Chatboard Poll: What's Your Favorite Quote?
Teachers.Net asked readers: What are your favorite quotes, from statesmen, philosophers, poets, lyrists, friends or family?
"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kinds of friend he chooses." Proverbs 27:19 (TLB)
I use this for Jr. High youth group when we discuss choosing friends.
How about a little cheese with that whine???? OR-- Life is like a box of chocolates!!!
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater."
"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
- Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh
BLA Math Man
The person who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it. --Chinese proverb
"And now, these three remain, faith, hope, and love but, the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13, the Bible)
"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."
William B. Yeats
"Put it off 'til tomorrow, you've made enough mistakes today" (a paraphrase from ???????)
"Home is where the heart is."
(Pliny the Elder)
When I look into your eyes
will I find something lovely about
that person who is me?"
(from a church teacher of mine long ago)
Just because a child CAN do something doesn't mean she should be doing it.
Start where the learner is.
...And the dream shall never die.
Edward M. Kennedy
1980 Democratic Convention
I love these responses, but they remind me of an incident in my family history. Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, I was making cookies and my youngest child was being a major nuisance. I called her over, demanded that she repeat after me:
"I am just a kid. I have no rights. If I remember that I am subservient, I may occasionally have a cookie."
It became a mantra which I reminded her of when the need arose (and her behavior indicated that she was again thinking of herself as an equal), and was treated as a family joke. The words eventually came back to haunt me, however, when I read the words next to her picture in her grad. yearbook!
"I always wanted to be somebody. I realize now I should have been more specific." Lily Tomlin
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
If A equals success, then the formula is A = X + Y + Z. X is work. Y is play. And Z is keep your mouth shut.
And perhaps my most favorite.........
Out of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into mine.
One of my favorite quotes is:
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
One is "Kind words are the music of the world"
"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet."
By Emily Dickinson
"Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines." By Benjamin Franklin
"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
"Talkin' don't do...doin' do."
From Dr. Phil on Oprah
Don't let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird a**.
Your thoughts create your destinity.
"Nothing takes long if you have the time." anonymous
Only an idiot continues to do the same thing and expects different results. (Albert Einstein)
My favorite quote is from Mark Twain: "Most people die at 20, and are buried at 60".
Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
If we continue on this path, we're likely to end up in the direction we're headed.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
A wise old owl sat in an oak
The more he saw, the less he spoke
The less he spoke, the more he heard
Why can't we all be like that bird?
"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men."
This is one of my favorites. I think everyone should read the essay in its entirety too.
"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
John Stuart Mill
1869 On Liberty
Great teachers aren't born--they're made by the teacher next door. Lola May
I don't know where I heard this, but I keep it in mind, especially when I am working with adults.
"Truth is not determined by the volume of the voice."
Don't let your son's schooling interfere with his education.
Hi old friends! I just had to post for this!!!
"Ya can't fit 10 pounds of potatos in a 5 pound sack"
I have many! Here are some of my favorites:
Have a belief in yourself that's larger than anyone else's disbelief. August Wilson
If you love what you do, and you feel it makes a difference, then that's true happiness. Unknown
Sometimes you need someone to ski in front of you. Bruce Joyce (on mentoring)
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. Albert Schweitzer
If you have to be rotten at something, don't be rotten at teaching. The kids will make your life miserable. Dr. Madeline Hunter
Above average means nothing. You can be above average among pygmies, and still be pretty short. Al Shanker
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Machiavelli (from "The Prince.")
More and more of today's children are having to interrupt their learning to go to school." William Glasser
We don't believe in the concept of talent. We believe in the concept of hard work. Bruce Joyce
Success is moving from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
In a gentle way you can shake the world. Ghandi
School is the social institution to change the family. The buck stops here. Bruce Joyce
A generation that knows how to read is more beneficial than one which knows how to party. Fran Lebowitz
Nothing happens in education until it happens to a child.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you always got. Phil Schlechty
What we hear we forget
What we see we remember
What we do we understand
Good, better, best,
Never let it rest.
'Til your good is better
And your better best.
It's a sin to do less than your best.
I use this one all the time: "Treat others the way you want to be treated."
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.
I'm pretty sure John Wayne said this; I think I read it in Readers Digest.
"Courage is being scared to death ... but saddling up anyway."
"Attitudes are contagious."
Posted by YENDOR
"COME TO SUPPER, YENDOR!!!"
Everyone is pretty much alike once they're out of town.
I have the heart of a child.....it's in my closet.
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.
"Do you hear Del Shannon's 'Runaway' playing on transistor radio waves?" from the Barenaked Ladies song, "When You Dream," written by lead singer Steven Page upon the birth of his son.
