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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:11 PM via web

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM (Answer #2)

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One that I discovered quite recently and made me laugh out loud was a quote from the French Ambassador Paul Claudel, on the eve of the 1929 Wall Street crash. He said:

"Between the crisis and the catastrophe, there is always time for a glass of champagne."

Particularly relevant for teaching, that one, methinks :-)

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2010 at 10:39 PM (Answer #3)

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I don't know if these meet the famous test, but I like 'em:

"A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves"

-- Edward R. Murrow

"(The U.S.) likes democracy ... in countries that are strategically irrelevant."

-- Fareed Zakaria

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead

Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.

-- Archbishop Oscar Romero

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM (Answer #4)

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I'm not sure how "famous" this quote is as a quote, but I do frequently find myself relying on a little wisdom from Mick Jagger to get me (or my students) through frustration:

You can't always get what you want... but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.

I love singing this to particularly whiny classes.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM (Answer #5)

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I am a self-admitted cynic who has been around the educational block a few times now, but when I feel I have gone "too far" around the cynicism block I remind myself, "If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem."

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM (Answer #6)

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The saying I seem to quote most often I thought came from the Bible; however, it's actually a Chinese proverb. I say it all the time because it's true in almost every situation--"Many hands make light work."  One I do quote from the Bible is "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."  When we laugh, we do both our bodies and souls good.  Not too lofty, either one, but I like 'em.  Thanks for asking!

Lori Steinbach

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM (Answer #7)

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To urge students to think independently and creatively Oscar Wilde's quote often causes a stirring of feelings:

Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry; their passions a quotation.

(And, he said this before reality TV)

Another one of Wilde's:

I am not young enough to know everything.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM (Answer #8)

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I also utilize Mick Jagger's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" fairly often to chronic complainers. I've always appreciated Stonewall Jackson's dying words, "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." I also like Dickens' quote, "It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done," though it is often misquoted.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:54 AM (Answer #9)

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'All you need is love' has helped me face those tough classes. I  also find myself quoting (actually misquoting) from Romeo and Juliet quite often in my lessons 'methinks thou dost protest too much'.

As I am working in a small town school having spent many years in a big city, the quotation mostly in my mind is from the opening of The Go-Between - 'The past is a foreign country - they do things differently there.'

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM (Answer #10)

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I have two I like a lot:

"The man who doesn't read is no better than the man who can't read."  Mark Twain

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

 

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mshurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM (Answer #11)

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Here's mine from Oscar Wilde. I keep it on my desk.

"Life is too important to be taken seriously."

During a rough day at school or at home or anywhere else (I'm thinking check-out lines), sometimes it's good to just lighten up. This may not solve the problem, but it doesn't make it worse, that's for sure.

 

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tapkorea | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM (Answer #12)

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I've had the privilege of being involved in various types of Christian and humanitarian endeavor over the past 38 years, and the longer I do this type of very rewarding work, the following quote only becomes more true: "You can never lose by giving."

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psmortimer | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 1, 2010 at 3:23 PM (Answer #13)

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There are two for me. When things are going well or when I am striving for a new goal, I tend to ask myself: "What are you waiting for?" After all, I am responsible for the outcome of many things.

When I am having those bad or stressful days, I typically rely on "This too shall pass" and "Will this matter 5 years from now?"

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 3, 2010 at 8:44 PM (Answer #14)

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I have lots, but today it's this one from scripture:

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and thus you will fulfill the law of Christ."

 

 

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slpmomof6 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 4, 2010 at 7:53 PM (Answer #15)

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This, too, shall pass.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM (Answer #16)

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I don't know exactly who said it. It has been attributed to Randall Jarrell, but I can't find the direct quotation. I first heard it from my Southern Lit. professor in college:

"Boredom is the lack of inner resources."

That has become my life's motto.

 

 

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wmagley | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM (Answer #17)

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Shakespeare's, "Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none." All's Well That Ends Well, Act 1 Scene 1 is my favorite quotation.  I think this is a great way to live life!

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM (Answer #18)

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My favorite is: "Non illegitimi carborundum."  It means, "Don't let the bastards grind you down."  My father taught it to me and it has served me well.

