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Quotations for Yearbooks
[M]emory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose. ~Bob Brush
Happy are we met,
Happy have we been,
Happy may we part,
Happy meet again.
~The Goldfinch, 1782
If life has those moments — ecstasies of health, youth and peace... — treasure them. ~Byron Caldwell Smith (1849–1877), letter to Kate Stephens (1853–1938)
...time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912 [quoteinvestigator.com]
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Marie Register Weedn (1929–2015), Forever, 1999, flaviastore.archivea.com
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Just about a month from today I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars. ~Richard Halliburton, 1921
I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964)
Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. ~Wendy Wasserstein, unverified
When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch. ~Author unknown
Graduation is not the end of education, as many seem to think, but the beginning. The world lies before you in exuberant fruitfulness — reach out for its delights. ~C. E. Babb, 1895 [a little altered —tg]
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, 1977
Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893
Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? ~Author unknown
You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull, 1999
I leave you love... I leave you hope... I leave you faith. ~Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955)
Time goes, you say? Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go;
Or else, were this not so,
What need to chain the hours,
For Youth were always ours?...
We pass landscapes, and think we see
The earth's fixed surface flee:—
Time goes, you say?—ah no!
Alas, Time stays,—we go!
~Austin Dobson, "The Paradox of Time," 1875 [a little altered —tg]
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author unknown
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1987
It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard, in Friends and Friends of Friends by Bernard Pierre Wolff, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1989
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
Life moves pretty fast — you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986
Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. ~Author unknown
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day," House of Light, 1990, maryoliver.com
We do not remember days, we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese
Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Friendship is like a rainbow between two hearts. ~Author unknown
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
Each of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement. We should yearn to change the world. We should love unquenchably, dream unfalteringly, and work unceasingly. ~Max Lucado
The more side roads you stop to explore, the less likely that life will pass you by. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point your way. ~Author unknown, c.1948
B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882
published 2004 Feb 8
revised 2021 May 24
last saved 2023 Aug 29