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Apple Seeds...

by Barb Erickson

Every morning Barb/MI posts an inspiring or thought-provoking quotation we refer to as an "Apple Seed" on the main chatboard
In each issue of the Gazette we'll post a compilation of the seeds from the previous month.

May 2002

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

~ Emile Zola

Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.

~ Harvey McKay

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.

~ William Safire

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.

~ Garrison Keillor

Don't burn down the barn to get rid of the mice.

~ David Butler

Education is the ability to meet life's expectations.

~ Dr. John G. Hibben

For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out.

~ Oprah Winfrey

If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people.

~ Kuan Chung

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

~ Phillip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

~ Thomas Edison

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

~ Helen Keller

Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having to neither weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are - chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful, friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.

~ Unknown

That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

~ Richard Bach

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into a crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

~ William Arthur Ward

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.

~ Haim G. Ginott

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

~ Plato

Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.

~ Horace Mann

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds.

~ Plato

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

~ Native American proverb

If the problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.

~ Tibetan proverb

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

~ John F. Kennedy

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires her/his listener with the wish to teach her/himself.

~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton

We all arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat.

~ American citizen

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

~ Colin Powell

Don't tell your pupils too much. Give them a chance to find out something for themselves. Let the mind have a chance to develop by doing such work. The muscles that are never exercised become inert. The mind that never has an opportunity to work will never grow. There is no doubt that many teachers explain too much. There is a difference between giving a child a helping hand over a hard place and picking him up bodily and carrying him over.

~ The Normal Instructor , October 1895

As we share this holiday with our friends or family, take a moment to give thanks for those who died so we'd stay free.

~ Del "Abe" Jones

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

~ Carl Sagan

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

~ C. S. Lewis

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.

~ Rev. Billy Graham

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson