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Are there any particular quotes that you find a bit irksome (or outright dislike)?

Asked by Nimis (13199points) July 8th, 2011 from iPhone

Two that immediately come to mind:

1. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Incredibly flawed. Everyone has differences in how they want to be treated. Reminds me of another quote. When you assume, you make an ass of you and me.

2. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Why else would I freaking want to have cake!?

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TexasDude's avatar

Live, laugh, love

Fucking most cliche’ bullshit ever. Anytime I see it in the form of big wooden letters for sale at a craft store, or a cutesy poster on the wall of some asceptic suburban hellhole, I just want to start punching babies.

KateTheGreat's avatar

Sing like nobody is listening, dance like nobody is watching.

Whether they’re listening or watching, I’m still gonna act a fool. It can be added to the cliche bullshit stated above.

Berserker's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Lmao. You’re worse than James Rolfe. XD I love it.

Joker94's avatar

“The cake is a lie!” Heh, yeah! It sure was, man. It sure was. And what if we reiterated that point multiple times? After all, the only thing cooler than beating a dead horse is beating a dead horse with a dead horse, right?

funkdaddy's avatar

“It is what it is”

KateTheGreat's avatar

“Everything happens for a reason”

So really, that fucking mosquito bit me for a reason?!?! He couldn’t have picked something else to feast on?

cookieman's avatar

“My boss is a Jewish carpenter.”

I’ve seen this on plenty of bumper-stickers (which is fine), but once (years ago) someone actually said that to me. I had to leave the room.

TexasDude's avatar

@KatetheGreat that “sing like nobody is listening” one makes me rage hard every time.


“The unexamined life is a life not worth living”.

Um, but don’t you have to live your life before you can examine it?!


@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard There have been many times where I wanted to punch babies too. Lol!

FutureMemory's avatar

“Live life as if each day is your last”.

I particularly dislike it when people claim to follow this mindset…I call bullshit.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Exactly. And my music director uses that statement. I just want to sing out of tune on purpose every time he says it.

athenasgriffin's avatar

“Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Just typing it makes me so angry, I want to hang whoever first uttered it by their toenails.

Aethelwine's avatar

We can agree to disagree.

wouldn’t you just rather say “shut the fuck up?”

cookieman's avatar

Can we just say pretty much any quote that ends up on a plaque or mug at a Hallmark store?

and I would never punch a baby. I would, however, trip an old lady.

Prosb's avatar

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

I don’t like being told that not having a cause makes me easily damaged/destroyed. Not that I am opposed to having one, just that assuming I need a banner to hold up so I don’t fall apart is wrong.

If you do not desire a label, that does not make you weak.

Berserker's avatar

@jonsblond Love that lol. Reminds me of a shirt I saw…

You say tomato, I say fuck you. :D

DominicX's avatar

“Spare the rod, spoil the child”. Probably the stupidest justification for corporal punishment ever used, not to mention completely false.

Jeruba's avatar

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”

That’s absolutely true about eggs. But it doesn’t prove anything about anything other than eggs. It certainly doesn’t justify a callous attitude toward casualties of some self-serving policy.

augustlan's avatar

“Only the good die young.”

A) Obviously not true.
B) If it were true, would anyone really want to be good?

cookieman's avatar

@augustlan: True, but it’s a great Billy Joel song.

augustlan's avatar

“I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. The sinners are much more fun.” Now that is a true statement.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Money can’t buy you happiness.

FutureMemory's avatar

“Anything is fine in moderation”

rebbel's avatar

“After rain comes sunshine.”
Nine out of ten times not true if you live in the Netherlands…

Mariah's avatar

“God won’t give you anything you can’t handle.”
I don’t understand this one at all. What choice does anyone have but to handle what’s thrown at them? Commit suicide, I guess, and that happens, so apparently God does give people shit they can’t handle.

