Tru-isms from Dad: The Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Grill Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on June 14, 2011 · 1,852 comments

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Maybe your dad is like mine. He’s never been much for sitting me down for a formal meeting in order to dispense fatherly advice. Instead, he dishes it out in bits and pieces whenever the moment is right. I’ve racked up a catalog of these little tru-isms my dad has shared with me over the years. Yeah, a lot of them are cliche, but they’ve stuck with me because of the context in which they were imparted.

One that sticks out is the bit of advice my dad gave me after I totaled my first car. It happened just two weeks after I turned 16. Rear-ended a guy. Man, I took it hard. I didn’t go to school for two days because I felt so sorry for myself. I had taken my first steps towards freedom and independence, but in a matter of seconds I was back to relying on my parents to haul me around.

In the middle of one my pity parties, my dad just told me, “This too shall pass.”

And you know what? As simple as it sounds, his piece of cliche advice made me feel better. Now, whenever things get bad and I think they couldn’t get any worse, I hear my dad’s voice in my head saying, “This too shall pass.” And it always does.

In honor of Father’s Day and dads who dispense tru-isms about life, Char-Broil Grills wants to give one lucky AoM reader a Char-Broil Quantum® Infrared Outdoor Grill. Are you ready for a chance to win dad (or yourself) a present that knocks the socks off a “Kiss the Chef” apron? Keep on reading.

The Prize: Char-Broil Quantum® Infrared Outdoor Grill

Char-Broil has been helping dads be king of the grill since 1948. Throughout its 63 year existence, Char-Broil has been a leader and innovator in outdoor grilling. Char-Broil’s latest contribution the the world of outdoor grilling is their line of Infrared Gas Grills. Grills installed with Infrared technology allow grillmasters to cook at a wide range of temperatures with fewer flare-ups, all while using less gas. The result? Better tasting food, cooked efficiently and simply.

Char-Broil Grills wants to give one lucky Art of Manliness reader a Char-Broil Quantum® Infrared Outdoor Grill. This bad boy comes with four stainless steel burners that allow you to sear your steak with high,  intense heat or slow-cook a rack of ribs with a nice low heat. In addition to the main grill, the Quantum® Infrared Outdoor Grill comes with a Stovetop™ Sideburner, allowing you to cook things up in a skillet while you grill your meat. And getting the grill fired up is a breeze with Char-Broil’s Surefire™ electronic ignition system. This is a $575 grill and one man is going to walk away with it for free.

How to Enter to Win a Char-Broil Grill

Simply leave a comment below sharing a tru-ism your dad has dispensed to you. You know. Those sage words of advice that fathers pass on to their sons about life while driving in the car, fishing, or grilling meat.

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 21 at 11:59PM CDT. We’ll then randomly select one lucky winner. Enter today!

1501 Andrew June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

“You know, I’m not sure about much anymore; as you get older, things that you thought you knew, you realize you don’t. One thing I am sure of, though, is that you can never be sure of anything. Trust me.”

1502 Connor K June 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

“If the [basket/base/foot]-ball touches your hands you have to catch it, no excuses.”
great one for life

1503 Baradoch June 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

Enjoy life, don’t endure it.

1504 Mike June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Don’t Milk Mice – his way of saying, don’t sweat the small stuff.

1505 Heath Wade June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

“Son there are three types of people in this world. Those who learn from listening, those who learn from doing, and those who learn from neither.”

–Probably the most repeated piece of advice I have ever gotten and the truest way to boil down man-kind in 2 sentences.

1506 Paul Chappin June 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone
Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man
And I think it’s gonna be a long long time…

1507 Patrick McKinnon June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Nobody likes a smart-ass

1508 Jinduri June 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

Two from my dad (rest in peace):

We were tearing the porch apart in preparation for rebuilding and I (age 12) was supposed to be helping him but he didn’t give me anything major to do. I mentioned this a bit later, that I essentially just stood around. His reply: “Sometimes the best help you can be is to just be there.” Took me a while but I got it

Second, shorter but still relevant: Never let an inanimate object know you’re in a hurry.

