Dadisms: Our Father’s Words of Wisdom

Dadisms, the words of our fathers“Dadisms”- the sayings our dads always had at the ready to prepare us for the world.  Growing up, there were many sayings my dad would insert into any “teachable moment” with his kids.  They were usually not the words of wisdom we wanted to hear at the time, since we thought our dad had no idea what he was talking about.  Then, a few years back, it started happening, I was using my dad’s “dadisms” on my own kids.  Ooooh, the pain.  It turns out, dad had some really great sayings that have translated into solid advice.  The best part?  My kids roll their eyes whenever I whip out these precious nuggets, but I smile knowing that I have passed on my own (and some borrowed) famous sayings.

I have solicited friends and family for their best dadisms and have been rewarded with numerous quotes that are too good not to share.

Dadisms: A Compilation of Wisdom

  1. “It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you save.”
  2. “Don’t take no wooden nickels.”
  3. “It’ll put hair on your chest!”
  4. “Can’t’ never did nuthin.”
  5. “If I don’t teach you how to do it right, who will?” (How to change a tire, oil, head gasket and spark plugs)
  6. “Did that hurt when you did that? Well don’t do that anymore.”
  7. “Take it like a man.” (whatever the hell that means since I’m a lady)
  8. “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
  9. “Can’t afford college now?  Get a job, learn common sense.”
  10. “Do that again, and I’m going to knock your block off!”
  11. He’d mess up “space cadet” and “air head”, so when I didn’t do something he wanted me to do, he’d call me a “space head”.  Always made me laugh inside!
  12. “Go get ’em tiger.”
  13. “I’ve been where you are, but you haven’t been where I am.”
  14. “Just trust me & listen!”
  15. “Knowledge is power.”
  16. “When you swim with sharks don’t bleed.”
  17. “Measure twice, cut once.”
  18. “I know I’m hard on you. Someday you’ll thank me.”
  19. “Life’s not fair” in response to “That’s not fair!”.
  20. “Itten ditten little kitten, oaten dohten little boat-en, isk-ittly oaten doten bodo scadeeten-daten whad-at and chew.”
  21. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
  22. “If you loan money to a friend, you’ll lose the money and the friend.”
  23. “It’s not very far but it takes a long time to get there.”
  24. “Think! It’s patriotic.”
  25. “Lets hear those dishes rattling.”
  26. “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas it would be. “
  27. “Can’t never did anything!”
  28. “This hurts me more than it hurts you.”
  29. “Integrity is the only thing that people can’t take away from you so don’t give yours away. “
  30. My dad used to always greet strangers John Wayne style, “Hey there neighbor.” Drove me nuts.
  31. “Everything has a place and everything goes in it’s place.” (specific to my brothers putting tools back where they go)
  32. “If your friends played on the freeway does that mean you should too?”
  33. “Don’t let you alligator mouth overload your humming bird ass!”
  34. “You’re not bleeding, you’ll live.”
  35. “If you hang around shit, you will start smelling like shit.” (meaning choose your friends carefully)
  36. “I told you once, I told you twice, and I’m NOT gonna tell you again!” (Yes you will….)
  37. “I’m doing this because I love you. Its for your own good.” (usually said just prior to a harsh punishment)
  38. “That’s the way the pickle squirts.”
  39. “Hotter than a burnt boot.”
  40. “Finer than frogs hair.”
  41. “If I were any better there would be two of me.”
  42. “Do you want me to give you something to cry about?”
  43. “Pull my finger!”
  44. “It is better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt!”
  45. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
  46. “I teach you every thing I know, and you still don’t know nothing.”
  47. “Buy right, cry once.”
  48. “Don’t step over a dollar to pick up a dime.”
  49. “Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”
  50. “Don’t cry over spilt milk.”
  51. ” It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.”
  52. “Be careful what you wish for.”

Do you have any Dadisms you would like to share?  Add them in the comments below!


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