"Money can't buy happiness," "looks don't matter," "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger": chances are you've heard all of these popular sayings more than a dozen times. Or even said them yourself—but do you really believe them? It's easy to say that money can't buy happiness for someone for whom money isn't a problem. But for someone who struggles to make ends meet and keep a roof over their head, money sure does bring at least some happiness or relief.

This week, one Reddit user asked others to share which popular sayings they find to be complete rubbish. As always, hundreds of people participated in the discussion, mentioning some really common sayings and explaining why they're nonsense. Scroll down below to read the best 45 replies and vote for the ones you agree with!

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#1

"Money can't buy happiness."

Poverty can't buy anything.

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
10 months ago

Yep. This is the highest order of bullshittery. Money may not buy happiness but it will definitely buy comfort to make me forget about my miseries.

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#2

"The Customer is Always Right." Because half of it's missing. The full truism is "The Customer is Always Right in matters of taste."

Guy wants a pint of half baileys, half orange juice? He's paying...

Lady wants to wear a raw turkey as a hat? You do you love...

What it doesn't mean is that Kyle and Karen get free reign to treat people like [crap] because they happen to be handing over money at some stage of the interaction.

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KatHat
Community Member
10 months ago

Spineless managers who "comp" things and give people everything they want contribute to this. The US is about the worst place I have been for badly behaved customers and I've lived in four countries.

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#3

"There's plenty of fish in the sea"

You know what else there's plenty of in the sea? Trash.

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Dreamwolf
Community Member
10 months ago

Ooh, good one.

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#4

‘If you can’t handle me at my worst you don’t deserve me at my best’

This is like toxic relationship starter pack stuff

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

This is a statement I have heard when they are ready to bail at the first sign of someone else's problems.

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#5

'What doesnt kill you just makes you stronger'..... bull. 2x cancer survivor here, it sure didnt make me any stronger...

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Dreamwolf
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10 months ago

I'm glad you are better though. :)

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#6

"Looks don't matter."

They do. Not always, not completely, but they very much do matter. Humans are kind of superficial in that regard.

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Brandon Collinsworth
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes they matter, the real truth to this saying is that not everyone finds the same things attractive.

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#7

"It doesn't matter who started it."

Of course it does. Even legally the concept of who did what first is recognized as vital.

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konnarw1
Community Member
10 months ago

finally, someone who agrees with me. lol I think we can all relate reply if you do

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#8

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Nah mate, it just gives you trauma.

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
10 months ago

And a huge medical bill if you're in USA.

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#9

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Try waiting your whole life and see what comes to you.

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I'm a makeup addict
Community Member
10 months ago

I think that's an untrue quote too. if you want something good you have to work for it.

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#10

"it's just how I am." Well you're a [damn prick], change your behavior and act like a decent human!

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LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
10 months ago

so true, this is basically saying people can't change who they are.

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#11

"Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are college dropouts"

Dude they went to Harvard, not community college.!

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
10 months ago

I hate when people use this one. Although I still agree you don’t need to have a degree to be a successful entrepreneur. But not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. There’s no such thing as a college dropout surgeon.

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#12

“Happiness is a choice.” That’s maybe sometimes a little true, but depression is real, and it’s not what anyone chose.

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Sora desu
Community Member
10 months ago

Exactly! It’s the same as saying well having an asthma attack is a choice just breathe

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#13

Everything happens for a reason. (Like rape, murder, death of children, starvation, genocide, etc). Or my favorite, God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.

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Uncommon Boston
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Recently someone told me a string of these statements. The underlying message, it will never happen to her. So, God let me have cancer; because of previous trauma, he knew I could handle it? The God I pray to is compassionate, loving, forgiving, and loves me. Nothing happens for reason, really? Explain cancer, abusive parents, and the rest. Yes I am stronger from surviving all it, so I deserve more? Her smug smile said she believed this was the appropriate response, she was being supportive, and kind. I was speechless. It is was a reminder of how painful words from a stranger can be. A skill I do not want or admire (Cancer was not traumatic, only stage 2, death was not an issue, the months of treatment were just annoying. I cried once. The doctors thought I was brave, I wasn't. My tears, frustration and anger were already used up.)

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#14

"Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're gonna get." Every box of chocolate I have seen has a little book that tells you what you'll get.

