My Grandmother’s Favourite Sayings

My grandmother had a wide variety of sayings which she used regularly. As they come to mind, I will write them here with commentary.

You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.

Pile of Dirt 2

I can personally attest to the truth of this one, given the things my son has put in his mouth over the years.

Worse things happen at sea.

I always put this one down to the fact that she had lived through two world wars.

It’ll all come out in the wash.

I am not sure if I ever really understood this one. I think it means it will all be all right in the end. Also it doesn’t matter if things are slightly uneven or unfair.

Further research below:

Something that you say in order to tell someone not to worry because mistakes
or problems willnot have a serious or permanent effect It was the wrong thing
to say, but don’t get too upset,
I’m sure it’ll all come out in the wash eventually.
It’ll all come out in the wash. (n.d.) Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved August 21 2017 from

It’s harder where there’s none.

If anybody had ever complained that they had too little of something.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If we were ever sad

If you haven’t got anything good to say, don’t say anything.

I actually have this on a fridge magnet, stuck to the fridge.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Still working on that one.

Brainy Quotes .com attributes this one to Benjamin Franklin.

Waste not, want not.

My Grandmother had encouraged us not to write on envelopes for birthday cards etc. so they could be re-used.

Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.


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