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Pearls of Parental Wisdom

For most of us, our parents said little pearls of wisdom to us when we were kids. We probably have said them to our own children, and now they are doing the same to their kids, our grandchildren. Many of them are common sayings. The following are the ones that I recall my mum (in particular) and dad saying.


  • Be good sweet maid and let who will be clever. (Where Mum picked this up, I have no idea. I thought it was dumb because I didn’t really think being good was all that wonderful.)
  • See a penny and pick it up. All the day you’ll have good luck.
  • Such as life without a wife, but it’s ten times worse without a husband. (Mum said this when she was weary, but I always wondered why because Dad didn’t do any cooking, shopping or cleaning).
  • A change is as good as a holiday.


  • Be careful how you judge people. You don’t know what’s going on behind their front door.
  • Be good. Get on well in the world and remember that God is good.  (This was a regular saying from Dad. He often said it when we were young adults and starting a new venture such as a new job or going on holiday without him and Mum).
  • Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise. (Dad was an early riser).

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  • Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  • If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Do you remember some of your parents’ pearls of wisdom? I’d love to know what they were.

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