I like quotable quotes. Mostly, I think, because they say things so much better than I can. With that in mind, I’ve added a new page of some of my favourite simple living quotes. Click here to read them and be sure to leave your own!
I think another reason I enjoy a good quote is because of my upbringing. Growing up in a rural southwestern Ontario family exposed me to a lot of unusual idioms. Most of them I could unravel the meaning. But some simply didn’t make a lick of sense (I just realized that “lick of sense” is one of those adages I grew up with).
Here’s a list of some personal favourites from my childhood. Some of them are from memory and others from a list of sayings my Uncle Joe wrote that my Dad and stepmom recently shared with me.
- “As happy as a skunk in a wood pile.” (I dunno – I guess skunks really enjoy piles of wood?)
- “Colder than a well-digger’s butt.”
- “As scarce as hens teeth.” (yup, that’s pretty scarce – unless it’s a genetically modified hen, maybe)
- “Give it a lick and a promise.” (sounds mildly sexual)
- “I’m not a flying machine.” (this was something my Grandma Martin would say, apparently – I use it myself from time to time)
- “Runs slick like a tomcat in a milk house.” (No. Friggin’. Clue.)
- “As mad as a wet hen.”
- “As annoying as a burr in your shirt tail.” (definitely annoying)
- “As free from brains as a frog is from hair.”
- “As handy as a pocket in a shirt.”
- “A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.” (why are you winking at a horse in the first place?)
- “As hard as the devil’s forehead.” (apparently he’s pretty hardheaded)
- “Undependable as a broken stick.”
- “Two shakes of a dead lamb’s tail.” (guh?)
Do you know any unusual quotes?
Funny stories. Good advice. Josh Martin is the author of the book “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a copy.