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Famous Quotes That Are Always Taken Out Of Context

Famous quotes are like little nuggets of wisdom that follow us around and pop up at precisely the right time. But, did you know that many of the most famous quotes were taken completely out of context? Here, let's review some famous quotes that mean something entirely different when you know the story behind them. 

If you would like to read more about these quotes, you can check out the sources at the end of this article.

Sure, this quote is good, but the full quote is even better. It goes: "Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ." That last part is intended to say that if you're always thinking of the same things as other people, you might want to start looking outside the box. 


Well, not exactly. This was a misquote of the words of Leo Durocher (nicknamed "Leo the Lip"). He worked as the field manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When the Giants finished in seventh place during the height of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, Durocher made an off-handed comment about the team finishing in seventh place because Mel Ott, the right-fielder for the Giants, was being too nice. 

Baseball Digest swooped in and later reprinted the column, changing "seventh" to "last." 

These misquoted words soon became the motto (read: excuse) for douchebags everywhere. 


Cant you give me brains? asked the Scarecrow.

You dont need them."

This beloved quote from The Wizard of Oz is often taken out of context and seen at face value. However, when you place it back within the scene that it came from, it's easy to see that the message was entirely different. Let's take a look...

I think you are a very bad man, said Dorothy.

Oh, no, my dear; Im really a very good man, but Im a very bad Wizard, I must admit.

Cant you give me brains? asked the Scarecrow.

You dont need them. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesnt know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.

That may all be true, said the Scarecrow, but I shall be very unhappy unless you give me brains.


This is a quote by Vince Lombardi, who later stated that he regretted that being one of his most remembered quotes. I can see why! Taken out of context, it makes him seem like a bit of a rude guy. Here's what he had to say about it in an interview...

I wish to hell Id never said the damned thing, Lombardi once told a reporter. I meant the effort… I meant having a goal… I sure as hell didnt mean for people to crush human values and morality.

According to the New York Times, Gandhi himself never said this. This phrase, though rather inspiring, was diluted from various ideas that Gandhi presented, but he never actually uttered the phrase. What he actually said was: As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.


This popular quote is often used in contexts in which someone's overwhelming curiosity could lead them to knowing things that they might not actually want to know. 

What people don't often notice? This statement is missing the last half. 

The actual quote is "Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back." 

In this slightly more positive version of the quote, sure curiosity killed it, but baby, this cat's got nine lives. 


Ahhh, this old thang. Verse 6:10 of 1 Timothy in the bible is a quote often used to talk about capitalism and it's seemingly inevitable roots in evil. However, like many other quotes on this list, this quote has been taken out of context. Though the real quote is fairly similar, it still changes the flair of it. It says, "The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil." 

So, it's certainly not to suggest that money is the root of ALL evil, and it's more about the ways that we regard and use money, prioritizing it over other things in our lives. All of a sudden, the quote seems a little bit more definitive, and I'm alright with that. 


This phrase has been passed through the ages like a big ol' game of telephone, and there's no real consensus on what the original quote is. Originally, it was adapted into English in the 16th century from a Medieval French proverb. 

Another version to keep in the back pocket? 

Rome wasnt built in a day, but it burned in one.


Again with the twisting of words to make them into easily digestible quotes! This concept was introduced in The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli. It essentially is used to describe a situation in which a good outcome excuses any bad things you had to do to get there. It's certainly an interesting idea to ponder!

However, the original wording was a little bit less spicy, and was simply said by Machiavelli himself, rather than explicitly stated in the book: One must consider the final result. 


So you're going to see Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, are you? Well, look out for this scene, which is often misinterpreted in amateur versions of the play (and even some professional!)

When Juliet steps onto the balcony to say this, it is often thought that she is wondering where Romeo is. Actually, "wherefore art" doesn't mean "where", it means "why." Juliet is wondering why Romeo was born into the Montague family the source of all their trouble. 


Many people attribute this awesome quote to Marilyn Monroe. It's a quote that reigns true with a lot of people, and has been seen as particularly poignant coming from the lips of Monroe, as she was often seen as someone who disturbed public ideas of what women were "allowed" to do at the time. It also spoke to the way that society usually judged Monroe as being unintelligent, and this quote is often used as an example of her under-the-surface intelligence. 

