Mom Once Said

Mom said a lot of things that were memorable. It’s as if she carried around a basket all of her life gathering common sayings. Here are some which I remember:

“It’ll all come out in the wash.” (Don Quixote)

“A penny for your thoughts.” (Sir Thomas More)

“Don’t get the cart before the horse.” (George Puttenham)

“There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us, it hardly behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us.”  (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” (English Proverb)

“If the cows are laying down, the fish aren’t biting.” ( ?)

“If the wind is blowing from the East fishing is the least;  if the wind is blowing from the West fishing is the best.” (English Proverb).

“Speed on Brother, Hell is only half full.” (Cormac McCarthy playwright for “Hell is only half full.”)

“If everyone threw their problems into a pile, after reading a few of the others, each would frantically retrieve their own.”  (Regina Brett takes credit for this, however my  mother would be 105 if she were alive. Regina Brett is 64 which is 5 years my junior. I heard this from my mother when I was very, very young.)

“You might have to kiss more than one frog to find a prince.” (The Modern Book of Proverbs)

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” (English playwright William Congreve)

“A watched pot never boils.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“The early bird gets the worm.” (A book of proverbs by William Camden)

“Your face is going to freeze like that.” ( Origin is controversial )

The list could go on and on but it would become intemperate. I find myself using such quotes since my granddaughter came to stay with us for awhile.

Phyllis Weeks Rogers 5/27/2021


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