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Who? Me?
Community Member
10 months ago

Life is more like Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

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#15

When someone tells a depressed person "just exercise and drink water." [Hell], I barely have enough motivation to breathe, what makes you think I'm gonna get up to exercise.

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Caitlin Davenport
Community Member
10 months ago

Telling a depressed person that they just need to exercise and drink water will only add to their guilt. Sometimes, they just need antidepressants.

Colin L
Community Member
10 months ago

Also: shame on diabetics for not trying hard enough to make insulin!

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Pete
Community Member
10 months ago

If you don't suffer from a mental illness, and you are telling someone who does how to deal with theirs, you should probably check yourself and do more listening than speaking.

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
10 months ago

My sister. I have clinical depression and she was miserable after her boyfriend left her. She then had the cheek to tell me how to deal with depression as if she was an expert.

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sylvantic
Community Member
10 months ago

i've been depressed before. my advice: 1. ANTIDEPRESSENTS 2. Turn a light on and open the window 3. take a shower every day. sometimes i would realize, oh i haven't had a shower in a week.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

Dr Albert Schweitzer confided that all healing is self healing. Yes, there will always be more to it than that but it starts with wanting to get better. Trying is better than not trying . . .

Matt Du
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10 months ago

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Maurettis
Community Member
10 months ago

Depression is a terribly underestimated illness. People who speak like this don't have the faintest idea of what depressed people are dealing with

ravn
Community Member
10 months ago

It's not "just", but I'll vouch for the efficacy of exercise in working with depression. When you're borderline like me, a regular workout schedule is a really strong firewall. If I slack and get into the the grip again, then it can be very hard to break out of the death spiral, but the benefits are real. Perhaps it's more about messaging; don't say "do this", but invite the person to join you for a walk, a bike ride, to the gym, whatever with you. There is a lot of nuance we're not getting to, but don't discount the power of exercise and companionship.

Daria B
Community Member
10 months ago

I've been a bit in and a bit out, although never really diagnosed officially, so won't make big claims. Anyway, what you say is true, and my observation from it all is - it's about the focus. When depressed, your brain is trolling you and your focus is located within yourself. What really helps, is getting your focus onto something external, like a pet, like a friend, like sports, like an official task. Still, that's not easy, and more often than not, you will need external help, yes, even when you're introverted (not that it matters, just trying to break the stereotypes about us introverts).

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Mariana Brscan
Community Member
10 months ago

Innocent read this: “I wish I had the mental health to do the things that help my mental health”

Mariana Brscan
Community Member
10 months ago

Or something like that.

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D. Pitbull
Community Member
10 months ago

The one hate is... :"Well, if *I* had it, I'd just do [the things that need to get done] because they need to get done." When I try to explain "That is not how depression works"... they just keep REPEATING "Well, it needs to get done. So I'd get it done. It needs to get done, so I'd get it done". They're so self-centric they can't FATHOM that there is a way that you could POSSIBLY not be able to "just get it done" - and I knew from that moment... "Wow... you really look down on me, don't you? You seriously think I'm just... f**king around..."

Sora desu
Community Member
10 months ago

Or the one that I love just be happy! Well damn I didn’t try that

OhForSmegSake
Community Member
10 months ago

Coming from someone who's been battling mental illness for decades, it's never as simple as "exercise and drink more water" but some days getting up, making a cup of tea, and going to sit outside in the fresh air helps. Whether its the sound of life going on around you (Birds! Bugs! Peoples!), the fresh air, the vitamin D, or just the sense of accomplishment (I did a thing!) it can often help.

Mia Burgess
Community Member
10 months ago

Exercise, diet and medication can work but what if you’ve already tried all of those and you still can’t be motivated to keep breathing. I’m yet to tell someone about my depression and them not tell me what I should try next.

Joe mama
Community Member
10 months ago

Thank you so much for saying this and telling people we are too tired to clean our rooms what the hell do you want us to do.

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
10 months ago

Depression is a vicious cycle but yes, exercise is great for depression. I've suffered with it my whole life and it's really hard to get off my ass when I'm depressed so usually I don't until I absolutely have to do something. If it's physical then I almost instantly feel better for days. Then I wonder why I didn't do this sooner. Then eventually I'm depressed again and I know why. It's nearly impossible even though I know it would help tremendously.

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
10 months ago

Thank you.

