30 People On Reddit Respond To The Viral “What Popular Saying Is Actually Nonsense” Thread

“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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“Money can’t buy happiness.”

Poverty can’t buy anything.


‘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


“There’s plenty of fish in the sea”

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


“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.


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


“Looks don’t matter.”

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


“It doesn’t matter who started it.”

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


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

Nah mate, it just gives you trauma.


“Good things come to those who wait.”

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


“Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are college dropouts”

Dude they went to Harvard, not community college.!


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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


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


“Einstein wasn’t good in school” he was a very good student with good marks


You don’t need money to be happy.

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


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


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


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.


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


“A watched pot never boils.”

It does, I’ve checked.


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



Hard work never killed anyone


“Violence is never the answer.”

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


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.”


“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.


You can achieve anything you set your mind to.


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


“It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.” Yeah eventually people are just gonna stop forgiving you.