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Words and sayings of our parents will remain with us

I love quotes and sayings. I really love the ones I grew up with that my parents or grandparents used to say, and I thought it would be fun to ask my Facebook friends the following question:

“What saying or phrase that your parents or grandparents used to say to you do you repeat, now that you are an adult?

The answers came flowing in, and I compiled the list.


“Above all else, be kind.”

“God, family, country – everything else is just window dressing.”

“We make plans, God makes decisions.”

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

“It’s not the space you fill, its the space you create.”

“This, too, shall pass.’

“Two half wits don’t make a whole wit.”

“And what did we learn from this?”

“Your eyes are bigger than your belly.”

“Scott, Mike,Timmy, or whoever you are, get your butt over here.” — Mom had to go through seven names before she got the right one.

“You plant potatoes, you get potatoes.”

“Home again, home again, jiggity jig.”

“I hope you are blessed with 10 kids just like you!”

“Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.”

“Just wait till you have kids!”

“Go get me ________ (fill in the blank), your legs are younger than mine.”

“Because I said so!”

“If you aint listenin’, you ain’t learnin’.”

“If Johnny jumps off the ore dock, does that mean you are going to jump off, too!”

“In or out?” This was said usually after banging the back screen door a bunch of times.

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

What phrases did you grow up with? Do you still repeat them to your own children?

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