Old Sayings We Should Probably Bring Back

9 Oct

To Thine Own Self Be TrueThose old sayings we used to hear our grandparents tell us while we rolled our eyes were more than nonsense muttered in frustration at impatient youth. They were like directional signs to guide us on the road whenever we get lost (or lazy). I did a quick Google to see what the Internet thinks about 21st Century sayings, and here’s what I found:

“Been there, done that.”
“It’s a no brainer.”
“Talk to the hand.”
“What’s the worst that can happen?”

Adages and Sayings Are a Sign of the Times, My Friends

I’m sure there are many more sayings from modern times that are…well, stupid. Can’t you just hear Lindsay Lohan saying, “Whatever?” She’s sitting in the street, her hair all raggedy, and she’s trying to find her bottle of tequila. What about the tweens on Disney Channel who think they are all that and a bag of potato chips saying, “What’s the worst that can happen?” while they drop out of high school to become rock stars. Yeah, everyone is gonna be a rock star, baby.

Where Did All Those Wise Sayings Go?

Have we lost our minds? What happened to the wisdom we used to tap into from generations who have “been there, done that?” Will our kids learn some of those tried and true characteristics that made America great? Work hard. Be honest. Treat people like you want to be treated. I think we should probably bring back old sayings like these:

“To thine own self, be true!”

This one could be a big help now to all those poor teenagers who are grappling with their sexuality in a horrendous environment where bullies push them to suicide.

“Worthwhile things are not always easily achieved.”
Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you can’t get something for nothing. You’ve got to work at it, even when people are telling you to quit. We need more people who are so passionate about what they do, nothing will stop them.

“Don’t expect things on a silver platter.”
Lindsay should have listened to this one. Poor Lindsay.


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