Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Yearbook slogans from 1960

While going through the dressers in the rectory to begin to unpack (!) I came across Fr. Chris Allegra’s old 1960 yearbook from the Boston Latin School.  God rest his soul.  Boy, they don’t write yearbook slogans like they used too!  Now it is a very rare young man who can write anything intelligent or meaningful for his fellow chaps, something more than the common cliché’s (Carpe diem!) or stupid jokes (Get ‘er done!).  Granted many of these sound like re-hashes from their Latin homework, but I think they have a nice ring to them.

Here’s a sampling of the young men’s slogans, starting of course with Fr. Chris’s


He steered the barque of the Burg with great love and affection.

Some others:

“He who has been on both sides of the street has truly had the course.”

“When could they say till now, that talked of Rome, that her wide walls encompassed but one man?”

“One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.”

“So mixed in him all the elements, that nature might say to all the world: ‘This was a man.’”

“I do all that may become a man.”

“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.”

“Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.”

“In God we trust; all others must pay cash”

“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”

“The Mighty Casey… out!”

“It’s not the hours we put in, but what we put into the hours that really counts.”

“Keep trying, its only from the valley that the mountains see high.”

“Deliberate in judgment and moderate in action”

“The universe, next to Ireland, is the most important.”

“Give every man thine ear, but few they voice.”

“Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.”

“Men of few words are the best men”

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here”

“Reading maketh a full man”

“The best laid plans of mice and men oft go ka-put”

“Genius does what it must; talent does what it can”

“A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal”

“Intelligence and character need no trumpet”

“Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food”

“Get thee wisdom; but with all thine acquisition, get thee understanding”

“Lincoln was a great man, not because he lived in a log cabin, but because he got out of it”

“I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one”

…And last but not least…

“And I did it without learning Latin!”

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