it grow.

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Woets
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1 month ago

It is the first step though

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That pill was pretty easy to swallow, I barely felt it.

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

A lesson many will never learn...

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is not hard to swallow. It's a relief instead.

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Josh Tall
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1 month ago

Social Media FTW!

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

It's also really hard to get rid of the mange, once you have it.

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noobmaster68
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1 month ago

I get this

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#29

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
1 month ago

Tell me about it. I still feel the pain 6 years on.

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

A hospital in my city has recently received a complaint from the family of a man saved from covid complications. Apparently, they didn't like that the doctor who saved him had tattoos and a nose ring. Isn't it bizarre?

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