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
"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
(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
(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
"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
"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
"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
(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
(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
(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
"If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the
bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy
(Hyman Rickover) [From the
signature of Walter V Wendler]
"Generosity is giving more than you can and pride is taking
less than you need."
"That is not only not right, it's not even
(Wolfgang Pauli) [From the
signature of Michael Paul Goldenberg]
"Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a
"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
"One who votes determines nothing, one who counts
votes determines everything."
(Old Saying / Unknown) [From a
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything
(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
(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
(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 good clothes."
(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
(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
"If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong."
(Still another paraprosdokian)
"Why are our days numbered and not, say,
"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