Funny... But oh SO true!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area

I love great quotations. In fact I have dozens on a separate page on my website and add more regularly. There is NO end to the wisdom that comes from the mouths of famous, infamous and not-at-all famous alike.

Here are some of my favourite "Funny, but oh so true" quotes:

"Don't put eggs under dead chickens." -- Howard Hendricks

"God so loved the world - that he didn't send a committee!"  -- Unknown

"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." -- Catherine Aird

"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class." -- Choi, Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do

"Statistics are wonderful things.  If you torture them long enough, they'll tell you anything you want to hear." -- Unknown

"Try Not . . . DO or DO NOT . . . There is no try . . . " -- Yoda

"Learn from the mistakes of others, you may not live long enough to make them all yourself." -- Unknown

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'  `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.  `I don't much care where--' said Alice. `Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat. `--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.  `Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough." -- Lewis Carroll

"Life is something that everyone should try at least once." Henry J. Tilman

"Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway." -- Mary Kay Ash

"There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'" -- Carrie Fisher

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

"I really do believe I can accomplish a great deal with a big grin. I know some people find that disconcerting, but that doesn't matter." -- Beverly Sills

"In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king." -- Unknown

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things." -- Katharine Graham

"It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head." --Sally Kempton

"Don't be humble. You're not that great." -- Golda Meir

"Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy." -- Howard W. Newton

"Those who live by the sword are usually shot by those who don't." -- Unknown

"I've been to every park in every city and not seen a statue to a committee." -- G. K. Chesterton

"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today." -- Chinese Proverb

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it." -- Unknown

"Criticism is something you can avoid easily - by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing." --Aristotle

What are your "favs"?

Comments (11)

Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I like the "don't be humble, you're not that great"

And I bet my husband would like "those who live by the sword are usually shot by those who don't"

Jan 22, 2009 10:32 AM
Kevin OBrien - Sea Isle City, NJ

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. HL Mencken


One of my favorite.

Jan 22, 2009 10:39 AM
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

Some of those are really funny but sooooo true!  "Criticism is something you can avoid easily - by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing." --Aristotle  Love this one!


Jan 22, 2009 12:15 PM
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

I've loved the Yoda quote since the first time I heard it on Star Wars oooooooh so many years ago.  Even now, I tell my kids "Don't Try! Either do it or don't do it."  That is so profound!


Jan 22, 2009 12:45 PM
Rick Sergison
Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area - Toronto, ON

Angela - It reminds me of the adlib in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Harrison Ford wasn't supposed to shoot the guy threatening him with the sword, but he had to "go" and couldn't wait anymore.  So he adlibbed and they kept it in. 

Kevin - Yes, I like that one too.  I will have to add it to my Quotations page on my site.  thanks!

Kathy - I know too many people that qualify (and they're usually the ones doing all of the criticizing!) Are you in the same office as Missy?  Are you heading down to FR?  I grew up in Grosse Pointe and am a Wolverine fan til this day (and I MUST be to admit that after the year they've had!)

Renae - I use that often when I am running accountability coaching.  It brings a little levity to a sometimes tense situation.

Thank you all for your comments! Cheers!

Jan 22, 2009 01:18 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Rick- I love quotes!

Money is not the most important thing; but it is right up there with oxygen.

The biggest mistake that people make in life is NOT making a living at doing what they most enjoy. Malcolm Forbes


Jan 23, 2009 02:39 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Rick, I find a lot of truth in humor. Mark Twain has been dead for so long but his quotes are as if he wrote them yesterday...

Jan 23, 2009 05:47 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

"Good things come to those who wait but only the things left behind by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln

That's been one of my favorite quotes since I read it early on in my real estate career. You've got some great gems also! Thomas Jefferson's is also one of my favorites.

Jan 24, 2009 01:45 PM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


I have never been afraid of mistakes......this is how we learn...

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things." -- Katharine Graham

Jan 26, 2009 04:02 AM
geri wehry
RE/MAX Select R.E. - Covington, WA
your agent for life

Rick, awesome!  I loved the quotes AND the picture at the top of the page.  Nice job!!  ...geri

Feb 13, 2009 10:40 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I keep Bartlett's Quotations on my book shelf. My favorite most recent quote that I added to my own collection in one by Warren Buffet: "If everyone is doing something, do something else."

Feb 13, 2009 07:09 PM