Time for some more advice from the people who have been around long enough that we should all probably listen. The following quotes were taken from your replies on Facebook when I asked “What’s the wisest piece of advice you’ve ever gotten from an old person?” If you missed the first post in this series, click here to read it.

  • “Well, that makes just about as much sense as two pennies lookin’ for change.”
  • “Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”
  • “There’s never been a grudge that made any sense at all when staring at your own coffin.”
  • “You can spend your life chasin’ money, or you can spend your life chasin’ your wife around the living room. In the end, would you rather remember feeling like you never had enough or would you rather remember feeling like you had everything in the world?”
  • “Forgive, but don’t you dare forget.”
  • “The best friends you could ever have, you can count on one hand… unfortunately, you need six pallbearers.”
  • “Don’t blink.”
  • “What never made sense to me is wishin’ you were someone that ain’t got nothin’ on you.”
  • “So you’re gonna go get bigger boobs, huh? That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. By the time you’re my age they’ll be tucked into your belt. You don’t want ’em hanging much lower than that.”
  • “If you cant pay cash on the barrel…you dont need it.”
  • Never avoid swimming just because you don’t like the way you look in your suit.”
  • “Pee downhill.”
  • “Be nice to my daughter. She’s the one I’ll need later in life.”
  • “So you wanna make something of yourself? How about first you go tell your mama you love her. You ain’t gonna get anywhere without her.”
  • “Make yourself proud of you.”
  • “Never forget to leave a note.”
  • “Don’t be one of those knuckleheads who has to get married four or five times before he realizes that what he wants is more than a pretty face.”
  • “Use your head for something other than a hat rack.”
  • My grandfather was asked how they made it to 50 years. His answer, “Just show up every day. Never give up.”
  • “Look in your back pocket. If you’re lucky you’ll find some money. If you’re more lucky you’ll find a note from your gal that says I love you.”
  • “Don’t let what others think keep you from being yourself and doing what you love.”
  • “I can’t promise you tomorrow will be better, but I can promise you it will be different.”
  • “Don’t chew with your mouth full or speak with your mouth open! Now, go brush your hands and wash your teeth.”
  • “Never assume there’ll be a tomorrow. Live each day as though it’s your last because one day you’ll be right.”
  • “Nothing is ever so bad that you can’t tell me.”
  • ‎”There’s only so many times you should smile when someone’s kicking you in the teeth.”
  • “If you can’t afford a nice tip, then you can’t afford to eat there.”
  • After a break-up – “You weren’t replaced. You were released.”
  • “Remember who you are and what you stand for.”
  • “God gave you two ears and one mouth so you could do twice as much listening as talking.”
  • “Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
  • “Don’t fight anger with more anger. Kill them with kindness until you drive them crazy.”
  • “You may love someone just as much at 18 as at 80, but at 80 that love won’t change.”
  • “Life is at it’s most painful when you’re changing the most.”
  • “Never waste your time dating anyone you wouldn’t ever consider marrying because you never know who you will fall in love with.”
  • “Silence speaks louder than words.”
  • “God can’t give you anything you can’t handle.”
  • “If you cry more than you laugh, your relationship will not last.”
  • “There is only one 100% sure birth control, and that is to roll over and say ‘no’.”
  • “Love your family for who they are, not for who you think they should be.”
  • “Involvement precedes interest.”
  • “You’ll never get anything worthwhile in this world without working your rear-end off for it, and I’m not necessarily talkin’ big things. Take, for example, your mother’s chocolate chip cookies.”
  • “Your actions are speaking so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
  • “Getting married isn’t the greatest thing in the world, Dearie. Getting married to the right person is.”
  • “Life isn’t scripted.”
  • “Don’t spend your week waiting for Friday. It will come and the rest of the week will be gone without notice.”
  • “You don’t need a girlfriend anyway. Not until you learn to be a man first.”
  • “When the pain outweighs the pleasure, it’s time to move along.”
  • “If you have to lie about something you did, then you shouldn’t have done it.”
  • “It’s not a mistake until you’ve done it twice.”

Like last time… I had a smile pretty much the entire time I was reading the replies and working on this post. I really need to hang out with old people more often.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Which was your favorite from today, and what is the wisest thing you’ve ever heard an old person say? I’d love to hear your comments with your own favorite quote.