Though Marilyn Monroe was actually very smart, we can't credit her with this quote. The source is actually Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who teaches on Women's and American History at Harvard. She is also a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, and overall pretty cool woman. 

The quote originally appeared in a 1976 article about Puritan funeral services. 


Okay, time for another one of the many bible verses that has become popular but is completely taken out of context! That seems to happen a lot with the bible. 

The real version is similar to the original, but the slight changes to the wording make the quote mean something entirely different. 

The original verse (Proverbs 27:10) states: "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." 

So what was this actually supposed to mean? There are many many interpretations about everything in the bible, but here is one explanation from Thoughts From Shallot below: 

The phrase began among soldiers who fought shoulder-to-shoulder as The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb. These men who shed blood together fighting for a common cause shared a bond that their relations would never understand. 

Proverbs 27:10 (pretty sure Ive used this verse ad nauseum) says Do not forsake your own friend or your fathers friend, nor go to your brothers house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. Throughout the entirety of the Bible, we see God using people whose families put the fun in dysfunctional. Josephs brothers sold him into slavery. Think about that for a second. Slaves werent hired servants, who were often treated badly enough. A slave was property, and he was treated as an object. He was less than a person. And Josephs brothers threw him into that sorry excuse for a life. Then, to top off that lovely little bit of familial affection, they deceived their father into thinking that he was dead.

 Lets talk about Cain and Abel for a second. A second should be all thats necessary, since these two have long ceased to be individuals and have become little more than a cautionary tale about the treachery of brothers. Abel did the right thing— so his brother got jealous of his goody-two-shoes siblings and beat his brains out. Real mature.

 Jacob and Esau? Those two made the Montagues and the Capulets look like the Brady Bunch.

Tell me again about how family is such a great thing.

Everyone I know who protests the point Im trying to make here is someone from a very close-knit family that understands the way God meant that social unit to operate. If thats you, then praise God, because He has blessed you in ways that a lot of the world will never understand. Im not here to rend asunder what God has put together.

But for everyone else— the ones who come from broken homes, the ones who could never confide in their father or brother, the ones who never knew their birth parents, the ones who are alienated from their families: you are not alone. God is A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows…[He] sets the solitary in families (Psalm 68:5-6.) Before the world was created, He predestined us to adoption as sons (Ephesians 1:5,) and loved [us] with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3.) God knows full well how broken human families are. But He is a perfect Father. And your adopted Brother? He took on mortal flesh just so that He could die to save you. He didnt just pull some strings from on high, no, He walked willingly to the whip, and the thorns, and the nails, and the spear, and shed His blood to make you a part of His family so that you need never be alone again.

The blood of the covenant made in Christ is by far thicker than the water of the sinful human womb.


This particular quote is often used to justify nationalism to a most extreme degree. People believe that you should stick with, and agree with, your country, whether it's right or wrong. The quote is often used as a justification for war, or other cruelties that certain countries inflict on other countries. 

Well, that is definitely not how it was supposed to come across. The quote, said by German-American Carl Schurz in 1872, actually said: "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."

It sounds a lot better when you hear it like that!


Okay, so here's a quote that is used pretty commonly in modern colloquialism. It's usually intended to mean, "the proof is right within this thing." 

However, (sigh) this is also a misquote. 

The original saying goes back to the 14th Century, perhaps earlier, and the misquote was coined in the 1920s. So, we have a pretty long history of messing this one up. I have some good news, though! The original statement makes a whole lot more sense. 

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating." 

This phrase was intended to mean that you need to try out the food to know whether it was good or not. It's a great phrase to use for people who say they "don't like a food" before even trying it. You know who I'm talking about, Janet. 


This is a quote from Alice in Wonderland, that has since been co-opted for use in popular culture, as a saccharine way to express the importance of love. It's even the title of several popular songs. 

Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but that's not how it was intended. 

In Alice in Wonderland, this sentence is spit out by the Duchess, who is a horribly mean character. She makes this comment in passing immediately after she advocates for beating her baby for sneezing. Not exactly the quote of a sweet, peaceful person. In Lewis Carroll's version, the Duchess was speaking sarcastically. 


You know, it's a real shame that we've taken what used to be a really lovely phrase and twisted it so much. Sure, the devil might be in your details, but for the originator of the phrase, a brilliant German architect named Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, God was in the details. 

Yep, that's right, he said, "God is in the details" and we just had to come along and turn it into a steaming crap pile. 

Fun fact: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is also credited with the famous saying, "Less is more." I'm pretty sure that one has remained the same over time, it's pretty hard to mess up something so short. Though, on the other hand, we English speakers really have a knack for this type of thing. 


While this is a very beautiful quote, it is often said that it was intended to be said to a woman. Nope! Shakespeare, who wrote this famous sonnet (arguably his most famous) actually wrote it for a man. He wrote hundreds of sonnets about the same man, who is written about in history as his dearest friend, though it's hard to say whether they may have been romantically involved. 


This quote is often used in an attempt to make Al Gore look like a weirdo. Despite this, Al Gore never claimed to invent the internet. What did he say? 

Gore told Late Edition on CNN, During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

Gore was referring to the part he played in funding the government development that led to the internet becoming the phenomenon it is today. 

It was Declan McCullagh, news writer for Wired, who later changed it to "invented" when describing criticism from Dick Armey of Gores statement.


This quote went viral after Osama Bin Laden's death. It's most often attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. In reality? It was pulled from the Faceboo status of a 24-year-old English teacher.


This is commonly misattributed to Gandhi, but it's unlikely that he said it. Instead, The Christian Science Monitor pointed out that there is very similar wording within the speech of activist Nicholas Klein, delivered in 1918. Nicholas said: "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America."

Nice try, people. 


You know that famous quote that Nelson Mandela said? The one that gets us through every day, knowing that we just need to look fear in the eye and say back off! I can do this! 

Well, it's not exactly what you thought it was. It turns out, Nelson Mandela never uttered these words. 

Instead, it was a passage from a self help book written by Marianne Williamson in 1992. 

The full passage said: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


If you really think about it, this quote doesn't even make sense. The word "man" in this context is a synonym for "mankind", so saying this is essentially like saying, That's one small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind."

Fortunately, Neil Armstrong didn't actually say this. 

The transmission was cutting out, and there was one word in the sentence that escaped our hearing: "a." 

Yep, that simple word made a big difference, because what Armstrong was trying to say was, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Well... that is until you add in the controversy! 

According to Wikiquote:

  • In the actual sound recordings he apparently fails to say "a" before "man" and says: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." This was generally considered by many to simply be an error of omission on his part. Armstrong long insisted he did say "a man" but that it was inaudible. Prior to new evidence supporting his claim, he stated a preference for the "a" to appear in parentheses when the quote is written. In September 2006 evidence based on new analysis of the recordings conducted by Peter Shann Ford, a computer programmer based in Sydney, Australia, whose company Control Bionics helps physically handicapped people to use their own nerve impulses to communicate through computers, indicated that Armstrong had said the missing "a." This information was presented to Armstrong and NASA on 28 September 2006 and reported in the Houston Chronicle (30 September 2006). The debate continues on the matter, as "Armstrong's 'poetic' slip on Moon" at BBC News (3 June 2009) reports that more recent analysis by linguist John Olsson and author Chris Riley with higher quality recordings indicates that he did not say "a".


Hmmm, if you actually listen to the movie it says, "life was like a box of chocolates." Close, but no cigar. 


Another little misquote! People usually quote the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as looking at the mirror and saying this. In reality, she doesn't say mirror twice, but instead says, "Magic mirror."


Henry David Thoreau is often cited as having said this rather whimsical quote. However, this is a diluted and twisted version of something he did say that (somewhat) expressed the sentiment. Who knows how the quote diverged so far from it's source. Here is what he really said: 

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours … In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness."


Thanks for reading!

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.