Life's Truisms & Other Thoughts

A collection of truisms from various sources in no particular order.

If you know of any good ones not listed here please send them to me by clicking here.


Modern society is the bane of evolution because stupidity is seldom fatal.

If you are having difficulties in your life, job, family, marriage, relationships, finances, etc., please look in the mirror for the source of the problems before you look anywhere else and definitely for the person who can provide the solution.

I think most of us are usually about as happy as our unhappiest child or grandchild.

Deciding whom you marry is the most important decision you will ever make. From that one decision will come ninety percent of all your happiness or misery.

At the very minimum, live your life (and teach your children to live their lives) so you donít cause embarrassment to your family! Remind your children and your grandchildren that they are a reflection of their family and Ė ACT ACCORDINGLY! If every person would live their life by that little credo, 80% of the worldís problems would be prevented.

Three things that children must know: whoís the boss, what the rules are, and who is going to enforce them.

The problems of the world are going to have to be solved in our homes and not by governments.

Always be yourself. Because the people that matter, don't mind. And the one's that mind, don't matter.

There is no elevator to success. You will have to take the stairs.

A successful marriage is one in which you fall in love many times, always with the same person.

You are responsible for your own success or failure, orÖ.. Your life is not my fault!

When people aim for what they want out of life, most aim too low.

You can let bad times make you bitter Ė or better.

Live your life so that when your family, friends, co-workers, and employees think of honor, integrity, character, honesty, commitment, loyalty, trust, caring, respect and courage -- they think of YOU.

You canít hug your kids too much.

Marriages donít fail; people do.

A life not put to the test is not a life worth living.

Women hope men will change after marriage, but they donít; men hope women wonít change, but they do.

Success breeds success.

We are all born with an equal opportunity to become unequal.

There is no wealth like a good life.

Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence.

It is best to spoil your spouse, not your children.

The results of a kind word or deed are immeasurable. You will have the opposite results for a harsh word or deed.

Any two people can get married; thatís the easy part. Itís what you do the next 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, etc. years that will determine how successful the marriage will be.

Believe in miracles but donít depend on them.

When you are in debt, someone else has the advantage over you.

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

None of us is as smart as all of us.

YOU are responsible for what happens to YOU!

You are not responsible for helping anyone who is capable of helping themselves, but doesn't.

Money and success donít change people; they merely amplify what is already there!

There are no speed limits on the road to EXCELLENCE.

Having children makes one no more of a Parent than having a piano makes one a Pianist.

Making long-term decisions requires short-term difficulties.

Good manners are the lubricant that keeps our society moving forward.

Marriage is not a good way of life for the weak, the selfish, or the insecure.

Your character is the sum total of your everyday choices.

There is no way to be a perfect parent and a million ways to be a good one.

If you refuse to accept anything but the BEST out of people, you will probably get it.

The anticipation of oneís dreams is usually greater than the realization of oneís ambitions.

The secrets to a successful marriage are finding the right person and BEING the right person.

People buy unnecessary things in order to fill up holes in their lives.

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on YOU.

If you treat a person as he is, he will remain as he is. If you treat a person as he could be, he will become what he should be.

Avoid people who try to belittle you or your ambitions. Small, petty, jealous people always do that, but the really great people try to make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Successful people do not step over a dollar to get to a dime.

If you expect to be a person who is liked/loved/respected you will have to be a person who is likable/lovable/respectable.

Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian. Not any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are and can function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes TWO WHOLES.

When rules conflict with common sense, common sense must prevail.

There are things you want and things you need. A wise person knows the difference and will benefit financially from the choices made.

Donít tell your problems to too many people. Probably less than 5% really care and want to listen to you or help you. 75% donít care and the other 20% are glad you have them.

Pacifists are cowards in disguise, and they are wrong simply because by not fighting evil, they have become part of it.

Being a parent is a hard job. Being a good parent is the hardest and most important job in the world. You are teaching that little person how to be a human being, and to eventually become a parent for the next generation. What so many parents and grandparents donít seem to realize is how that cute, spoiled little misbehaving boy or girl that everyone is laughing at now is going to grow up to be a not-so-cute misbehaving teenager and adult if they donít understand boundaries.

You are responsible for what you do for, and to, yourself, and others.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction and seeing the same thing.

Sperm is not the glue that holds a marriage together.

There is nothing wrong about disagreement, so long as we don't become disagreeable.

The smart man thinks he knows everything, while the wise man knows he does not.

Marriage is not a 50 - 50 relationship, it's a 60 - 40 relationship. The best chance for long-term success is when both of you give 60% and take only 40%.


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Updated 2016-12-31