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Best Advice From Mom

The pearls of wisdom we’ll never forget

Moms do know best, right? With Mother’s Day approaching, we asked you to share your best advice from mom. Here are just some of the pearls of wisdom passed down from generation to generation that you’ll never forget.

Men and Marriage

Don’t ever marry a man expecting to change him.

Never marry a man with bad teeth … it’s inherited.

A good marriage doesn’t just happen; you have to work at it.

Love covers a multitude of sins.

Either show a little leg or a little cleavage, but never show both.

Never go to bed mad at your spouse.

Always be nice to your mother-in-law.


The mess will always be there tomorrow, so spend time with your kids.

Don’t be afraid to let your children see you cry.

Mean what you say. If you make a threat to your kids, you’d better follow through, even if it’s not fun.

You don't have to be the perfect mother; you just have to be good enough.

Slow down and embrace it all. Take it all in, every moment. It goes by too quickly.

Get down to your children’s level and think like them while playing with them; it's the best way to have fun.

Leave your kids (and the stories about them) at home.

Just Be a Good Person

If you help someone, don’t expect anything in return, and don’t even make a reference about it.

There is always someone taller than you, smarter than you and faster than you. Be your best you.

Tomorrow is another day. Everything looks so much better after a good night’s sleep.

If you can’t say something nice, think harder.

Do something good for someone else every single day, and don’t tell anyone you did it.

Smile — no one likes a sourpuss.

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Words of Wisdom

Always ask yourself, who’s going to remember this 100 years from now?

There’s always a difference between need and want.

There’s just one word to remember: moderation.

Be safe. Be savvy. Be smart. Be shrewd. Be sure.

This, too, shall pass.

Don’t live in the past; you can’t change it. Focus on the future, and live in the present.

Be on your best behavior when you’re out in public because they (whoever observed bad behavior) may not know which “Devlin” you are, but they will know who your parents are.

Around the House

Don’t take a bath in a thunderstorm.

Go to the bathroom before you leave the house.

Never eat yellow snow.

When cooking, always clean as you go.

Never iron your husband’s clothes. He can do it himself.

Never go to bed with a messy kitchen. You don’t want to wake up with dirty dishes in the sink.


Appearances Matter

A lady never goes anywhere without her gloves, her girdle, a hankie and a dime.

Always put on some lipstick. It will make you feel good.

Stand straight, smile, and mean what you say.

Always bring a sweater.

Always smile with your eyes.

A well-cut outfit hides a multitude of sins.


Money, Money, Money

A penny saved is a penny earned.

If you give a wallet as a gift, put some money in it for good luck.

Pursue your life’s passion and money will eventually follow.

Never spend more than you make and you’ll always have a little money left over.

Borrow only as a last resort.


Your only real friends are your mother and the money in your pocket.

Never go to someone’s home for dinner without bringing a gift.

Say yes to invitations, opportunities and adventures. Try new things. If you have the choice between going and not going to a party, always go! Explore as much as possible, look around that corner, but don’t be reckless.

The more languages you know, the more friends you can make.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut.


Tell the truth. It’s easier to remember than telling a lie.

Everyone’s got something. Don’t prejudge. Everyone has vulnerability. Some just hide it under a lot more covers than others.

You’re more powerful than you know.

Pick your battles in life. Not everything is worth fighting for.

You make your own luck.

There is no influence so powerful as that of a mother.

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