Another favorite, that has almost the same meaning, is the Yiddish saying, "Ich hub zei in bud."  Literally, it means, "I've got them in the bathtub."  Figuratively, it means something like: Let them go soak their heads in the bathtub while I get on with my business.

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mike-krupp | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:37 PM (Answer #19)

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I like "carborundum" too, don't remember where I learned it.

Since that's taken, I'll submit Robert Heinlein's "tanstaafl", which is not Finnish but an acronym for "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".  In other words, expect to pay a price for everything.

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adobson1 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM (Answer #20)

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My all time favorite quote is "Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life."

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speamerfam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM (Answer #21)

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I have so many, but as I have grown older, I find that my all-time favorite might be from John Fowles' The Magus, which is, "Which are you drinking, the water or the wave?"  This is a powerful metaphor for me, about life being not only sustenance, but also being about joy.  The fact that the ocean is the basis for the metaphor makes it perfect.

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williambred | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 27, 2010 at 2:17 AM (Answer #22)

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i have two  that i rely on each time i feel that i shoud make more efforts to get what i'm looking for.

" take risk more than what people think is safe, care more than what people think is wise, expect more than what people think is possible"

" success is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice, and it's not something to wait for, but it's something to be achieved"

Winston Churchill

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williambred | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 27, 2010 at 2:21 AM (Answer #23)

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instead od success it's destiny, i'm sorry

 

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sanyo | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:55 AM (Answer #24)

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"the best way to make your dreams come true, is to wake up"

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sanyo | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:58 AM (Answer #25)

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"this is the time when im letting things happen, there will soon be a time when i'll make things happen"

 

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bryanharvey4 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2010 at 9:16 AM (Answer #26)

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A quote that I believe to be from an anonymous source is:

"There are three kinds of people in this world: those that make things happen, those that watch what happens, and those who wondered what happened."

Another quote that keeps me going in spite of discouragement from elders is:

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore attempt the impossible, and achieve it generation after generation"

These two quotes inspire me as a student to see the bigger picture and make me want to change the world for the better

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kojo21 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM (Answer #27)

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When ever I need a pick up line of motivation I simply just read my old fortune i got in a fortune cookie years ago, that says

 "don't stop now."

 Just a simple reminder like that just lifts my spirits!

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM (Answer #28)

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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, then to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much, nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat"

Teddy Roosevelt

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing"

Teddy Roosevelt

Great topic !!! I have these quotes and many others...on my refrigerator, in my classroom, and every now and again I see fit to tape one on my children's mirror...eye level...!!!!

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msmegmaynard | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM (Answer #29)

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I have one that I use constantly to justify to my students my toddler-esque parroting of the question, "Why?"

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

It echoes everything I feel to be most valuable yet undervalued in education today - why accept everything at face value when you can ask, "Why?" and find your own answers. Sometimes the answers you find will align with what is presented to you as truth. Sometimes, they will not. But if we are to follow another's rules and listen to another's advice and do as all others do and think as all others think, then why bother at all?

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mitsawokett | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM (Answer #30)

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In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.  ~Karl Reiland

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jehaycock | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM (Answer #31)

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"what ever goes around comes around"... what ever you put out there will eventually come back to you...that's Karma, Baby!!  Great for me to remember each day for myself and my middle school lovelies.

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captainakhtarjaved | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM (Answer #32)

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there are many - the list is exhaustive but following few are the best;

 

you cannot discover a new world, unless you loose the sight of the shore.

nobody can ride your back unless it is bent

 

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sueshen | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM (Answer #33)

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"Everyone is lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". -- Oscar Wilde

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"-Hunter S. Thompson

"So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads".-- Dr. Seuss

At every birth a wave passed through the universe--Talmud

Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement and love without penalties--W.C. George

In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer--Albert Camus

 

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celtic1108 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM (Answer #34)

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There are so many quotes that I use to "keep me going". The first would have to be Lord Tennyson's "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield" from his poem Ulysses. I love this quote for so many reasons. Mainly, every time I read it, I am inspired to keep going and striving for my best. I am also a huge fan of Virginia Woolf. "Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works" is easily my favorite. When I read literature, no matter how fantastical, I look for the piece of the author. Finally, to quote Virginia again, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman".

