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What classic saying rings the most true to you?

Asked by EdMayhew (1399 points ) February 18th, 2010

Old sayings are pretty cliché I know, but sometimes you just can’t get away from how damned accurate they are.

What are the ones that ring true for you? Is it a well used and obvious one? Maybe something that your grandma told you that you’ve never heard anyone else say?

For me, the one that hits the spot is “A lie can only breed more lies”

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Blackberry's avatar

‘Character is doing the right thing even when no one is watching’. Or something like that.

Trillian's avatar

The older I get, the more I understand and appreciate the old sayings, like “Marry in haste, repent at leisure” and “May bees don’t fly in September.”
In keeping with the changes I’ve made in my life recently, you can say that I’m reaching for the brass ring, and am keeping my eyes on the prize. I’ve set my hand to the plow and am not looking back. I’m putting my nose to the grindstone, and decided to neither a borrower nor a lender be. (Still paying from past borrowing, finished off all but two) I feel that the Lord helps them that help themselves, and have pulled myself up by my own bootstraps. I realize that being happy with less gives one more, and that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I’m learning to waste-not so that I will want-not. I can see the finish line now, and with diligence I will cross it soon, under my own volition.
Better late than never.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Fish and visitors do smell in three days, at least for me. Ben Franklin was right on the money with that one.

phoebusg's avatar

Everything changes, everything stays the same.

marinelife's avatar

A burden that one chooses is not felt. – Italian (on self-reliance)

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. – Sir Leslie Stephen

A closed mouth catches no flies. – Miguel de Cervantes

ucme's avatar

A happy bell end is a well used bell end.Aww dear old granny, she did have some pearls of wisdom.

Cruiser's avatar

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day….teach a man to fish and he will spend all your money on a bass boat and you will never see him on the weekends.

Trillian's avatar

@Cruiser…he will wake the household at 3am with his leave taking, and the truth is not in him. ;-)

slick44's avatar

“Do unto others as you would have down unto you.”

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

“Stop that shit!”-My father lol!

IBERnineD's avatar

“Familiarity breeds contempt”—I can’t tell you how many times my mother said this to me in high school and how many times I now say it to my friends in college. It is sooooo freaking true, spend every waking hour with someone and you will at least get a little annoyed.

“Common sense isn’t so common”—Ever wonder why people do things that are so obviously stupid? Here is the reason. Get used to it.

ucme's avatar

Least said soonest mended.

slick44's avatar

The sun cant shine on one dogs ass all the time. My dad used to say that alot.

ucme's avatar

Don’t piss up my back & tell me it’s raining.

snowberry's avatar

I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was going to blame you!

mrentropy's avatar

“If you choose not to choose, you’ve still have made a choice.”

Silhouette's avatar

“A fault confessed is half redressed.” Own your shit, admit it and fix it.

AstroChuck's avatar

“We’re all doomed!”

Lightlyseared's avatar

If you assume you make an ass out of u and me.

Just_Justine's avatar

“Only a fool blames his tools”

Lightlyseared's avatar

When designing something fool proof never underestimate the ingenuity of the average fool.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” and the rest of Self Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

AlyxCaitlin's avatar

“Once a cheater, always a cheater!”

Val123's avatar

“What goes around, comes around.”

CMaz's avatar

Take a shit or get off the shitter.

Pazza's avatar

Only a fool forms their opinions from ignorance.
Brave truths fall on deaf ears when they contradict the installed views of the masses.
It only takes one bad seed to spoil the whole crop.
If you’ve just become the captain, don’t rock the boat until your sure she’s seaworthy.
If things don’t change, they’ll stay the same!

Oh, an if you stink of shit, get a wash!

Val123's avatar

You catch more flies with honey than with marijuana. Er…something like that.

iphigeneia's avatar

“Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after.”

Not that I can remember the last time I went to sleep before midnight, but it sounds like a good philosophy.

Dilettante's avatar

“The good things in life are free; unfortunately, the bad things are also relatively inexpensive.”

CMaz's avatar

Who farted?

Val123's avatar

@ChazMaz He who smelt it delt it!!!!

ucme's avatar

@Val123 The one who said the rhyme did the crime!!

ucme's avatar

@Val123 The one who made the verse made the atmosphere worse! God make it stop.

Val123's avatar

IT WASN’T ME!! It was….. @CyanoticWasp

Pseudonym's avatar

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

EdMayhew's avatar

@Val123 & @ucme

Whoever went to the trouble to needlessly place the blame is likely to be responsible for the fart that started the game.

ucme's avatar

@EdMayhew Oooohhhhh! Handbag poised, get her.It’s the silent but violent ones that are the killers.Beware the stealth fart.That’s what I love about this place, classy dialogue all the way. Yay!

Val123's avatar

Hey… YOU’RE the one with the name EdMay phew!!

EdMayhew's avatar

Yeah, farts can be like guerilla warfare. Like the Hit and Run fart, they’re always carnage, or maybe the Drive By.