Barb E. hs/MI
First of all, what a great collection of quotes! I hope they'll be archived. My own "favorites" are somewhat situational; they change from time to time. Right now I like a couple: "The best thing to hold on to in life is each other" (Audrey Hepburn) and "Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm" (Steve Goodier).
My "favorites" may change as soon as tomorrow!
"Any job worth doing is worth doing well!"
This is one that I believe in greatly. My mom ALWAYS said this to me...especially when I was supposed to be cleaning my room.
Two of my favorites quotes:
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience.
Dr. Thomas Dooley
One thing I have learned: Happiness is not created by what happens to us, but by our attitudes toward each happening.
Ewa D. Carlisle
My Favorite is:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend, Inside of a dog it is to dark to read." by Groucho Marx.
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
Work is love made visible.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Work like you don't need the money.
Dance like no one is watching.
And love like you've never been hurt.-Mark Twain
The important thing is to not stop questioning. -Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein
What you cannot enforce, do not command.- Socrates
No one can make you inferior without your consent.-Eleanor Roosevelt
The only way to have a friend is to be one.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If tomorrow never comes, does she know how much you love her?-Garth Brooks :o)
Gosh there are so many more but those are some of my favorites.
If the door is left cracked, kick it opened!!
Anna Quindlen: "It's easier to write a resume than to craft a soul."
"To be or not to be, that is the question." Hamlet
Pearls of wisdom:
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance: we don't know because we don't want to know"
"A problem well stated is a problem half solved" - Charles Kettering
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use" - Galileo
If the past has nothing to say to the present then the present has nothing to say to the future. - Probius
What you can be is more important than what you have been.
SylveriaO/TX on 9/02/00
Aristotle, the famous Greek Philosopher said: "He who does not know and knows that he does not know is a wise man but he who does not know and does not know that he does not know is a foolish man"
From my mother . . .
On doing chores
"If your hands were working as hard as your mouth you would be done by now."
On looking for lost items (which happened a lot in a family of ten)
"If your eyes were as wide open as your mouth you would have found it by now."
Ya can't expect to git, every time ya give. If'n ya do expect it, sooner or later your gonna lose your katydid, Orley did.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
What is a weed?
A plant whose virtues have
not yet been discovered.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
Blessed are the flexible,
for they shall not be bent out of shape.
A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.
--Henry B. Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian.
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn
When teachers themselves are taught to learn.
--Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet.
A teacher's task is to take a roomful of live wires and see to it that they're grounded.
A gentle word, like summer rain,
May soothe some heart and banish pain.
What joy or sadness often springs
From just the simple little things!
In matters of style, swim with current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
--William Arthur Ward
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!
Education makes people easy to lead but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.
Our word may hide our thoughts, but our actions will reveal them.
Education can't make us all leaders -- but it can teach us which leader to follow.
A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows the corners.
Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't.
Education is a funny thing. At eighteen we knew all the answers --forty years later even the questions confuse us.
Let the words I speak today be soft and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them!
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.
Pray for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing.
Our children are living messages we send to a time and place we will never see.
Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.
--Jean Paul Richter
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure
As you might guess, I've got lots of favorites. Here are a few:
"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it-- but all that had gone before." -Jacob Riis-
This one is from a plaque I keep hanging next to my desk:
"Finish each day and be done with it... You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely." -Ralph Waldo Emmerson
These quotations are from Zora Neale Hurston's book, Their Eyes Were Watching God I love the way she uses words to create such thought provoking images!
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
"The sun was gone but he had left his footprints in the sky."
"Every morning the world flung itself over and over and exposed the town to the sun."
"So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day."
"Janie dozed off to sleep but she woke up in time to see the sun sending up spies ahead of him to mark out the road through the dark. He peeped up over the door sill of the world and made a little foolishness with red. But pretty soon, he laid all that aside and went about his business dressed all in white."
"There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then, there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought."
"They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs."
"A little seed of fear was growing into a tree."
"But nothin' can't stop you from wishin'. You can't beat nobody down so low till you can rob 'em of they will."
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except the best."-Henry Van Dyke
"Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway."- Mary Kay Ash
"The best portion of a good life is the little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." - William Wordsworth-
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves..."-Anatole France-
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, commited people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead?)
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." --Helen Keller
My favorite quote is from the movie Auntie Mame. "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death"
"Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused."
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." King Solomon
From my mother, too (aren't these people full of wonderful quotes?)
"Don't put a wishbone where your backbone ought to be."
From sources unknown and hanging on a plague on my blackboard:
Attention teenagers. "NO" is a complete sentence.
"...How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. ... So you must not be frightened, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadow, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you go."