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cabbey | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:54 AM (Answer #35)

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The future depends on what we do in the present - Gandhi

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howesk | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted November 17, 2010 at 10:06 AM (Answer #36)

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One of my favorite quotes of all time always serves to motivate me as an English teacher-

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a society- just get people to stop reading them" -Ray Bradbury.

As an English teacher, this quote always reminds me of the importance of what I do each day. It is so important to read in order to pass on the ideas shared with us by the past.

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rskardal | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM (Answer #37)

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"Even the president of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked."

-Bob Dylan

Reminds me that even the most powerful people on the planet are still just people. It makes me feel like I can do what I set out to do.

Ryan

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mazzzz | Student , College Freshman | eNoter

Posted November 20, 2010 at 6:58 AM (Answer #38)

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"She is tollerable, but not handsom enough to tempt me." Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (First Impressions) by Jane Austin

it makes me gigle... and he goes on to fall in love with her... so its like 'hey aything is possible!'

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM (Answer #39)

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"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand", Confucius.  As a teacher, it is really important we remember to make learning meaningful for our students. I try to have them do something to reinforce what they have learned everyday.

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cdepp | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM (Answer #40)

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This may only be famous in some circles, but it keeps me going.

"That the situation appears hopeless should not prevent us from doing our
best."
-Aldo Leopold

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frostfire827 | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted November 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM (Answer #41)

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A good quote is "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit" by Aristotle. This helps you keep trying for excellence with the hope that once you get started, you will keep on rolling.

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rukhsanahasan | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2010 at 12:10 AM (Answer #42)

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when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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wisdomhunters | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted November 22, 2010 at 3:00 AM (Answer #43)

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All that you need can find in holly books, but you should have a heart to understand and accept those wisdoms, here are few;

1. " Birds in the sky do not saw and reap either, but they all live happily"

2. " Do your duties without expecting the rewards and then the rewards follow how happy you will be"

3. " you are forgiven as you forgive your trespassers"

4. " Look at everything with pure compassion and love, then you are at perfect tranquility"

5. " Whatever happened has happened and whatever will happen will happen, be mindful"

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san1965 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM (Answer #44)

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For me it has to be Theodore Isaac Rubin's quote:

“I must learn to love the fool in me: the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries”

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jdb123 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM (Answer #45)

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If you're not going all the way, why go at all?

Joe Namath

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM (Answer #46)

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I love the quote from Sheryl Crow's song "Soak Up the Sun." The line is, "It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got." It seems like a good piece of everyday advice, and perfect for this time of year.

Another of my favorites that I share with students whenever I can is the Eleanor Roosevelt quote listed in #10. It should be every adolescent's mantra (and I keep it on hand for "emergencies" of my own...).

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hdclark33 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:52 PM (Answer #47)

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As a teacher I really love using this quote, “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

Lloyd Alexander

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jdb123 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:43 AM (Answer #49)

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There is no team in I!

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jashley80 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM (Answer #50)

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This isn't exactly a philosphical quote, nor is it one from literature, but it is my favorite for the way this school year has been playing out (and just a favorite movie line of mine in general):

"I'm right on top of that, Rose!" (Christina Applegate says this in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.")

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mamape | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:18 PM (Answer #51)

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Even though I teach English, my favourite source of education quotes is definitely Einstein! These are my favourites:

For good days:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"

For normal days:

"The important thing is not to stop questioning"

For bad days:

"I never think of the future, it comes soon enough"

For writing report-cards (not written on my bag, but I found it somewhere recently!):

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods"

The one on my classroom call:

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM (Answer #52)

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My answer won't give you a quote per se because I don't remember  either the exact quote or the person to whom it is attributed; however, I live by the idea expressed.  The quote went something like this:

'For today, I have done all that I can do, so I will put the burden down.  Tomorrow is another day, and I will  begin again.'

