Treymerica Industries is without a company motto, but instead abides by a series of adages made famous by pop culture. Through song lyrics, TV scripts, and movie lines I’ve compiled a list of 16 can’t miss quotes to live your life by.
I’ve organized each “adage” by its source, and also included some commentary on its relevance and how it influences the events of my daily life (WARNING: explicit content ahead).
“Always put me down when you thought that you could
I want you to know that I’m doin’ so good”
—Destiny’s Child, So Good
Instead of seeing life as a competition (and knocking down those who you think are ahead of you), just be happy and appreciate the things you do have.
“You let me beat the $#!+ out you
Before you beat the $#!+ out me “
—Eminem, Crazy in Love
I don’t condone physical abuse, but being in love means you’re willing to give and take anything and everything with your partner. Anything less from either person will lead to problems.
“What if I said what I was thinking?
What if that says too much?”
—Michelle Branch, Find My Way Back
I’m definitely an honest person, and try not to hold back (provided the appropriate context). I don’t think anything should be off limits in discussion between friends and loved ones.
“The story of a woman on the morning of a war
Remind me if you will exactly what we’re fighting for”
—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Easily
You know those arguments/fights where you are halfway through, and then you forget what it was about? To fight just for the sake of fighting just isn’t practical, so I always try to stay on point when talking to people.
“Are you sure it was in a book? Are you sure it wasn’t … NOTHING?”
—Brian (voice of Seth MacFarlane), Family Guy
Have you ever had a discussion where you were convinced the other person’s entire argument was made-up? If you’ve ever had a discussion with me, the answer is probably yes.
“You know how at the end of the day, you throw your jacket over a chair? … Well at her place, instead of a jacket, it’s a pile of garbage. And instead of a chair, it’s a pile of garbage. And instead of the end of the day, it’s THE END OF TIME, and garbage is all that has survived.”
—Ross (David Schwimmer), Friends
The slobs of the world can’t imagine what the rest of us go through just knowing them. It’s like second-hand smoking; why must you take the rest of us down with you?
“When someone asks me which way is Israel, I don’t fly off the handle!”
—Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), Seinfeld
In this politically correct world of ours, can we all take a deep breath every once in awhile BEFORE overreacting? Not every comment has some hidden agenda, so perhaps you can ask for an explanation instead of assuming the worst.
“Don’t blame me; I voted for Kodos.”
—Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta), The Simpsons
I’ve always tried to eliminate excuses and accept responsibility instead of assigning blame, and I find that I seek those attributes in others.
“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”
—Joel (Jim Carrey), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The most important life skill I ever learned was when to talk and when to shut up. Some of the best talkers I’ve ever met were horrible listeners and, therefore, sub-par communicators.
“I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music.”
—Coach Boone (Denzel Washington), Remember the Titans
Conforming to the ideas of others may be less risky, but is it worth sacrificing your pride? Independence goes a long way in my book, and independents don’t “dance” on command.
“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. “
—Christof (Ed Harris), The Truman Show
Far too often, we hear things without questioning their legitimacy or what motives are behind why they are said. Ignorance may be bliss, but don’t be mistaken; it’s still ignorance.
“It’s like people only do these things because they can get paid. And that’s just really sad. “
—Garth (Dana Carvey), Wayne’s World
Maybe I’m spoiled from having grown up with money, but I feel like money is WAY too important to the average person. You can’t take it with you when you die, people!
“When my time on Earth is gone
And my activities here are past
I want that they should bury me upside down
So my critics can kiss my a$$.”
I get a lot of slack for not caring what my legacy will be, but I’ve learned through my attempts to please everyone that you can’t. Everyone has critics; you just can’t let them get to you.
“A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”
Ah, my high school yearbook quote. Given the fact that this website is a constantly evolving entity, I exemplify this adage. It always inspires me to try without thinking about failing, though.
“Whatever happened to crazy? What, you can’t be CRAZY no more? Did we remove ‘crazy’ from the dictionary?”
The only thing worse than making an excuse for one’s actions (e.g. claiming “insanity”) is blaming others. When something bad happens, always look inward before casting out blame.
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
What would a quote list be without Mark Twain? “Very” is one of the few words that, when I see it in someone’s writing, I can tell right away that the piece is inferior.