Isabel Care
Community Member
10 months ago

Depressed and chronically ill with mobility issues. My exercise is often just fidgeting in bed, occasionally boogying to music lying down. Major exercise is using a gadget to get long socks or tights on.

Mimi777
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes!! I hate being told this. Like I can’t even get out of bed to take a shower or brush my teeth on my bad days how am I supposed to find the energy to exercise?...I’ve tried numerous antidepressants over the years since I was 16 nearly every one on the market I’m almost 30 and I’ve completely given up on finding one for me. It really sucks.

abby smink
Community Member
10 months ago

Those people need help and support, not to be shamed with your crappy advice.

Harløw-Banditø
Community Member
10 months ago

This is so true. And please stop telling people with depression that you know what they’re going through. No one truly understand what anyone else is going through because everyone is different. Tyler joseph wrote an entire bop dedicated to this and y’all still can’t listen?

Amber Turk
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

"Drinking water" is not going to change your outlook on life. That's a cop out comment. That's like saying "take some deep breaths" as a cure-all for having your house burn down.

WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Had a doctor who advised that I exercise more to improve my anxiety. Dude... for two solid years I rode my bike to work five days a week (15 miles one way) AND worked out on my lunch hour in the building's gym, and I would still wake up every. damn. day. with terrible anxiety and had panic attacks. I get it, exercise is good for you, but it's not ALWAYS the answer.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
10 months ago

My method was to get up anyway and take a shower, make myself presentable and wear nice looking, comfortable clothes. That way, if I caught my reflection, I could say, "Well, at least I look alright." instead of spiraling more with, "O my god, I'm f*****g ugly too!!!" Little things. Find one thing that will keep you from spiraling and do that - the rest of the time, just allow yourself to go slower than normal with no judgment internally. It's alright. It's chemical, it passes. Try to not let your head get involved with the emotions and physical, chemical depression. Stop. Breathe, Start again. No hurry. And then, try to do one small thing that moves things forward for you, every day. Small things...

Roberto Durante
Community Member
10 months ago

stop watching TV, you will cheer you up

Anna Repp
Community Member
10 months ago

Also "Have you tried yoga?" - hate when people say that!

Oliver Prime
Community Member
10 months ago

Yeah, I've been there. Exercise only works to make you feel better if you decide you want to do it, not if someone tells you "Ooh, it's great, you'll love it". The water? Yeah, you're probably not drinking enough. Most of us don't. Feel like sh*t? Drink a litre of water, give it half an hour. Might help, might not, but it's surprising how often it makes you feel better.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
10 months ago

What did you say? "Extra fries?" Sure!

Grady'sRaider
Community Member
10 months ago

Depression can be mild or manic. Talk and observe to determine how fast you need to get them help, then get them to medical attention.

Best.in.the.west
Community Member
10 months ago

I've been told to eat and sleep better. I'm an insomniac that doesnt have the motivation to eat

Carol Lewis
Community Member
10 months ago

If I had a penny for every time someone said that to me..... well it does take my mind off of the depression for a few minutes as the anger and resentment takes over.

California Jones
Community Member
10 months ago

My f*****g parents.

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
10 months ago

Ok, I drink a lot of water and I work out, and I am still depressed af. What is your next miracle cure?

Thalia Lovering
Community Member
10 months ago

Isn't that what you tell someone who is on a diet?

Robert Thompson
Community Member
10 months ago

Like telling the guy with the broken leg to walk it off.

Silvia John
Community Member
10 months ago

In general, comments should be kept out of everything that you have no idea about.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I mean, water and exercise will actually help every living human. But that doesn’t mean it will even come close to fixing a mental health issue. They will definitely help a person feel a little better chemically though. And literally everyone can drink water. People shouldn’t act like it’s a cure though. It’s just good for you.

Scarlett Ybarra
Community Member
10 months ago

It's sayings like this that make me feel like I always need to smile, always have to be happy-

Mary Lovill
Community Member
10 months ago

I agree with you here. Tell a person instead, “I’m going walking tomorrow and I don’t want to go alone,” and then I will walk with you, because hey, “That’s just who I am.” Lol

Aitor Sensada Ramirez
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10 months ago

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Because when you're depressed you don't want to listen. But you are right. And if you could build a better mentality, you would do it for yourself. (I'm not saying that it is easy and safe for impossible cases). But the mechanics of the mind and the body work in a certain way, only we stop ourselves from improving.