This idea has helped me survive many trials which I used to dwell on for days.  I considered over and over how to handle the 300 facial stitches of plastic surgery my son needed because his grandfather's dog attacked and he refused to get rid of it.  I agonized over students I wasn't able to reach or who were failing my class.  I had a constant chorus in my head about being the perfect working mother.  Finally, I learned that I could only do what I could do in one day, and to live one day at a time.

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:52 PM (Answer #53)

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Some of my favorites, that contribute to my worldview...

Always leave people with good thoughts, because you may never see them again. (Valerie Perrine)

Whenever I have the need of, say the word, religion, then I go out at night and paint the stars. (Vincent Van Gogh)

For though the chamomile, the more it is trodden, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. (Wm. Shakespeare)

 

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saurabhkgp | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM (Answer #54)

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The most famous quote which keeps me going is " The more you study, the more you learn that how ignorant you are" this quote from Gita always insists me to study more and more.

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thehundreds | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2010 at 2:00 AM (Answer #55)

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"Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemis and lead long and happy lives." Chingis Khan.

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mukabantal | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM (Answer #56)

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mine is from Woodrow Wilson:
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

i like it because i'm a dreamer.. ^_~

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euge620 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:56 AM (Answer #57)

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"Subtelty is wasted on a drowning man."  A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley

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booklover342 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM (Answer #58)

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From the book The Outsiders:

Johnny tells Ponyboy, "Stay gold Ponyboy, stay gold."

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euphrates | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2010 at 4:55 AM (Answer #59)

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"Every breath you take is a step towards death."

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ypately | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM (Answer #60)

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Well i think "You cannnot learn without pain" works because you have to work inorder to experience pain which kind of goes back to your saying

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saharm | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted December 8, 2010 at 11:39 PM (Answer #61)

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'' only impossible is impossible ''

this beautiful quotation makes every one motivated and try for what they want.

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Posted December 10, 2010 at 2:05 AM (Answer #62)

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

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rherron | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM (Answer #63)

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achieve for the highest

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kellisa | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted December 12, 2010 at 4:00 AM (Answer #64)

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At this moment, I tend to reflect frequently on the quote by Emerson that claims "Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think." I find that the more skillful students in my English 4 class have negative attitudes and want things handed to them on a plate, while the students who stuggle a bit with content are grateful for help, interested in the material and generally positive in attitude.


These students are much more pleasant to work with and I think may have an easier time holding onto work, when they get jobs.  I get paid to be around the negative kids, but I wouldn't pay FOR the privilege.

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jenniebloom | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:23 AM (Answer #65)

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

Love the Marlowe.  Thanks!  Love the Nathan Bedford Forrest.  Have lots of favourites from literature: Sylvia Plath, "I have no face/  I have managed to efface myself."  Robert Lowell's: "These are the tranquilised fifties/ And I am forty", W.H Auden from "The Willow Wren and the Stare": "Is it only that said the Willow Wren?/  It's that as well said the stare.", Most of Blanche's diatribes in Tennessee William's Streetcar, which puts me in mind of Lennon's Working Class Hero" : "And you think your so clever and classless and free/ But you're still f____ing peasants as far as I can see." or Orwell's, "Lunacy is simply a minority of one." (1984)  Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" is all marvellous, but I love "I could say Elves to him/  But its not Elves exactly, and I'd rather he said it for himself", Stevie Smith's "Not Waving But Drowning" Blake's "London" especially, "In every voice, in every ban/ The mind forgeted manacles I hear." Any Yeat of Yeats and Andrew Marvel, "To his Coy Mistress": "The Graves a fine and private place/ But none, I think do there embrace."

But two I have most occasion to quote are:

"The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance." Antooine St. Expury(Wikileaksgate makes this apt right now)  and Edmund Burke's, "All that is needed for evil to flourish is for one good man to say nothing." echoed by Hannah Arendt's comment about "The banality of evil".

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM (Answer #66)

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I am found of Winston's Churchill's quip: "Democracy is the worst kind of government; except for all the others."

