I’ve learned…


Excerpts from Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown

The following thoughts have often been attributed to Andy Rooney, the 60 Minutes commentator known for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays. Actually, the statements were gathered from many different people aged 5 to 95 for the book series Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown. 

I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned that when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way.

I’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 

I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

I’ve learned that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life. 

I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right. 

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