[Ads-l] Origin of "At birth we boarded the train of life and met our parents"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Nov 10 23:57:22 UTC 2014

Who originated the metaphoric moral-bearing maxim that begins "At 
birth we boarded the train of life and met our parents ..." and 
eventually asserts "we should leave behind beautiful memories for 
those who will continue to travel on the train of life"?  (There are 
various texts, adapted to fit their contexts.)


What I found Googling --

A facebook appearance attributes it to Father Henry Liguori (who's a 
"public figure" on facebook).

The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman, of Chandler TX, printed it circa 
July 24, 2014.

attributes it to Kathleen a Nazarene; but her page at AllPoetry (4 
months ago) says "Author Notes / I received this via email from a 
friend today. Its' author is unknown to me. I thought this was worth 

In Sept. 2014 it was adapted for an on-line memorial book.

The Saint Francis de Sales Parish of Holland MI places the passenger 
in the parish and the text appears over the name Louise Wall.

My correspondent ends with the name Theodore Roosevelt!

And amazon.com is selling the DVD -- only 1 left in stock.  Wikipedia 
says "Train of Life (in French Train de Vie, in Romanian Trenul 
viet,ii) is a tragicomedy film by France, Belgium, Netherlands, 
Israel and Romania made in 1998 in the French language. It tells the 
story of an eastern European Jewish village's plan to escape the 
Holocaust."  Unrelated?


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