60 Truisms reflecting life and the human condition

TruismsI’m often guilty of using truisms to reinforce a message, particularly when I’m giving a presentation.

People will often say that while truisms are generally accepted as obvious truths when repeated frequently, they can seem boring or clichéd.

Well, I think they’re useful tools for making points about life and the human condition and, occasionally, raising a smile too.

We smile because we recognise the underlying truth, which is always at the heart of great wit.

So today, dear reader, I offer you 60 examples of truisms that I love and use frequently.

Take a few moments to digest them all, and please feel free to pass them on to your friends.

Alternatively, you might want to use some of these truisms yourself.

In that case, please see how many of them you can use in your conversations today.

Examples of truisms (1-20):

  1. Life isn’t fair.
  2. The truth will out.
  3. Patience is a virtue.
  4. Money makes money.
  5. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
  6. Stupid is as stupid does.
  7. We’re all cremated equal.
  8. A friend in need is a pest.
  9. All that glitters is not gold.
  10. Some things never change.
  11. Money can’t buy happiness.
  12. You can’t argue with stupid.
  13. You’ll get what you tolerate.
  14. The end justifies the means.
  15. Life’s a bitch, and then you die.
  16. No one saves us but ourselves.
  17. He would say that wouldn’t he?
  18. No man can serve two masters.
  19. Everything happens for a reason.
  20. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Examples of truisms (21-40):

  1. You can observe a lot by watching.
  2. Personality cannot be Photoshopped.
  3. Necessity is the mother of invention.
  4. You must be a friend to have a friend.
  5. There’s always a price. Nothing’s free.
  6. If he were not dead, he’d still be alive.
  7. The apple never falls far from the tree.
  8. A fool and his money are easily parted.
  9. Good things come to those who hustle.
  10. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
  11. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.
  12. I don’t believe in miracles. I rely on them.
  13. Good people bring out the good in people.
  14. Chase two rabbits, and you’ll catch neither.
  15. A man is known by the company he keeps.
  16. Sometimes the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.
  17. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  18. There’s always someone worse off than you.
  19. You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.
  20. Gossip dies when it hits a wise person’s ears.

Examples of truisms (41-60):

  1. Your behaviour makes you the person you are.
  2. Money can’t buy life or the wag of a dog’s tail.
  3. You can’t get 10 pounds of crap into a 5-pound bag.
  4. You can only help someone who wants to be helped.
  5. The customer’s always right, even when he’s wrong.
  6. I don’t want to live forever, but I do want to live today.
  7. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  8. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  9. Everything’s funny when it’s happening to someone else.
  10. For life to improve, we must take charge of our own lives.
  11. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
  12. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
  13. Smile, and the world smiles with you. Cry, and you cry alone.
  14. Dropped toast always lands jam-side down on a new carpet.
  15. The mirror doesn’t lie, but fortunately, it doesn’t laugh either.
  16. You are responsible for your own success and your own failure.
  17. It’s the rich that get the pleasure, and the rest get the pain.
  18. Beauty’s only skin deep, but ugly goes right through to the bone.
  19. I know what’s around the corner; I just don’t know where the corner is.
  20. There’s a difference between the truth and that which we wish were true.

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