Submitted by our GRAND friend, Bob Pickerill
By Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.
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 just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
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 being kind is more important than being right.
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 no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
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 money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
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 everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned that life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones
I’ve learned that I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
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 when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his/hers little fist, you’re hooked for life.
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.
About the Author – Andy Rooney
Rooney wrote for television since its birth, spending more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a television personality – a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his “60 Minutes” essays.
But it is his television role as the inquisitive and cranky commentator on “60 Minutes” that made him a cultural icon. For over 30 years, Rooney had the last word on the most watched television program in history. Ratings for the broadcast rose steadily over its time period, peaking at a few minutes before the end of the hour, precisely when he delivered his essays – which could generate thousands of response letters.