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"There are other fish in the sea"

September 15, 2009
By Anonymous

Where the heck did the phrase, “There are other fish in the sea,” come from? That is one of the dumbest clichés. After hearing my friend use that phrase a few too many times, I decided to come up with a few alternative motivators, using the same concept.

There are other stars in the sky.
There are other books in the library.
There are other subjects to learn.
There are other atoms to bond with.
There are other text books to study.
There are other planets to discover.
There are other countries to explore.
There are other photographs to capture.
There are other equations to solve.
There are other notes to take.
There are other interments to play.
There are other races to run.
There are other fabrics to sew.
There are other microscopes to look through.
There are other…fill in the blank, and stop using the old cliché of “other fish in the sea.”

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This article has 18 comments.

on Mar. 31 2013 at 4:32 pm
I usually just avoid the concept altogether

on Oct. 11 2012 at 11:09 pm
Lisa_Bhadd001 BRONZE, Augusta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Blahh & Ewww


on Nov. 29 2011 at 3:41 pm
JasmineNoelle1 BRONZE, There Is No Need To Know This !!!, Texas
2 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
You never needed to change my darling you just need to have confidence in yourself to be yourself and not change for someone else.

hahaha this is funny :)

Safeleo said...
on May. 11 2011 at 11:13 pm
Safeleo, Iwakuni, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Looking up into the night sky is like looking into infinity - the distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless."
-Douglas Adams

lolz :)

I know, that old cliche is so dumb. You can't just pick a random person and love him/her.

on May. 11 2011 at 4:02 pm
kenzie011 BRONZE, Vancouver, Washington
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Wow haha this is so true!

~Rissy-Roo~ said...
on Dec. 9 2010 at 5:34 pm
I know right its more like there is other fish in the sea oh wait theres an oil spill

on Dec. 8 2010 at 11:20 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I love the atoms one! XD and the instruments one too. This made me laugh! C:

G-Ann BRONZE said...
on Nov. 20 2010 at 10:49 pm
G-Ann BRONZE, Springfield, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Pretending to be normal gets tiring.
Make love,Not war!

lol ilove it!

LivenLove said...
on Aug. 20 2010 at 8:50 am
LivenLove, Washington, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Words are very powerful, but only if you listen to them."

hahaha i love this! it reminds of my health teachers saying "there are other buffalo over the hill" hahah where he got tht i have no idea lol

on May. 2 2010 at 2:47 pm
forgottenpenname GOLD, Troy, Michigan
12 articles 0 photos 147 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe diem."

Loved this! The one about atom made me laugh, and I really liked the first one, about the stars. :)

on Mar. 19 2010 at 6:28 pm
bound4life4ever PLATINUM, Jamaica, New York
32 articles 0 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

haha..its so true! one that i came up with was: "there are other fish in the sea. but you will always be my nemo"....its one oof my poems i put up

on Feb. 13 2010 at 8:55 pm
Keelin2010 SILVER, Mt. Shasta, California
6 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

This is great! I've hear the saying "There are other fish in the sea" too many times. I really like "There are other races to run". I love running and can really connect with that one.

on Feb. 13 2010 at 8:22 pm
choirchic101 SILVER, Norwalk, California
9 articles 0 photos 196 comments

Favorite Quote:
in order for God to use all of you you have to be completely broken

i like the one that says there are other photographs to capture. here's one you can use "There are other memories to make".

on Dec. 21 2009 at 7:00 pm
NeverSayNever GOLD, Lumby, Other
12 articles 1 photo 34 comments
hahaha I agree 110% and really like how you came up with the alterntives instead of just saying you can use other sayings

400king BRONZE said...
on Dec. 21 2009 at 11:00 am
400king BRONZE, Hemet, California
1 article 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
a poem is never finished, just abandoned

i think it's horrible to use fish in the sea quote, it's like seeing the other sex as nothing but a catch or a prize when they should be a gift.

on Sep. 25 2009 at 8:59 pm
biggerinfinities SILVER, Superior, Colorado
7 articles 0 photos 353 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Cute! i like the star and photogragh ones best

on Sep. 22 2009 at 5:03 pm
CandieApple PLATINUM, Hartford, Wisconsin
29 articles 0 photos 90 comments

Favorite Quote:
The world is a stage, and we are merely players- Shakespeare (at least it goes something like that!!)

There are other ways to put it, but the phrase "there are other fish in the sea" is one of the most common, popular ones. That's what I think.