Words of Wisdom No. 21


The inspiration behind this month’s Words of Wisdom comes from a little book I was gifted earlier this year ‘My Mother Used to Say. . .’.  Enclosed is a beautiful collection of material wisdom from parent’s of the famous and not-so-famous.

I’m sure each of us could recall times were we have valued and used advice that has been handed down from our parents or grandparents.  Perhaps its a line, a phrase or an old saying that is comes back to our memory at the times we need it most.  Below is a testament to the old adage that mum’s (or parents!) always know best.

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My father always used to say, ‘Life is full of small beginnings.’
– Andrea Corr

Ma mère a toujours dit, ’Regarde toujours devant, jamais – derrière.’
(Always look forward, never backwards.)
– Pierre Cardin

My mother always used to say, ‘Never be turned by the flattering tounge.’
– Bernard Farrell

My parents you sed to say, ‘You are judged in life by what you give, not by what you get.’
– David Jamilly

My mother used to say,
‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.’
-Pauline Latham OBE


My mother’s fravourite saying was, ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’
– Sir Gerry Robinson

My mother used to say, ‘Before ever passing comment on someone try to walk a mile in their shoes.’
– Esther McVey

My mother:
‘It was she who taught me to get up every day and keep going;
To look for the best in people even when they saw the worst in me;
To be grateful for every day and greet it with a smile;
To believe I could do or be anything I put my mind to if I was willing to make the requisite effort;
To believe that, in the end, love and kindness would prevail over cruelty and selfishness.’
– Bill Clinton

My mum used to say,
‘Education is your passport to life,
once you’ve got it no one can
take it away from you.’
– Baroness Floella Benjamin

My mother Bernadette always used to give me this good advice:’Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.’
– Patricia Scanlan

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