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...

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

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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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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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'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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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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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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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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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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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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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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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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