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laurenlulubelle | Student , College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM (Answer #67)

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"I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker" ~ The love song of J. Alfred Prufock

 

I just love that quote :)

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Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:01 AM (Answer #68)

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 19, 2010 at 8:29 AM (Answer #69)

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'Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.' I love this quote from William Butler Yeats I think. It keeps me going both as a teacher and a parent every day! It also reminds us all to try to inspire passion for our subject in our students, rather than having them learn reams of text. Not easy though, with targets set and all!

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bickemanne-a | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:47 AM (Answer #70)

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I have found this quote to fit my life as a teacher rather well to get along with my students to the fullest.

Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.
-- David Seabury

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dear2013 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 20, 2010 at 6:23 PM (Answer #71)

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A qoute thats always in my head is "Don't wait for the storm to pass, just dance in the rain."

It always touches me (whenever I hear it) because it is so true we need to take what we have even if it's bad and live with it and get something out of it.

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samrat1230 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 22, 2010 at 11:00 PM (Answer #72)

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Really i like this group, contains too many new things.

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santis | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2010 at 9:35 PM (Answer #73)

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yes, for me it is " to suggest is to create, to name is to destroy"

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jming | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted December 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM (Answer #74)

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

"The best way is always through."- Robert Frost

"Destitutis Ventis, Remos Adhib" - Old Latin saying = When the winds do not serve, take to the oars!

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mswalcott | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM (Answer #75)

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My favourite quote as a teacher is that of the Ministry of Education here in Jamaica which states that "Every child can learn, every child must". I use this as my motivation and I firmly believe it is true.  Its up to us as educators to find out how our students learn and do our very best to help them do so.

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM (Answer #76)

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So many to choose from. I love to start my classes by writing a quote on the board and giving an extra credit point to the first person who can identify it. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and I often prefer the ridiculous.

Loads of Shakespeare quotes inspire me, but my all time favorite is from The Cat in the Hat:

"It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how!"

This is followed closely by the famous line from the Matirx:

"There is no spoon."

And, now that I think about it, I can't leave out Twain, who is also a major source of one-liners:

"Comparisons are vain and odious." (and I might not have that one exactly right)

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:29 PM (Answer #77)

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I'm not sure how "famous" this quote is as a quote, but I do frequently find myself relying on a little wisdom from Mick Jagger to get me (or my students) through frustration:

You can't always get what you want... but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.

I love singing this to particularly whiny classes.

Sir Mick is full of such pithy witticisms.  I rather like "I'm a monkey!" myself.

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hlangendorff | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2010 at 3:54 PM (Answer #78)

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I always pick a quote or phrase at the beginning of each school year as a reminder of how I would like to compose myself and treat my students, parents, and coworkers. This year "Keep Calm and Carry On" is printed on my desk. It is important for teachers to remain calm and to continue to focus on the needs of the students no matter what is swirling around them. It reminds me that my state of mind impacts the entire class. If I am calm, my students have a much better chance of keeping their anxiety and stress in check. This is one of the keys to success in my 7/8 grade Resource Room.

According to several sources, it was designed as a propaganda poster in 1939 by the British government to use if Germany invaded Britain. I have actually found a website that sells a variety of items decorated with this phrase: www.keepcalmandcarryon.com.

 

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auditori | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:29 PM (Answer #79)

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Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now. - Mattie Stepanek.

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shelersk | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2011 at 4:18 AM (Answer #80)

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"One voice can make a song.  One life can change the world."  I have this poster in my room and have had it for nine years.  It is getting old in the tooth and frayed around the edges, but I will not part with it.  On my worst days, I look at this poster and believe it!

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gabiblackburn | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2011 at 4:30 PM (Answer #81)

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give up, give in, or give it all you've got (:

 

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sumankumari | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2011 at 3:20 AM (Answer #82)

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i have many such quotes but my favourites are ;

if you cant things worth reading then do things worth writing ..

AND

Get up and set your shoulder to the wheel - how long is the life for you? as you have come into this world , otherwise where is the difference between you and the trees and stone?.. they too come into existence , decay and die...

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sumankumari | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2011 at 3:22 AM (Answer #83)

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i have many such quotes but my favourites are ;

if you cant things worth reading then do things worth writing ..

