We never know how good we are, until we are called to rise. Emily Dickinson
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault (Courtesy of Lisa A. Donnelley)
The old forget; the young do not know. German Proverb
When an old man cannot drink, prepare his grave. Spanish Proverb
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
Love your wife like yourself; honor her more than yourself. The Talmud
Young. Old. Just words. George Burns
The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. Emerson
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. Matthew vi, 28.
It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing. Shu King, iv, 8.
And be that tower of strength that will not shake Altho' its top is harassed by the wind. Dante. Purgatorio, v, 4.
Who, unto friend and foe keeping an equal heart, with equal mind bears shame and glory; with an equal peace takes heat and cold, pleasure and pain...that man I love. Bhagavad-Gita, xii, 13.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. Paul. Philippians iv, 5.
If silence is becoming to a wise man, how much more so to a fool? The Talmud
"But I can't believe impossible things," cried Alice. "Of course you can, child," responded the Queen. "Why, sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast!" Lewis Carrol
Your disposition will be suitable to that which you most frequently think on; for the soul is, as it were, tinged with the color and complexion of its own thoughts...Your life is what your thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius. Meditations.
It lies within ourselves and in our own actions to possess either happiness or holiness; or by sloth and negligence to fall from happiness into wickedness and ruin. Origen. De Principiis, i, v, 5.
Now you just believe.That is all you have to do—just believe. Advice from an old Ohio farmer
Money may buy you the husk of things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite, medicine but not health, acquaintances but not friends, servants but not loyalty, days of joy but not peace or happiness. Henrik Ibsen
Men possess self-chosen woes. Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans, 54.
Patience!Does the windmill stray in search of the wind? Anonymous
Fear knocked at the door.Faith answered.No one was there. Inscription at the Hind’s Head Inn, England
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a provence, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth, and there be higher than they. Ecclesiastes v, 8.
You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; but you can plant a standard where a standard never flew. Stephen Crane. The Colors
There does, in fact, appear to be a plan. Albert Einstein
What you call holy, we call love. Letter to a missionary from the Seneca Indians
Two men looked out through prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars. Anonymous
I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. Abraham Lincoln
If one man conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, and if another conquer himself, he is the greatest of conquerors. Dhammapada, 103.
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.Beatrix Potter
When drinking the water, don't forget those who dug the well. Chinese Proverb
The disease of men is this: that they neglect their own fields and go to weed the fields of others. Mencius, vii, 2, 32.
Victory is never final. Defeat is never fatal. It is the Courage that counts. Winston Churchill
No food is better for the heart than few desires. Mencius, vii, 2, 35.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin
Earth is crammed with Heaven. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The treatment which you do not like for yourself you must not hand out to others. Tzu Ssu. The Doctrine of the Mean, 13.
We come.We go.And in between we try to Understand. Rod Steiger
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't. Jack Dempsey
Cast away from thee opinion, and thou art safe. Marcus Aurelius. Meditations
If that which is false be spoken, be gentle. Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans, 23.
Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.Mark Twain
“What is the heaviest burden?” asked the child.“To have nothing to carry,” answered the old man.Unknown
Never despair (Nils desperandum). Horace
A friend walks in when the whole world walks out. Unknown
Let people's tongues and actions be what they will, my business is to be good. Marcus Aurelius. Meditations
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. Dr. Seuss
How can you think and hit at the same time? Yogi Berra
An old Cherokee Indian was speaking to his grandson:
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil--he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good -- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too." The grandson thought about it for a long minute, and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." centrelax.com, courtesy of Thomas Scordato
I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me, and I did not have the heart to let him down. Abraham Lincoln
Dear George:Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.Thanks for the wings!Love, Clarence the Angel. It’s A Wonderful Life
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Clarence Thomas
The burden becomes light which is cheerfully borne. Ovid
A girl phoned me the other day and said "Come on over, there's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home. Rodney Dangerfield (courtesy of Lisa A. Donnelly)
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Confucius
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. Lord Byron (courtesy of Lisa A. Donnelly)
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt
As the Master said "In archery...if a man misses the target, he looks for the cause in himself" Tzu Ssu. The Doctrine of the Mean, 14.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams
The difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bit longer. Motto U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Seabees)
I steer my bark with Hope ahead and Fear astearn. Thomas Jefferson
“Nuts!!” Gen. Anthony Clement McAuliffe when asked by the Germans to Surrender at Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 (courtesy of Thomas Scordato, for "KD")
Chris Baisley, Larry Salberg, Danny Arnold, Clay Welch
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. My confession: I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. In light of recent events--terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school .The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with, 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not, then just discard it. No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and Respectfully,
Nancy Roche and Phil Leger
Movie Quotes for a HS Reunion:
“Okay, well, I'll see you at the "I've peaked and I'm kidding myself" party.” Gross Point Blanke (1997) – Paul Spericki (Jeremy Piven)
"You look so good with blond hair and black roots, its like not even funny.” Romy and Michelles High School Reunion (1997) – Michele (Lisa Kudrow)
“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.” Wall Street (1987) – Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen)
“If I dressed like that, I'd have to kick my own ass.” Happy Gilmore (1996) – Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler)
"High school is like the training wheels for the bicycle of real life.” Ghost World (2001) – Graduation Speaker (Rini Bell)
“If I'm back here at a reunion in twenty years talking about how wonderful high school was, just shoot me.” Bringing Rain (2003) – Ori Swords (Larisa Oleynik)