1509 Zachary Kraszeski June 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

” Nothing good happens after 12:00am.” Plain and simple and has proven very true on numerous occasions.

1510 Ted Casey June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

Probably the best thing my dad ever said to me was not a truism, but a simple question. I was 16 and had just started working at one of my first jobs. In my ignorance, I filled out my tax withholding forms incorrectly and come tax time, I realized I owed several hundred dollars to Uncle Sam. In a panic, I asked Dad to recheck it, hoping I had made some mistake. To my dismay, he agreed I owed the money and then asked, “So, what are you going to do?” Reflecting on that day, I really value that question. With those simple words I learned personal responsibility, I learned my dad thought I was able to figure this out and handle it on my own, and I learned to really make sure I understood every bit of paperwork I ever signed! Thanks Dad!

1511 John June 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

Don’t argue with those who buy ink by the barrel.

Don’t get into a pissing match with a skunk.

1512 E. Van Arsdale June 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

While struggling between a family life and career. Dad commented “if you chase two rabbits, both will get away.
I took it mean that I needed to slow down for a bit and order my priorities. I’m glad I did.
R.I.P. Pop

1513 Josh June 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

My dad, when he and second wife split up, was pretty upset. I wasn’t sure how to handle him because he supposed to be tough and invulnerable. I finally asked him why it affected him so, all he really said about it was, “remember that a woman is like a work of art and should be treated as such. Men are just pack animals, like a donkey, designed to carry the heavy load.”

1514 Sylas June 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

“You can’t get ahead by running backwards”

Love ya, Dad

1515 Dan June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

1516 John DeLancey June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

Son, we are southern men. We honor and cherish women. If I ever hear you raised a hand to a woman, you and I will have a problem.

1517 Scott June 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

Never teach a pig to sing.

1518 Roy June 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

While building an electronic Heath Kit my dad would take metal bisquit trays and use the various compartments to separate and organize the components of his project. He said that it pays to take the time to get organized before you begin. You will have fewer problems and the project will go smoothly.

1519 Darryl Orr June 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

Many years ago while still in high school, I worked for my dad in the construction business during the summer break. It was a muggy Friday on July the fourth weekend and very hot. After work we were headed home and listening to the radio at a stop light, when he asked me what I was going to do for the weekend.

Just as the stop light turned green, we began to move with the traffic, when Dads 1967 Ford Fairlane stalled out. He attempted to start the vehicle while the car behind us started blowing his horn repeatedly. Soon several vehicles joined the chorus of angry motorists and began to annoy my father even more. With several failed attempts in starting the stalled car, Dad opened his door and swiftly walked back to the car that started the cacophony of disturbing horn blowers.

I looked over my shoulder wondering if Dad was going to need some help in explaining our dilemma. Soon, he walked away from the hot and disgruntled drivers and popped open the hood on the Ford. Much to my dismay, the horn blowing ceased. I wondered what my father had said to calm and quiet the other drivers.

After several moments under the hood, he slammed it shut and got back into the drivers seat and the car started immediately. As we drove through the intersection, I asked, “What did you tell the driver behind us?” His reply, “Excuse me sir, if you start my car, I’ll blow your horn.”

The truism isn’t apparent at first glance, but when a son chews on it for awhile, he will soon discover, “that we must treat others as we would like to be treated.” No matter what the situation is, ” try to place your feet in the other person shoes and wear them as if you were the owner.”

Thanks Dad … I’m glad I had the chance to tell you that I love you!

1520 Tyler June 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

“Get your a** out of my chair.” -Dad

1521 Steve June 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

“I don’t care what you do, just don’t get caught” He allowed me to grow up and make my own mistakes, but take responsibility for any mistakes that I did make.

