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The Giant List of Platitudes

October 13, 2012

Updated 22 Dec 14.

I was surprised I couldn’t find a long list of these on the internet. The random lists had no more than 5 or 10 included. I try to keep redundancies to a minimum, only adding similar phrases if I hear them in person. Examples are “You’ll be fine”/”You’ll be OK” and  “I feel your pain”/”I share your pain.”

Non-dictionary definition: A platitude is a statement that’s used so often, it sounds dull or trite instead of interesting, thoughtful or helpful. When someone is coping with a life problem, a platitude is the typical reaction of another person who has nothing genuinely heartfelt or sympathetic to say. It helps fill the silence in an uncomfortable conversation, and can be an indirect way of letting people know they should look elsewhere for meaningful dialog.

It’s OK.
This is life.
Such is life.
You look OK.
You’ll be OK.
You’ll be fine.
Time will tell.
It’s God’s will.
It is what it is.
It’s in the past.
I feel your pain.
Karma’s a bitch.
Live and let live.
Just be yourself.
You’ll get over it.
Don’t dwell on it.
It could be worse.
I share your pain.
It was meant to be.
It can’t be that bad.
Just think positive.
Patience is a virtue.
This too shall pass.
You’ll get used to it.
Perception is reality.
You’ll get through it.
Your time will come.
Own it and move on.
You’ll get better at it.
You have to move on.
Keep a stiff upper lip.
What’s done is done.
Don’t let it eat at you.
Get on with your life.
It wasn’t meant to be.
Things will work out.
We all have problems.
Happiness is a choice.
It’s not rocket science.
Our hearts go out to…
Don’t let it bother you.
Things will get easier.
Just follow your heart.
Nothing is impossible.
It’s for your own good.
You’re better than this.
They don’t deserve you.
You’re lucky to be alive.
Time heals all wounds.
Something will turn up.
You did this to yourself.
Look on the bright side.
Don’t linger on the past.
Tomorrow will be better.
Just don’t think about it.
They’re in a better place.
Take it one day at a time.
Let it slide off your back.
Don’t let it get you down.
Just try harder next time.
Tomorrow’s another day.
You just need some sleep.
You still have your health.
You’ll be better off for this.
Things will only get better.
Don’t let life get you down.
You did the best you could.
It was just their time to go.
God will show you the way.
You just need to get over it.
You can do so much better.
It all comes out in the wash.
At least you’re not homeless.
Everything’s going to be OK.
God only takes the good ones.
You’re better off without them.
This is just a bump in the road.
You gotta do what you gotta do.
There’s plenty of fish in the sea.
It will all be worth it in the end.
No good deed goes unpunished.
You’ll thank me for this one day.
Everything happens for a reason.
You just have to try a little harder.
You have to know your limitations.
Maybe your heart just isn’t in to it.
The only thing to fear is fear itself.
They weren’t right for you anyway.
You just need to believe in yourself.
Your negativity is your only hurdle.
You’re paddling against the current.
I understand this is difficult for you.
One day you’ll see things differently.
You can be anything you want to be.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to…
There is someone worse off than you.
You have your whole life ahead of you.
Good things come to people who wait.
Other people go through this every day.
Good things happen to those who wait.
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
There’s somebody out there for everyone.
You just haven’t met the right person yet.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
The best revenge is to have a fulfilling life.
You don’t need people like that in your life.
You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.
We all have to do things we don’t want to do.
Life doesn’t give you things you can’t handle.
You’ll be back in the game before you know it.
No matter what you do, it’s always something.
If you knew what I knew, you’d think differently.
Things would be better if you were more positive.

Note: I don’t post comments, but appreciate every one. I’ve had several readers tell me that after reading this list, they love hearing other people use the phrases. That means platitudes are at least offering some comic relief.

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