What's The Best Advice You've Ever Received?

Submitted by: LordJim 2 months ago in Misc

Simple. What was the best advice you ever had about life? No more than 10 words.
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Male 7,602
You can throw a dead horse in water
But you can not make it sink
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Male 7,602
Interrogate the clerks
They usually know as much as the managers
But are untrained to withstand such techniques 
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Chose a partner you can stand the worst sides of. Rather then someone you love the best sides of. 
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Male 2,565
Don't be a cunt.
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Male 9,613
oobaka Now that's advice you should have heeded. Joking.
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Male 694
Grandpa said, "It's OK to have fat girls as friends. Fat girls have skinny girlfriends." 
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Male 1,866
Crush your enemies, 
see driven before you,
lamentation of their women
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Male 688
The good Lord loves a workin' man.  Shit 'n Shinola.  Don't trust whitey.
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Female 6,817
dkm458 What a jerk
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Male 688
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Male 794
Never slap a man who chews tobacco
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Male 259
dont shit where you eat
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Male 10,227
jarred My version: Always drink upstream of the herd.
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Male 9,613
Never shag domestic staff. They will invariably neglect their duties.
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Female 8,529
LordJim i dunno- not that I would ever do that of course ( I'm the staff) - but yunno
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Male 9,613
madduck Other people's staff, well... But you won't be invited back.

Happened to a chum of mine. He was widely received for his conversation, croquet and bridge but he developed a reputation as a seducer of servant gals. Invitations dried up and now he spends his days at the Hall working his way through the ancestral wine-cellar, attended only by Old Scrotum, the wrinkled retainer. Tragic, in a way.
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Female 8,529
LordJim being fair its a bad idea to shag your employer, they expect you to work for free. 
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Male 9,613
madduck Isn't that called marriage?
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Female 8,529
LordJim **inflicts firm smack round left ear** wash your mouth out with lifebuoy 
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Male 580
Life, like soap, slips more as you hold tighter.  Relax!
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Male 691
There's no free time, there's only time. Go!
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Male 6,337
don't wizz on the electric fence
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Male 9,613
rumham Actually, as long as you stand back a couple of paces and have decent stream you're probably OK .Mythbusters did a piece on it.
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Male 1,710
Delete all of your social media accounts.
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(dude - you need to) break those pills in half or take two of them
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Male 4,552
Those who want power, deserve none.
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Male 7,602
Back in 1986   i called the Elvira Advice line
The Advice given was 
Never pick up hitch hikers who are carrying bloody chainsaws
I lived by that ever sense 
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Male 10,063
thezigrat O.O  Truly, words to live by.
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Male 259
if you have more time than money, use it to make money

another one is, "when the game is finished, the king and the pawn go into the same box
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Male 250
Wish in one hand and shit in the other.  See which fills up first. 

Told to me by my grandmother at the age of 10 or 11 maybe.  Life's not fair, you don't always get what you want. It's a hard lesson but a valuable one. 
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Male 13,505
Happiness is a choice.

Don't sweat the small things, but be weary of the big.

Love one another and be excellent.

forgive often.
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Male 46,081
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Male 10,227
On work? "If done right, they won't know you've done anything at all." 

I developed three rules in my teen years to live by:
  1. Never screw around with someone you work with. Someone's going to lose their job.
  2. Never screw a neighbor. Someone's going to have to move.
  3. Never stick your dick in crazy 

I gave this advice while training a new lab tech: "You won't make a mistake that hasn't been made before."  But damn if he didn't manage it. 
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Male 1,094
megrendel If only I would have been given these three bits of advice in my younger years... or I should say, if only I had listened to them.
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Female 6,817
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Male 2,367
Don't anger the doctor or cook.
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Male 190
Control will set you free - my violin professor
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Female 6,817
No one can take better care of you, than you.
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Male 91
I shut my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gauguin
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Male 46,081
"Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself" - Joey Tribbiani
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"Don't ever come home and tell me some girl got HERSELF pregnant"-Mom
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Male 10,063
"If an acorn smells funny, don't eat it." --Mom.
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Male 1,094
squrlz4ever That is sound advice, and it applies to things other than acorns too (and not just edible things).
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Male 46,081
Men who try to save Damsels in distress end up with distressed damsels.

