Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Don't Eat Yellow Snow

Inspired by this site this morning while retrieving my morning paper, I present you with random bits of wisdom my mom shared with me as a child and other laws to live by.

-Don't eat yellow snow.
This one seems pretty self-explanatory.

-Don't take any wooden nickles.
Huh? Has anyone actually seen a wooden nickle? Is this like Honest Abe's wooden teeth?And probably from around the same era. I suppose this means beware of the con.

-The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Human nature. We always want what we think we can't or don't have. As creatures, humans are never quite satisfied. There's always someone or something we think is much better. It keeps us humble.

-First time, shame on you. Second time, shame on me.
I cannot tell you how many times I have pulled this one out of the basement of my mind. Probably because I should be older and wiser to know better.

-The truth shall set you free.
Words I live by. I HATE liars. I repeat this one to my kids constantly. This is important because without truth to your word, you have nothing. I also suck at lying.

-Winners never quit and quitters never win.
That's right mama! You will never be a loser for trying your best! I love that one.

-A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men.
Ok, my mom didn't tell me this one. Gene Wilder in, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" did but it doesn't make it's wisdom less true.

-Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
I never quite understood the wordage on this but I suppose it means, "shut up and take it!"

-You can accomplish anything in life if you put your mind to it.
I'm still trying mom. Really, I am.

-Every crisis has both it's dangers and it's opportunities.
This is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. I am living proof that this is true. I like to think I have the finish line in site.

-The world steps aside for a man who knows where he is going.
Inspiring, doncha think?

-Curiosity killed the cat.
I'm curious to know why?

-Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
What would life be like without breathtaking moments? The birth of my children comes to mind when I think of those moments.

-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said that. It really gives credence to the response, "F**k you!"

-It's better to have loved and lost, then to never have loved at all.
I almost completely agree with this. I'll admit that there was a time, a while back, when I believed this to be complete crap.

-Always choose your words carefully. You may have to eat them.
Been there, done that.

Got any words of wisdom you live by? Do share.


Heff said...

"I once felt sorrowful as I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no penis."

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Heff- heheheeheeeee! I love you man!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" is telling you not to try and determine the motivation behind a gift.

The Trojans looked the horse in the mouth and suddenly found thousands of Greeks pouring out of it, swords in hand.

Dr Zibbs said...

I've heard alway clicky on addys of Yaky.

That damn expat said...

Actually, the gifted horse means you don't bitch about gifts you get. People look into horse's mouth to determine its worth, or something.

The Greeks one is about fearing your enemies even when they bring you gifts (timeo danaos et dona ferentes)

God, I'm a geek.

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...

Scope said...

He who smelt it, dealt it.

Man who farts in curch sits in his own pew.

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Anonymous said...

Don't look a horse that has been gifted to you in the mouth to determine its age, just accept the gift gracefully.

You live by a pretty neat set of rules.


Candy's daily Dandy said...

Have I tapped into something here with the gift horse??

Scope- good ones!

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Heck trust me. The grass is always greener on the other side because my neighbor fertilizes the shit out of his lawn and it looks fabulous!!!!

Happy Chilly Wednesday

- Jennifer

Andy said...

I wonder how many cats have died for being curious

LegalMist said...

Hmmmmph. Your mom gave actual useful advice. My dad was full of gems such as:

"He who cooks carrots and peas in the same pot is unsanitary."

(If you don't get it, just say it out loud to yourself).

TishTash said...

My mom just told me to play nice with others. So simple, you'd think I'd remember it all the time. But you'd be wrong.

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said that. It really gives credence to the response, "F**k you!"

I heard this recently from "Princess Diaries" - yes, I'm a dork.

My favorite expression is "Humans plan and G-d laughs".

The Grandpa said...

I actually saw a wooden nickel once. They were selling them at a flea market for 25 cents a piece.

Cora said...

Ooh, great list! My Mom said most of those too.

"I'm curious to know why?" - that's HILARIOUS!!!! Kudos! :-)

slopmaster said...

-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

that one is my favorite. You're in charge of your own fate!

Heff's is pretty good too though.

~E said...

When your pee is the color of cheddar cheese you know you gotta up the ante on drinking more water.

Better to have loved and lost? Yeah, ok I agree for the most part but getting over a broken heart sucks real big monkey balls sometimes.

My favorite saying of all time (from the great William Shakespeare): "To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man"

Lisa said...

good stuff! and the added ones in the comments are pretty great too.

Truman Soloist said...

Ummm...I think it was George Washington with the wooden choppers, Candy.

Look both ways before you cross the street!

LYDIA said...

Recently I have been a fan of:

Kill off my demons and my angels might die, too.

Joe D. said...

I happen to like yellow snow.