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Andrew Huff / January 21, 2010 10:54 AM

Question suggested by Mary. If you have an idea for a Fuel question, send it to

Mine? "Carpe diem, mother f***er."

Ramsin / January 21, 2010 10:59 AM

"Take it easy."

welfare startup / January 21, 2010 11:59 AM

Don't think too hard. Put your head down and get shit done.

trm / January 21, 2010 12:00 PM

"Let's make sure we have all of our ducks in a row so we can slam dunk this thing and put it to bed!"

Tongue in cheek obviously.

Guy Smiley / January 21, 2010 12:23 PM

"Oh, for fuck's sake, not again!"

bob / January 21, 2010 1:00 PM

expect the worst, hope for the best.

sarah / January 21, 2010 2:22 PM

It could always be worse.

Donny B / January 21, 2010 2:27 PM

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Poppy K / January 21, 2010 3:31 PM

Nunquam Partis

Ellen / January 21, 2010 8:43 PM

Talk normal. (which is also the title of a Laurie Anderson piece.)

My husband's is Don't panic. (lifted from Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

lmy / January 22, 2010 9:25 AM

you will find it

CVAL / January 22, 2010 9:28 AM

"Good Karma Baby!"

Dan Kelly / January 22, 2010 10:10 AM

“Homo Sum: Humani Nil a Me Alienum Puto”

"I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me."--Terentius

Mucky Fingers / January 22, 2010 10:44 AM

Freaking out will only freak you out.

RT / January 22, 2010 12:44 PM

You're going to be okay.

Spook / January 22, 2010 3:54 PM

"Slick, aint it"

borrowed from
Gene Harrogate,
who went from Country Mouse to City Rat.

CVAL / January 22, 2010 6:37 PM

Forgot this one -
"Fortitudo at Decus"

Strength and Honor

Now Russell Crowe will come to my house and beat the shit out of me for stealing it. Mea Cupa Russ

Derby / January 22, 2010 7:33 PM

Survival improvisation

susan / January 23, 2010 1:43 PM

participate in your life.

Viv Savage / January 23, 2010 3:18 PM

Have a good time all the time.

Kevin / January 23, 2010 9:43 PM

Viv, as soon as I saw the question, I thought about the keyboardist from Spinal Tap.

The other that I like is: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

jason / January 23, 2010 11:20 PM

It's always important to have nothing to fall back on.

linderjo / January 24, 2010 8:58 AM

Nothing could be other than it was.

Monica / January 24, 2010 12:48 PM

If you can fix it, stop worrying about it. If you can't fix it, stop worrying about it.

A. Lewellen / January 25, 2010 11:46 AM

I have a few, here's one. "Always try to dress like a superhero while still maintaining the appearance of a normal person". For obvious reasons, "Always do your best" is another. I have a few others that involve being optimistic about stuff and having a sense of humor. Most of them have served me well during the course of my life. I'm currently looking into some new mottos for after I turn 40 in a few years. I hear the ones where one age becomes a much younger age usually by a decade or so are pretty popular.

V / January 25, 2010 4:00 PM

I had a good one last year which I've forgotten. The second tier motto's something like: "Don't gotta."

Tracie / January 25, 2010 4:22 PM

Not mine, but when I worked in a coffeehouse in college, a co-worker used to say "shit happens, get over it". He was right: when bad things happen stop wallowing in pity and figure out how to move on.

Lori / January 25, 2010 5:04 PM

I will stop this car and turn around.

merrick brown / January 25, 2010 9:16 PM

" i ain't dead yet.. "

Free Things to Do in Chicago / January 26, 2010 8:50 AM

As a six time entrepreneur, I have lived by the motto "go big or go home". If you are unwilling to jump in all the way, then just go home and do not start the project (or company)

Some guy / January 26, 2010 6:17 PM



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