by Barb Erickson
Every morning Barb/MI posts an inspriring or thought-provoking quotation we refer to as an "Apple Seed" on the main chatboard http://teachers.net/chatboard. In each issue of the Gazette we'll post a compilation of the seeds from the previous month.
No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference.
~ Charles Lamb
Learn to say "no" to the good so you can say "yes" to the best.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
~ John Wooden
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Fantasy is a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope . . . and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities.
~ Theodor S. Geisel
There is no security in this life, only opportunity.
~ Douglas MacArthur
Only a fool spits on a griddle.
~ Dan Butler
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet I am ungrateful to those teachers.
~ Kahlil Gibran
A person who tosses worms into the river isn't necessarily a friend to the fish.
~ Malcolm X
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.
~ Oliver Goldsmith
The person who views the world at fifty the same way as s/he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of her/his life.
~ Muhammad Ali
The minority is always wrong -- at the beginning.
~ Herbert V. Prochnow
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
It is the biggest mistake in the world to think you are working for someone else.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
~ Mae West
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
~ Robert Benchley
The person who is always declaring s/he's no fool usually has her/his suspicions.
~ Wilson Mizner
When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.
~ African saying
The ultimate measure of a person is not where s/he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where s/he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.
~ Alanis Morisette
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
~ Anatole France
Anything that begins, "I don't know how to tell you this" is never good news.
~ Ruth Gordon
Ambidextrous means being clumsy with both hands.
~ Gene Hardison
A child is being properly educated only when s/he is learning to become independent of her/his parents.
~ Adm. Hyman G. Rickover
The fingers must be educated; the thumb is born knowing.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
~ Mark Twain
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse while it is leaping.
~ Julius Charles Hare and Augustus William Hare
A mother loves her children even when they least deserve to be loved.
~ Kate Samperi
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose -- not the one you began with, perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
~ Anne Sullivan
To the uneducated, an "A" is just three sticks.
~ A. A. Milne
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
Yesterday is a canceled check: forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: don't count on it. Today is ready cash: use it!
~ Edwin C. Bliss
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
~ Ernest Hemingway
Don't dig a pit you might fall into yourself.
~ Dan Butler
The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.
~ Nan Fairbrother
The beginning of a child's education is a parent's expectations of a child's ability. A child not expected to learn doesn't learn well.
~ Robert Riley
To be able to be caught up in the world of thought – that is being educated.
~ Edith Hamilton
Education doesn't cost . . . it pays.
~ Albert Einstein
The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
~ Sydney J. Harris
The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
~ Chinese proverb
Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objectives: education for living and educating for making a living.
~ James Mason Wood
Education is helping the child realize her or his potentialities.
~ Erich Fromm
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins
Humankind owes to the child the best it has to give.
~ United Nations Resolution
We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip people to walk through those doors.
~ Lyndon B. Johnson
There is nothing insignificant.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Trees seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
~ Willa Cather
A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
~ Robert Bolton
Let thy speech be better than thy silence, or be silent.
~ Dionysius the Elder
Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind.
You can tell more about a person by what s/he says about others than you can by what others say about her/him.
There will be times when the trees will be bare; let us look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
~ Peter Seller
The beginning is the most important part of the work.