Facade's avatar

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”

I hate it. Yes, I am a proponent for being healthy and not putting poison into your body, but I feel like this quote is promoting eating disorders. I’m noticing lot of women using it as their mantra to be a size zero.
Side note: Apparently doctors want us to be a size zero too because a one just told me to lose weight, and I wear a size 6. Not to mention she was incredibly rude when discussing what I was actually there for. I truly almost lost my shit on her…

Blackberry's avatar

All the quotes saying you can overcome anything or do anything with hard work, perseverance etc. for the obvious reason it’s BS.

cookieman's avatar

“If you dream it, you can be it.”

I don’t care how much I dream it or how hard I work, I will never be a Europeon super model or a neurosurgeon. I’m simply not that handsome or that smart.

I particularly hate these messages directed at children. I’m all for encouragement, but let’s keep the expectations realistic shall we.

Berserker's avatar

@cprevite Agreed. I don’t like that quote it either, it seems such a cop out and dismissal for reality. It’s like when a kid is bullied at school, and all you say to them is, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them.
Fine, but that don’t stop em from kicking my ass at recess. Lol.

Also, if your quote meant anything true, I’d already be Mothra.

TexasDude's avatar

@Symbeline Also, if your quote meant anything true, I’d already be Mothra.

My heart just swelled with joy and grew even fonder of you.

ccrow's avatar

I’m with @Mariah. God gives people more than they can handle all the time. (Assuming there is one, which is a whole ‘nother subject.) The results are not only suicide, but various addictions, depression, mental illness, etc…

Jeruba's avatar

People face more than they can handle all the time. Who’s to say God gives it to them? I don’t think God gives me anything either way. Maybe he’s just making omelets.

Kardamom's avatar

Things ususually work out for the best

Except when they don’t.

Berserker's avatar

@Kardamom Which is too often for that quote to be legit.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I just thought of another one.

“There are no stupid questions.”

I really hate that one because there ARE stupid questions in this world.

TexasDude's avatar

How is babby formed? How girl get pragnit?

KateTheGreat's avatar

They need to do way instain mother> who kill thier babbys. becuse these babby cant frigth back? it was on the news this mroing a mother in ar who had kill her three kids. they are taking the three babby back to new york too lady to rest my pary are with the father who lost his children ; i am truley sorry for your lots

Kardamom's avatar

@KatetheGreat You just wrote in FlutherBluther language! There are a few jellies who seem to be fluent in that language.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Kardamom Hahahaha, mi names kate…i liek to spell dum and mi grmmer is rellly bad. nw, how do grl get pregnint?

It actually takes a lot of thought for me to write like that! Who would’ve knew?

KateTheGreat's avatar

Also, the “fact from fiction, truth from diction” statement irks me. Sure, it’s used widely on this site, but it just irritates me at times.

No offense to those who use it though.

Kardamom's avatar

@KatetheGreat You know exactly who uses that statement. He He.

TexasDude's avatar

@Kardamom how is babby formed/they need to do way instain mother actually originated on Yahoo Answers.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Kardamom Exactly. But I really love this person to death and they know of my severe dislike of the statement! Hehee.

Kardamom's avatar

@KatetheGreat Maybe we can come up with a new catch phrase for this person.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Kardamom I don’t think so. It makes that person happy and it’s just definitive of their personality. :)

Berserker's avatar

“fact from fiction, truth from diction”

What the hell does that even mean, anyways?

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Symbeline Who the hell knows? Hahaha.

Berserker's avatar

Another one I don’t really like; whatever will be will be. Sounds pretty defeatist to me. Whether or not it’s valid, still irks me lol.

cookieman's avatar

“No Pain, No Gain”

Really? Never? How about the lucky gal that buys her first ever lottery ticket and hits it big? Or the young stud-muffin that has a rocking night with the first hottie that throws herself at him? Or the big Italian dude whose lovely wife hands him a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie?

Huh? Huh? No pain there I suspect.

Berserker's avatar

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then why do actions speak louder than words? Sometimes, I get confused.

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