Dr. Laura Schlesinger
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Male 401
"Seems bad at the moment, but in six months you'll look back on this and laugh."

My first boss, John Mills.

Carried me through so many 'temporary' setbacks.

Sorry, not ten.
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Male 1,249
Don't cheap out on things that separate you from the ground; shoes, beds, and tires.

More than ten words but solid advice
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Male 3,041
Don't chase parked cars.
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Male 2,345
Don't talk to the police. They're not your friends. 
That advice was from my uncle, a cop in Saugus.
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When life gives you lemons, add vodka.
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If life gives you lemons - you're probably dyslexic
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Male 4,552
todd_dirks I had a teacher in highschool screw up the saying. He said, "When life gives you lemons, make orange juice". I kid you not!
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Male 190
DuckBoy87 You sure he wasn't being 'funny'?
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Male 4,552
popsicle01 Well, considering when we questioned him, he backtracked, I'd say that he wasn't trying to be funny.
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DuckBoy87 A teacher??? Wow... That's just sad.
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Male 1,209
Don't stick your face in a fan.
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Male 9,613
Dignity at all times. I've tried.
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Female 8,529
Sow a wind, reap a whirlwind.
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Male 287
If you dont learn to swim, you will drown. Said by my grandfather as he throw me off of a dock into a lake.
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Male 2,345
tinfoilhatsociety " as he throw me off of a dock into a lake."
I remember that the hardest part was getting out of the burlap bag.
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Male 287
semichisam01 nahh that was easy it was the handcuffs that was the real issue
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Male 91
tinfoilhatsociety true  but the feral cats didn't make it any easier
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Male 13,505
Trust in God
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Male 1,540
"Anything you say can and will be used against you" :P
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Male 13,505
boredhuman while good advice, not the best IMHO.  On that topic, have you ever thought that?  Will the truth you speak be used against you?  They declare it can and will be used against you.  It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, because if they are going to use the truth you speak, it will be used for you, don't you think?  Or are they saying they will use the truth to instill prejudice, to be biased and judgmental, and creating a division (eg: saying "we are against you even if you are right")? Also, if the later - do you think that is effective justice?  Should it be avoided? If already in effect, should it be stopped?
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior
1. while good advice, not the best IMHO. On that topic, have you ever thought that ["Anything you say can and will be used against you"]
  Agreed, I don't consider it the best advice either. For example, I'd place the golden rule higher.

2. Will the truth you speak be used against you?  
  Meaning of "truth" is key here, and I think we would disagree on how we perceive truth. It's important to distinguish the objective Truth (with capital 'T') from the subjective truth.
  I only have access to my subjective truth(boredhuman), which is different from your truth(monkwarrior). No one can ever have direct access to objective Truth, but we can get closer to it with better understanding.
  In your world view, I'd imagine your God knows objective Truth (or even IS Truth itself). I think you believe we can get closer to objective Truth through study of the word of God.
I don't believe in God, but I believe in philosophical concept of objective Truth, and I think we can get closer to it by studying the natural world through science and philosophy.

3. "if they are going to use the truth you speak, it will be used for you, don't you think?"
 
Now to answer your question: what you perceive as truth(monkwarrior) can often be misunderstood and misrepresented. Others may simply reject your truth(monkwarrior) as wrong in favor of their own subjective truth, which they believe to be closer to the Truth. Take the Bible: you believe it to be the truth, yet atheists "can and will" quote bible passages to attempt to discredit it: Leviticus 20:9, Exodus 21: 7-8, Genesis 19:8, etc... I'd imagine that you can easily justify these passages, but your experience and the resulting understanding of the world and the Bible differ from mine. 

4. "they will use the truth to instill prejudice, to be biased and judgmental, and creating a division"
  I'm saying everyone is biased - everyone has their own experience and their own subjective truth. It's normal to try to share and instill your personal subjective truth onto others - you do that when you share your beliefs about 9/11, NASA, flat earth. I share my subjective truth that your doubts are unjustified. We do change our subjective truth - it's learning.

