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Favorite sayings from older folks

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Water-Rat, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. Water-Rat

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    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 :censored: 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.
     
  2. CatherineM
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    My Dad: some people just aren't even worth wasting good spit on, especially in a drought.

    We were pretty much in a drought all the time in Oklahoma.


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    "Get off my lawn!" One of my uncles used this long before Clint Eastwood's Walt Kowalski in Grand Torino.
    "Swell..." My mother's fav, too!
    "Go ahead, I'm insured. Are you?" He (my late father) would mutter this if threatened and after placing his hand in his trouser pocket where he carried his Colt Agent revolver.

    I use all thee now 'cuz, well...I'm an older person now!:p
     
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    Two from my father (originals in German)

    If my aunt had wheels, she'd be a bus.
    Hunger drives it down.
     
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    Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
    Children should be seen and not heard.
    I brought you into this world, and I'll take you out and make another one look just like you.
    Man, that's just sexier than socks on a rooster! :D
    Were you born stupid, or do you work at it?
     
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    Whenever I would mess something up, my dad would say, "You give them books, and what do they do?...They chew the :censored: covers off them"
     
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    My grandpa likes to say "That's for the women and children," referring to anything he doesn't do, doesn't like, isn't interested in, etc. As in: "Grandpa, would you like some peas?" "No, that's for the women and children."

    He also likes to begin small talk by asking, "Well, do you think it's here to stay?" I always thought it was just a random bit of old-man absurdism, but when I was in my 20s I finally asked my dad what grandpa was talking about and learned that the question actually refers to sex. So I guess it's a way to be dirty without actually being dirty.
     
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    Grandpa was a wise old Ohio farmer, transplanted to Florida... "two words... stool softener"
     
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    Not a saying and much more a poem, but i love it too much. :)


    “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
    Trouble no one about their religion;
    respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
    Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
    Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
    Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
    even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
    Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
    If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
    and robs the spirit of its vision.
    When it comes your time to die,
    be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
    so that when their time comes they weep and pray
    for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
    Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
    (Chief Tecumseh, 1768-1813)
     
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    "We all die of the same thing in the end…heart failure."

    From the impeccably wise Grandpapa!


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    My wife loves to use a few she learned from her Grandma

    "That food tastes so good it would make a guppy slap a whale!"
    Or
    "That would make your tongue smack your forehead!"

    And my favorite when someone (usually me) does something to piss her off:
    "I'll make you think (insert whatever activity pissed her off)!"
     
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    My dads favourite saying: 'If the whole world thinks one way and you think another, you have to be willing to consider the possibility that you might be wrong'. Incredibly annoying to hear when you are a teenager but as an adult, yeah I can see his point.
     
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    "It's drier than a popcorn fart."
    "It's colder than a witches tit in a brass bra."
    "It's time to play a little krinkle fender." (Merging forcefully in near standstill traffic in front of a selected high end automobile.)
     
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    From my grandpa:
    • Up, she's hung! (when something was snagged or broken down)
    • When you have a son, you have a hand. When you have two sons, you have half a hand. When you have three sons, you have no hand at all.
    • It's easy to know all the answers when you haven't heard all the questions.
    From my dad:
    • I believe everything will turn out all right in the end, but by then it'll be too late.
    • You've gotta learn to love the pain that makes you strong.
    • You know how many things like this we've survived? All of them.
    • Never miss a good opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
    From a friend's grandpa:
    • Sometimes you've gotta pull down your pants and slide on the ice.
     
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    Why don't you :censored: off, come back, then :censored: off again?!

    Lucky at cards, unlucky in love... (Somehow this has always seemed to come true)

    See that out the window? That's my last Buick flyin away


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    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

    A little learning is a dangerous thing;
    drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
    there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
    and drinking largely sobers us again.
     
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    my grandpa used to say some few wise words.
    " Um pelo de buceta derruba ate uma boiada"
    such wise words :,)
     
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    Best thing I've read in a while. THANK YOU!
     
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    Thanks for all the responses guys (and gals!). That Tecumseh poem has long been a favorite of mine, there's so much good advice in there.
     
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    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
     
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    Grandmother after every serious thing happens - "These things are sent to try us."
    She is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip.
     
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