Also “Just don’t tell your mom…”

1522 Steve McConnell June 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

“Don’t do anything that would upset your Mother”

My father was a sailor and rough around the edges. He always seemed to be calm and even keeled. It was his advice to me when he went out to sea and the only rule we really had. Basically, before you did something questionable, think about how your mom would react when she found out. Still works 40 years later.

1523 Evan Jones June 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

My dad has attached the phrase “If there’s one thing you need to remember….” to just about everything he’s told me about everything. Not very specific, but I feel it counts.

1524 Mike June 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

One cliché the truth of which I have realized over the years: “Many a true word is spoken in jest.”

1525 Martin June 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Like all of you, my father had many gems. A couple of my favorites were:

“Don’t let your mouth get your whole body in trouble.”

“Son, remember the three rings of marriage – the engagement ring, the wedding ring and the suffer ring. They are all up to you!”

1526 C.D. June 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

From dad: “Don’t ever kiss a girl unless you’re prepared to have to talk with her afterwards.” We’ve all met or known those girls who were atttractive to look at, but annoying to talk with. It has always been sound advice.

1527 Tyrone June 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

While sitting high above a fishing hole with water clear enough to see the fish 15 feet below the surface, my dad and I noticed a nice trout about 3 times the size of the rest. After what seemed like hours of trying to drop our lines directly in the fish’s path with every possible bate we could get our hands on, we were unsuccessful in getting him on the line. “Well, he didn’t get that big by being stupid”, my dad said. I find myself telling that story as an analogy for so many different scenarios these days. Not really a life changer, but one I keep close.

1528 Kelly June 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

My dad told me I shouldn’t learn how to drive a car from my mom (a consistent 10-below-the-speed-limit driver).

1529 Pete June 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

” Life is a poker game. You gotta know when to hold, when to see a bet, when to raise, and when to fold. Even when you blow a hand, don’t worry. The next round will start immediately. ” (this was long before Kenny Rogers’ song)

“When being run out of town ( or a job, friendship, or whatever) get out in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade!”

1530 Warren June 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Go to college and be educated. But never forget where you came from. And never be a book smart man who cant work with his hands

1531 Drew June 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

“Fear none, respect all”

1532 Art June 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

“Don’t light the grill with the lid up.”
I like to think that this would be what dad would have told me before I actually did it. Unfortunately, he left us when I was 15. My mom, in a fit of anger, decided that we were going to have steak for dinner; we didn’t need dad. Her orders were to go outside and light the grill. Moms don’t give you those little tidbits like close to top before you light it.
After the puff sound and the look on her face from the kitchen window as I stood there with a match in one hand and blank look with singed eyebrows and hair, I think we got a little bit of a chuckle.
I cook a lot for my wife and I. I would love to give the grill a try again. I promise to keep the lid down when I light it this time. ;)

1533 George June 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

“When talking to a new girl, tell her your name, something about yourself then get to the point. For instance, ‘My name is Bob, I like peanut butter, wanna screw?’ ” Pops told me this when I was 15 and I’ve found that it does not work as well for me as he claims it did for him!

1534 Lee June 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I was eleven and had just gotten paid for my paper route job. Dad told me we were going to buy my new church shoes for the year at Sears, which was always exciting. After I had tried them on and the sale rung up, dad told me to pull out my wallet and pay the man. I was shocked that I had to pay as he always paid for my shoes before. Anyway, I slowly counted out the $13.75 from my Roy Rodgers wallet and handed it over. Noticing that I had only a buck left in my wallet I mentioned it to my dad, who then told me, ” Son, now you know the value of a dollar. I’m sure you are going to take real good care of those shoes, aren’t you.” Well, I did, and still do to this day. R.I.P. Dad.

1535 Joni June 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

“In order to play…you gotta pay.”
Work long and hard so you have the money to play.

1536 Charles White June 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

My dad passed away when I was nine years old so I don’t recall a lot of the words that he said but he left me the example of his life. He always treated my mother, me and my siblings as precious commodities. He led our family to act responsibly and contribute to the community and to be our best. He was still going to college at nights to finish his degree when he died.

