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Do you have a word of wisdom ?

Asked by Hibernate (9055points) April 21st, 2011

No given situation… any words of wisdom per general ?

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mattbrowne's avatar

Be grateful. This will increase your overall well-being.

downtide's avatar

The future is carved in wax, not stone.

marinelife's avatar

Start by assuming everyone has a positive motive for their actions.

takeachance's avatar

*Live each moment like your last.
**Each days a gift, not a given task.
***The glass is always half full, not half empty.
**Look on the bright side to everything.
*If you loose today, win tomorrow.

SABOTEUR's avatar

You can’t make sense
out of NONsense.

ninjacolin's avatar

Go when safe to proceed.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Deal with honor; sleep at night.

ucme's avatar

Norman…..Mr, Grimsdale!

MilkyWay's avatar

Never take anything for granted.

takeachance's avatar

Never regret aynthing that once made you smile.
If you dont stand for something, You will fall for anything.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Don’t shoot ‘till you see the whites of their eyes; never lead to an inside straight; and never, ever eat yellow snow!

Seelix's avatar

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men – Roald Dahl

CaptainHarley's avatar


I felt like we were all taking ourselves just a bit too seriously. : ))

lemming's avatar

For the younger ones: A girl doesn’t want to get into bed with the guy until she feels loved, the guy doesn’t feel loved until he get’s the girl into bed…this can cause complications.

laineybug's avatar

You’re really weird, but that’s okay, the best people are.
And for all you procrastinators out there: What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow?

gailcalled's avatar

Listen to both sides of a story before forming an opinion.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Opinions are like a**holes… everybody has one.

zenvelo's avatar

from Father Bill O’Donnell, the late protesting priest:

Show up
Make a friend
Have fun

Hibernate's avatar

Thanks all for replies.

JustJessica's avatar

“You can’t fix stupid”
“Take only what you need
“Live each day as if it were your last”

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll have another piece of chocolate.

MilkyWay's avatar

@everephebe Psst, I wouldn’t want you to be silent. Oh no….I’d want you to talk all the time

HungryGuy's avatar

Pee high and bury your poo.

Sunny2's avatar

Listen first. Think. Then talk.

Kardamom's avatar

Look before you leap (in other words, get enough of the correct information before you make a decision, don’t make rash or hasty decisions, and don’t make decisions based purely on emotion).

Don’t eat anything bigger than your head.

Be a kind, generous, thoughtful and compassionate person, even if everyone around you is mean, greedy, thoughtless and selfish.

Do the best you can, but don’t expect anyone to reward you for your efforts. Know that you can only do the best you can. Human beings, even the best ones, have limitations.

Don’t put yourself in dangerous or compromising situations just to make someone love you. If people can’t love you for who you are, don’t waste your efforts on them.

Don’t put up with abuse, from anyone.

Be an advocate for the weak, the disenfranchised and people/animals/other beings, that have a hard time standing up for themselves, or advocating for themselves, or taking care of themselves. All people sometimes need a helping hand. You can not always know the reasons why people need help. Sometimes they are ill, sometimes they lack the intelligence needed to care for or help themselves, sometimes they’ve been beaten down by poverty, sometimes they are elderly and no longer have the strength, endurance or “modern knowledge” needed to care for themselves. Unless you know for a fact that someone has done something bad, or has hurt someone else, try to give them the benefit of the doubt. But use caution in all your dealings.

Don’t be a blowhard or a loudmouth or a know it all. Even if you are the smartest person on earth, those qualities are not attractive or useful to anyone. Those qualities breed animosity and drive away people that might care for you. Learn to be calm, polite and to hold your tongue. Un-fettered anger and rage hurts everyone. Learn to pick your battles, then follow all of the other advice from above.

Listen to @Jeruba and @Barnaclebill. They may not always be right, but they have a lot of wisdom and insight that can help almost anyone to find the right answers.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Just because I’m a compassionate person does not give me the right to decree that everyone else must be compassionate as well. Compassion either comes willingly or under the threat of a gun.

dabbler's avatar

“so what?”
when I am in my absolute foulest moods or most overwhelmed ‘so what?’ cuts it down to essentials. I list every detail possible to myself and reply with that as adamantly as possible until I have totally exhausted the subject.

CaptainHarley's avatar


Many times when I was younger, I would say to myself when I was overwhelmed, “100 years from now, will it matter?” Unfortunately, it WILL matter. What each of us does adds to the interlocking web of relationships and behaviors from which the future is woven.

dabbler's avatar

@CaptainHarley you got it exactly, fortunately or otherwise some things do matter.
I’m not at all saying things don’t matter, but challenging oneself vigorously with that position is a device that can quickly get to the bone of what does matter about the situation. I find that because it’s annoyingly dismissive of pain and discomfort of the moment and everything else important about the issue, what’s really important will bark it’s way back into the discussion. After the fight in my head the excuses, delusions and trite concerns will be in shambles and the bare truth of it is left undeniably apparent. The paradigm moves the internal discussion down the road helping avoid dwelling on stuff that will turn out to be irrelevant or unimportant.
It can be a channel for powerful anger and pain emotion, put that behind the ‘so what?’. On the other side of a no-holds-barred internal contest are fundamental values and choices. In my experience they win the day when I’m being honest with myself – as you describe, things DO matter. And in the process I’ve transmuted or at least dissipated some of the upset.

YARNLADY's avatar

@CaptainHarley I’m a fan of it won’t matter. When I think back to what happened 100 years ago, my Grandmother or Great Aunt or some other relative got mad and yelled at somebody – huh? How could that possibly affect me?

gailcalled's avatar

A similar take is “In fifty years I’ll be dust.”

CaptainHarley's avatar


In about 5, I’ll be dust.

gailcalled's avatar

@CaptainHarley: And in one hundred years no one will remember either of us. Seize this moment.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ll remember you both. I plan to live forever. So there.

gailcalled's avatar

@JilltheTooth: Be careful, then not to end up looking like Miss Haversham.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Crap. I already look like Miss Haversham. But hey, I still fit into the dress!

gailcalled's avatar

@JilltheTooth: The dress hasn’t yet disintegrated? You must have a good laundress.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I need a laundress? Hmmmm. That would explain the pungent miasma that surrounds me….

gailcalled's avatar

@JilltheTooth: Since we’re being candid, who does your hair? You might want to increase the tip.

JilltheTooth's avatar

But I already leave them cheese and keep the cats away!

HungryGuy's avatar


Trojans40's avatar

Balance of Life

ninjacolin's avatar

Slacking off is for under-achievers.

Magdalene's avatar

Love one another…

gailcalled's avatar

If ten words will do, don’t use a hundred.

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