Thursday, 28 January 2010

The Ulster Psyche

Below is a list of truisms that circulate in the South and West of the United States as Old Farmer's Advice. It could also serve as an excellent presentation of the home spun gumption of the Ulster Folk in the New World. These truisms are the results of the collective psyche of the many Ulster Folk that left Ireland in the 1700s and early 1800s for the Americas and who often lived on the frontier and followed that frontier west.

Your fences need to be horse-high pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A hornet is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies----- it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don 't judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good honourable life.. Then when you get older and think back
you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don 't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches
you from the mirror every morning'.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence try ordering' somebody else's dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you.

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