1537 George June 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

“If all else fails use brute force!”

1538 Scott June 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

“I’m not going to help you pay for college, because, if I did, you would take your education for granted.and not do your best. Since you’re paying for it, you’re going to strive for the best grades you can get. Then, when you graduate, you can look back proudly and say ‘I did this by myself’ and nobody will be able to take that away from you.”

1539 Dave June 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

You can love someone yet not like them.

1540 Justin June 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Never take your eye off the ball, catch it with both hands, aim your glove at the target
before you throw, and always follow through.

1541 Nik Rice June 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

“Is it good, is it true, does it need to be said?”

This means that we all have things to say that can prove our point, but we should only voice what is going to be constructive for everyone.

1542 Charlie June 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

“Never kick a skunk”
I was arguing with a neighbor about the legality of parking my car in front of her house. I was right, but there was only trouble to be had in the debate. I use that one frequently working with High School students today. It always helps them realize when they are hurting themselves by pursuing some real (or imagined) grievance.

“Use your head”
The only advice I got before driving off to college. I never got into trouble when I followed it.

1543 Mark June 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Mantra from college:

“Though each day is a war,
And the women, they may cry,
there is naught more noble
than the Good Guy.”

1544 Brian June 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

If you ever have to jump out of an airplane without a parachute, take an extension cord with you. They always hang up on something.

Spoken by the hardest working man I’ve ever known. My Dad.

1545 Jeb Raitt June 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

“Youl’ll never get rich working for someone else.”

“The only way you’ll get something is if you want it, awful bad.”

1546 Jason June 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

“good enough isn’t.”

1547 Anthony Ashley June 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

“I realized with you kids,” (there are ten of us) “that my life is about more than me.”

1548 Matt June 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

“Up and at ‘em, Atom Ant” (old cartoon)
“Remember whose son you are.”

1549 kevin June 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

On every hand written letter dad always finished with, “strive to be happy.” As a melancholy boy and now man I have to be intentional to create some happiness or I’ll just work myself into a grave. Taking time to just BE with my family, friends or reading a good book makes all the differance.

1550 Eric June 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

“95% of who you are, and what you become, is from the neck up”

1551 John Jones June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I really like this contest. The way a man learns to be a man is from other men. I have had many in my years of growing. Truisms from my Dad: I had been studying Philosophy in college and asked Dad about religion. Us being Catholics, Dad just said, “it is not for us to question, just believe. It says in the Bible not to study philosophies. We have faith.” It reinforced a strong faith, and I knew Dad had it. Another time when I was learning about the use of alcohol, and was going to a party, I asked my dad what I should drink as I was thirsty and not in the mood for beer. He replied”you can drink water.” He was a man that enjoyed alcohol, but I realised it was not the focus, nor should it ever be.
From my father in law: “I don’t call you Sonny cause you shine, I call you Sonny cause you’re mine.”
And from an older friend of mine: Even a fish would do better if it learned to keep his mouth shut once in a while!!”

1552 Robert Froeschl June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

“To be truly successful you must teach others how to teach.”

1553 Jonathan LeVeille June 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

My Father died when I was 5 years old, but one thing he said, was Luke 12:4-5 ” And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” He knew that we can spend all of our time fearing what other people will say or do, but he also thought that we should try to do the right thing no matter what people say or do. Some people will laugh at you, some will say mean things, and some people will be prejudiced against you, but you should always try to be an example for others throughout your life. People will stereotype you many different things, but you should always push on and continue to live your life as the Lord commanded you.
- May God Bless Your Day

1554 Daniel Starr June 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

As a church pastor, my father was used to giving guidance, yet strangely not a big talker. When he did speak there was usually a reason for it. Mostly though, I think he wanted to teach the value of self-reliance by example.

My father, John Greholver, found his faith at the age of seven. His own father was an abusive alcoholic who, upon seeing his son kneeling at the alter one Sunday morning, was inspired to turn his life around.

