Famous Sayings, Famous Phrases, and Funny Sayings Too

What Gives Them Their Staying Power?

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Funny cartoon of Dr. Julia Chicken experiencing first hand the famous saying, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

See some phrases and sayings other folks have spoken here.

That's what we're talking here, famous phrases. Dr. J and I want to know as much as we can about as many famous sayings as possible. And you're the ones that are going to tell us!

Dr. Julia loves old sayings because she believes that they contain some of our best life lessons. A lot of the time, you may notice that the clients in Dr. Julia's office are mere living examples of some famous saying or well known phrase.

Things that our grand mother said were most likely things that her grand mother said. Sometimes the sayings came from great writers or famous figures. Other times, we have no idea where the phrase came from, but it stuck around for some hundred years - most likely because it is rich with meaning or... stinking funny.

That's the way the cookie crumbles. What does that mean? Who said it first? I doubt that you'll find that phrase in Poor Richard's Almanac. Still, if you think about it for a second it is a very interesting saying.

A cookie is hardly a necessity. It really serves no nutritional purpose other than to provide a little sweetness. Handle it, bite into it, drop it, and it will turn to crumbs.

To me, this odd little saying may mean that the frivolous things in life may be nice, but they're fragile, and don't expect them to hold up to test of time. Choose something of real substance if you want something that you can "sink your teeth into" for a long time to come.

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If I had my life to live over 
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If At First You Don't Succeed 
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If You Can't Say Anything Nice Then Don't Say Anything At All 
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A not-so-famous saying, not old, but oh so true... 
One of my all-time favorite quotations about being true to yourself comes from the indomitable Bette Midler. "Hold on to the thing that makes you unique, …

"...I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."  
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Cross That Bridge 
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Conservations by an Old Fart 
My Grandfather "Honey" Hadley, aka Old Fart, known for various reasons including the obvious, would always would say, "When not in use, turn off the juice". …

If I had my life to live over, I would pick more daisies. 
Why this is my favorite saying: My nickname is Daisy, I have often thought of changing it legally to Daisy. (I use the id MissDazey online as …

Minds are Like Parachutes... 
This is one of my favorite quotes from Sir Thomas (Tommy) Dewar "Minds are like parachutes... they only function when they're open." Sir Thomas Dewar …

Viola, Voila!  
The French don't say "viola", which is a string instrument, they say "voila", which means "there it is". Big difference. Dear Anonymous, We …

Two Inches of Partly Cloudy... Not rated yet
When I first moved to Dawson Creek in the Peace Country of British Columbia, it was an eye opener. The weather forecast was for calling for partly …

Until the Cows Come Home Not rated yet
Here's a funny little saying, "...until the cows come home." I've heard it said with a few variations on what exactly could be done until the cows …

There's no such thing as a free lunch Not rated yet
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I didn't get where I am today by being somewhere else! Not rated yet
I absolutely love this line. It comes from a British TV series called The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin. Perrin had a boss who (like many I have …

Famous Hilarious Phrase Not rated yet
Hi Dr. Julia, I couldn't pick just one famous hilarious phrase so I am including a few of my top favorites: "I like nonsense - it wakes up the brain …

Bob's your uncle Not rated yet
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While we were yet sinners... Not rated yet
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The Book and it's cover Not rated yet
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Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Not rated yet
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You Can't Compare Apples and Oranges Not rated yet
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Do not go where the path may lead... Not rated yet
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Funny Quote Not rated yet
"Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience." -Unknown We have this quote in the office because we …

Farming is not easy if you do it full time. Not rated yet
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