AND

Get up and set your shoulder to the wheel - how long is the life for you? as you have come into this world , otherwise where is the difference between you and the trees and stone?.. they too come into existence , decay and die...

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mizradane | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 9, 2011 at 7:26 AM (Answer #84)

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" Real success is having courage to meet failure without being defeated"

and also,

" The hours you work are not as important as what you put into those hours."

 

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mizradane | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 9, 2011 at 7:39 AM (Answer #85)

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I like  "The past cannot be changed, but the future is still in your power."

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mizradane | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 9, 2011 at 7:45 AM (Answer #86)

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A quote that I believe to be from an anonymous source is:

"There are three kinds of people in this world: those that make things happen, those that watch what happens, and those who wondered what happened."

Another quote that keeps me going in spite of discouragement from elders is:

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore attempt the impossible, and achieve it generation after generation"

These two quotes inspire me as a student to see the bigger picture and make me want to change the world for the better

" I've also heard, There are three types of people in the world:

  • Minimizers do as little as possible;
  • Maintainers do what they need to get by;
  • Maximizers giveit their all.

Which are you? "

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michellepaints | eNoter

Posted January 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM (Answer #87)

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"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."

Will Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

This quote is a reminder to me to "screw my courage to the sticking place" and not devalue my skills or hobble my creativity by worrying about what other people will think of my efforts.

 

 

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hanery | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM (Answer #88)

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yes you are right i am completely agree with you becayse i also feel like this and facing the same situation.

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abdilla | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:25 PM (Answer #89)

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There is no UNachievable goal...... and IMPOSSIBLE is just an extra ten-letter word in the dictionary. If you beleive in something, work up to it and you will surely get it or its equvalent.

Good Luck

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g33k007 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM (Answer #90)

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"Dance as though no one is watching you.
Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Sing as though no one can hear you.
Live as though heaven is on earth."
~Souza

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laurieissocoollike | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2011 at 8:32 PM (Answer #91)

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My most favorite quote that always keeps my going is:

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." :)

-Charles M. Schulz

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drrab | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:26 PM (Answer #92)

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I like that. And here is another one to ponder: Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!

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vikas1802 | Student , College Freshman | Honors

Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:10 PM (Answer #93)

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nice

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krystal21 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM (Answer #94)

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In reply to #5: that is so true
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valtaylor | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM (Answer #95)

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My favorite quote is from an ad I pulled out of a running magazine a year ago. It says, "..because some runs are not about the finish line". This not only applies to the mental discipline it takes to jog for long periods at a time in preparation for a race, but also to everything I am currently attempting to finish. This may include reading a challenging piece of literature, or raising children, or writing a thesis.

Often, accomplishing a goal is about the work it takes to get there and the personal growth that occurs during that time.

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jfateh | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM (Answer #96)

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"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying"

"Go BLUE"

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biemslat | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2011 at 7:36 AM (Answer #97)

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success is an atitude not a destination!!

the power of your mind can be enhanced easily and quickly with some well tried techniques.

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biemslat | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2011 at 7:39 AM (Answer #98)

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success is an atitude not a destination!!

the power of your mind can be enhanced easily and quickly with some well tried techniques.

http://www.aspiringminds.org

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kaanth | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM (Answer #99)

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"if you want something you never had, do something you never did" ,,,,i dont know who said this, but whoever did, is very wise!

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Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:41 PM (Answer #100)

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mahanagar times jaipur hindi news portal

www.mahanagartimes.net

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Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:42 PM (Answer #101)

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Mahanagar Times!- World's largest hindi news portal | Rajasthan news | hindi newspaper | breaking news | India news | online news portal | jaipur news | rajasthan news | latest news | hindi newspaper | hot news | wallpapers & business news | poltical news |international news | hot samachar | स्वाइन फ्लू | swineflu | india live news | today news entertainment cricket technology editorial Special news | news in pictures wardrobes hot cinema news | pratahkal news

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tradecraft | College Teacher | Honors

Posted January 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM (Answer #103)

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If not me, then who?

If not now, then when?

