Pearls of Wisdom

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  1. del320

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    So…
    …who has been the most influential person in your life?

    What ‘pearls of wisdom’ or ‘bon mots’ have guided you along life’s rocky road?
     
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    My mother:

    "If you don't ask you don't get"

    So when I was single.........
     
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    Love the post Del.

    That has to be a new catch phrase. Almost as good as "During the war"......"as my old Sergeant used to say".

    As for your question, I have to say I am not 100% sure of an answer yet.
     
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    My dad
    "Don't judge the marmalade by the label"

    A fellow inmate, HMP Winson Green. (It's a long story)
    "Oh, so you're a man of principle are you? Let me tell you son, there are two types of people allowed principles in this world - rich men and fools. And I can see you're not a rich man"

    Old English proverb
    "All's fair in love and war"

    Me (to my kids) (and anyone else who will listen)
    "You don't show that you're a better person than someone by behaving worse than them"

    Bananarama
    "It aint what you do, it's the way that you do it. That's what gets results"
     
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    :D :D My old sergeant always used to say, "When playing with electric wires there are three things to be wary of!"

    AC, DC, and.......... JC



    Regards
    John
     
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    To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
     
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    always treat others as you would expect to be treat yourself:D

    my fave, people in glass houses shouldnt throw stones:D
     
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    My current boss is one of those whose principles you wouldn't want to follow as it's basically - "If you **** up, you're to blame. If anyones else ***** up, you're to blame, and I just don't **** up - you do" So guess whose fault everything is - yup muggins 'ere:rolleyes:

    Whereas I try to adhere to the accept responsibility for your own actions motto.

    But the people I look up to are my kids - because they are just amazing and Josh is now taller than me :D.
     
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    My grandma: Eat all yer tea 'cause half the world is starvin'.

    So I did and they still are :confused:

    Portzy.
     
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    lol - I remember that one too:D :D
     
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    My dear old sainted gray-haired mother came up with a variation: "Eat all your tea 'cause you don't know where your next meal is coming from" This was said with a certain malevolance which put the fear of God into me - would I be given away to the orphanage?

    My father reckons you should never tell other people your worries. Half don't care and the other half are glad!

    But, being the Great Prevaricator, he has lived by the maxim to put off doing today anything which can be done tomorrow. It's worked - he's nearly 97 and shows no sign of pegging out!
     
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    Baz Luhrmann Sunscreen lyrics

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97,
    Wear sunscreen.
    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
    it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
    scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
    than my own meandering
    experience…I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
    understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
    But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
    recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
    you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
    imagine.

    Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
    effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
    bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
    never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
    on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing everyday that scares you

    Sing

    Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
    people who are reckless with yours.

    Floss

    Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
    you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
    yourself.

    Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
    succeed in doing this, tell me how.

    Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

    Stretch

    Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
    life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
    wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
    olds I know still don’t.

    Get plenty of calcium.

    Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

    Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
    you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
    chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
    congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
    choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
    use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
    think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
    own..

    Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

    Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

    Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
    good.

    Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
    people most likely to stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
    should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
    lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
    knew when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
    in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

    Travel.

    Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
    philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
    that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
    noble and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
    maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
    might run out.

    Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
    look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
    supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
    fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
    ugly parts and recycling it for more than
    it’s worth.

    But trust me on the sunscreen…
     
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    I never know whether to laugh, cry or what to those lyrics - they are so poignant:confused:
     
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    My father was the most influential person I have ever known. He gave me some sound advice upon leaving school. It was " Get yourself a trade and you will never be out of work". I took his advice and have so far not regretted it.
     
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    My Dad preparing me for a college interview for which I was woefully underqualified:

    'When they ask about certificates for the exams you claim to have acheived look sad and mention that tragic fire'

    Dad again on life as a salesman:

    'It beats working for a living'

    The first bit of advice worked a treat and I've lived by the second one all my life!
     
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    The favourite saying - can't remember from where...

    "we'll burn that bridge when we get to it"

    as opposed to

    "don't burn your bridges before you've crossed them!"

    Les
     
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    My ex-boss after a trip to Belfast

    "why are there so many italian flags over there?"
     
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