In Proverbs 19:8 we read:
The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Recently, I asked my friends on Facebook to share some bits of wisdom they’ve heard along the way. I was blown away and so encouraged by the number of responses I received and the sharing of such great wisdom. I received input from over 200 people from all over the world. Here are some of my favorites.
I hope you’ll cherish this wisdom as much as I do.
btw…I didn’t want to lose the viral nature of these posts, so I’ve only edited as needed. Also, a big “Thanks” to these people for allowing me to bless the world with their wisdom.
Words of Wisdom…
Emmalie Armstrong: My grandmother always said,”Great minds think alike. Sewer pipes run in the same channel.”
Brian Richard: In all criticism there is at least a nugget of truth.
Bud Gothmann: Shortly before I got married, my dad gave me this advice, “There will come a day when you have to choose to make your parents happy or your wife happy. When that day comes, make your wife happy”. Great advice from a great man.
Sheryl Wilson: My Dad always said if you take care of the things that matter they will take care of you, meaning if you need to so an oil change do it, it you have a broken window fix it, don,t whine about it, be an adult and do what you need to do,
Carmen Barber: My dad always said “A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it”
Olivia Myers: My Opa says: If it’s ‘too good to be true’, then it’s too good to be true!
Jason Bucky Walters: My dad always said “Keep the main thing, the main thing!” I’ve learned when I follow that, life seems to be a little easier!
Angie McPhee Barnett: My dad: “Deal with the cards you have been dealt”
Bud Gothmann: I’ve often said, you can’t always control the cards you’re dealt in life but you can choose how you play them.
Sheryl Wilson: Mom always said, if you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas…..
Stephanie Kowalski: My Dad used to tell me, “nothing worth having comes easy…”
Brandon Smith: If you fall on your face, at least you know you’re moving forward.
Marlo Holbert: My grandpa always says pretty is what pretty does!
Dwayne Toney: Always be someone that gives more than you take
Bruce Hoppe: If your intake doesn’t at least equal your output, your upkeep will be your downfall.
RaVae Erickson: My grandma says all the time, “The early bird gets the worm”
Sam Wirick-Velez: The second mouse gets the cheese.
Cash Hunter: My mother told my wife before we got married, told my cousins before they got married, told my sister in laws before they got married – “what’s yours in yours and what his is yours”.
Scot Longyear: “Choose your hard” – Stephanie Longyear. After loosing 100 pounds she says it was hard being heavy and it is hard to lose and maintain weight. Either way it is hard. Choose your hard.
Lance M Williams: If you do not quit, you cannot lose! Work is hard, but hard work is fun!
David Mehrle: We teach our kids “people before things”
Sam Wirick-Velez: “Happy wife, happy life.” Goes along with “You can be right or you can be happy.”
Allison Hill Pilliod: “If everyone threw their problems out in the street, you would run out and grab your own.” … My grandma.
Nancy Osborn: “To have a friend you must be a friend”
Jeff A. Rosenberry: “Live for today… with eternity in mind.”
Nancy Osborn: “You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar”
Shauna Raymer: If you’re on time you’re late.
Nancy Osborn: “Everyone you meet is facing some difficulty about which you know nothing”
Bobby Wallace: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Dave Mason: You live life forward and understand it backwards.
Stephany Jenkins: My Grandma always said, “Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow”
Diane Stortz: You can go anywhere if you just read the signs. (My dad talking about driving, but I think it applies to more than that.)
Keely Tidwell Evans: Look before you leap! Seems I still have trouble with that one
Christine Cavazos Gonzales: That boy has a lot of quit in him.
Chris Swanberg: My Grandaddy ( southern ) said… “Boy, if you’re gonna sell it, you’ve got to BELIEVE in it! You’ve got to KNOW it’s what is best for anyone!, Ya hear what I’m telling you, boy??”
Lou Encinias: My grandpa spoke Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish. So, I really don’t know what he said.
Aaron Fusselman: God’s love is not a reward for good behavior.
Mark Smith: Every tub must sit on its own bottom.
Brenda Free Nikielski: He would always say “grass doesn’t grow on busy streets” about being a man with very little hair.
Mike Kjergaard: “That which was not placed by logic will not be removed by logic.” (In other words, don’t waste your time arguing with the irrational).
Mike Kjergaard–“People who come to your church disgruntled will most likely leave your church disgruntled.”
Spencer Hudon: “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!”
