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Garden Hermit
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Meaningful phrases not necessarily from Grandma's Lips.
Mine is 'Don't take yourself too seriously because no-one else will'. Are there any other good ones ?

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Lamb Chopped
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Don't do anything in the way of permanent decision-making during the first year after a bereavement.

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Er, this is what I've been up to (book).
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!

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SusanDoris

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Life is not a rehearsal. Although that is a well-known saying, when I was told it, it was the first time I'd heard it.

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I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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Brenda Clough
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Say yes. Life is short.

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Science fiction and fantasy writer with a Patreon page

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Pigwidgeon

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Everything you've ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.

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Don't keep calm. Go change the world.

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Eutychus
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hosting/

Best advice? Never post a Heavenly thread in Purgatory [Biased]

Hold on tight...

/hosting

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One has to take part. Scary as it is. - Martin60
Jerusalem is a city without walls

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anoesis
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If it isn't broken, don't fix it!

(A lot of people have real trouble with this one).

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The history of humanity give one little hope that strength left to its own devices won't be abused. Indeed, it gives one little ground to think that strength would continue to exist if it were not abused. -- Dafyd --

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Palimpsest
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or as Mel Brooks said in the opening song of The Twelve Chairs Hope for the best, expect the worst. The worlds a play, we're unrehearsed.
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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Money can't buy happiness . . . but it can put a down payment on it.

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"We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice." – Charles Manson

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Kaplan Corday
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Never buy meat from a steeplejack.
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simontoad
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Sunday's on the road to Monday, and Tuesday's on the road to me. Oh Yeah.

Profound, but misheard lyric of course.

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The opinions expressed above are transitory emotional responses and do not necessarily reflect the considered views of the author.

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mousethief

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Don't pretend to be stupider than you really are. It might stick.

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God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. --Acts 10:28

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Gee D
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1. Make no admissions.

2. Never resign.

3. Never run out of garlic.

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Not every Anglican in Sydney is Sydney Anglican

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Garden Hermit
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Another - Treat every day as if it is your last, - because one day you'll be right.
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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Told a shy 16 year old what I wish someone had said to me at that age:

1. The worst she's likely to do is say no;
2. If she does, you'll get over it;
3. And if she does, you'll be in exactly same position as if you never ask.

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Might as well ask the bloody cat.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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I'd rather live my life like God exists and find out he doesn't -- than live it like he doesn't exist and find out he does.

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"We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice." – Charles Manson

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Doone
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Choose your battles carefully.
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Pigwidgeon

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Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.

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Don't keep calm. Go change the world.

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Graven Image
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Go for it.
If you get tired you can rest
If you get hurt you can recover.
If you fail you can try again.

Had to do with sports but later I applied it to life in general.

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Roman Cataholic
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Don't have arguments that aren't worth having.
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Don't trust any advice you receive from anyone
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no prophet's flag is set so...

Proceed to see sea
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In your case 'til death you part isn't a promise, it's a threat.

(They stayed married)

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Kaplan Corday
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quote:
Originally posted by Doone:
Choose your battles carefully.

One in particular which I advise parents of small children: "Never try to force kids to eat something they don't like".

It's not worth the hassle.

Let them go hungry if they choose.

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Prester John
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Don't listen to me! I don't know what I'm doing!
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ExclamationMark
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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It takes a long time and it annoys the pig
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Lamb Chopped
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Nobody in your class is going to mock your presentation. They are all way too busy worrying about being mocked for their own.

[ 21. March 2017, 20:10: Message edited by: Lamb Chopped ]

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Er, this is what I've been up to (book).
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!

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Garden Hermit
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To Paratroopers landing on D-Day inland on French Soil - If you land in the wrong spot get your Parachute off and start fighting furiously. The Germans will think you have landed in the Right Spot. Obvious implications in Life generally. No need to tell people you've made a mistake.
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Tukai
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That gels with my philosophy: Don't waste time pining what you might have done; just do the best you can from where you are.

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A government that panders to the worst instincts of its people degrades the whole country for years to come.

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Sparrow
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Never make any major decisions while horizontal.

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For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life,nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Sioni Sais
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On a wedding day, to the bride and groom: "it's everybody's wedding, but it's your marriage. Don't let anyone else try to live their life through it".

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"He isn't Doctor Who, he's The Doctor"

(Paul Sinha, BBC)

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Twilight

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quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Told a shy 16 year old what I wish someone had said to me at that age:

1. The worst she's likely to do is say no;
2. If she does, you'll get over it;
3. And if she does, you'll be in exactly same position as if you never ask.

I was a shy, and very self-conscious, teenager and my father told me something I never forgot:
You wouldn't worry so much over what other people think about you if you knew how rarely they did.

