My mother did not spend time on useless 'chit chatter'. She had many sayings that usually fitted the current situation. The family motto that my sister and I share with her is
THERE MUST BE A WAY!! This was applied to all difficult situations in our lives.
The one I always feel like saying to the defeatists I constantly meet is
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN'T...YOUR ARE RIGHT!!
Her own motto that suited he so well was,
SAIL THROUGH LIFE GENTLY LIKE A SWAN, AND PEDDLE LIKE MAD UNDERNEATH!!
Because of my many interests she would often quote the Chinese saying,
HE WHO HAS OPEN MIND CAN OFTEN GET GARBAGE THROWN IN.
Another daunting one was
THAT LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL COULD JUST BE AN ONCOMING TRAIN.
She kept a plaque of the Serenity Prayer on the mantelpiece and tried always to live up to it. Everyone who knew her would attest to this.
The little plaque was broken when I moved after she died but I have glued it together and it now sits on my work desk.