Dad’s 145 Sayings To Live By

Dad’s Words…

This is a list of sayings, quotes, aphorisms, morals and things I’ve found make sense over the years. They are in no particular order. Some may not be apparent unless you put some thought into them. Some are principles I live by and some I aspire to. Some are contradictory. But then so is life. I hope you find them meaningful.

  1. Call your mother & tell her you love her
  2. Pet at least one dog every day – Bank extras for dogless days
  3. Make your bed and brush & floss every day
  4. Put on clean underwear
  5. Don’t let the turkeys get you down
  6. Jump in random puddles
  7. Laughter is the best medicine
  8. It’s OK to seek the pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow
  9. All things come to he who waits
  10. Do it now
  11. Ready, fire, aim
  12. Live a life based on principle
  13. A sucker is born every minute
  14. The house always wins
  15. If it sounds too good to be true, it is
  16. The true test of your character is what you do when nobody is looking
  17. You find out someone’s true character when the airline has lost their luggage
  18. If you’re not sure it’s moral or ethical ask yourself, “Would I want to tell my mother about it?”
  19. You get one shot at life, make every moment count
  20. Trust but verify
  21. Live, love, laugh
  22. Carpe Diem
  23. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
  24. A penny saved is a penny earned
  25. Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em
  26. Don’t let ‘em see you sweat
  27. Be prepared
  28. Sometimes you need a belt and suspenders
  29. Always have a plan B
  30. Always carry cab fare
  31. Plan thoroughly – execute flawlessly
  32. Step outside your box
  33. To thine own self be true
  34. Be a friend
  35. Pay it forward
  36. Count your blessings
  37. Learn from your mistakes
  38. Don’t be afraid to love and be loved
  39. Its OK to cry even if you have to go into the closet to do so
  40. True communication is almost impossible. Just say it was your fault and didn’t quite understand
  41. Fake it ’til you make it
  42. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have
  43. Don’t get mad, get even
  44. Crush the competition
  45. You can’t save every whale but if you don’t try there soon won’t be any left
  46. Care for the less fortunate
  47. Buy the first round
  48. Be generous
  49. To get someone to like you ask for a favor
  50. Add value – be a giver not a taker
  51. Offer something of value to them rather than asking for something from them
  52. Lead, follow or get out of the way
  53. Shit or get off the pot
  54. If you ain’t the lead dog the scenery never changes
  55. When your only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail
  56. Play your cards close to your vest
  57. Hold your friends close and your enemies closer
  58. Nothing is as it seems
  59. Be a shepherd not a sheep
  60. Look before you leap
  61. Get there the firstest with the mostest
  62. Watch out for analysis paralysis
  63. Kindness pays its own rewards
  64. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable
  65. You are utterly unique – Don’t deprive the world of you
  66. Leave a mark on the universe
  67. Volunteer
  68. Money and Power corrupt
  69. Know when it’s time to leave the party
  70. Look for the reality under the hype – think critically – don’t be led by emotion or demagoguery
  71. Be passionate
  72. Curiosity may have killed the cat but it got us to the moon and back
  73. Get away from takers, haters, fakers, leeches, liars and thieves and don’t be one yourself
  74. Don’t think you can outwit a sociopath, just get away now
  75. The lady doth protest too much, methinks
  76. Don’t put up with abuse of any kind
  77. Live your own life not what others expect of you
  78. Don’t date someone who smokes no matter how hot she is
  79. Love makes the world go ‘round
  80. It’s OK to ask for help
  81. Do unexpected nice things for those you love
  82. Always use a condom even if she says she’s protected – it’s your responsibility too
  83. Keep it in your pants
  84. Roses are always welcome
  85. Always underestimate her age and weight
  86. Never answer the question, “Does this make me look fat?”
  87. When the fire of love’s passion fades, intimacy is the hot, glowing embers of what remains
  88. Have a friend you can share everything with
  89. Love your spouse; when things get tough don’t give up, don’t screw around
  90. Divorce is the last resort and only after all else has failed
  91. Remember, she has to put up with you too
  92. It’s OK to say you’re sorry
  93. All you need is “a loaf of bread a jug of wine and thou”
  94. Commit totally in whatever you do
  95. KISS
  96. The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley
  97. No matter how good you are there’s always someone better than you
  98. I cried when I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet
  99. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings
  100. Never say, “Never”
  101. Don’t burn your bridges
  102. Don’t throw good money after bad
  103. Don’t listen to the nattering nabobs of negativism
  104. To the victor go the spoils
  105. Never, ever give up
  106. It’s up to you
  107. Only you can prevent forest fires
  108. Vote
  109. Perform jury duty
  110. See the world
  111. There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
  112. Sweat the details
  113. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  114. Embrace ambiguity.
    Life is in many shades of color, nothing is black or white
  115. You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative
  116. Your family are the only ones who love you unconditionally
  117. Dream big – set BHAGs for yourself
    – Big Hairy Audacious Goals
  118. Tell yourself how wonderful you are every day
  119. Everyone’s a critic: It’s easy to find fault, much harder to find the good
  120. Catch them doing something right
  121. Seek first to understand before you are understood
  122. You have two ears and one mouth
    – make proportionate use of both
  123. You have nothing to fear but fear itself
  124. Be an agent for change
  125. Defend the defenseless
  126. It’s not personal
  127. Have Teflon-coated skin
  128. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  129. Learn to forgive and forget
  130. Let it drop and move on
  131. Pick your battles
  132. Let it sit overnight before your hit “send “
  133. Life is about selling – learn to sell yourself
  134. I get knocked down, I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down
  135. Aspire
  136. Conquer fear
  137. Don’t settle
  138. Let yourself be happy
  139. Take a deep breath
  140. The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
  141. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become proficient
  142. All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players
  143. Take the road less travelled
  144. Behold the rose
  145. When all hope is lost only your true friends will be there for you
  146. Call your mother & tell her you love her

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