The following inspiring thoughts were written by Andy Rooney, a popular radio host and television writer.  Andy Rooney is a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words.

I thought you might enjoy this little list of Andy’s ‘enlightened perspective’ and the positive way in which he looks at life!


  • 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 some 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 life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
  • I’ve learned…That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
  • 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…That the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
  • 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 everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
  • I’ve learned…That there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
  • I’ve learned…That no one is perfect until you fall in love with him or her.
  • I’ve learned…That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
  • I’ve learned…That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
  • I’ve learned…That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
  • I’ve learned…That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he 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 I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
  • I’ve learned…That when you’re newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that 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 it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
  • I’ve learned…That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

I hope you enjoyed his thoughts as much as I did!  If you liked this post you might like Oprah’s top list of, “What I know for Sure.”


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I hope this inspired you,  Lori 😉