Common sayings and expressions we'd like to believe as true but really a bunch of BS

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  1. earllogjam

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    We hear these things all the time and just assume they are words of wisdom until one really thinks about it or lives a while.

    Here's some common sayings and beliefs that are not very truthful...


    1. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

    2. Do what you love and the money will follow.

    3. Nobody ever died of a broken heart.

    4. You can be anyone you want to be.

    5. Invest for the long term and you will be fine (always said at the brink of the bear market by stock brokers who didn't do their homework)

    6. Slow and steady wins the race.

    7. You'll get an ulcer if you worry too much. (Actually caused by a bug)

    8. The pen is mightier than the sword.


    Any more you care to add to the list?
     
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    9. Time heals everything.

    10. Love conquers all.

    11. Good things come to those who wait.
     
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    *...Your face will stay like that if you don't quit!

    *There are starving children in Africa who'd love to eat your cauliflower.

    *If I have to stop you one more time I'll turn this car around.
     
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    "a drunk mans tongue,is a sober mans mind"

    "great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from
    mediocre minds"
     
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    Step on a crack and break your mother's back :saevil:
     
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    i still subconciously avoid cracks in the sidewalks.:redface:
     
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    I like that....
     
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    Crime doesn't pay.

    When I was an arch villainess I got a huge salary :)
     
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    The fleas don't bite.
     
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    Smile and the world will smile with you

    If you dont stop that you'll go blind
     
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    Hard work will bring success...
     
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    Do you think people made up these sayings because the honestly believed them to be true or are they more like white lies, brainwashing?

    Where they ever true?
     
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    Perhaps they were just all excuses,for lack of something better to say? Though they mostly sound like threats.
    cigarbabe:saevil:
     
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    Some ARE true....

    A stitch in time saves nine

    Look before you leap.

    Etc. etc.

    I think the difference is that stupid sayings were made up at one time or another to make people feel better when they're experiencing loss or difficulty.

    While proverbs are simply sayings that express truisms in a succinct manner.
     
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    i think it varies upon situations.
    in one situation the saying will be very true,
    but in another it is more of a white lie.
    :smile:
    i think.
     
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    Q: What did the potato say?
    A: I think therefore I yam.


    :biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:

    The way to tell the difference is: does the saying THREATEN, PLACATE and/or COMFORT?

    Yes?

    Throw it away! It's pablum!


    (pablum = processed cereal for infants)
     
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    You're not going to get a girlfriend by sitting on your fat arse in front of the computer.

    That's one I made up but I feel it holds a lot of truth :)
     
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    I tend to think that adage is true.

    Speaking as someone who is no stranger to 60 hour work weeks this is bullshit! Sometimes all hard work gets you is exhausted. :12:




     
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    If it doesn't kill you it only makes you stronger.

    This one is a complete crock of macho motivational bullshit, mentally and physically. I've suffered a few hard physical knocks in this life and let me say: Spinal damage and dislocated limbs that leave the sufferer unable to roll from one side of a bed to another fail to engender a newfound sensation of strength and agility.
     
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    Workin&#039; up a good pot of mad!
    Sticks and Stones will break your bones but words will never harm you.

    Girls who wear glasses never get passes.

    It is better to have loved and lost than to have ever loved at all.
     
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