10 Quotes that will prompt you to reconnect with old friends

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.  ~ John Leonard

People change, their priorities change and yet there is a common thread that binds old friends. The thread of shared memories. The year 2017 marks the 25th year of my passing out of college. It started with a nostalgic reunion with my old classmates from college at the silver jubilee meet in Delhi in February.

 

Connecting on social media had smoothed out the initial awkwardness of meeting after such a long gap as we got to know what each person had been up to in life since we were last together. With joy and anticipation, we planned to meet a day before the reunion.

If you’re old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends. ~ Jaron Lanier

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~ Elisabeth Foley

Nostalgia struck as we reminisced about the times we had spent in the old campus during our college days. Delhi Technical University was then known as Delhi College of Engineering. The campus where we studied was at Kashmiri Gate in Old Delhi. A new sprawling campus was coming up at Rohini, in the outskirts of Delhi. We had been to the site of the new campus a couple of times with our professors to study the design of the foundation. Three years after we had passed out, the college shifted out of its old premises into the new campus.

While they talked they remembered the years of their youth and each thought of the other as he had been at another time. ― John Williams

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We remembered our teachers and the projects and training that we had done together. We burst into laughter recollecting the stories of the monkeys who resided in the campus and frequented our classrooms from time to time. We recalled a field trip to Nainital and Dehradun when a massive earthquake shook up the whole state in the middle of the night; it had left us completely shaken up.

A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. ~Francis Bacon

On the next day, we had the opportunity to meet some of our old professors and some distinguished alumni the felicitation ceremony was held at Air Force Auditorium.  

However, sometimes people drift so apart that after the initial euphoria has fizzled out there’s nothing more to talk about. The next quote conveys this uneasy thought.

It’s always hard when you’ve known a person a long time and then you have to recognise that you have nothing left in common but your memories.” ~  Eva Heller

But then, chances are higher that reconnecting with old friends will rekindle your inner spirit. 

Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time. ~ George R.R. Martin

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

We had parted with a resolve to meet again to make new memories. Five of us have teamed up for an all women’s trip together to Moscow & St Petersburg. So, yes travel stories are to follow. 

 

PS: This is a scheduled post.

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    By: Somali K Chakrabarti

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20 thoughts on “10 Quotes that will prompt you to reconnect with old friends

  • August 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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    Very nice quotes. Heart warming and generating faith in human values.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 1:54 am
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    Great catching up with old friends! A dash of nostalgia. Some bonhomie. Few new leads and insights in life. Warmth of an embrace.
    Well written, as always.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 9:17 am
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    I enjoyed how you punctuated each tip with some fine quotes. I’m excited to hear about your trip to Moscow in the future — have fun! xo

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    • August 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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      Thank you dear Rose. Some quotes convey such universal truth that we all can relate with them. Have lots to write about after I am back. xoxo

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  • August 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm
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    Wonderful set of quotes, Somali. In fact, experienced a bit of all this from freaking out meeting an old friend to awkward moments that shows time has separated us…to some old buddies who are still the same and love to be goofy around them without being judged.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Somali, initially I thought you have gone for a trip to USA. I was trying to figure out how you have landed in Moscow, here is the secret, it was a pleasant surprise seeing you in that lovely umbrella in front the well crafted “MOSCOW” etched on the beautiful landscape behind you. That was a picture perfect moment!!!

    By the way looking forward to your next post on Moscow Trip, I am sure you will etch out of so many hidden facets and unknown aspects of that part of world that has become little out of sight for most of us.

    Indeed college days especially the engineering college days are more nostalgic, as first time we are out of home and staying in hostel and with loads of freedom and so much to do with bunch of so many friends all enjoying the bonhomie. We keep learning the things the hard way and as we do, we start enjoying the space of being alone and the support of friends when in trouble and doing things we just couldn’t do back in home. Meeting after such long hiatus does makes us excited and also there that little hesitation on how others feel about us and how much they have moved in life and how much we have moved in life, there is that little comparison… and there are memories which may appear little silly to recollect now but there lines the fun of remembering doing those things we will not do as we grown up and matured individuals…

    All the quotes are aptly chosen, this one I liked the most “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart”…very profound thought, and it sums up so well.
    😀

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    • August 31, 2017 at 10:59 am
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      Thank you, Nihar. Yes, reuniting with college friends brings up so many emotions that we tend to be thrilled about it before it normalizes. I found that the quotes actually convey the range of emotions. 😀

      About how I landed up in Moscow, I shall elaborate in my next post, 😀 😀

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  • August 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm
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    I like the format of this post, quotes intermingled with your narration. Reunions are so much fun―meeting old friends, and reliving memories.
    I loved your trip pics on Instagram. Waiting to read about it…

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  • August 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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    Love these quotes. They fill my heart with joy as they think of Friendhsip… xx Hugs 😉

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  • August 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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    Wonderful set of quotes and it resonated so well with me…
    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the Moscow post.
    😀

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    • September 11, 2017 at 9:02 am
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      Thank you very much, dear Sue. Yes, it’s comforting to think that there are at least a few things get better with age. Have a wonderful week, Sue. Love & Regards.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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    Oh, old friends! They are a treasure; a mixture of nostalgia, memories, love, longing and some loss as well. Nice quotes, a great compilation… 🙂

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