For the past few weeks, I’ve started on a new fiction book that centers around leaving a legacy. In my research on the subject, I’ve found many different viewpoints and experiences. Some of them are best conveyed with quotations. Here are a few of my favorites…
I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories: those precious moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness, in the child now an adult.
~ Og Mandino
This is one of my favorite quotes. I love the picture this describes…
All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.
~ Jim Rohn
Our children’s future is our responsibility.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ~ Shannon L. Alder
Create your legacy by caring for others.
“Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt.”
~ Simon Van Booy
While pictures may be worth a thousand words, our feelings convey much more…
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“The past is a pebble in my shoe.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe
Past failures remind us of the importance of the choices we make today
The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind. ~ John Allston
You can’t take it with you…
History is the essence of innumerable biographies. ~ Thomas Carlyle
One of the greatest learning experiences of life, is to learn from those who have gone before us.
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Have you created a legacy?
Outlive your life! ~ Max Lucado
A simple but profound statement
Question: What legacies will you leave?