Keely Tidwell Evans: If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?
Dave Jones: You cannot choose how people treat you, but you can choose how you respond.
Stephen Corp: Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat. (I’m a patriots fan.)
Stephen Corp: Arron – on a more serious note: “Little details make big differences” is something I’ve been learning more and more. Hope the sermon goes well!!
Nora Mahoney Elkins: A good marriage isn’t something you find its something you make.
Andy Woods: Dad always said, “A man who says he understands women will lie about other things too.”
Rita Montgomery: My mom always no matter how bad things get,laugh.
Dawn Schwartz: It is what it is.
Eddie Tison: “Don’t pass up a good deal just because you couldn’t get a better one. ” (from my dad)
Beverly Jackson: My dad says…if it hurts don’t do it
Maronna Mathews: If you don’t think with your head, you’ll think with your feet.
Scotty Newsom: My Grandfather used to say “son you can’t teach an old new tricks but you know you can’t teach a dead dog nothing” He said that everyday you were alive that you could learn something if you try.
Bo Temples: My Grandpa shared many wise things with me. One I’ll always remember is; “Never trust a skinny chef for a good meal.”
Suzanne Page: My dad told me in relation to boys, :why would he buy the cow when they can get the milk free?” LOL!! (I’m sure that’s not quite what you had in mind, tho.)
ChunkyDee Wayne: Choose happiness! You may not feel like it, but you can choose joy.
Greg Marksberry: Don’t borrow trouble.
Eddie Tison: One more from my dad: “To make a lot of money, you have to either HAVE a lot of money, work really hard, or take a lot of risk. If anyone tries to sell you on a way to make a lot of money that doesn’t require at least one of these three run, don’t walk, in the other direction. ”
Andres Augustine Benavides: If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody
Joe Harvey: “If you can only love God when he meets your expectations, you’re really just using God to love yourself.” -lessons I learned during tough times
Hoss Ridgeway: Never buy a car in the dark, in the rain or in a hurry.
Kaylee Dunham Kesterson: Live one day at a time.
Don’t half way do two things; whole way do one thing.
Refusing to forgive someone is like swallowing poison and expecting it to kill them.
Korina Glover: He told me “make home promise you a rose garden”.
Beverly Orris: Dad said ” Help as many, hurt as few” and you would be all right ..”Love is all that matters love is all that lasts” is mine
Sharon Watt Freeman: I once heard a wise man once say…”I’m not in the business of raising jerks”!
Robert Andrew David Evans: Being extremely hyper-active my mom would say, “Think before you speak.” Or “Think about something before you go all-in” Or “Know everyone, that way when you are in a bad area or get into trouble you know where to go for help or protection.” Or “Learn …See More
Wendy Root: a little bird never flies so far that his/her tail feathers don’t follow~ my grandma
Robert Andrew David Evans: “Do things right the first time.” <that one got me more times than not. One dirty dish after washing them and I would end up washing everything in the cabinet. Taught me integrity and honesty and the value of hard work.
Ted Janie Adkins: Never say or do anything outside the church that you wouldn’t say or do inside the church and you’ll make a lot less mistakes.
Darla Dunn Moxon: All that is gold does not glitter. (Tolkien gets the credit for turning this saying around.)
Cecily Moen Badding: Children are to be seen, not heard. Still makes me sad.
Adam Granger: My one Grandpa used to say “it’s not what you know it’s who you know”
Aaron Gossage: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” – my dad
Steve Malone: You don’t just have to go through it, you can grow through it.
Anisha Gutierrez: Never say something behind someone’s back, if you wouldn’t say it to their face. Also, laugh….a Lot! It truley is good medicine!
Dan Garrett: My friends used to say: don’t hang out with that guy Arron Chambers. (Thanks, Dan! Funny thing is, my friends used to say don’t hang out with you!)
Ben Brunswick: You’ll never know what it feels like to fly if you never take the jump
Hal Hoggard: I stand with Anisha Gutierrez and might add to have wisdom is to be a wise soul ( SPIRIT )
Renee Keen Young: My dad would say, “Treat your family like royalty, and everyone else like family.”
Isaiah Magana: “Leave it better than you found it.”
Charlie Crowe: “Remember who you are!”
Bo Temples: Grandpa also told me; “the best way to kill time is to work it to death.”
Laura Sweigard: When you spend all your time pullin at the weeds your wildflowers will never be able to grow. – G ma
David Arnold: The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence , just a different color.
