63 Sayings You Learned From Your Southern Grandma
You’re the Bee’s Knees
If Grandma’s calling you the “bee’s knees,” you must be doing something right.
Many Hands Make Light Work
Never underestimate a little help.
Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They’ve Hatched
When Grandma offers this advice, she wants to ensure that we don’t count on something that may not happen.
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
This classic proverb either encourages action instead of standing still or reminds that it's hard to put down roots when you're moving.
Pretty Is As Pretty Does
Made famous by Forrest Gump, this phrase reminds us to look a little deeper.
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
A little effort now may save you lots of effort later.
You'll Catch More Flies with Honey Than with Vinegar
Kindness works. Try it.
It Was Like Herding Cats
Have you ever tried to herd cats?
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
Also: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease
The loudest problems receive all the attention.
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Read a few pages first.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
Grandma is a proponent of proactivity.
A Watched Pot Never Boils
Take your mind off things. The time will pass anyway.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Gravy
Collaboration is one thing. This phrase is another.
A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned
Don’t forget about that savings account.
Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse
First things first.
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
The jury’s still out on this one.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
Another reminder to be measured about what you do and how you do it.
You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Make It Drink
There’s only so much you can do (but do what you can anyway).
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
No room for envy here.
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
Use your time wisely.
Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
Say “Thank you,” and move on.
There’s No Accounting for Taste
Though Grandma’s taste is impeccable.
A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever
This phrase is from John Keats’ Endymion.
It’s been said every day, all day, for as long as we can remember.
Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels
Beware the useless.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Habit, we guess.
Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
A “thank you” will suffice.
People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones
Because those walls aren’t shatterproof. Or opaque.
You Can’t Make an Omelet Without Breaking a Few Eggs
Try and try again.
A Trouble Shared Is a Trouble Halved
Don’t underestimate the power of a good friend’s ear.
Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater
Keep what you treasure, let the rest go.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Healthy eating, all the way.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
And don’t you forget it.
Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
A gentle reminder that Grandma still cares about your bedtime—and general wellbeing. This phrase is attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
This Isn’t My First Rodeo
Grandma knows. She always knows.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
If it works, leave it alone.