This year, the world said goodbye to many notable celebrities. With some of their own inspirational quotes to pay tribute, we honor their memory. This isn’t necessarily their famous last words, but certainly words to live by.
In Memoriam 2011
Former First Lady Betty Ford said, “I’m delighted that I can carry a message. I think that’s what we’re here on this earth for, to help others and if you can you ought to do it.”
Journalist on 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney said, “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
Saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band Clarence Clemons once said, “I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.”
Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor once said, “I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”
Prominent Lieutenant Columbo, Peter Falk made famous, “oh, just one more thing.”
James Arness said, “What made as different from other westerns was the fact that Gunsmoke wasn’t just action and a lot of shooting, they were character study shows. They’re interesting to watch all these years later.”
Legendary actor Cliff Robertson, “The year you win an Oscar is the fastest year in a Hollywood actor’s life, 12 months later they ask, ‘who won the Oscar last year?’”
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Legendary actress Jane Russell, “publicity can be terrible but only if you don’t have any.”
M.A.S.H. television star Harry Morgan said. “Listen, when you love somebody, you’re always in trouble. There’s only two things you can do about it: either stop loving ’em, or love ’em a whole lot more.”
Racecar driver Dan Weldon after winning the Indy 500 and the IRL championship said, “To win both in the same year I think is an unbelievable achievement. I thought I would be able to do it in my career, but not so early. You think you’re asking for too much for a championship. It’s taking all the energy out of me.”
Singer songwriter, Motown legend, Nick Ashford made famous, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Taxi star and Grease alumni, Jeff Conaway said, “I had four back operations in a matter of 3 months. I had 2 within 4 days. It was emergency operation when I finally got in there. I got to go rehab, I can’t continue on like this. My manager called and said, ‘how would you like to do a show with Dr. Drew called, Celebrity Rehab?’”
Singer Amy Winehouse said, “They tried to make me go to rehab. I said no no no.”
Legendary boxer Joe Frazier talking about rival Mohammed Ali said, “Ali always said I would be nothing without him, but who would he have been without me?”
Fondly remembering those who contributed greatly to this world their legacy carries on.
Where would the iPhones, iPods, and computers be without Apple co-founder Steve Jobs? He left this lasting legacy, with these final words, he sums it up.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Quotes courtesy www.TV.com and Wikiquote.org