Judy Wood Dalrymple: Keep your eye on the goal.
Joe Alexander: It’s easier to make nice people smart than it is to make smart people nice.
Darren Griffin: Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Laura Sweigard: Think smarter not harder
Melissa Kelly Colgate: Less said…. Less mended
Neil Rohe: Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance
Vicki Steiner: My mom used to say “they have the same clothes to get glad in”. Most of my dad’s are not repeatable, but they were very memorable! One I used for me kids: for every choice you make there’s a price you pay, so make good choices”.
Anne Klinger Maxey: “God made dirt. Dirt don’t hurt.”
Pete Vincelli: Close the fridge, are you trying to refrigerate the whole neighborhood!
De Anna Hundley: “God willing, and the devil don’t take me tomorrow!” (My grandmother’s favorite mantra)
Tracey Diaz Lawrence: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Prov 1. (Really all of Proverbs is the best medicine for living beyond conventional wisdom)
Dan Douglass: When my Grandpa found out I was going to be a preacher he said: “Keep it short and remember people’s names”. I’ve been able to remember names😀
Polly McKay: things will be better in the morning.
Courtney Flood: My grandma would always tell us to arrive early anywhere we needed to be. It was a sign of respectfulness.
Holly Stimson: My dad always quoted Churchill to me whenever I fell off my bike one too many times and felt like quitting: “never, never, never give up!”
David W Hamilton: They don’t care what you know, till they know that you care. And, success is not what you achieve or accumulate, it’s what you leave behind.
Kimberly Boren Martin: My dad, when I would ask him how I look after getting all dressed up….”it’s not the dress that makes the girl, it’s the girl that makes the dress!” So true! It’s not the clothes we wear…it’s what’s inside! Oh another I heard in high school that I teach my children especially when they don’t win or make the “A” team or whatever….”It’s better to deserve the prize and not win it, than to win the prize and not deserve it.” This one has stuck with me for years. As a parent I use the “losing” moments as the best “teachable” moments!
Amanda Zema: Keep your nose clean. Don’t take any wooden nickels! Be good.
Shannon Tetiva: Keep your nose clean. My dad always told me that.
Judy Parsons Fitzpatrick: My Dad was a banker. He always told me to balance my checkbook and save my money!
Jennifer Belter: To get to the peak, you have to travel the valleys first
Jeff Greene: One good turn, gets most of the blanket!
Mark Wheeler: “You can’t control how others respond/react, you can only control how you respond/react.” A great piece of advice for me over the years. “A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work.” LOL!!
Carrie Elizabeth Anderson: Beauty is as beauty does!
Scott Smith: Keep walkin’
Christy Green:My Father used to say ” If a bullfrog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass on the ground”. I never did understand that one. He had a million of them.
James Cook: For want of the nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the message was never delivered. For want of the message the war was lost.
Jess White:If an apple a day helps keep the doctor away then couldn’t we stop eating apples and have doctors make house calls again?
Susanne Clark Bjork: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do.” Everett Hale, Chaplain of the US Senate and grandnephew of Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War patriot who was executed by the British after he stated “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Marjorie Cobb: any day above ground is a good day
Lisa Rose Wright: “Do things the easy way, unless the easy way is the wrong way, then, do things the right way.”
Xenia Staves: My mom used to tell us to make sure we had clean underwear on in case we were in a car accident or something
Alisa Mock Franz: “Take good care of each other.” Grandpa
Jamie Smith Askvig: My Dad used to say “Look people in the eyes when you talk to them” and also “Nobody owes you anything in this life”.
Jessie Mae Hendrickson: “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time” Maya Angelo
Jackie Prosise Holliday: “Love is a decision”. And “real faith will move real mountains. ”
David Roberts: Nanny Roberts used to say, “Never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
Angela Horton: Well, you know what my old daddy use to say…a fool with his money soon parted.
Matt Zeller: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care wink emoticon
Karah Long: Tough times never last tough people do
Geoff Rogers: “Let them that didn’t want any… Have memories of gettin’ none.”
Katie Babbino: A couple of good ones from my mom: “Do what you know is right,” and “Make a decision and live with it.”
Ruth Spellins Phipps: My Grandmother would say: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” But my favorite was after she would belch she would say “Well that ole dead cow wasn’t finished talkin’. ”
Matthew Elam: A man’s word is his bond. A hand shake is as good as a contract.
