Other's words on the path over the last year, the last several years and all those years ago; even though it all was just a moment ago.
"Before you love, learn to walk through snow leaving no footprints."
Always choose the second best quote, it leaves you in much better company. For instance:
"Happiness isn't happiness without a violin playing goat."
A personal favorite for many years:
"An ass is but an ass, even though laden with gold."
And as a long overdue remembrance to one once loved and lost:
“As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, when the hot water gives out or goes tepid, so is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.”