In honor of Mother’s Day, GreatSchools staffers and readers are sharing the mom-isms, the wise words, and the oft-repeated sayings our moms used to impart wisdom when we were kids. Thanks for shaping our minds, setting us straight, and helping us navigate the world, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

Carol’s mom: “The world rewards the bold.”

Jessica’s mom: “You can’t hate people, you can only greatly dislike them.”

Chris’ mom: “It’s just money.”

Kate’s mom: “Never trust a man who doesn’t wear a watch, because he has nowhere he has to be.”

Mindy’s mom: “The only person who can make you feel guilty is you.”

Connie’s mom: “Treat ‘em mean and keep ‘em keen.”

Tajalli’s mom: “Treat others the way you want to be treated — especially your sisters!”

Vicki’s mom: “There’s nothing wrong with being different.”

Colleen’s mom: “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Kim’s mom: “Travel the world, live in other countries, and explore before you settle down.”

Swami’s mom: “Stop taunting the bullies.”

Kim’s mom: “Get a good education and keep your skills up to date. Never rely on anyone else to support you.”

Danielle’s mom: “The world is your oyster.”

Kelli’s mom: “You are young; you have all the time in the world, just do it.”

Leslie’s mom: “Get off the white carpet!”

Jim’s mom: “Don’t waste your time worrying. I’ve wasted too much of mine worrying.”

Leanna’s mom: “Of course you can. After all, if your mother could learn to fly a plane, you can learn to…”

Nzinga’s mom: “Don’t take any wooden nickels.”

Alexandra’s mom: “Never forget where you came from.”

Max’s mom: “It is a simple task to make things complex but a complex task to make them simple.”

Jodi’s mom: “Eat the crusts first.”

Karissa’s mom: “All you have is your word. Always keep it.”

Pilar’s mom: “Just focus on yourself, don’t worry about everyone else.”

Gretchen’s mom: “You can always tell about someone by their shoes.” But then, also, “Anyone who treats you badly because of what you wear or look like isn’t worth worrying about.”

Liana’s mom: “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.”

Vidya’s mom: “Everything has a way of working out.”

Jenn’s mom: “I wish I had a magic wand to wave and make everything better.”

Adele’s mom: “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.”

Virgil’s mom: “If you have it flaunt it, if you don’t have it, flaunt it anyway.”

Mary’s mom: “This too shall pass.”

Edorah’s mom: “Befriend the unusual people. They will make your life interesting.”

Anna’s mom: “For asking you don’t get a potch in the punim.” (It’s Yiddish for slap in the face). In other words, don’t be afraid to ask or question. It’s how we learn!

Roberta’s mom: “Get your education so you can be independent. You should be strong enough to take care of yourself and not rely on someone else.”

Erin’s mom: “Learn Spanish!”

Catherine’s mom: “You can do anything you put your mind to.”

Heather’s mom: “Start as you mean to go on.”

Katrina’s mom: “That’s a funny once.” (For silly jokes or annoying gags.)

Megan’s mom: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.”

Ji’s mom: “I didn’t know you were pretty smart.”

Pascale’s mom: “Cuando una puerta se cierra, se abren cien.” (Translates from Spanish to: when one door closes, one hundred open.)

Any of these sound familiar? What did your mom say that you’ll never forget?

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