Thursday, June 25, 2009


This was sent to me by my sister Jan and I just loved it. I could find fault with none of the sayings, was amused by each, and could see the value in all. Hope you haven't seen it before.
Thanks Jan.

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

*Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just shoot you.


  1. Gosh, I got to mail myself these sayings. I had forgotten almost all of them. What a blessing memories are.

    Here is the response to your comment...

    Response to Arkansas Patti...

    It isn't impressive Patti. It is just one of those things that I do that confounds most people. Since day one, almost, I have been able to think about doing something -- anything really -- and I then set about doing it. I thought about being a millionaire many times but I also have another glitch -- I tend to think of something else and go off on that binge.

  2. Several of those I should tatoo on my forehead.

  3. Abe,
    You really need to narrow in on that millionaire thing.
    Most of those sayings I had heard thru out my life, just never saw them all in one place with a nice farmer accent.

    You can't go wrong on any of those except maybe letting an old man kill you.

    Me too, me too. Sometimes I forget to remember the good stuff.

    So glad you were able to translate. I thought some of those expressions might not translate well.

  4. Cute ones Patti... I've heard some of them, but not all. My fav is "The best sermons are lived, not preached".


  5. Betsy,
    Amen sister. Example beats the stuffings out of words.

  6. These sayings cover about all the wisdom we learn during our lives! I especially like this one: The best sermons are lived, not preached.
    Thanks for sharing.