The other day, I jumped in the car to take my daughter to school. Before pulling out the driveway, I rummaged in my purse and found my lipstick. Grinning at my daughter I said "There's always time for lipstick." She burst out laughing and said, "Mom, when you're dead and gone, I'll always remember you saying 'There's always time for lipstick.' You're always saying it!"
Well. What about all those times I said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?" That seems more memorable to me!
After thinking it over, I realized that often we do associate certain quotes with certain people.
For instance: "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date." - (this was from Alice in Wonderland) My dad said this all the time. I also inherited his talent for running late and so I repeat his quote for my family.
My grandma Sybil was known for saying, "You don't need to tell everything you know." Perhaps this is why I'm known for being able to keep a secret!
My other grandma said many times "You'll miss me when I'm gone. You'll call out my name and I won't answer." This was said not only to me but to all her relatives. Sure enough, we DO miss her now that she's gone!
She also had two other well known sayings, "Anyone want to Scrabble?" and "Poodadle!" (This was said with great feeling similar to someone saying "Fiddlesticks!")
I've lived long enough that I know several saints that have passed and I can remember their testimonies and quote them. Bro. Sidney Callis used to always say, "This world is not my home, I'm just a stranger passing through." He's home now...
And another great quote: "I praise God for keeping me another week." Bro. Leon Sams said this every time he testified.
Maybe we should all pay attention to the things that we repeat over and over. People do remember what you say, especially things repeated constantly.
There are those whose quotations are not worth remembering, such as "You'll never amount to anything." Also, please don't say, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right!" Hearing that paralyzes a perfectionist (ask me how I know). The truth is, doing something is better than doing nothing.
I'd love to hear your ideas on quotes that are worth remembering. And I'll check back to read them as soon as I put on some lipstick. My lips are so dry ... and there's always time for lipstick!