Life to a T


One of the numerous catalogues that arrive in the mail at this time of year was the Rosie Nieper T-shirt catalogue. Flicking through the pages made me wonder if all of civilisation’s accumulated wisdom has been encapsulated on T-shirt slogans. Here are some examples:

Out of my mind (back in 5 mins)

I’m not 40. I’m 18 with 22 years of experience

Make tea, not war

Dad. n. A man with pictures in his wallet where his money used to be

Let us remember that in this RICH and BEAUTIFUL world there are only 2 things worth living for — LOVE AND HAPPINESS*

*Oh, OK, and maybe CHOCOLATE

Forbidden fruit makes great jam

"Not a morning person" doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it

Hail to the mocha latte

Boys are strong. Bury them deep

I’m only wearing black until they make something darker

There are other, more risque, ruder, options which I’m not writing here but are viewable at the Rosie Nieper site.

Can you come up with a slogan that sums up life more pithily than any of the above?

9 thoughts on “Life to a T

  1. A simple thought perhaps, and said many times before:
    “Life is for living!”
    Let’s just get on and do it and enjoy it! Unlike the coconut shy, we have only one chance so let’s make the most of it!

  2. My favorite t-shirt slogan — because, it is so true! — is this one from the South: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
    It doesn’t sum up life, exactly, but it sure sums up family life, sometimes….

  3. “I’m not 40. I’m 18 with 22 years of experience” would be just right for me. I would never have the guts to wear it though!

  4. Yes, Marie, there was a similar one “I’m not 50…” and I didn’t dare even to put that one on the post!
    BTW I should have written “ruder” rather than “more risque” in that penultimate sentence in the post. As usual, too many distractions not giving me enough time to write/check/concentrate.

  5. You might like to take a look at the “potshots” of Ashleigh Brilliant, “history’s only full time, professional, published epigrammatist”:
    He writes with a self-imposed limit of 17 words; e.g. “The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library.”

  6. It the saying “If Mama Ain’t Happy…Ain’t Noboy Happy” copywritten by someone or can it be used by others.
    If so who is the owner of this statement/slogan?

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