“Whoever tells the best story wins.” Amistad (1997) - John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins)
“Appearance is first and foremost in this savage land that we call high school. We are graded not only on intellectual prowess but also on our physical appearance.” 2 Little 2 Late (1999) – Darrin Darlow (Mark Swanson)
“High school - those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that.” Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Frank Ginsberg (Steve Carell)
"It's not the years honey, it's the mileage.” Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)
“In the end, my girlfriend became my arch enemy, my arch enemy became my best friend, and my best friend became my girlfriend. But, hey, it's high school.” Sky High (2005) – Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano)
“I don't believe we've met, what with the cruel politics of high school and all.” Jawbreaker (1998) – Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan)
“Real nice party, Hapsburg. I see a lot of familiar face-lifts.” Naked Gun 2 (1991) – Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Neilson)
“I've got a prostate the size of a honeydew and a head full of bad memories.” Zoolander (2001) – Maury Ballstein (Jerry Stiller)
“When I was in high school the thing I wanted most when I was stuck in class, the thing that I was desperately in pursuit of, was a hall pass. That's all I ever wanted. I loved moving freely around the school while everybody else was trapped in there.” Mumford (1999) – Althea Brockett (Mary McDonnell)
“I bet in high school, everybody made somebody's life hell.” Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) – Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow)
“There is not a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.” Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Adult Gertrude Lang (Joanna Gleason)
From Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
[Speaking about his parents:] They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second.
This is my ninth sick day this semester. It's getting pretty tough coming up with new illnesses. If I go for ten, I'm probably gonna have to barf up a lung. So I better make this one count.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?
The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom. I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you a good phoney fever is a deadlock, but you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office—that's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then again, so is high school.
If anybody needs a day off, it's Cameron. He has a lot of things to sort out before he graduates. He can't be wound up this tight and go to college, his roommate will kill him.
[After playing the Clarinet off-key] Never had one lesson!
[to audience] Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his behind, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.
[referring to the Ferrari] It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
I did have a test today. That wasn't a lie. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European, so who cares if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists - that still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car.
Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, 'I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.' Good point there. After all, he was 'The Walrus'. I could be the walrus, but I'd still have to bum rides off of people.
Cameron has never been in love. At least, nobody's ever been in love with him. If things don't change for him, he's gonna marry the first girl he kisses, and she's gonna treat him like dirt, because she will have given him what he has built up in his mind as the end-all, be-all of human existence. She won't respect him, 'cause you can't respect somebody who kisses your tail. It just doesn't work.
[to Sloane] Do you have a kiss for Daddy?
Do you realize that if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?
[his recorded message for the doorbell] Who is it? [pause] Oh, I'm sorry. I can't come to the door right now. I'm afraid that in my weakened condition, I could take a nasty spill down the stairs and subject myself to further school absences. You can reach my parents at their places of business. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your concern for my well-being. Have a nice day!
[To the audience after the credits] You're still here? It's over. Go home. Go!
Economics Teacher: In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the... Anyone? Anyone? ...the Great Depression, passed the... Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered? ...raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. 'Voodoo' economics.
Simone: Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
Economics Teacher: Thank you Simone.
Simone: No problem whatsoever.
Ed Rooney: I don't trust this kid any further than I can throw him.
Grace: Well, with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody... Its true.
Ed Rooney: What is so dangerous about a character like Ferris Bueller is he gives good kids bad ideas. Last thing I need at this point in my career is fifteen hundred Ferris Bueller disciples running around these halls. He jeopardizes my ability to effectively govern this student body.
Grace: He makes you look like an ass, is what he does, Ed.
Ed Rooney: Thank you Grace, but I think you're wrong.
Grace: Oh, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They all think he's a righteous dude.
Ed Rooney: That is why I need to show these kids that the example he sets is a first-class-ticket-to-nowhere!
Grace: Oh, Ed. You sounded like Dirty Harry just then.
Ed Rooney: Really? Thanks, Grace.
Barbara Rome, Barbara Hatzmann, Michelle Pfeiffer
And that's how the fight started...
After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application. When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too'. And that's how the fight started.....
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.My wife asked, 'Do you know her?' 'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.' 'My God!' says my wife, 'Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?' And that's how the fight started.....
I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem like a big deal? Yeah, well I couldn't believe it.... he was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, 'I AM NOT HAPPY!!!' So, I looked down at him and said, 'Well, then which one are you?' And that's how the fight started.....
John Vallorosi, Tommy Simmonds, Ann Andrews, Debbie Vargulick, Andy Ward, Eddie Reilly
Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.’ Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)
I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.' Eleanor Roosevelt
Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. Mark Twain
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. George Burns
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. Victor Borge
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. Groucho Marx
My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. Jimmy Durante
Money can't buy you happiness.But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. Spike Milligan
Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP. Joe Namath
I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap. Bob Hope
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. W. C. Fields
Elise Yore and Patti Engel
30th Reunion: Lori Franz, Teresa Capone and hubbies
30th Reunion: Tommy Simmonds
Timmy Hogan, Kenny Dahl, Paul DePaoli, Frank Dalo
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