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Don’t Shine a Light in a Dark Place
Mama didn’t waste time doing things that had no purpose or no
value to our family. She believed going down a dead-end street
five times was not going to produce a path for you to go
through. If a situation looks bleak from the start, then don’t
engage in it.

If You Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight
Mama constantly reminded us to let nothing stop us from
achieving our dreams. Prepare for the worst and hope for the
best.

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If You Are Grown,
Get Out and Get on Your Own
If you didn’t want to follow Mama’s rules, then it was time to
move. Get your own house, buy your own food and clothes too.

Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse
Do things with decency and in order. Mama would sometimes
add, “You have to crawl before you walk.”

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There Are Four Types of People in the World,
Movers and Shakers and Then Those That Need
to Be Moved and Shaken
Mama wanted her children to be movers and shakers. She
worked hard so we could enjoy some things she could not, but
it came as a sacrifice of her not continuing her education so she
could help support us. Mama wanted us to go to school, get
good grades, go to college, and ask for what we wanted because
in the end we will have earned it.

What Has Happened in Your Past Is Not As
Important As What Is in Store for Your Future
Mama knew as we grew older we would make some mistakes,
but she always reminded us not to focus on the past and to stop
looking back so you could see what was in front of you.

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Don’t Pick No Shade Tree for Me to Shit Under
Mama didn’t need you to tell her when, where, and how to do
something. She was responsible and could make informed decisions.
She resented people trying to make decisions on her
behalf.

Dumber Than a Box of Rocks
If Mama said this, then the act or statement shared made
absolutely no sense. The person might as well been talking to a
brick wall.

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You
Where the Good Lord Split You
You better not think about walking away from a conversation
and slamming a door when Mama was speaking to you. By the
way, if you walk off, don’t come back.

Put God First,
and He Will Answer Your Prayers
Have faith and trust in God. Mama had faith that she could do
whatever she put her mind to.

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She Looks Like Death on a Soda Cracker
Whomever Mama was referring to looked disheveled. It was
usually someone she had not seen in years, who looked like
he or she had experienced some hard times since their last
meeting.

Eat Something, String Bean
Mama wanted you to put on some weight. You were too thin
and she didn’t want anyone to think she wasn’t feeding you.

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The Buck Stops Here
Mama didn’t have to remind you when there was no need for
further discussion. “End of discussion!” is what was meant
when she said this.

You Have to Pay the Cost to Be the Boss
When you were protesting that something wasn’t fair, mama
would tell you when you have your own place and pay the rent,
light, and phone bill, then you are in charge of your castle.
Mama also added she would come and visit from time to time.

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Never Put Yourself in the Hands of People
Who Are Not Quite Right;
They Are Usually to the Left
Mama would remind us all that glitters is not gold. If you suspect
someone is not right, he or she probably isn’t. Let your
sixth sense lead and guide you when in doubt.

A Man Will Not Buy a Cow If He Getting the
Milk Free
Mama didn’t believe in young ladies moving in with their
boyfriends or having premarital affairs. She felt a young lady
should preserve herself for her future husband.

Featured Quotes from the Book

Mama Used to Say: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: A Legacy of Words Worth Preserving from One Generation to Another by Joyce Digby Nelson, Ed.D.

Featured Quotes from the Book:

1. God has already counted you, so don’t let others discount you.

2. Call Your Maker, Because You Are Getting Ready to See the Undertaker

3. Don’t hang out with chickens if you expect to soar with eagles

4. Don’t look like a penny waiting for change.

5. A simmering pot is only a few degrees from boiling.