Despite having earned an academic scholarship, John still worked three jobs to pay his way through school. He had earned a full athletic scholarship; however, a football-related knee injury kept him from being able to accept it. As a side note, his college’s 1600m relay team set a school record after adding John as a stand-in. His education was payed for the by the time he’d earned his degree, and his parting words to school groundskeeper he had worked for during his stay were, “You were my best professor.”

After college, he worked various jobs in Hawaii and then Alaska. As a boy, how I loved his stories about living in a cabin and working as a firefighter in the forests of Alaska!

Later in life, he and my older brother survived the death of his first wife. She passed when their car slid off the road while she was driving the three of them down the ALCAN Highway. John raised my brother from the age of one, alone and honorably, until he met and married my mother five years later.

As a boy, and even today, I am from time to time the beneficiary of his hard-earned wisdom. Because my father was a pastor during the first part of my life, church was a regular thing, but it wasn’t forced upon us. As I grew up, I began to explore the depths of other beliefs and share them with my father. He’s not a man who is easily convinced, and my discoveries were often met with discerning eyes. As I’ve struggled along my own path to manhood one of the things which really stuck with me, and I believe helped to shape me as I was growing up was this: “Son, it doesn’t matter to me what kind of man you grow up to be, so long as you are a man of God.”

1555 Patrick Maxwell June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

There’s always money in the banana stand

1556 Ralph June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

“Only buy what you need.”

1557 jason Bussey June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

In referring to my girlfriend “they are all the same… find the least crazy one as possible and then be prepared for a life of misery”… needless to say dad and I weren’t close. But I sure would love a new grill!

1558 scott June 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

“Haste makes waste”

1559 Hanson June 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

be careful with antifreeze… but its good for killing cats.

1560 Michael Sacher June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Dad said always put the speaker back before you leave the drive in.

1561 Jessa June 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Okay, so I am a girl and thus the bonding was a bit different… but my dad was such an amazing dad and his example taught me just what to look for in a husband. My own husband is now an amazing dad to our 10 month old.. I gave him a set of grill tools about 5 years ago for his birthday and we *still* haven’t purchased a grill.. SO I’m entering this for him :)

1562 Milo June 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

in the midst of a hard drive failure: “Always back up your data, backup the backup. If someone from work walked in and lost all their data they would be fired.” I tell everyone the same thing now

1563 Dan Rosenthal June 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Never pass a bathroom without using it cause it might be the last one for quite a while….

1564 Mitch June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

1565 Tony Wilson June 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

When I was a young teen, and about to go out on a Saturday night, my dad had one piece of advice about staying out of trouble: “Don’t embarrass your mother.”

Translated: don’t get falling down drunk, don’t get arrested for doing drugs, don’t get some 16 year old girl pregnant, stay out of fights, etc. Mom is gone now, but it’s still good advice.

1566 Chris June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

“You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” (He never was one for being particularly serious about things.)

He would usually pull this one out when we were tempted to complain about something that we didn’t have any control over (particularly what someone else did).

1567 Jeff Rathjen June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My father was a well liked man, and in fact, I remember more than one occasion when neighborhood kids would knock on the door and ask if “Paul” could come out and play basketball. It bothered me that they could call my dad by his first name, but I was not allowed what I saw as a liberty.
One time, I asked him about this and I will never forget his reply. He said “Son, all those other kids can call me what they want, but only you can call me Dad.”
I will never forget the pride and pleasure I felt from that day, until his last day on earth whenever I had the privilege of addressing him as Dad.

1568 andrew June 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

two that my father uses, “being a man is not just doing the things you want to do in life, but doing the things in life that you dont want to and still completing them” or another one is “this is but a grain of sand on the beach of life”

1569 Matt June 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Tequila will get you every time.

1570 Juan Cabrera June 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My father used to quote Bertolt Brecht a lot when I was in my young teens: “Reach for the book: it is a weapon”. I guess he didn`t want me to be nobody`s fool.
Later on he used to say “whatever you do, take responsibility and face the consequences”. Simple as that.

