10 Stereotypes About Life That Aren’t Always True

Many common sayings, proverbs, and adages seep into our cultural thought and become widely accepted as conventional wisdom, but if you take a step back and look at these sayings literally, you’ll discover that many of them aren’t exactly true.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

I see where you’re going with this, but if it comes down to it, I’d rather have a sword for self-defense.
However, you may keep your pen.

The customer is always right.

And everyone who has ever worked in customer service rolled their eyes.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

This is unequivocally false. We want to believe it because it makes sense of adversity, but when it comes down to it, there are many things that weaken us but don’t necessarily kill us.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Whoever coined this phrase never attended junior high school.

You are what you eat.

What exactly does that mean? I have never, ever turned into the foods that I ate. Not even once.

A watched pot never boils.

Yes, indeed, it does. It simply takes a long time. Except that they now make stove tops that apparently heat water to a boil in 90 seconds, so you wouldn’t have to keep an eye on the pot for very long.

Some are truer than others, and some are completely false.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

This is what we tell ourselves to avoid envying our neighbor. The idea is that we mistakenly believe things are better on their side when they are not. While this is a good adage, it is only partially correct. My grass is greener sometimes, and my neighbor’s grass is greener other times.

The real question is: Who has time to stand there and figure out who has the greenest grass? Go find something better to do with your life.

Time heals all wounds.

This is true for some physical ailments, but not always. And it most emphatically does not apply to emotional wounds or significant losses.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I sincerely hope this is true. We would no longer require medicine. We could all just eat apples and live to be 100, or we could live longer if we just kept eating apples.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Unless it’s the 100-meter dash. In that case, I’d recommend sprinting.

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