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12 People Share the Best Advice Their Parents Ever Gave Them — We're Taking Notes

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Being a parent can be kind of a thankless job at times. Kids are inherently selfish, they think they know everything, and they never seem to listen. Who among us hasn't, at some point in their adulthood, reflected on their younger self and thought, "wow, I really was a jerk to my parents." Show me that person and I'll show you someone who has a lot of work to do on themselves.

But for the most part, the older we get, the more we come to appreciate the life lessons our parents bestowed on us. A recent Twitter thread started by POLITICO writer Dan Diamond demonstrated just that, with tons of users sharing the best advice their parents ever gave. Turns out even when they don't seem to be, children are listening. Here's some of the best words of wisdom people got from mom and dad.

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Dan got the ball rolling with his parents' best advice. If his mom's advice sounds familiar, it sounds a lot like something France McDormand's character in Almost Famous says to Russell (played by Billy Crudup). She attributes the quote to Goethe, but others cite Basil King. Whoever said it, they're good words to live by! 

I'm partial to dad's advice, myself. Not only is kindness a good virtue to look for in a partner, but relationship experts predict the surest sign of a relationship's longevity. John Gottman, who has studied couples for more than 40 years, says he can predict whether a couple will divorce based on how they interact in conflicts. Turns out, people who choose kindness over contempt stay together.