1571 sb June 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

My Dad only gave me three pieces of advice during his life:

In business, always leave a little money on the table. It won’t hurt you and you never know when it will come back around.

In relationships, keep it in your pants until you’re mature enough to tie the knot.

In life, spend less than you make and you’ll always have money to pay the rent.

1572 Dan June 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

“Never get scored on in the first or last minute of a period.”

Most of my Dad’s advice was sports advice, he would tell that one to our hockey team all the time.

1573 Matt June 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I was 11 years old, and my dad was driving me to the first flag football game of the season on a Saturday morning, where I was to play QB for the first time. I was very quiet. My dad asked if I was okay. I told him that I was really nervous. He simply said, “It’s okay to be nervous. It just means you care.”.

To say that my dad is a man of few words is an understatement. But I have always remembered these words, as well as the exact moment he said them. I know I’ll convey them to my son as he gets older.

1574 Brian June 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My father was the son of an alcoholic and spent a great deal of his youth staying outside of his home and partying mainly to avoid his drunken father at home. Graduating in the last quarter of his high school class, he was forced to go to junior college for two years before transferring to a normal university.

I was vaguely aware of rumors of alcohol problems in my family, but only the the past couple of years (I am turning 21) has my family opened up about my grandfather who died before I was born. My father has revealed to me in his own time the trials he and his brother had with the drink in their youth and the hard lessons from near-death experiences that turned their lives around. My father went through college and moved into a career in serving the public. He worked as an EMT for six years after college and then made it into the police academy. He has worked as an officer for the past 26 years. I remember him always working the midnight shifts and holidays when I was a child because it paid better and allowed him to take care of my sister and I while mom worked her 9-5. Rising through the ranks to the paint where he can only advance further by applying for a chief’s position, dad still works weeks that are much closer to 80 hours than 40 to help my sister and I pay for college and afford the upper middle class lifestyle he wanted for us.

When I expressed interest in police work my father’s answer was a resounding NO. He told me to use my intelligence and hard work to earn a great job where I don’t have to work back-to-back-to-back shifts to give my family the lifestyle they deserve. His legacy is the incredible effort he has always put forth to ensure that his children are provided for and graduate from good schools with as little debt as possible, even offering to cover our loans with his pension once he takes it. My dad’s lesson, use your intelligence and find work that fits around your family goals, not the other way around.

1575 marcu June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Never to ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.

1576 John Howes June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Pointing to rollers in an offset printing press that would squish my fingers if I put them in there, he says, “don’t put your fingers in there.” Thanks, Dad.

1577 Joshua M June 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

There are things a man must do , and there are things a man likes to do. Sometimes you get lucky and you get to do both.

1578 Danny Ragsdale June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

The Tru-ism my father always said that I still practice to this day is, “Better to keep you mouth shut and be thought wise, than to open your mouth and to be known as a fool.” So many times Ive learned the truth of that through experiences.

1579 Shorel June 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

“If you’re going to do something, do it right.”

Which hasn’t always helped in combination with my perfectionistic tendencies. But certainly helps with maintaining a good work ethic.

1580 Adam June 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Dad always says: “If you treat others fairly, you can’t go wrong.” Kinda obvious, but sums up the Golden Rule in his own simple way.

1581 Mr. H June 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

After meeting my first serious girlfriend, all my dad told me in regards to the birds and the bees: “Hey, don’t screw up, alright?”

1582 Ben Staples June 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

“Don’t gamble and don’t get any tattoos” haha, love that one…

1583 Caleb June 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

My dad always told me that “It is easier to move the wheelbarrow to the dirt than the dirt to the wheelbarrow.”

My maternal Grandpa always said ” A wise man changes his mind often, but a fool never does.”

