As we look back at 2011 and remember those who shed their earthly bounds, it is striking how they significantly impacted our world and left us with many remarkable quotes. The following are just a few notables who passed before us, leaving a lasting impression and some very sage advice. They will not be forgotten.Steve Jobs
, the creative genius behind the iPod and iPad and founder of Apple, NeXT and Pixar Studios, passed away last fall after a well-publicized battle with cancer. His quote, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become,"
reflects his drive and confidence even at a young age, when he dropped out of Reed College after just one quarter and never looked back. His commitment to high standards is reflected in the quote, "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."Geraldine Ferraro
was the first woman to be nominated on a major party presidential ticket in 1984. The Democratic congresswoman passed away after a long battle with cancer, but left behind many astute remarks about the political process. Her political quote, "I said the thing... the only thing that would scare me in a campaign or running the country is that debate that you'd have to do during the campaign,"
would bring a chuckle to those who have followed the unending string of debates that occurred in the last few months of 2011.
Film legend and three-time Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor
was 79 when she died last March. Suffering from a variety of illnesses late in life, she finally succumbed to heart failure. Her quote, "I have a woman's body and a child's emotions"
reflects her early beginnings as a child star and later, a femme fatal. Taylor was notorious for her multiple marriages, and could arguably be considered an expert on the male species, noting in one of her quotes about men, "I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get." Andy Rooney
, the curmudgeonly commentator on the news magazine 60 Minutes, was a multiple Emmy and lifetime achievement winner and author of more than a dozen books and 800 essays in his 93 years. Rooney developed a reputation for wry and lighthearted quotes, observing, "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person,"
although people may not realize that he is also attributed to many thoughtfully astute quotes, such as "Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives."
Dolores Hope, married almost 70 years to comedian Bob Hope, helped establish the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and numerous charities. She spent the majority of her 102-year life span helping the less fortunate and supported the U.S. military for more than 50 years through USO trips overseas. Although she worked out of the limelight, Bob Hope quotes could fill a book; one that strikes a chord with much of the population struggling through the recession, is "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."Betty Ford
, one of the most outspoken first ladies in the White House, compiled an enviable record of accomplishments in her 92 years of life. Her liberal viewpoints and staunch support of women's rights were groundbreaking in her day, reflected by one of her quotes about women; "The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women."
But it was Betty's public battles with breast cancer and alcoholism that most people remember, and to this day, the Betty Ford Center is one of the foremost treatment centers in the United States.