questionswhat's the best advice your father gave you?

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Your word is your honor.
Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
Take only what you need and use what you take.
When you borrow something, return it in the same or even better condition than when you borrowed it.
Be thankful for all you have, thankful for what you give, thankful for all you receive.

Edit-- And when I marry, be sure to marry someone who could help me live in the style to which I was raised, or better. Yes, it sounded harsh, but he realistically knew that love could only go so far in making one happy.

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After a rough breakup:

"I know right now this isn't the best answer or advice, but in a couple weeks you might appreciate it more: There are plenty of other fish in the sea."

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he never told me this, but that's because he wasnt around to do so.. but what I've gotten is:

"Lower Expectations, then you'll never be disappointed"... =/

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In addition to what @lavikinga said (our fathers were similar), he said the following:

Pay attention to how a man treats his horse. The horse will tell you if a man's a liar, or a cheat, or abusive.

It's true of most any animal. A friendly happy dog speaks volumes about the owner.

@devexityspace: :-(

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Always hold the door for a lady. That way you get the best of both worlds.

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There will always be the rich and there will always be the poor, it's just how life works.

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"Trying is lying, you either do it or dont."

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"Stand up for yourself" and "Your friends are very important".

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"Trust in God, and everything will work out". Maybe not a popular answer, but it's what he still says today. He turned 81 last month, so who am I to disagree?

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@jseureau: Wait...your father was Yoda's brother??? “Do or do not... there is no try.”

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Ok...........that last one was my Paw Paw............he was a little mean. Now my Dad always told me.............you start a fight son, and I'll tan your hide.

If you ever run from a fight..........I'l tan your hide worse!

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@lavikinga: Yes my father is Yoda! Who does that make me??

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"Suck it up and be a man. Life's not always fair. Crap it hardly ever is." Not very sappy, but coming from my dad, it really is.

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If you want to see what you're marrying, look at her mother.
And, (sorry in advance) never stick it in crazy.
These I know to be true.

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@shrdlu: Interesting. And very true, I think. Animals have good people sense - sometimes a lot more than we do!

My father told me "never settle for anything less than you can be." I'm not sure I've lived up to that, but it has inspired me at low points in my life.

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I can't remember any one thing my father said that was advise, per se. He was a very supportive father to me. Stalwart in his convictions, yet not overbearing. He was one of the finest people I've ever met. I am honored to have been his daughter. And, to have been his confidant as an adult.

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@jseureau: Not the droid they were looking for?