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.
"Within a couple of years, we start testing on standards we're not teaching with curriculum we don't have on computers that don't exist."

(Los Angeles Times editorial)      [From a talk given by AFT President Randi Weingarten]

"Paris is always a good idea."

(Audrey Hepburn)

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

(Leonardo da Vinci)

"Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."

(Woody Allen Quip)

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing."

(Oscar Wilde)      [From signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."

(Henri Matisse)

"We are more alike in our ignorance than we differ in our knowledge."

(Forrest Church)     [From Love & Death]

"Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation."


"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment."

(Woody Allen Quip)

"For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years. If this performance is devoid of all egoism, if its guiding motive is unparalleled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that there is no thought of recompense and that, in addition, it has left its visible mark upon the earth, then there can be no mistake."

(Jean Giano)      [From The Man Who Planted Trees]

"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you."

(Parker Palmer)      [From Susan Shadid]

"You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong."
(Bono)      [From signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!"

(Woody Allen Quip or Aphorism)

"We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart."

(Blaise Pascal)     [From a talk given by Francis Edward Su]

"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold."

(Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy)      [From signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"A fish rots from the head. Those who work in schools are not the heads."

(Unknown)      [From note by Monty Neill at FairTest]

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

(Nelson Mandela)

"Discipline yourself, and no one else will need to."

(John Wooden)

'No one ever washes a rental car."

(Unknown)      [Heard on the Charlie Rose program]

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

(Lewis Carroll)

"If in doubt, don't"


"The road not taken is always smoother."

(Unknown)      [Heard on the Charlie Rose program]

"If you are coasting, you are going downhill."

(Donald Rumsfield)      [Heard on the Charlie Rose program]

"It is a widespread error to believe that people do not like to think."

(Max Wertheimer)      [From a paper by Christoph Selter]

"It's never too late to become what you might have been."


"Nature has such a beautiful way of making you feel insignificant."

(Les Winkeler, outdoors writer for Southern Illinoisan newspaper)

"It is in our lives and not in our words that our religion must be read."

(Thomas Jefferson, The Jefferson Bible)     [From Love & Death]

"It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail."

(Lech Walesa, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1983)     [From Walter V Wendler]

"We can truly love only that which we know we must one day lose."

(Forrest Church)     [From Love & Death

"Accepting things we cannot change frees the spirit to attend to matters within our control."

(Forrest Church)     [From Love & Death]

"Learning Basic Skills:  We do not aim solely and directly for reproduction of memorised knowledge, but try to also achieve this objective through a process of reconstruction, of knowledge building via skilled arithmetic, connecting to the informal working methods of children and in support thereof with suitable models."

(Adri Treffers)     [From a paper by Christoph Selter]

"Some guy hit my fender the other day, and I said unto him, 'Be fruitful, and multiply'. But not in those words."

(Woody Allen Quip)

"I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot."

(Woody Allen)

"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness - I hope you're getting this down."

(Woody Allen)

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
E-mail:   jbecker@siu.edu