09/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What We Learned from John Hughes

Although most of us never met John Hughes, he seemed to know all of us. Can you imagine growing up in the 80's and 90's without John Hughes' movies? His stories defined the coming of age of a generation, showing us how to laugh at our own angst and insecurities and, even more importantly, to laugh at other people's angst and insecurities. And the lessons we learned in his movies are ones we can use throughout our lives. Here are just a few:

  1. We're all the same in different ways. -- Breakfast Club
  2. Rich or poor, life can suck. It just sucks more if you're poor. -- Pretty in Pink
  3. Everyone's family is embarrassing and insane. -- Vacation, Christmas Vacation
  4. It's not the destination, it's the journey. -- Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  5. Never give your panties to a geek. -- Sixteen Candles
  6. You don't know how far you can go until you test the boundaries and then cross them. -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  7. If you want to get to know someone, take a vacation together. -- The Great Outdoors
  8. The romance of adulthood can get lost in the reality of growing up. -- She's Having a Baby
  9. Be careful of women you meet on the computer. -- Weird Science
  10. Sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you, dumb ass. -- Some Kind of Wonderful
  11. And...

  12. You never truly appreciate someone until they're gone. -- Home Alone