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Stetson
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quote:
Originally posted by Garden Hermit:
No need to tell people you've made a mistake.

No, not in an adversarial situation like fighting German soldiers on the beaches.

However, whenever I mess up in teaching my class(eg.show up 20 minutes late because I slept in), my personal policy is to inform my boss of it as soon as possible. Because I'd rather have her find out from me right away, then have a student tell her a week later, and then she wonders "Hmm, why didn't Stetson tell me about this?"

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Bob Two-Owls
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If you are not sure if it is chocolate or poo, never assume it is chocolate. Especially if handed to you by a toddler.

Despite the fact that it gets a bad press, mutton is delicious, especially in a pie.

Ducks are great listeners and never sit in judgement.

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georgiaboy
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Quoting Auntie Mame: 'Life is a banquet and most poor S.O.B.s are starving to death.'

'At night all cats are grey.' Subsequently revised in my college days to 'At night all cats are gay.' (Well, not all, but many.)

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You can't retire from a calling.

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Aravis
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Thank people.
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M.
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Ha! Twilight, that reminds of something my mother used to say when I was getting stressed about what to wear: 'no-one will be looking at you anyway'.

I offer the only other pieces of advice she gave me:

Never buy a tie for a man

The housework will still be there next week.

M.

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Kaplan Corday
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If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
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The Phantom Flan Flinger
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When you're in a hole, stop digging.

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Garden Hermit
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When all else fails, try doing it like your Grandma told you to.
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Stercus Tauri
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quote:
Originally posted by The Phantom Flan Flinger:
When you're in a hole, stop digging.

Unless your name is trump. Here - borrow my shovel.

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Thay haif said. Quhat say thay, Lat thame say (George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal)

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L'organist
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Don't keep things for 'Best': if people give you nice things use them, because your relatives won't thank you for leaving them with a pile of stuff.

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Rara temporum felicitate ubi sentire quae velis et quae sentias dicere licet

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Helen-Eva
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My parents' contribution:

If in doubt, turn off the gas and don't marry him.

Covers so many of life's dilemmas.

On my own account I would add:

Do not underestimate the hamster. Whatever you think it can't get out of: IT CAN.

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I thought the radio 3 announcer said "Weber" but it turned out to be Webern. Story of my life.

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Stercus Tauri
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Check the supply of toilet paper before company comes.

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Thay haif said. Quhat say thay, Lat thame say (George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal)

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Lothlorien
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quote:
Originally posted by Stercus Tauri:
Check the supply of toilet paper before company comes.

Especially if you are an hour from closest shops over rough dirt roads.

Allied to this is advice I had to give to women visitors after one relieved herself out in the bush while climbing and squatted over stinging nettle. [Eek!]

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Buy a bale. Help our Aussie rural communities and farmers. Another great cause needing support The High Country Patrol.

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Lyda*Rose

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Helen-Eva:
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Do not underestimate the hamster. Whatever you think it can't get out of: IT CAN.
Very true. My first hamster I adopted when he had escaped my roommate's hamster nursery and camped out in my furry boot for two days. He also escaped the cage I got him and used his freedom to play in the hamster ball and trap himself in the bathroom. My next hamster escaped his cage and was found a building away in my apartment complex. After that it was rats, then guinea pigs, both species which considered a nice, well-kept cage home after they had finished playing in the living room and were ready for a little nosh.

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"Dear God, whose name I do not know - thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG... thank you. Thank you for my life." ~from Joe Vs the Volcano

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Huia
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If you're caught short in the hills and need to pee, make sure your backpack is uphill

To a perfectionist 5 year old crying because she made an error in her work, "Everyone makes mistakes sometimes Kylie, that's why they put erasers on the end of pencils.

Huia

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Charity gives food from the table, Justice gives a place at the table.

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Lamb Chopped
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Octopi too. And even box turtles. Mine hid beneath our water heater--I have no idea how it climbed the pedestal.

[ 26. March 2017, 06:17: Message edited by: Lamb Chopped ]

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Er, this is what I've been up to (book).
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!

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from John Ortberg: when you're in your 20s you spend most of your time worrying about what everyone else is thinking about you. In your 30s that pressure becomes tiresome and you begin to resent it. In your 40s you realize no one was thinking that much about you.

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"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." -Frederick Buechner

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St. Gwladys
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Never take laxatives and sleeping tablets together.

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"I say - are you a matelot?"
"Careful what you say sir, we're on board ship here"
From "New York Girls", Steeleye Span, Commoners Crown (Voiced by Peter Sellers)

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Kelly Alves

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When I was about 24, my fencing coach stopped me in the middle of training and said,"You cannot attack and defend at the same time. Choose a course of action and commit to it."

I went home that night thinking about all the different ways that statement applied to my life.

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"Take your broken heart, make it into art"-- Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

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