"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.

Damon Gates
Community Member
10 months ago

A better way to phrase this might be "If you abandon me when I need you most, I don't want you there when thing are better".

Kitten claws
Community Member
10 months ago

So true!

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
10 months ago

I think it’s just a less detailed way of saying “a person isn’t always going to be at their best, because we’re all human. You should be able to still love your partner even if they aren’t perfect, because that’s a big part of what love is: acceptance.” I don’t think it’s supposed to mean “deal with my bullshît or you aren’t worthy.” That’s like a toxic person’s conclusion. And an inexperienced person, too.

ravn
Community Member
10 months ago

It's not that I can't "handle" you at your worst, it's more that you won't accept help/critique when your worst is truly dysfunctional.

Kill-Bunny
Community Member
10 months ago

As a person with chronic illness, this saying lights a different perspective for me. More like, If a person can't handle me, or help me on my bad days when it's not always up to me what is happening to me, I would really doubt if my quality time is worth spending with that person. Not everything is about being toxic. Some things are just about protecting yourself from unworthy people.

Saara .
Community Member
10 months ago

Agreed.

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Sue Burn
Community Member
10 months ago

The one I hate is "Love means never having to say you're sorry." What utter bullshit!

California Jones
Community Member
10 months ago

My favorite is Chris (Simpsons artist)'s version. "If you can't handle me at my worst, than you sure as hell can't handle me when I'm covered in jam because I'm too slippery!"

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
10 months ago

Your worst version of yourself is not other people's problem to begin with.

Mariana Brscan
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes! That quote is so childish and selfish.

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
10 months ago

If you can't handle me at my worst… I don't blame you, because I can be a total ass.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 months ago

Usually used by the abusive party to emotionally blackmail people to maintain a toxic abusive relationship.

Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

"If you can't handle me at my worst, don't worry. Neither can I."

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
10 months ago

And people keep misattributing it to Marilyn Monroe. No, she did not say that. It's far more recent and nobody knows who came up with it.

Piet Puk
Community Member
10 months ago

'I don't like drama'.

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
10 months ago

Said that to my fiancée at a German Christmas market 10 years ago before cracking a terrible joke. She groaned and said "Is that your worst?" I held up a sausage and said "No, this is!"

Mary Lovill
Community Member
10 months ago

If I have cancer or am otherwise failing and you don’t want to stick around, then good riddance...It’s not meant as in, “If you can’t deal with me being a raving lunatic.” Logic.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
10 months ago

Nothing intrinsically wrong with this. Depends on interpretation. We all have to deal with each other in different moods. A relationship is especially exposing, making people especially susceptible to their vulnerabilities. You want to be able to accept someone at their bad moments. And if someone isn't able to do that then they might not be the best choice. So, yeah, what's wrong with that? It's not supposed to be used as an excuse, as it obviously often is, because it's not supposed to be interpreted as an excuse, as it evidently often is.

Oliver Prime
Community Member
10 months ago

Absolutely a dumb way to think. "Me me me, me me me, you will think about me all the time and you're not allowed to think or care about yourself or anything else, just me me me." F**k off.

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
10 months ago

Sadly many guys see this as a challenge

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
10 months ago

Why have I only heard this from women? I have never heard of a man saying this. Just my experience, however.

Queen Mab
Community Member
10 months ago

"Starter Pack" perfect.

Jovita A
Community Member
10 months ago

Well this statement is more about someone dealing with bad stuff, not being bad himself/herself

Anna McHugh
Community Member
10 months ago

Frankly, I couldn't handle me at my worst, and I pretty much destroyed my marriage because of it. That kind of spindrift-psychology is poisonous

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
10 months ago

Well, this is untrue when it comes to pets, especially horses. Especially if you've trained them.

Kim
Community Member
10 months ago

These people end up alone with a hundred short lived relationships in their backpack, wondering why they can never find “the one”. Every relationship has problems, nobody’s perfect and you’ve always got to work together to compromise and work on becoming a better person for the other one and vice versa.

Just saying
Community Member
10 months ago

It's just self permission to act like a toddler and expect everyone to indulge you. I'd change it to 'if you can't be alongside me at my lowest, I won't be able to do the same for you'.

Kika González
Community Member
10 months ago

I want to upvote this more

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
10 months ago

And now, I don't want you at all. :P

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
10 months ago

The first part is a Marilyn Monroe quote. She fared well.

Becky Samuel
Community Member
10 months ago

If drug addiction and chronic mental illness are your definition of "well".

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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.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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