Date: Sep 4, 2013 3:44 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: SAYINGS XLVI
These "sayings," as with earlier ones, come from a wide range of
sources: email signatures, books, bulletin boards, the web,
recipients of the distribution list and some for which the source is
unknown to me.
"You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own."
(Unknown - from one teacher to another, who is an excellent teacher)
"Truth never damages a cause that is just."
"Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate."
(Unknown, but attributed to Lotfi Zadeh, Arthur Bloch and Henry
Hudson Jones) [Seen in a note from Michael Paul Goldenberg]
"If my future were determined just by my performance on a
standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that."
(Michelle Obama, February 18, 2008) [From Walter V. Wendler]
"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I
still have a dream."
(Martin Luther King, Jr. / August 28, 1963)
"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers
and the rest of us would have to settle for something else."
(Lee Iacocca) [From the signature of M. Hope Yursa]
"First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is
admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is
seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they
themselves discovered it."
(William James) [Taken from the book How You and Your Doctor Can
Fight Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Alzheimers's by Dr. Edward
Friedman of The University of Chicago]
"May those that love us love us, and those that don't love us may God
turn their hearts. If he can't turn their hearts may he turn their
ankles so we'll know them by their limping"
(An Old Irish Curse)
"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will
forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them
"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
(John Wooden - U.S. college basketball legend)
"Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never
overestimate your power to change others."
(H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)
"The biggest fallacy of the Common Core standards is that they have
been sold to the nation without any evidence that they will
accomplish what their boosters claim."
(Diane Ravitch) [From Diane Ravitch's blog]
"The successful person will profit from his mistakes and try again in
a different way."
"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To
the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get
worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get
better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists
to make things better."
(King Whitney, Jr.)
"Standardized measures never capture the essence of anything,
although they provide dimensions: length, width, and depth --
descriptions -- but not essence. Tests, grades, and performance
measures devoid of dreams and desires are gibberish. Measures are
frail rhetoric and detrimental in isolation or abstraction."
(Walter V Wendler, speaking of Higher Education)
"Quality is not an act; it is a habit."
(Aristotle, Greek Philosopher) [From the signature of Joanne Curran]
"I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you."
(A paraprosdokian) [Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians]
"Basically, my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and
she'd come in and sink my boats."
"May we have the wisdom to follow the way he has pointed."
(Wernher von Braun - after President Kennedy's assassination)
[Huntsville, AL Rocket and Space Center]
"The rocket will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of
gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the
gates of heaven."
(Wernher von Braun) [Huntsville, AL Rocket and Space Center]
"It is amazing how much can be done if we are always doing."
"If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God
will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't."
(Hyman Rickover) [From the signature of Walter V Wendler]
"Generosity is giving more than you can and pride is taking less than
"That is not only not right, it's not even wrong!"
(Wolfgang Pauli) [From the signature of Michael Paul Goldenberg]
"Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future."
"Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses
the glory of being alone."
"Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are
great only if they are determined to be so."
(Charles De Gaulle)
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
"One who votes determines nothing, one who counts votes determines everything."
(Old Saying / Unknown) [From a colleague.]
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
(Albert Einstein) [From the signature of Annie Selden]
"With Aristotle we declare that the ultimate test of understanding
rests on the ability to transform one's knowledge into teaching."
(Lee S. Shulman) [From his article in the Educational
Researcher, February 1986]
"The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm in form as well as
in sound, is one of the most inveterate of human instincts."
(Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.,) [From The Decoration of Houses]
"There is one other reason for dressing well than I have ever
considered, namely, that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in
(Ralph Waldo Emerson) [Journal entry dated March 23, 1870]
"The expert at anything was once a beginner."
"By crawling a child learns to stand."
"The key to any progress is to ask the question 'why" all the time."
"Kindness is a language which the deaf and the blind can read."
(Mark Twain) [From Forbes Thought of The Day]
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative
expression and knowledge."
"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large
deposit in my name at a Swiss bank."
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."
"Puns are the highest form of literature."
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list."
"If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong."
(Still another paraprosdokian)
"Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?"
"This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, Doc, my brother's crazy.
He thinks he's a chicken. The doctor says, Well, why don't you turn
him in? And the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. Well I guess
that's pretty much how I feel about relationships. You know they're
totally irrational and crazy and absurd but I guess we keep going
through it because, uh, most of us need the eggs.
"Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure
if it were administered prior to the crime."
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244