Saturday, November 05, 2011

Farewell Andy Rooney

I was saddened to hear of Andy Rooney's passing, and grateful to have caught his last broadcast.  I loved the way he could turn a phrase.

In memory of our departed reporter, here are a few of his quotes:

"Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens."

"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.”
"Elephants and grandchildren never forget."

“I've learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”

“Nothing in fine print is ever good news.”

“Writers don't often say anything that readers don't already know, unless its a news story. A writer's greatest pleasure is revealing to people things they knew but did not know they knew. Or did not realize everyone else knew, too. This produces a warm sense of fellow feeling and is the best a writer can do.”

"I've learned that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.”

“It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.”

“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”

"I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.”

"Computers mae it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done."

“The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.”

"Death is a distant rumor to the young."

"Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”

Thank you, Andy Rooney, for making us stop and think.

1 comment:

naomi said...

Those are all gems! Thanks for digging them up.