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Who Said That?


I just love reading JD Meier’s amazing quotes posts on Sources of Insight.  To me these quotes are like amazing tweets that intrigue the imagination and share wisdom on the quick.  JD says organizing and arranging these quotes is similar to working in a ZEN garden for his mind.   Nice concept- eh?

My Uncle John, my Mother’s younger brother, sent me a book he published for his grandchildren.  It is a lovely collection of his thoughts about his life and it includes some of my family’s infamous quotes that just keep coming past my ear.   It is something I miss with my Mother’s passing, because she was full of many of these herself – and her brother included some of her tweets in his book.

I thought today I would share some of this family wisdom with you, I will organize by person:

-Just get at it!
-Shoot or give the gun to Eli. (Nothing to do with hunting)
-Get a move on.
-Hold your horses.
-Keep your shirt on.
-Does your train leave any minute?
-Only the very old or the very rich can afford to be eccentric.  You are neither so shape up!
-Cheerful service to others is the best medicine for whatever ails you.
-Hold still – Do you have the PIP?
-He profits most who serves best.
-He who stands in the way of progress gets run over.
-Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick
-You can’t go broke taking a profit.

-Happiness comes not from doing just what one likes but from learning to like doing what one must do.
-If something is worth doing it deserves your best effort.
-Measure twice cut once
-If you will get it right the first time around you may save yourself and others considerable time, trouble, and embarrassment.
– If you would kindly move your fat, fashionable, well groomed carcass we could get some work done in this kitchen

Sister Ruth (MUM):
-If you can’t find something nice to say about someone then for heaven’s sake just be quiet-or if you must talk, then talk about the weather.
-Big minds discuss concepts; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
-When you get your priorities straight most things tend to fall into place making life both more agreeable and more productive.
– That was fair heavenly!
– Just get busy and get your work done first thing in the morning, then when a moment of pleasure comes around you can truly enjoy it
– Pick out one gift for yourself each birthday and Christmas and then you will always get just what you wanted.
– When you get paid for your work, always put something in savings first.
– In this day and age a woman must be financially independent.  She must not be ignorant of her family affairs
– We do not always have to agree within the family, but the minute you step out the door you are in harmony
– Don’t make others have to tend to your mess

A number of years ago, all 5 siblings went on an Alaskan Cruise together.  All the other passengers wanted to sit at their table because they were so witty and delightful.  These are just the comments we remember and their ability to tell a story – amazing!

Do you remember some favorite family quotes – oft times repeated?  Please share

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17 Responses to “Who Said That?”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Ohhhhhhh, these are great and brought back some warm memories. My mother used to say:

    “I love you more than tongue can tell.”

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you – I love your mother’s words!

  2. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! What a family treasure! Those sayings are viable forever, so many of them I heard while growing up as well.

    My grandfather had one expression that translates into “The cows don’t milk themselves!” which was his way of getting me to get at my (farm) chores. Another I remember – Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – which always puzzled me cuz we had a designated basket (just one!) to collect the eggs in! :)

    patricia Reply:

    Yes I heard those expressions too – and now that I have shared this post a few more are popping into my head…

    Such as my father would walk into a room of females and say: “how are you boys doing today?” My mother would reply “Oh Ross!” with a bit of disgust and my friends would all break into such laughter – I knew that is why he kept saying it.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Melody | Deliberate Receiving Says:

    My grandmother used to say (translated from German) “Every pot has a lid”. She was referring to the fact that every person out there had a perfect match waiting for them. But you know what? I think my grandmother knew something about the Law of Attraction!! Ha.

    Great post, Patricia.

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    patricia Reply:

    I think so too…..I think my Father knew about the Law of Attraction too, but he did not know how to talk about it

    Thanks for sharing! This is a fun post :)

  4. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. great sayings from your family … I probably should have made LISTS of my mother’s sayings after her 5 years in bed following her strokes – how she came out with things I’ll never know – but it made me laugh and thus us laugh .. and often led to more guffaws.

    A recent one .. if you wanted someone to stop doing something you’d normally say ‘stop’ – wouldn’t you?? Well no – not my mother (and this is recently, when she doesn’t talk that much!) … she said ‘hold off’!! I just have to laugh ..

    The staff quite often come up to me with stories …

    But one day she asked me what I was and mumbled a word .. I couldn’t fathom what she was saying and thought well she’s gone off her rocker …. so left it!

    Accusatorily about 10 days later – well have you looked that word up …. no Mum – how do you spell it …. she tells me … I still haven’t a clue …. but off I go and Google it … and I ask my uncle – who is very erudite how I spell it … no “it” and eventually I get there …

    Mum do you mean Emmanuensis … and I start giving her the meaning …. scribe from biblical times …. I had hardly started my brief explanation – when out comes “Dogsbody” …

    … and that solved the problem .. I was her Emmanuensis – or dogsbody …. and to this day that continues on … I write!!

    Changing the subject slightly – hope you won’t mind if I use some of these when I have my Conversations with the residents – I’ve started doing volunteer work with the residents, who enjoy a bit of communal conversation and interaction. Your sayings will stimulate their minds … ?

    Cheers for now and thanks in advance … Hilary

    patricia Reply:

    Wow what great stories and of course use these to your hearts content.

    You dogsbody you!

    My mum got even more intense after her mini-stroke and rather stopped saying all her little things….I had a hard time adding to her list from my Uncle’s list because it is now 9 years since I heard many of these…

    She was a huge supporter of women’s rights and she had so many things she said back to the news.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Talon Says:

    One of my Mom’s greatest legacies was her awesome quotes…they come up in conversation everyday and keeps her memory vibrantly alive. Family sayings are true treasures.

    patricia Reply:

    So True Talon, so true

  6. Sam Juliano Says:

    Many of these have become accepted and sage bits of advice, while as you note, they’ve been passed down from generation to generation, which in itself has given some timeworn validity to the findings. So many like ‘If you can’t say something nice about someone, well don’t say anything or say something about the weather’ have become part of the language while others still would have most smiling and nodding their heads on.
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    patricia Reply:

    Going for the memory and the smile :)

  7. Deborah Barker Says:

    Wonderful quotes Patricia and I hardly know where to start with those that I recall being thrown at me over the years. However, I did share one with Andrea from “Go Ask Alice..when she’s 94″ that is a particular favourite…”She’s not so green as she’s cabbage looking,” which I still say and laugh at to this day.
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    patricia Reply:

    I am thoroughly convinced that the the English have more of these quotes in their dialogue than do those of the USA…particularly in language that supports community spirit rather than individual prowess.

    the value statement vs the sound bite…the latter I find dissatisfaction with

    I was delighted to find these quotes and be able to share them, I wish I knew more of them, but that generation is passing away…as of last week I have lost another Uncle – only 2 folks left

  8. Jannie Funster Says:

    “your fat, fashionable carcass.” :) :)

    Measure twice, cut once — excellent!

    I remember Mom saying in the blueberry bog “Every berry you pick is one I don’t have to!” That Mom. :)


    Patricia Reply:

    Are these not fun things to remember Jannie…yep my Gram could just roll that off her tongue!

    and the carcass was well groomed!
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