I’ve been watching The Right Stuff on television this rainy afternoon – and the men and women portrayed in that movie reminded me of the values, courage, and strength of my own parents – who were, like the astronauts and their wives, members of the “greatest generation.” My musings led me to dig up some quotes from my parents’ generation (and please feel free to add any quotes you find that you think would go well here)…
You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.
– Chuck Yeager (b. 1923)
My faith demands – this is not optional – my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
– Jimmy Carter (b. 1924)
– Nelson Mandela (b. 1918)
– Mr. Rogers (b. 1928)
I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
– Walter Cronkite (b. 1916)
You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.
– Bob Hope (b. 1903)
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.
– Katherine Hepburn (b. 1907)
Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?
– Gregory Peck (b. 1916)
Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing a Jimmy Stewart imitation myself. I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.
– Jimmy Stewart (b. 1908)
You’re blessed if you have the strength to work.
– Mahalia Jackson (b. 1911)
I believe in living each day as it comes, to the best of my ability. When it’s done, I put it away, remembering that there will be a tomorrow to take its place.
– Ginger Rogers (b.
I love to laugh. It’s the only way to live. Enjoy each day – it’s not coming back again!
– Doris Day (b. 1922)
Getting old is not for sissies.
– Bette Davis (b. 1908)
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
– Sir Edmund Hillary (b. 1919)
Said to the bigot in the Sears store: That family has as much right to be here as you or me!
– Colleen “Moz” Molenaar (b. 1927)
I spent most of the day watching the parade and service for a fallen hero in Abbotsford, BC – constable John Davidson – who was gunned down November 6th while taking care of his community. Afterwards I opened my email and found your post Karen, and just wanted to say that the majority of the quotes you posted all applied to JD according to all the wonderful things that were said by his family, fellow officers and more importantly by the youth and members of the town of Abbotsford.who poured out love and appreciation for this man who had put guarding his town above all else. It was very inspiring. AND thank you for sharing those quotes – a reminder that they are still relevant today as they were when amde by previous generations…
On 19 November 2017 at 18:04, Adventures of the Madcap Christian Scientist wrote:
> Karen Molenaar Terrell posted: “I’ve been watching The Right Stuff on > television this rainy afternoon – and the men and women portrayed in that > movie reminded me of the values, courage, and strength of my own parents – > who were, like the astronauts and their wives, members of the “great” >
I’m so glad you found these quotes right when you needed them, Eurilda. And I’m so sorry about the loss of Constable JD. He sounds like a wonderful human being.