Russian Special Forces saying

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jyerian | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM (Answer #104)

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There was a show on television called "Boston Public". On one of the shows, the principal stated, "Isn't there something magical about being in the classroom?" . That had become my motto for the rest of my tenure as a teacher and an instructional coach. I have found this to be so true; if one looks for magic each day, they will find it.

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #105)

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

Not sure the exact origin of this one, though I have seen it credited to Henry Ford III.

"If you think you can do it, you are right, if you think you can't, you are still right."

Has had a place of honor in my classroom for a long time.

Power of positive thinking!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM (Answer #106)

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My favorite is "it takes a village to raise a child" because although it may seem cliche people need to work together and take responsibility for the children in our society.  We do not treat our children well in this country, and they are going to be the ones who inherit our society so we need to take care of them.

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seaustin88 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 6, 2011 at 8:12 AM (Answer #107)

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marrianne Williamson

I give this quote to my students each semester because I want them to know that they hold their own power for success. It it already within them.  They must use this power to succeed and go beyond anything they have ever wished. My students love this quote because some of them have never been encouraged or told that they are worthy of success. Some of my students put this in the front of their notebook, and refer to it all semester.

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gfurse | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM (Answer #108)

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I don't have anyone to attribute this to, but I always tell my student-teachers and practicum students that "Students won't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

 

Martin Luther King's quote: "It is always the right time to do the right thing." has so many applications in a classroom.

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irontree | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM (Answer #109)

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I have used the following quote when showing my student teachers how to prepare their first and eventually every lesson plan.

"No battle plan survives engagement with the enemy"  from The Art of War by Sun-Tsu, written in the 6th Century B.C.  (modern translations are available on Amazon.com)

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dtc10106 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM (Answer #111)

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John Milton: "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.." Paradise Lost, Book I.  I like to teach the existential belief that we are ultimately in control of our own reactions regardless of outward stimulous.  The ability to take personal responsibility for one's life is the ultimate mark of maturity.  After all, helping students become adults is the unspoken goal of all education.

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luttefinale | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM (Answer #112)

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'' Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.''

Can't beat a bit of hamlet.

 

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kellyeller | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM (Answer #113)

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"Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of real education."  -Martin Luther King

 

 

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sparrow13 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM (Answer #114)

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"Be not simply good; be good for something"- Henry David Thoreau

"Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny."- William E. Gladstone

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Posted February 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM (Answer #115)

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Is there a famous quote which "keeps you going"? Do share!

I love Marlowe's "What nourishes me destroys me", but only when applicable ;)

I totally love General Robert E. Lee's (near the end of Civil War) saying after Lincoln's death (even being against him) "I surrender as much to Lincoln's goodness as I do to Grant's army".

A specific quote that haunts me is Marilyn Monroe's "My Journey Ends Here" in her house in California, because it is part of the Irish Hunter clan family motto- which Enya made into a song, called "Cursum Perficio".

But I particularly love the Civil War general quote Nathan Bedford Forrest (I live in Alabama) and he was asked "Which way, General?" and he said "One goes to Mexico, the other goes to Hell, and I don't care which way we go."

History is SHEER CLASS!

How about "You are only as inferior as someone makes you feel." I think that was Eleanor Roosevelt.  Or how about "You never really know a person until you step inside his skin and walk around in it" by Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird! 

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ursexiechino | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:26 AM (Answer #116)

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There is no team in I!

You mean there is no I in team lol.

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aartihelpdesk | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted March 16, 2011 at 2:13 AM (Answer #117)

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Many people just copy others' quote, but I made this one on my own and advice you to do the same : -

Success is not ultimate,

Failure is not fatal,

Its the courage to continue,

That counts !!!!

 

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Posted March 17, 2011 at 7:58 AM (Answer #118)

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"None is useless who lightens the burdan of another." - Charles Dickens

I have that one in my work email signature.

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Posted March 20, 2011 at 5:42 AM (Answer #119)

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Whenever I feel the need to exercise I lie down until the feeling goes away. Twain

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zward03 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 7, 2011 at 3:14 AM (Answer #120)

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"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." - Thoreau

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." - Emerson

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