Mark A. Taylor: “Quit crying or I’ll give you something to cry for!”
PeteNheather Ramsey: Uncle Steve – “You can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can’t wipe your friends under the couch.”
Great Grandpa – “Don’t worry about missing my funeral. I won’t be there either.”
Heather – “You have to choose to be offended. So don’t.”…See More
Scott Falconer: Just had the conversation last week when I was asked “what does that do for us?” It’s not about us! And I know that usually is said into the talks of “its about Jesus”, but it is also more than that. One action or good deed towards another can have huge and ongoing effects towards that person and others. I guess its “Pay it forward” thinking.
Lacie Dalrymple: “It is none of your business what other people say about you.”
Justin Dalrymple: Dont take work home and don’t take home to work.
Ross Runnels: Remember son, when your trying to keep the alligators off you a&@, the objective was to drain the swamp.
Ryan Bailey: My grandmother used to say, “Always give people the benefit of the doubt. You never know what they may be going through.”
Ross Runnels: It’s hard to soar like an eagle when your flying with turkeys.
Stephany Jenkins: If you don’t use your brain you’ll have to use your back….and…
Cut once but measure twice.
Amy Woodrum: Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things
Susan Duttweiler Campbell: Sometimes you have to just roll with the punches
Paul Chambers: My brother Roger would say that if you treat your children like little ladies and gentlemen that they would grow use to it and learn to settle for nothing less. His children turned out alright.
Bethany Jett: It is what it is.
Mark Edward Clark: “T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Every thing has a price…in time, talent, treasure, or trust.
Kacey Joy Vande Steeg: Not my grandpa but my dad says this all the time… “You can’t fix stupid” or “I don’t have to do anything you say, I just have to die and pay taxes” … Solid things to live by!
Mike Herbst: “Use your head for somethin, besides a hat rack”
Philip Claycomb: If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs – the one that howls is the one you hit! (about dealing with critics)
You can’t wrestle with a skunk without smelling like one!
Melody Willert: The child is a whole lot more important then that sink full of dirty dishes.
Steve Horton: Ask yourself if I would do it, if I would, its ok
Philip Edward Koban: If you don’t have anything nice to say about somebody don’t say anything at all!
Trevor Fritzler: Living beyond your means is mortgaging your future!
Steven Gorman: In order to train to fight; you have to fight to train
Chris Ho: This too shall pass.
Allie Schepers: Jump rope while you can, because you won’t be able to do it forever. -my grandmother
Tammy J Davis: If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts we’d all have a wonderful Christmas.
Casey Scott: If at first you don’t succeed, you’re doing it wrong.
Emmalee Shoup: You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar
Susan Duttweiler Campbell: One more for you that grandmother used to say…Visitors and Fish, both start to stink after 3 days
Clay Terrell: Related to Casey’s quote: If at first you don’t succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed!
Wesley Williams: Do your work right the first time. If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time when will you find the time to come back and do it the right way.
Jim Stafford: There ain’t no education in the second kick of a mule.
Pete Wurdemann: If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.
Kirk Garreans: You’d better try to go now, because you never know when you’ll get the chance to go again! (Mom, before a road trip with my dad driving).
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Betty Nelson Goodart: “As smart as you are and as dumb as I am, I’m as smart as you are as dumb as I am”
Christopher Onnen: It’s not so much of falling out of love as it is falling out of repentance
Sandi Peppard: Reality of life in a fallen world — When you are facing a challenging situation over which you have no control … It is what it is, and it’s okay. God is still God!
Tara Olender: Look up, not around.
Pete Wurdemann: My Grandpa who made award-winning pea soup, had been through the great depression: “If you eat pea soup for breakfast, have pea soup for lunch and be lucky enough to have pea soup for dinner you’re gonna pee soup ALL night long.”
Richard D. Perry: From a dear lady of 85+ years, whom we used to visit on a weekly basis. “Your only as good as your word. If you don’t keep it, no one will take you seriously.” Guess who the comment was aimed at.
Shaun Daly: Hope and fear cannot exist in the heart at the same time. Hope wins!
Laura Jones Sampson: “A fresh coat of paint never hurt an old barn,”
Gina Moore Clark: I never promised you a rose garden— roses take work and love and PATIENCE!!!
Marna Tillinghast: We look at the cross from amidst the crowd; Jesus would have us look at the crowd from the cross – Reinhardt Bonke