So, I know we already have a favorite quotes thread, but I was wanting to hear things more along the line of wisdoms, sayings, ideas, mantras, funny statements, and other things to live by from more experienced folks you may have personally known, living or dead. From my Grandfather: One Aw wipes out all the atta boys. - Just a simple statement that no matter how much good you've done in life, one little mistake can take it all away. I need a watering can... "Why?" ...To water all the bloomin' idiots. - Something he would say while driving near other folks who weren't the greatest drivers. Just a way to say that sometimes everybody around is just too crazy and you have to find a way to deal till you can get away from them. From my Grandmother: "What, pray tell, is that?!? - Something she would blurt out when someone presented something new she didn't understand. From a band director I performed with in a concert band: "Once is an Accident! Do it again!" - He would often yell this out after we had gotten something right and then made us do it again. Sometimes this is good as we would be extra prepared, but sometimes it would just annoy the dickens out of everyone. "One More Time!" - He was known for exclaiming this just after we had finished playing a difficult selection, usually towards the end of a concert when we were all tired out. The crowd of older folks loved it, but we hated it. Nothing like playing the trio of a Sousa march again at the end of a performance when you have no energy left. From an old family friend I've worked with: "Very pretty, colonel." - A line from the movie "the Dirty Dozen". The following line is "But will they fight?" Basically it means, it looks good, but did you test it to make sure? "Excellent!" - He would exclaim this after inspecting something. He once explained to me that he took it from the "Excellent, Smithers!" line from the Simpsons and he pronounced it much the same way as Mr. Burns. "How high are we now, Mr. Eagle?" - A quote from something before my time. He would say this when returning to check and see how you were doing with something. "Oh, goody, goody!" - A general purpose exclamation that he could make positive or negative by how he phrased it. Usually voiced after hearing there was going to be free food or there was something unexpected that changed our plans.