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Post by Archived Topic » Wed Dec 19, 2001 10:51 pm

I've forgotten more
than I ever learned
Remembered more
than I care to admit
Learned enough
to admit I regret
Admitted I remember
I learned to forget
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Dec 19, 2001 11:05 pm

Your opening line is very interesting.
"I've forgotten more then I ever learned".

How is this possible??????????
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Dec 19, 2001 11:20 pm

Not possible Jim but a very old phrase, if I had a penny for every time I've heard it I would be a very rich woman(that's also a very old phrase).
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Dec 19, 2001 11:34 pm

Well I think for one thing you can forget your mittens or a date and these are not necessarily "learned" things. Also you could conceivably remember forgetting things but not remember learning them, therefore making it seem as if there were more items forgotten than learned. I think it's more a question of conscious awareness than literal quantity. A very old phrase? I'd forgotten that, there are always some interesting things to be found by turning ancient phrases around.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Dec 19, 2001 11:49 pm

Oh no! on my last response I turned into a ( - )!
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 12:03 am

Even so, that's probably better than a (_!_)
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 12:17 am

And even better than a {__!__}
Thank you for caring Erik, it's nice to know someone is watching over me.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 12:32 am

Sabine, I love the poem, describes me to a "T"!
Now if I could only really learn to forget the things
I regret I remember! =0)
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 12:46 am

Kim, I hear forgetting can grow on you with age, but I haven't gotten there to test it yet and when I do I probably won't remember. However, in the interim, aspire to live without regret, remind yourself even your mistakes helped to make you the splendid person you are!
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 1:01 am

I regret that I don't share your cavalier attitude to a very important emotion. Regret can be a very overdone thing as with any emotion. The main thing is that one learns from it and doesn't wallow in the cause for the regret. Despite one of my favorite chanteuse's songs and with apologies to her: Je ne regrette pas le regreting
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 1:15 am

Dadgum it! Thought we had this fixed Erik! The above insightful remark can be attributed to:

Leif Thorvaldson
Eatonville, WA, USA
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 20, 2001 1:29 am

Leif, I think you would only benefit from studying at the Académie Française!
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