Life is but a Cliche

Life is short and 90% of life is just showing up

So early to bed, early to rise

Live one day at a time

Make the most of each day

And live each day like it’s your last.


Slow and steady wins the race

And gives you time to stop and smell the roses

But keep in mind that every rose has its thorns.


The road to hell is paved with good intentions

So when you come to a fork in the road, take it

Because the grass is always greener on the other side

And nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Remember, you get what you pay for and there’s no free lunch

So make hay while the sun shines

Because a penny saved is a penny earned

And a fool and his money are soon parted

So if you fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.


Absolute power corrupts absolutely

So speak truth to power

Because rarely do you get a second chance to make a first impression.


The end justifies the means

So speak softly and carry a big stick

But don’t go off half-cocked.


Many a true word hath been spoken in jest

So have the last laugh

Because he who laughs last, laughs best.


Don’t judge a book by its cover

And actions speak louder than words

But also remember, failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.


We’re talkin’ about practice, not a game, not a game, practice

So when you finally get up to bat

Put your best foot forward

Just do your job and swing for the fences

Because you play to win the game

And second place is just the first loser.


If you love someone, set them free

If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.


All you need is love

So make love not war

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.


Used by permission of the author.

Frank Antonicelli

Frank Antonicelli is an author, poet, and musician based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age ...more