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Jerry P. Becker

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These "sayings," as with earlier ones, come from
a wide range of sources: email signatures, books,
bulletin boards, the web, recipients on the
distribution list and some for which the source
is unknown to me.

"To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the
best leaders, the people do not notice their
existence. The next best, the people honor and
praise. The next, the people fear; and the next,
the people hate ... When the best leader's work
is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'"


"Distrust all those in whom the impulse to punish is powerful."

(Nietzsche) [From the website of Kenneth Westhues]

"Freedoms vindicated anew are more precious than
those achieved without effort, and only those who
are required to justify freedom can fully
understand it."

(Henry Steele Commager, Freedom Loyalty Dissent,
1954, p. 3) [From the website of Kenneth

"Freedom is not so much a condition people live
in as a process they enact, with every new
assault they make on the way things are."

(First Sociology, p. 444) [From the website of Kenneth Westhues]

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.""

(Aristotle, Greek philosopher)

"When you write down a model, it's a simplification."

(Lars Hansen) [From University of Chicago Inquiry, Spring-Summer, 2014]

"The WORST ENEMY of creativity is standardization."

(Pasi Sahlberg)

"I don't understand how some people don't have a
problem with CEOs making $10,000 an hour, but act
like he world would end if the minimum wage was
raised to $10.00 an hour."


"A hundred times every day I remind myself that
my inner and outer life depend on the labors of
other men and women, living and dead, and that I
must exert myself in order to give in the same
measure as I have received and am still

(Albert Einstein) [From the signature of Jamie Nash-Mayberry]

"The best way to keep children at home is to make
the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out
of the tires."

(Dorothy Parker)

"Becoming a great teacher normally takes five to
ten years of systematic practice."

(Pasi Sahlberg) [From a Washington Post article, May 16, 2013]

"Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is
one of the greatest arts in the world."

(Charles Kettering)

The way to a woman's heart is: "An unexpected gift at an unexpected time."


"People will stare. Make it worth their while."

(Harry Winston)

"Whoever said that money can't buy happiness,
simply didn't know where to go shopping."
(Bo Derek)

"To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."

(Unknown) [From the signature of Joanne Robert)

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."

(Don Marquis) [See more at:

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it."

(Aristotle) [From the signature of Joanne Robert]

"No one who achieves success does so without the
help of others. The wise and confident
acknowledge this help with gratitude."

(Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher)

"People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are."

(James Allen) [See more at:

"If there is no wind, row."

(Latin proverb)

"It is more Important to be of pure intention than of perfect action."

(Ilyas Kassam)

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which
he lives. I like to see a man live so that his
place will be proud of him."

(Abraham Lincoln) [From the signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"The word 'listen' has the same letters as the word 'silent."

(Alfred Brendel) [See more at:

"You are the way you are because that's the way
you want to be. If you really wanted to be
different, you would be in the process of
changing right now."

(Fred Smith)

"When nationally only about 50 to 60 percent of
teachers are still in their jobs after five
years, 75 percent of graduates from the Stanford
Teacher Education Program are still teaching."

(Rachel Lotan, Director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program)

"There is no one way."

(Henri Picciotto)

"Have you ever noticed that when there is a
problem, you are always there? The problem is
yours - both in perception and in responsibility.
Clear the beliefs in you that see it as a
problem, and the problem disappears!"

(Dr. Hew Len)

"Even dead fish can go with the flow."

(Jim Hightower, U.S. Populist)

"For the things we have to learn before we can do
them, we learn by doing them."

(Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics) [From signature of Santa Spector]

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

(Unknown) [From the signature of Rhonda Williams]

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it,
and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."

(William Penn, British statesman and philosopher)
[From the signature of Greg Baugher]

"Algebra, like life, is all about relationships.
The relationships in Algebra however are often
easier to understand."

(Bob Mann) [From the signature of Bob Mann]

"The world is full of willing people -- some
willing to work, the rest willing to let them."

(Robert Frost) [From the signature of Cheryl Lubinski]

"Dickens disliked a certain look on the face of a
man when he looks down on another man. And that
look on the face is, indeed, the only thing in
the world that we have really to fight between
here and the fires of Hell."

(G. K. Chesterton, 1911) [From the website of Kenneth Westhues]

"Don't look where you fell. Look where you slipped."


"I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is
a frame of mind. Being broke is a temporary

(Mike Todd)

"On the whole, giving others the same right one
claims for oneself, to think, speak, act, and
live with the consequences, brings out the best
in everyone and results in a more decent society."

(From The Envy of Excellence 2005) [From the website of Kenneth Westhues]

"The best lessons I've ever seen are simple,
low-tech affairs that could be described in half
a page."

(Connie Kelly)

"Discontent is the first necessity of progress."

(Thomas Edison)

"An idea not coupled with action will never get
any bigger than the brain cell it occupies."

(Arnold Glasgow)

"You're never too old to learn something stupid."

(Sandy Lemberg)

"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse get's the cheese."

(Steven Wright)

"The secret to success is constancy of purpose."

(Benjamin Disraeli) [From the signature of Walter V. Wendler]

"I'm going to kill myself. I should go to Paris
and jump off the Eiffel Tower. I'll be dead. you
know, in fact, if I get the Concorde, I could be
dead three hours earlier, which would be perfect.
Or wait a minute. With the time change, I could
be alive for six hours in New York but dead three
hours in Paris. I could get things done, and I
could also be dead."

(Woody Allen)

"If Jesus came back and saw what was being done
in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."

(Woody Allen)

"There are worse things in life than death. Have
you ever spent an evening with an insurance

(Woody Allen)

"When I asked my mother where babies came from,
she thought I said 'rabies.' She said you get
them from being bitten by a dog. The next week, a
woman on my block gave birth to triplets Š I
thought she'd been bitten by a Great Dane."

(Woody Allen)

"Regarding love, what can you say? It's not the
quantity of your sexual relations that counts.
It's the quality. On the other hand if the
quantity drops below once every eight months, I
would definitely look into it."

(Woody Allen)

"Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night."

(Woody Allen)


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