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?” Be sure to read the first and the second post in the series. They were equally as awesome.

  • The best gift a man can give his children is to love their mother.
  • A good mother has dirty floors and happy children.
  • When you get older you will lose your lip line, that’s why we use lip liner.
  • Never think you’ve failed, because if you do, you have.
  • Advice to a new mom: “Don’t take anyone’s advice.”
  • If he doesn’t make you smile at least every day, then now is the time to just walk away.
  • Never say no to dessert… Who knows if you’ll ever get to eat again?
  • Never grow up.
  • Always marry for love, sweetie. Do remember though that it’s just as easy to love a rich man.
  • You spend the first 2-4 years teaching your children to walk and talk. You spend the next 14-16 years telling them to sit down and shut up. But you love them more every day.
  • The days are long but the years fly by. Enjoy the bad and the good because one day you’ll wonder where all the time went.
  • Choose your partner every day. Wake up and make the choice to love and be happy.
  • People may not remember what you say or what you do but they will always remember how you made them feel.
  • In your marriage, your husband should always have the last two words, “yes dear.”
  • “If you are gonna go around acting like a jackass, you need to learn to carry a big branch behind you to cover your tracks.”
  • When your kids are grown they won’t remember how clean your house was. They will remember how much fun they had.
  • If someone is stupid enough to walk out of your life – be smart enough to let them go.
  • A parent sacrifices for their child, not the child for the parent!
  • My grandmother always told my dad that he can’t take his money with him, so spend it on things that will bring your family closer together, because that’s all that matters in the end.
  • If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
  • Its easier to build up a child than to repair an adult.
  • Be content with nothing, happy with anything.
  • If you don’t have something to say, stop talking!
  • Stop throwing bricks into a tornado. They’re just going to come back around and smack you in the face.
  • Shake hands like you mean it.
  • Walk into every room with your head up and shoulder back like you own the place.
  • Even if you have to live in a cardboard box after you are married, never live with relatives.
  • The secret to a successful marriage is that you don’t fall out of love at the same time.
  • If you hold a cat by its tail, you learn things you cannot learn in any other way.”
  • The secret to a good marriage is to make sure to sit on your husband’s lap every day before leaving for work. This practice will sometimes lead to you being late for work.
  • If you want your kids to be happy and grounded, spend half as much money on them and twice as much time with them.
  • Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.
  • Eat your fiber and take a walk every day, because if your pooper and your legs are workin’ then everything else will work itself out.
  • Do the things that make you happy & you’ll find the guy that loves seeing you that way.
  • Question EVERYTHING!
  • Never, ever, put the responsibility for your personal happiness in someone else’s hands. It isn’t fair to either one of you.
  • When speaking of others you must first ask yourself these 3 things. 1. is it true? 2. is it nice? 3. is it necessary? If you cant answer yes to all three, its probably better to just keep it to yourself.
  • Don’t ever let him watch you put on your pantyhose.
  • Always make sure you’re in love with the person, not the idea of love.
  • There are two things you cannot change: the past and other people. The things you can change are yourself and the choices you make today.
  • No matter what you do in life, do it better than anyone else. If you want to be a janitor be the best janitor in the building. If you want to be a lawyer be the best lawyer in the area. However, if you want to be a criminal don’t tell them you’re related to me.
  • The grass isn’t greener somewhere else, it’s greener where you water it the most.
  • If I had known how great grandkids were, I would have had them first.
  • “Don’t sit at the cemetery and cry. I won’t be there. I will be with you always, in spirit and in your heart.
  • Everything will be alright in the end, if its not alright, its not the end.
  • My grandfather used to go up to complete strangers and start a conversation. He’d tell me that “they may be someone truly worth knowing. If I don’t meet them how will I know?”
  • Think it, don’t say it, never write it!
  • Marry your best friend.
  • You made your bed. Now either lie in it or remake it, but don’t whine about it.
  • Love someone the most when they deserve it the least. That is when they really need it.

I really love reading the wise advice that comes from lifetimes of figuring things out. 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.