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What I Have Learned

By Andy Rooney

I Have Learned that…

… the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

… when you’re in love, it shows.

… just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

… having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

… being kind is more important than being right.

… you should never say no to a gift from a child.

… I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

… no matter how serious your requires you to be, everyone needs a to act goofy with.

… sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a to understand.

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

… life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

… we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

doesn’t buy class.

… it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

… under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

… the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

… to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

… when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

… love, not time, heals all wounds.

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

… everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

… there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

… no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

… life is tough, but I’m tougher.

… opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

… when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

… I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.

… one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

… a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

… I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

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

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

… it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

… the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Watch Andy talk about how “We sleep away about a third of our life.”


Andy Rooney is one of my all time favorite TV personalities. Many conclusions to CBS Television’s “60 Minutes” have enthralled me with his witticisms and philosophy. Few people of any profession can coin a thought like Mr. Rooney. If you care, share this message with anyone whose day you’d like to enlighten. – Story Editor



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