Val123's avatar

You ever walk into a fart unexpectedly and feel like you just ran into a brick wall?

Val123's avatar

“What fer? Cat fur fer ta make kitten britches out of.” My dad was raised in Texas and whenever he’d slip into that Texas twang his Mom would say that to him.

She also used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed…...keep on a suckin’ till you do suck a seed!”

EdMayhew's avatar

@Val123 Yeah, brick wall farts. Dark times.

Btw, keep on a suckin’? Till you do suck a seed?

Oh the innuendo!

YARNLADY's avatar

If at first you don’t suck seed, fry, fry a hen. (at least that’s what I heard).

CMaz's avatar

@YARNLADY – That is just wrong. lol :-)

Pseudonym's avatar

“Being eaten by a crocodile is just like going to sleep… in a giant blender”

—Homer Simpson

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@IBERnineD The original Twain quote was “Familiarity breeds contempt… and children!” :-)

Val123's avatar

@Dr_Dredd Now you did it!

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Mark Twain

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Mark Twain

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
Mark Twain

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
Mark Twain

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Mark Twain

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Mark Twain

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

All generalizations are false, including this one.
Mark Twain

All right, then, I’ll go to hell.
Mark Twain

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Mark Twain

I have lots more if you want them!

Symbeline's avatar

The more I learn, the more I realize that I know a whole lotta fuckall.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I can’t pick just one!

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“I never said most of the things I said.”—Yogi Berra

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”—Mark Twain

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”—Mark Twain

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.”—Mark Twain

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”—Mark Twain

“Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.”—Will Rogers

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”—Will Rogers

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Val123 Twain is definitely a great source for quotes. :-)

ucme's avatar

Never the Twain shall meet.(Because he’s err..dead)

Val123's avatar

@Dr_Dredd The man is awesome. I found a site with all of his quotes. Copied and pasted into Word. 12 pages!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Val123 -Mark Twain’s the best! :)))

filmfann's avatar

Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

God Bless Dorothy Parker

snowberry's avatar

Said of a red-head: If you cut his hair, he’d bleed to death

snowberry's avatar

An untrustworthy man is “so crooked he could hide behind a corkscrew” or “so crooked he can’t lie straight in bed”

snowberry's avatar

Nobuddy can talk as interestin’ as th’ feller that’s not hampered by facts er information.—Abe Martin, Brown County, Indiana

snowberry's avatar

Flattery won’t hurt you if you don’t swallow it.

The trouble is most parents don’t worry about a daughter until she fails t’show up fer breakfast, and then it’s too late.

—Abe Martin

bea2345's avatar

What hasn’t reached you hasn’t passed you yet – West Indian proverb.

ETpro's avatar

What classical saying rings most true? “Old sayings are never true.”

filmfann's avatar

How about “If you keep playing with it, it will get infected!”

aprilsimnel's avatar

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
It’s true!

evandad's avatar

My father had two favorites that I still respect. Number one – Dames is nuts. Number two – If at first you don’t succeed, apply force.

stratman37's avatar

build a man a fire and you warm him for a day. set that man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.

if at first you don’t succeed, maybe skyjumping was not for you.

slick44's avatar

@filmfann isnt that if you keep playing with it, it will fall off? lol

Val123's avatar

Um….“Stop it before you go blind!”

bea2345's avatar

On mature reflection: Just wait until your father gets home.

Dilettante's avatar

Three-way tie:

“Thou canst not pluck a flower without the trembling of a star.”

“Patience is a weapon that forces deception to reveal itself.”

“Whatsoever a man soweth, so shall he reap.”

Val123's avatar

@bea2345 That was THE worst form of torture!

CharlieGirl's avatar

Ces’t la vive!

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Well, if we’re doing French now: Cherchez la femme.

Pseudonym's avatar

These are all pretty funny, I must say!

EdMayhew's avatar

I don’t think I’ve seen ‘hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned’ yet!

CharlieGirl's avatar

@CyanoticWasp Thank you for translating my screen name! :)

Val123's avatar

If at first you don’t succeed….so much for sky diving!

snowberry's avatar

Nobody feels quite as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish.
Abe Martin

snowberry's avatar

Everything comes to him who waits, but a loaned book.

Nothing is as irritating as the fellow who chats pleasantly while he’s overcharging you.

MissA's avatar

If he did it with you, he’ll do it to you.

What comes out of the mouth, isn’t always what’s in the heart.

Tell her she’s lovely…especially if she’s not.

Val123's avatar

Oh wow! I’m so glad this showed up again! I heard a doozy on 60 Minutes last night:

“At the end of the day, all you have are memories. So try to make a lot of them.” —John Gotti Sr.

The author may not be the most savory character, but truth is truth, no matter who it’s from. He nailed it for me. There are times when my husband and I will be watching our “favorite” TV show, but if one of my kids shows up, I’ll drop the TV show like a hot potato! My husband doesn’t understand how I could just walk out during the “best part of the show” to sit with my kids for a spell.

Lightlyseared's avatar

“Shit happens”

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