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Momisms as Tribute to Mother

Using momisms as a tribute to mother is an ideal way to honor the woman who brought you into the world and taught you how to live.

Afterall, no one is any wiser than your mother.
Midge as a young bride around 1942 
My sister and I called our mother Midge. She was a strong, no-nonsense woman who had a passion for great literature and the well-turned phrase.

Midge came of age during the Great Depression and, like many of that era, developed her advice based on common-sense admonitions and wisdom from the Bible. A highly respected high school English teacher, Midge sprinkled her momisms with bits of poetry. literary genius and guidance from the likes of Ben Franklin. 
If you are doing a tribute to mother, think about the momisms you heard growing up. And if you have momisms to add to this list, email Special Speeches.

Momisms from Midge
(Attributions are given if known.)
If a job is first begun
Never stop until it’s done.
Be the labor great or small
Do it well or not at all.
Pride goeth before a fall.
(Her favorite Proverb)
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Money is the root of all evil.
(Actually the Bible verse says the love of money is the root of all evil.)
Early to bed, early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
--Ben Franklin

Shut the door. We don’t need to be heating up the whole outside world.
Midge with Cathy and meWear clean underwear.
You never know when you’ll get in an accident and have to go to the hospital.


Clean your plate.
All those starving children in India would love to have what you’ve left.  (Sometimes it was China instead of India.)

Waste not, want not.

Life isn’t fair. Just make the best of it.
Tell the truth and lies can't hurt you.

Stop procrastinating.

Cows get fat just eating grass.
(Too much of anything will do you in.)

Rome wasn't built in a day.

I just saw an angel.
If Thou of fortune be bereft
And have but left two loaves,
Sell one and then with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
               --Muslih-uddin Sadi

One impulse from a vernal wood
Can tell you more of man,
Of mortal evil and of good
Than all the sages can.
-- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I will lift up my eyes unto the hills
From whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth.
                                    --Psalm 23

What is so rare as a day in June!.
Then if ever come perfect days.
Poet James Russell Lowell

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