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#16

"Practice makes perfect!"

I had a teacher that used to point out that no, practice makes permanent. If you practice something in an incorrect way, you're going to perform incorrectly.

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Viviane
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10 months ago

In some situations, the expression is "The perfect is the enemy of the good". High standards are fine, but insisting on perfection will blow through deadlines.

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#17

“Sleep is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I die” Well actually, not sleeping is making you weaker and decreasing your lifespan as you gloat about it right now. Sleep is essential people.

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
10 months ago

I love my sleep. Anyone who believes these can GTFO and turn off the lights on the way out. Please and thank you. PS: Don't forget the door.

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#18

You don't need money to be happy.

Usually this quote is being used by those who are already filthy rich

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Uncommon Boston
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10 months ago

Money buys food. A full belly feels much better than a hallow aching one. Not everyone sleeps in a bed. Some by choice, others due to circumstances they have no control of. Clean clothes that fit are wonderful. Worrying constantly about having money to pay bills is miserable. No health care! The list goes on. People's life's can be fundamentally changed with a larger fair income. Those with money do not want part with it. They can never have enough and have the power to change the rules to help them keep it. They need lots of money to be happy.

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#19

"Einstein wasn't good in school" he was a very good student with good marks

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Night Owl
Community Member
10 months ago

Yeah, it looks like some myths refuse to die

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#20

"Violence is never the answer."

It isn't usually the answer. But occasionally...it really is.

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Malakai
Community Member
10 months ago

Sometimes, it is. My friends and I used to get bullied by this group of boys in middle school (they targeted one girl in particular). One day, we were playing card games when two of them sat next to us, uninvited, and the rest stood by the table, blocking us in. They started making fun of us and being asses, but we tried to ignore them and continued playing, so they took our cards, threw them everywhere and even started tearing them up. The 'ringleader' had sat next to me, and idk WHAT possessed me to do it, but I promptly turned around and SLAMMED his head into the wall as hard as I could. He and his buddies started calling me crazy but they scrambled away, and they left us alone after that.

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#21

"A watched pot never boils."

It does, I've checked.

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

Not watching the pot and it boils over cannot be a good thing.

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#22

“If you tell me the truth you won’t get into trouble”

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I'm a makeup addict
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10 months ago

people always say that.. and then you get in trouble anyways

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#23

Using the phrase, "it's just a few bad apples," to protect an institution when the full proverb says, " a few bad apples spoils the bunch."

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Soap
Community Member
10 months ago

Like if one apple is moldy, would you still eat the rest that were sitting with the moldy one?

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#24

Be yourself. If you're a [prick] and even the nice people hate you, then you should change and not be yourself

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KatHat
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes, this is often used as an excuse for people not to be self-aware and not to be considerate of others. No one should have to subsume their entire personality to make others happy but you don't get to be an asshole and demand everyone love you, either.

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#25

Hard work never killed anyone

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Octavia Hansen
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10 months ago

Hmm . . . working fields and building pyramids did not make for longevity.

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#26

This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.

LIES!!

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로희
Community Member
10 months ago

The equivalent of "it's not you, it's me."

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#27

“Sleep like a baby”. It implies that babies sleep really well. My second is 4 days old; I can confirm babies don’t sleep well.

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Mosheh Wolf
Community Member
10 months ago

Like the old joke: "How are you sleeping?", "like a baby - I wake up crying every two hours".

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#28

You can achieve anything you set your mind to.

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

Only if you are practical concerning your goals. I'm too old to be a gymnast but I can play piano like Elton John.

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#29

"It's better to ask forgiveness than permission." Yeah eventually people are just gonna stop forgiving you.

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Mosheh Wolf
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

It is a quote from Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, and it is related to being from an underprivileged group. It also does not mean that a person can do anything and then ask for forgiveness. It means that, when a person sees that an important action needs to be taken, they should do it, and not wait for permission. It does NOT mean that you should "borrow" your neighbor's Lamborghini for a joy ride, and then apologize.

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#30

If you love something set it free...

Uh no if you love something smother it with affection until you catch the early flight home and catch a couple naked dudes tag teaming your fiancé

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Stitches
Community Member
10 months ago

Dude you sound like you’ve been through some s**t have a hug

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