Words to Live By?

This article captured my attention this morning, and I thought I’d share it with you. Strangely, these quotations all speak to one aspect or another of who I am (or think I am). My favorite among these 12:

quotation-marks“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”

Ouch! So true…

The scariest quote among the 12, just because it’s so darn true, is Numero Uno:

1. “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”  ~Joseph Campbell.

Quotations have always played a role in my life. My Dad, who will celebrate his 89th birthday in two weeks, always peppered our childhood conversations with maxims handed down to him from his Irish-born father. (How appropriate since St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday!) Among the most-frequently quoted sayings of my childhood in the 1960s and 70s:

“You’ll lick where that lay.”
“Don’t bring that home with you.”
“Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.”
“A cobbler’s son has no shoes.”
“Always expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed.”
“If everyone could put their problems on the table,
you will be happy to take yours back.”

You see a theme here, don’t you? Scarcity and misery from his own Great Depression childhood. That dark, difficult decade had an indelible impact on him as he grew from 6-16 years old in the 1930s. Never forget.

What truisms do you remember from your childhood? Also, what sayings do you spout to your children or grandchildren you hope they will remember 30, 40 or 50 years from now?

6 thoughts

  1. ‘Six to one, half dozen the other’ was one of my mother’s favorites. And although my siblings and I used to use it jest….we use it a lot now! Some decisions just aren’t worth stressing about, save your mental energy and move on!

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