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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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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"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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"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.

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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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