My dad’s dad, my Grandpap, fell from a grain car and broke his back when he was in his 60′s. When the doctor him that he would never walk again he just said, “Well, that’s the way it is.”. That old man was made of steel.

1584 Tommy June 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Son, I can only help you build the boat, it’s completely up to you where you sail it.

1585 Sachin Doshi June 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I was 2 1/2 years old and my dad had just finished ironing. Supposedly, I was curious about this big, new, shiny toy sitting on the table. As my dad walked into the kitchen, I asked him if I could play with it, and he told me “Sachin, never touch a hot iron. It’ll burn you.”

I ended up not believing him and burning my palm pretty bad, but I learned a pretty important lesson that day – or so I’m told.

1586 Kevin June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

My father died when I was very young so I took a lot of fatherly advice from Andy Griffin. He once said that running away from a punch in the nose can sometimes hurt a lot more than taking it!

1587 Rob June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

The fair comes once a year. (His inevitable response every time my sister or I would tell him “That’s not fair!) It always pissed me off when I was a kid–and as an adult, I realize the sooner you learn it the happier you are (especially when playing poker…)

1588 Jonathan Ciesla June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

“Keep it in your pants until your married” was a fun saying. I’m still waiting for gay marriage to become legal in my state so i can put it back in my pants.

1589 Chris June 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

“Always wear protection!”

1590 Bill Romano June 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

“Only girls have more than one decoration on their keys.”

“If you ever come home with an earring, I’ll rip it out.”

“Push the knife away from you when whittling.”

And my favorite one can be summed up as:

Sometimes wrong. Never uncertain.

Which I’d explain as: Especially when you’re looked at as the expert, it’s better to make a decision, share it confidently, and correct as needed. Or maybe; Make the best decision you can under the circumstances.

1591 Matt June 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

My Father was always a gentle man, but him being a 6′ 3″ police officer I always viewed him as a force not to be challenged. I remember him being particularly gentle with my sister and always taking her out to spend time with her. One day I remember him telling me that ” A father should treat his daughter in a way that he would want her future husband to treat her.” Now that I’m a father of three and have a daughter these words are more real to me. My daughter will be attracted to the things she sees in me. I strive to be an example of what a real man is and how a man is to treat women.

1592 Sean Lewis June 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

My dad once told me ” There’s nothing wrong with starting over. I started over three times in my life and we’re doing fine.”

1593 Phil R June 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

“I’m not going to tell you how to live your life, but…”

There were a lot of different pieces of advice that came after that one (not all of which I listened to), but I think that was probably one of the most important parts. He has never told me how to live my life. He’s let me be my own person, good and bad. Probably some of the best advice I’ve gotten is from the times my dad stood on the sidelines and watched me grow and develop, quietly letting me become my own person. I couldn’t have asked for anything better; I knew he was there, but I never had to worry about him telling me I was doing it wrong.

1594 Matthew Rowan June 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

“If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
-My inspiration

1595 Tim Troxel June 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

“It is what it is”

1596 Hans June 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

“i’m telling you boy, have fun”

1597 Nicholas June 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

“we’re eating food tonight…good food…good food that you can eat”

1598 Benoit June 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

“you only get for what you pay”

1599 Kevin June 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

If you are waiting for me…You’re backing up

1600 Syd June 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

My grandpa was a mechanic in the shipyards of Stockton during the war and rode more motorcycles than most people even can think about wanting to own. I grew up in his garage and my grandma’s garden while my folks worked and went to school.

I heard more Truisims from him than I can list here, but the one that has always served me well in most any environment: “Whatever’s giving you any trouble, if it’s an Import, you have to sweet-talk it. If it’s Domestic, whack it until you jiggle lose whatever’s sticking.”

For my 16th birthday my folks matched my baby-sitting money to buy an ’80′s Mercury Capri, and his gift to me was a rubber mallet, flashlight, pliers and some duct tape. I used that mallet sucessfully so many times to solve that car’s troubles.

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