Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"...always used to say..."


It is mothers or fathers, grandmothers or grandfathers, aunts or uncles... Our family members have sayings, they kind of belong to them. Especially that kind when parents are teaching children. Here are some of them:

„When one door closes another door opens.“

“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.”

“The mind is like a parachute – it doesn’t work until it’s open.”

“Education is your passport to life. Once you’ve got it no one can take it away from you.”

“You are not moving until that plate is empty.”

“If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

“Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.”

“Prepare yourself, the opportunity will come.”

“While I breathe, I hope.”

“Don’t worry about being popular, worry about being good. Popular comes and goes, good always works.”

“Always look forward, never backwards.”

“Marry for money and you’ll earn it.”

“Banks will happily loan you an umbrella when the sun shines. As soon as it rains they ask for it back.”

“Every day you can get out of the bed is a great day.”

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

“All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today.”

“What’s for you, won’t pass you.”

“Prevention is better than cure.”

“Always be yourself – and always take a safety pin when you go out.”

“There is no one from whom you cannot learn something.”

“Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. For if you trouble trouble, trouble will trouble you.”

“Listen to all but follow your own instincts.”

“It takes al sorts to make a world.”

“Treat people the way you would like to be treated yourself.”

“Remember your manners.”

“What you want to do, you can do.”

“We’ll sit down when we get all the little jobs done.”

“If you have a talent, never hide it.”

“Life is for living, not for throwing away.”

“You can walk a thousand miles but you can only take one step at a time.”

“If you are bored, it’s an insult to yourself.”

“Know your own country first before you go off travelling to other countries.”

“A good start is half the work.”

“Watch your language because it’s a precision tool: it’s a scalpel, not an axe.” 

(From the book "My mother always used to say" by Valerie Bowe)


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