~Ranier Maria Rilke Letters To A Young Poet
It's fun to have fun but you've got to know how! The Cat in the Hat
"From my viewpoint, by far the greatest challenge facing the young people today is that of responding and conforming only to their own most delicately insistent intuitive awareness of what the truth seems to them to be as based on their own experiences and not on what others have interpreted to be the truth regarding events of which neither they nor others have experienced based knowledge"
--R. Buckminster Fuller
gotta love Bucky!
another favorite and perhaps my most favorite:
"must's a schoolroom in the month of may"
"Read. Write. Think. Absorb. An empty mind will always find room for the superficial."
~ Rod McKuen
I don't have a problem with the stuff I know, it's the stuff I don't know that gives me a rough time.
--My bother Tony
Helen Keller--"When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
Finally!!! I have never known another human being who has ever even seen "The Producers" --- unless I MADE them watch it with me! I feel validated. My favorite quote is... "I'm hysterical. I'm hysterical, and I'm in pain! I'm hysterical, and I'm in pain, and I'm wet!!"
Well......the Stones' one--You can't always get what you want----is one of my favorites----sing it all the time in the classroom......LOL. But a couple of my other favorites are:
Imagination is more important than knowledge.Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.--Albert Einstein
A life is not important except in the impact it has on others' lives.--Jackie Robinson
Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all:the apathy of human beings.--Helen Keller
Imagine all the people, living life in peace. --John Lennon
I want everything I've ever seen in the movies.--Leo Blum aka Gene Wilder, in Mel Brooks' The Producers (my ALL-TIME favorite movie!!!)
Les (who claims this as his own original)
"The last waltz is a ladies' choice." When you get that figured out, life will be so much easier.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and... you'll never be invited to a party!
As a spec.ed teacher one of my all time favorite quotes is "All children are gifted, some just open their packages sooner than others."
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
-- Mark Twain
Two that I really like are:
"Winners do things that losers never do."
"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"
You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything. Aaron Tippin
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Bible
(Rubbing my forefinger and thumb together) This is the world's tiniest violin playing "My Heart Bleeds For You." my Dad
a few of my favorites
1. When beauty is abstracted
Then ugliness has been implied;
When good is abstracted
Then evil has been implied.
So alive and dead are abstracted from nature,
Difficult and easy abstracted from progress,
Long and short abstracted from contrast,
High and low abstracted from depth,
Song and speech abstracted from melody,
After and before abstracted from sequence.
2. Anything that dosnt kill me makes me stronger.
3. Dont just sit there...... do something :-)
Childhood is a journey, not a race.
My mother's favorite quote has stuck with me and I frequently catch myself using it on my own children. "The lazy man carries everything when he goes."
My father's favorite also falls from my lips quickly but usually with my students. "Simple minds are easily entertained."
Who are you? I am Mowgly. They call me a "man cub."
- Mowgly, the Jungle book.
Are you an animal or a person? I am the best possible animal - gorilla.
- Gorilla Coco, via sign language.
Is there any question you didn't answer right? I don't know. Oh, finally you said that. Here is your A.
- Me and my star pupil (5th grade).
What is the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes? Poisonous and non-poisonous snakes have no legs.
- 6th grade student of mine.
What is symmetry? It's when we cut a hydra or a planaria open and see all that is inside.
- 6th grade student of mine.
Large streams from little fountains flow Tall oaks from little acorns grow
- Dave Everett
From tall oaks billions of acorns fall and creatures wild will eat them all.
- Less Line (parody of the above)
Said Leopard to Baviaan, 'Where has all the game gone?' Said the Ethiopian to Baviaan, 'Can you tell me the present habitat of the aboriginal Fauna?' (That meant just the same thing, but the Ethiopian always used long words. He was a grown-up.)
- Just so stories, Kipling
'What is this,' said the Leopard, 'that is so 'sclusively dark,and yet so full of little pieces of light?'
- Just so stories, Kipling
Kangaroo hopped like a cricket; like a pea in a saucepan; or a new rubber ball on a nursery floor.
- Just so stories, Kipling
'Goodbye. I am going to the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.'
- Elephant child, Just so stories (Kipling)
(as you can see, I am pretty mad about this book. I read it in fourth or fifth grade but forgot the title so I only recently tripped over it again.)
My next door neighbor at school has a quote that all the students use.....Hold your breath and count to 10
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way you're a mile away, and you have their shoes too.
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't either.
The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten.
I have a few faves -
1."If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be"
2. "If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. What wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility!
~ Soren Kierkegaard ~
3. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
~ Aristotle ~
It's not whether the tree falling makes a noise in the forest; it is the silence it leaves behind....
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