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A Mother's Wisdom

Updated on October 13, 2011

Throughout the ages, mothers have passed their wisdom down from one generation to the next. These are some of the – wise old sayings – my mother passed down to me. Although I vowed, during those rebellious teenage years, never to repeat such stupid things to my kids; I did, I have, and I still do.

Perhaps your mother shared these same words, or maybe she had her own versions. Feel free to share your own – words of wisdom – leave your comments and feedback, and of course, vote me up!

The virtues of hard work

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

(As quoted from Poor Richard’s Almanac, and penned by, Benjamin Franklin)

A lazy man may slumber and sleep; but when he wakes up, what shall he eat?

Can’t never could (The grammar may stink, but the meaning is clear.)

Can’t went out in the corn field and died. (I would have never understood this one had it not been for the fact that my family grew up in Nebraska)

Wait’s what broken the wagon down. (An obvious play on words, but we knew when mom said this, we better not tarry)

The early bird catches the worm (Another quote from Poor Richard’s Almanac, but often quoted by mother)

A stitch in time saves nine (As quoted from Poor Richard’s Almanac, I think she must have read, or heard these a lot)

God helps them that help themselves

Neither a borrower or a lender be (I think this particular quote was taken from Poor Richard’s Almanac, but it is also found in the Bible)

The wisdom I learned about growing up

Beauty is only skin deep, the true beauty of a person comes from the heart.

Ladies do not cross their legs, except at the ankle.

A guest at someone’s home never asks for anything, and if offered something, takes only one. A polite person NEVER asks for seconds.

A guest in your home gets to choose what game to play and / or T V show to watch (I know, I never could figure out the last two either. They seem to cancel each other out)

Children are to be seen and not heard.

Children are not to speak unless spoken to. (I used to think these were simply hideous and on the verge of abusive, until I had to endure unruly and ill mannered children)

Children should never be allowed in their parent’s bedroom (When I was growing up, we were never allowed past the doorway)

If Mother said no, it was useless to go ask Father.

If Father said no, it was a sure whipping to go ask Mother.

Mother is always right

If you ask any parent “why?” The answer will always be, “Because I said so.”

Tough Love is toughest on the one administering it.


Wisdom on marriage and relationships


A good marriage is hard work, every day, by both parties.


Marriage is not a 50 / 50 proposition; it is both husband and wife giving 100% all of the time.


A successful marriage is team work.


Children don’t fix a bad marriage, they make a miserable family.


Don’t let the sun go down on your anger (This can be found in the Bible, and also in Poor Richard’s Almanac, I believe)


The best part of a fight is making up.


Keep your husband satisfied in the bedroom and happy in the kitchen, and he won’t roam.


Compromise is a strong instrument.


Sometimes it’s better to say “I’m sorry” and know you did nothing wrong.


Sometimes standing your ground results in cracking your foundation


A house divided against its-self cannot stand (As spoken by President Abraham Lincoln during his speech at Gettysburg)  


A wife should never go through her husband’s wallet or a husband through his wife’s purse. (I’ve added cell phones to this)


Mother’s wisdom about life in general


Trash comes in all sizes, colors and outfits.


If you hang around with trash, you start to stink like trash


You have to be a friend to make a friend


You will have many acquaintances but only a few real friends


Blood is thicker than water and family is all you got.


Never loan money, or do business with family. (Another one of those that cancels its-self out)


Company and fish are a lot alike, after 3-days you’ve got to throw them out


Don’t point your finger at anyone’s mistakes, you have three pointing back at you


Make sure your words are sweet; you may have to eat them some day


Honey attracts more flies than vinegar (I never understood why anyone would want to attract flies in the first place)


Choose your battles and battlegrounds carefully


Kill your enemies with kindness


A soft answer turns away angry words (This is from the Bible)


If you fail to plan, plan to fail


Poor prior planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.


There is no such thing as a good excuse.


There is no such thing as a stupid question.


Life is meant for living and living is always growing and changing


Look at the glass half empty and you will never be happy, Look at the glass half full and you will always be content.


Contentment is not getting what you want, but wanting what you’ve got.


Be who you are, be proud of who you are and don’t try to be anyone else.




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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Mothers are very special, and I'm glad you have such a close relationship with yours.

      Happy to have you as a follower, celeVritys4africA.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My mom is my best friend . A very touching hub! I like it and now I am one of your followers.

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      Mom's and dad's are so much smarter after we grow up. Thank you Colin, for sharing your mother's words of wisdom, which reminded me of one a friend of mine's mother always told her. "Don't forget your name."

      I didn't understand what that meant until years later.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...this is a very lovely heartwarming hub and made more so by the fact my mum was my best friend (as was my dad) so I was a lucky son in many ways - this hub also brings back dear memories: my mum would lay down wisdom all of the time and some of the time I wasn't paying attention and some times I was - often a typical reaction by a teen-ager or a kid - lol lol - but now it makes so much sense in retrospect.

      Two of my favorites from her - "always remember son your dollar is your best friend" "always keep your mind sharp" mum must have known that one day I would meet you and be moved by your hubs and learn too!!!!

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      Thank you Erin. I didn't remember how many of these little sayings my mother shared with me until I started writing them down. Amazing!

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      Erin LeFey 7 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you for reminding me of some old favorites and throwing in a few new ones! Voted you up and useful!!