"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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
4 months ago

Irony..

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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
4 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
4 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
4 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
Community Member
4 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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FurryPotatoCat
Community Member
4 months ago

agreed

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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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Riptide
Community Member
4 months ago

thank you!

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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
4 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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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Death eventually 😅

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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
4 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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
4 months ago

Absolutely..

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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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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
4 months ago

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Think of this in simpler terms: television offers comedy or tragic news. You can choose happiness.

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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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lara
Community Member
4 months ago

You and every other human being have free will. YOU are responsible for what YOU do as other people are responsible for what they do. God does not "cause wars or epidemics or fires or murders or force people to be monsters." People do that all on their own and blaming God for it means you are nothing but a child wanting someone to "save" you from your and other peoples' actions.

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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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LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

so true, I never understood this

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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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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
4 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 . . .

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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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Coz nobody's perfect..

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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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Soap
Community Member
4 months ago

If not sleeping makes you weaker, and sleep is for the weak, sleep is for you.

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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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LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

yep

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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
4 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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lara
Community Member
4 months ago

War is violent. Feuds are violent. Hate is violent. Not violence wherein you JUST kill or maim, but violence to your soul. There are things you have to deal with, but you do it with the understanding that NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. EVER. Hating someone is destructive. Hating an idea or concept means you will never be able to understand the people who embrace it. It does not make you superior, it makes you weaker.

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#21

"A watched pot never boils."

It does, I've checked.

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
4 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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Police always say that...

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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
4 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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
4 months ago

Trump and his supporters still uphold this quote

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#25

Hard work never killed anyone

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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BananaAnna
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4 months ago

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Don't try that stuff with this ole lady. I am a stickler for the truth and I will show you the way out quickly and permanently.

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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
4 months ago

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

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