5. "we are against you even if you are right" ... do you think that is effective justice?  Should it be avoided? If already in effect, should it be stopped?
Ask yourself: would you be against anti-theists, even if they're right and God doesn't exist?
  No, I don't think this takes place very often - I believe in the goodness of people, which includes government officials and the rich and powerful. I also believe that people are selfish, and act in self interest. I suspect your selfish interest is for your soul to get into heaven, and you're willing to suffer and be selfless on earth... What others consider 'good' may differ from me, and others' interests may conflict with my (selfish) interests.
  For example, I'd like to think the police are just trying to find the criminal, and not intentionally trying to pin a crime on me. Although they'd rather be right, it's still in their best interest to find someone to be responsible. The cost for me would be extremely high, so in that situation it would be in my interest to follow the advice: "Anything you say can and will be used against you."
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Male 1,540
  Jeeze, very thoughtful reply. I gotta run, but i'll address your questions later. 
  I try to stay away from posts such as this, which are aimed at personal information. 
  I just thought this quote was fitting in our little 'fights/arguments' :)
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Male 287
Don't eat yellow snow
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Male 3,123
Always take the time to stop and smell the roses.
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Male 5,883
How to properly roll a joint.
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Male 5,337
Mind your own business. 
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Male 46,081
A man shoots his own dog. - My Dad

or

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy. - Lazarus Long aka Robert A. Heinlein

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Male 13,415
Gerry1of1 Literally? As in taking your dog to be put down by a vet is for pussies?

Or just metaphorically, as in handle your own problems?
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Male 46,081
holygod   Metaphorical
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Male 18,342
Just bid 11.38 million. They're lucky numbers. 
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Male 7,506
If in doubt, stay silent.  When certain, STFU.
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 girls are stupid throw rocks at them
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Male 4,118
It's two words longer, but screw you I do want I want. "Put your brain in gear before you put your mouth in motion". My old man said that. Wish I would follow it more often.
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Male 13,415
robthelurker Start your brain before you start your mouth

8 words.
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Male 46,081
holygod  robthelurker Think before speaking .... 3 words
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Male 13,415
Gerry1of1 Speak intelligently ..... 2 words
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Male 4,552
holygod Shhhhh ... 1 sound
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Male 46,081
DuckBoy87 holygod



No words, no sounds
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Male 13,415
DuckBoy87 


122,500 Pixels. :)
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Male 1,540
holygod 0
1 bit :P

We all lose to silent lurkers!
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holygod How do you insert an image like this?? 
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Male 46,081
todd_dirks  drag and drop of copy/paste from google
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Male 13,415
todd_dirks Literally just drag and drop into the comment box.
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holygod Lol, believe it or not I did try this... It must have glitched. And HTML code I'm ashamed to admit. 
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Male 13,505
todd_dirks 
  1. find image on the internet you want to post.
  2. right click on image
  3. put the mouse over 'copy image'
  4. double check it is really the option to copy an image
  5. left click on that selection
  6. come back to I-A-B
  7. Start a reply or a new post
  8. right click in the text edit box
  9. put your mouse over 'paste'
  10. left click on that selection.

The End.
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monkwarrior Thanks Monk!
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Male 13,505
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holygod 


Back to 4. 
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Male 4,552
holygod You win! I admit defeat!
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Male 967
Not 10 words but:

Big Problems are made of little ones.  Solve the little ones to solve the big ones.

This was actually while learning to solve static forces within structures, but it works well on everything.
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3,688
muert Mind your cents and the dollars take care of them selves? Too bad I have more dollars than sense lol. 
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3,688
Oh, and always carry a towel. 
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Male 13,415
skypirate Hitchhikers or Southpark?
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holygod Well, you know where SP got it from. 42. 
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Male 4,552
holygod Knowing skypirate, Hitchhikers. But also knowing skypirate, probably both.
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DuckBoy87 
But also knowing skypirate, probably both.
Awe, you know me? I'm flattered! 
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Male 13,415
Don't sweat the small stuff.
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Male 68
holygod 
Or: Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
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Male 4,552
Don't. Just ... don't.
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