Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Thinking – That which distinguishes us from the other animals is our ability to quote. ~C. Astrid Weber

We're almost finished with school.  Almost.  Tomorrow.  

'Tis the season for signing yearbooks.  

The seniors in my high school submitted quotes (famous and otherwise) to be printed in the yearbook by which to be remembered.  Pictures of young women with bare shoulders and feathered boas or velvet drapes, and young men in tuxedo jackets with bow ties topped the page with their quotes printed underneath them.  The messages dripped with senior-ly like wisdom:
Carol’s quote was:  “Remember by finding things within yourself, only then will you be able to share them with others.”
Mark’s quote was:  “Great victories come, not through ease but by fighting valiantly and meeting hardships bravely.”
Are you ready for my quote?  I really don't want to share it (and I definitely won’t post the picture of me in the green, velvet drape), but for the sake of this post, here is my quote:  “Look out for the tongue it is in a wet place and may slip.”  That’s it.  That was my plagiarized pearl of wisdom. 

I’ve been on the lookout for a meaningful quote ever since, something (anything) better than the slippery quote.  Something like either one of these:

view from the Hubble telescope

“Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.”
~Carter Lindberg

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
~William Shakespeare, Othello

Did you put a quote under your senior picture in your high school yearbook?  
Do you still remember it?  
If you were picking a quote to put under a picture of you today, what would it say?   


Barb said...

I don't think we did senior quotes, but Steven's grade 9 class did this year. He chose: "You have to beat the best to be the best."

Deanna/Mimi said...

Love your blog. quotes from my great class of 1957 but if I had one it would be something like: Live your life so well daily that you never have to live with regrets. Something like that. I try to pass that onto my grandchildren that the choices they make today will effect their live it well so you don't regret your choices.

Anonymous said...

It's funny I don't remember my quote buy I did always remember yours. And you can blame me for the velvet thing. As yearbook editor they game the choice of that or the hideous blue feather thing. Who the heck made me yearbook editor? Rhonda

Deidra said...

In the very first paragraph I was thanking my lucky stars we didn't have to pick a quote. I'm sure I would have tried too hard and ended up being ridiculous! Oh, the joys of senior pictures!

Ande Payne said...

Oh Mom, you make me laugh. Did you know you gave us that quote in seminary too? Just thought I'd mention it.

I love you.

Michelle said...

My quote was "Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!" -Abraham Lincoln in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. :)

michelle said...

oh my. I like to collect quotes. I just looked on pinterest to find a few favorites:

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

"Happy girls are the prettiest."

"You can do anything, but not everything."

"I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."