********************************************* 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 feel."
"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 you need."
"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 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 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."
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