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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


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)


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


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]


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


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


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


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





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