Cafe Church November 2008



The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt

That's just the way things go. We meet people, get to know them and then they get up and leave us behind.
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

I wish you well and so I take my leave,
I Pray you know me when we meet again.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'
Luke 15:8-9 (New International Version)

I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there.
Fred Allen (1894 - 1956), in a letter to Groucho Marx, 1953

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela (1918 - ), 'A Long Walk to Freedom'

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
George Moore

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
John Barth (1930 - )

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

How we remember, what we remember and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.
Christina Baldwin

Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
Luke 15:23-24 (New International Version)

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.
Cindy Lew

Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.

If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
Dale Carnegie

Everyone has a story.
Neil LaBute

No one else knows the whole story. I was there. I lived through it.
Christine Keeler

If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.
Groucho Marx

History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story.
Donald Kagan

Our past is a story existing only in our minds. Look, analyze, understand, and forgive. Then, as quickly as possible, chuck it.
Marianne Williamson

Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'.
Luke 15:6 (New International Version)

Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.
Donald Trump

If I don't tell it all now, the story in the history books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.
Christine Keeler

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.
Hans Christian Andersen

The nice thing about the Bible is it doesn't give you too many facts. Two and a half lines and it tells you the whole story and that leaves you a great deal of freedom to elaborate on how it might have happened.
Howard Nemerov

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
James M. Barrie

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9 (New International Version)

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Margaret Thatcher

There is no such thing as a person that nothing has happened to, and each person's story is as different as his fingertips.
Elsa Lanchester

I'm a minor player in my own life story.
Tony Wilson

Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.
Margaret J. Wheatley

An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived.
Herbert Samual

Life is a long lesson in humility.
James M. Barrie

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde

I'm glad I didn't have to fight in any war. I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun. I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody. I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood.
Tom Hanks

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (New International Version)

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950)

Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life- and it was you. It is not too late to find that person again.
Robert Brault

Other stuff

Significant life events (from a web search:

  1. A friend that moved to another town
  2. A memorable family holiday
  3. Buying a home
  4. Dealing with the unexpected
  5. Death of anyone we know
  6. Doing good deeds for others that we don't expect anything back for and never forgetting when one is done for us
  7. First beer
  8. First day of school
  9. First job
  10. First kiss
  11. Getting married
  12. Having a baby
  13. Retirement
  14. Standing up for a cause
  15. True Love

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