I recently heard “If you think you can do a thing, or if you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” I had to churn that one over a few times. Then an argument started about who said it. Henry Ford or Kay Ash. Who cares, I thought.

Some famous quotes or favorite sayings may come from your childhood, like “Don’t throw that, you’ll put your sister’s eye out!” You know, I actually knew of a girl who had her eye put out by a flying paperclip. No kidding. In seventh grade she had to have a glass eye. From then on I took that threat very serious!

My Dad was famous for his quotes. Some were unfit for this blog which is why I got the reputation of having the “mouth of a Stevedore…” at six! But other quotes were more endearing and even educational like…

“The price of knowledge is content review”

“If at first you don’t succeed … read the manual”

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right or not at all”

Or, “That’s a lazy-man’s load.”

I loved this one. I always heard it when I tried to carry too much stuff and ended up dropping and breaking something. That would be followed by: “Never do a half-assed job!”

And then there were my Mom’s renditions. I never heard her say, “Because I’m the Mom,” or, “Because I said so.” All those cliché things. She had a subtle way, for example, “You and God know the truth, that is all that matters.” Whoa – heavy!

But my favorite, then and now:

“Never underestimate the power of a woman.”

Thanks Mom!

P.S. We would love to know your favorite quotes – either personal, or famous. Please comment. Try to keep it “PG”!! Thanks.

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