Have you ever been peppered by the well-meaning “old adage” as a means of getting you out of the mulligrubs? Maybe you are enjoying your mulligrubs. Maybe you don’t want to be cheered just yet. Maybe there is a cathartic element to grumpiness that some eternally annoying optimists will never understand.

So, I reworked some of the old standbys to better suit your mood…


If at first you don’t succeed, you probably just suck.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over, unless it was over before it began.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. Wait! What kind of dog is it?

It’ll all come out in the wash. Now where did I leave that ink pen?

Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but you will have to start all over again tomorrow.

It’s not whether you win or lose, but they’re still keeping score.

The harder I work, the luckier my boss gets.

Love is blind…and deaf…and dumb.

You never know until you try, but you’re probably better off not knowing.

Aim high…or go ahead and shoot yourself in the foot. Same difference.

The hard part’s over. Here’s your Viagra prescription.


Now, these are just a few that come to my mind. Feel free to share reworks of your own favorite inspirational idioms, adages and triteness.


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Copyright 2012 The Journey Man


By Gene

I am a lover, a fighter, and a midnight writer. I love football, hamburgers, and philosophical inquiries. I love Jesus more than any of that. I love my wife, my daughters, my grandson, and my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I also love Huck Finn...and other seminal characters in American literature. Like Gus McCrae. I love the English language. I love to dive into the wonders of its depth and splash around in the shallow end where colloquialisms and slang rule and reign.
  • leimanodra

    I like it; short of love.

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