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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We all know I love quotes. I have books full of them, and signs with them, and they’re in my brain constantly. Sometimes we’ll be talking about something and I’ll think of a quote that relates, and say it. (But sometimes I don’t actually say it so that I don’t sound like a total nerd.)

Some quotes are very thought provoking and beautiful. But others are exactly the opposite. This could be because the analogies have just been taken too far. Or because of a stupid play on words. Or because the author had no creativity or ability to write whatsoever.

So I made a list of some stupid quotes that are pretty common. These are exactly the sort of phrases crocheted to your grandma's pillows. Though some are fads that have evolved within recent years. And while some may be true in a far-fetched sort of way, they’re all weird.

And they make you want to be like…

1. "I woke up like this." I have no idea how this became popular but it's on coffee mugs everywhere, and I don't understand.

2. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take your breath away."

3. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present."

4. "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I’m possible.'"

5. "Friends are like balloons. So I’m gunna tie you to my heart so I will never lose you."

6. "Friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you always know they’re there." A quote that starts with "__ is like..." usually never fails to be dumb.

7. "YOLO (You Only Live Once)." It's just an excuse to do bad things or be lazy.

8. "The earth without 'art' is just 'eh.'" The principle is true but the play on spelling defeats the whole purpose.

9.“Love is in the air.” ("False. Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide are," says the popular meme.)

10. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gunna get.” I know it's from Forest Gump, but it just doesn't make any sense.

Maybe I'm just thinking too hard, or maybe I'm not sentimental enough, but you have to admit these are all a little ridiculous. And there are plenty more in the world like them. 

Apparently my mind had too much time to wonder over the Thanksgiving holiday. What thoughts went through your head on your days off?


  1. Actually, I thought a lot about this quote recently. Not sure this is a well-known quote, but I've heard it through the years. Probably an old saying to frighten YP from making a wrong decision when choosing a marriage partner. “If you marry an onion, you’re gonna cry.” I’m sure you will label this as lame too, but it has an element of truth in it.

    1. Actually, that one's not too bad. I understand it at least. Good thing none of us are about to marry any onions. ;)

  2. Yeah, some of them do sound a little corny, but number 6 is one of my favorites. I'll have to tell you why later.

    1. Okay yeah you'll have to explain that to me. I mean, there's a lot of things that you don't see but you always know are there. You could say "Friends are like God. You don't always see Him but you always know He's there." hahaha.. :D

  3. I love Number 2. I think as you get older, your unique life experiences can cause a particular saying to ring ring true.
    For example, number 10. I've received several Whitman 's samplers that contain chocolates with surprising (and sometimes disappointing) fillings. So that one makes me laugh.

    1. Yeah, my mom has number two on a sign somewhere around the house. I just think it's funny when you take it literally.. in that case, the moments that take your breath away would kill you because you can't breathe. Haha.. and yeah I hate that! I'm almost afraid to eat from those chocolate boxes without very carefully reading the descriptions to make sure I have the exact kind I want. :)



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