A long time ago someone told me that the smartest people in the world were the ones who remembered everything they could from every source they could and then forgot where they got it. That was one way of saying that the sources of knowledge are many and a wise person will recognize and value the insights from various perspectives.

I don’t consider myself to be unusually smart or wise but I do welcome input from others whether they are well known or ordinary everyday folks. I gladly receive what others offer and gratefully pass on things that I think are helpful and/or humorous.

So today I am passing on something that a friend sent me. It is a series of quotes from Andy Rooney who spent 60 years with CBS television before his death in 2011 at the age of 92. For 30 years he was behind the camera as writer and producer. The last 30 years he was “the inquisitive and cranky” commentator who closed the “60 Minutes” news programs with his essays.

Andy Rooney says 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 life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
• sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart 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.
• money 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
• a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
• 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.
• the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Thanks, Andy, for sharing some of the things you learned.

Jamie Jenkins