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A Few of My Favorite Quotes

Churchill, Winston. My Early Life, 1874-1904. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Chapter 9 (Education At Bangalore)

Winston Churchill said, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations…The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

And here is my list of favorite quotes. Along with all the ones I’ve published and collected under the tab “PN6080 Quotes” and you can find them here.
“Sic Parvis Magna” ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 – 1596)
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward (on my resume)
“De gustibus non est disputandum” ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
“The best-fitting defensive armor of old age,…consists in the knowledge and practice of the virtues, which, assiduously cultivated, after the varied experiences of a long life, are wonderfully fruitful, not only because they never take flight, not even at the last moment, — although this is a consideration of prime importance, — but because the consciousness of a well-spent life and a memory rich in good deeds afford supreme happiness.” ~Cicero, Cicero de Senectute (on Old Age), 44 BC
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” ~ Juvenal (1st Century – 2nd Century AD) (Satire VI, lines 347–8)
“Some make themselves out to be victims their whole life, others take responsibility for their choices and mistakes and begin to have a life.” ~ Marie Keller Ploof
“…a primary object of such a national institution should be the education of our youth in the science of government…” ~George Washington
“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“Placing labels on historians is too often ‘a substitute for careful reading, research, and intellectual endeavor.'” ~Merill Jensen vis-a-vis Pauline Maier
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.” ~George Washington (from a French proverb)
“Our students need a curriculum that treats them more like potential performers than sideline observers.” ~Grant Wiggins
“Leadership is a choice. It’s the choice not to do nothing.” ~Seth Godin
“Each time you coerce someone into doing something by using your power of authority, you deprive that person of an opportunity to become more responsible.” ~ Dr. Marvin Marshall
“Higher education doesn’t reflect the life that students are living. In that life, information is available on demand, files are shared, and the world is mobile and connected. Today’s colleges, on the other hand, are typically ‘tethered, isolated, generic, and closed.'” ~David Wiley
“See where her Heroes mark their glorious way,
Arm’d for the fight and blazing on the day
Blood stains their steps; and o’er the conquering plain,
‘Mid fighting thousands and ‘mid thousands slain,
Their eager swords promiscuous carnage blend,
And ghastly deaths their raging course attend.
Her mighty pow’r the subject world shall see;
For laurel’d Conquest waits her high decree.”
~John Trumbull, 1770 Yale Commencement
“I think I can” ~The Little Engine That Could
“The sun’ll come out tomorrow. So ya gotta hang on ’til tomorrow” ~ Strouse, Charles. Tomorrow. Annie. 1977
“When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad” ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein. My Favorite Things. The Sound of Music. 1959
“No one can know where we are at all times. Not even us.” ~Skipper, Penguins of Madagascar
“You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden!” ~Shrek to Donkey
“You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you!” ~Monty Python (Search for the Holy Grail)
“Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” ~Tom Hanks (A League of Their Own)
Bob Sweeney: “There was a moment…like this. When I used to blame everything and everyone…for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.”
Derek Vinyard: “Like what?”
Bob Sweeney: “Has anything you’ve done made your life better?” ~American History X
“Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car? ” ~Sam (Transformers)
“I’m Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell’s wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I’m… I’m the wart. She’s my tumor. My… my growth. My… uh, my pimple. I’m Uncle Wart. Just old Buck “Wart” Russell. That’s what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They’ll call me that. “Melanoma Head’s coming.” I’m s… uncle! Maisy Russell’s uncle!” ~Uncle Buck
“I don’t think I want to know a six-year-old who isn’t a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don’t want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don’t have a college degree. I don’t even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they’re ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they’re no good.” ~Uncle Buck


Thought for the Day – May 26th


“Нет ничего в мире труднее прямодушия, и нет ничего легче лести.”
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. 1866. Part VI, Chapter IV
SEE (English): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2554/2554-h/2554-h.htm
SEE (English): http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Crime_and_Punishment/Part_VI/Chapter_IV
SEE (Russian): https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5VQAqqxyJK6d3JKOThEeFJLXzA
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyodor_Dostoyevsky
WEB PRESENCE: https://twitter.com/Dostoyevsky
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.fyodordostoevsky.com/
“There is nothing in the world, honesty is more difficult, and there is nothing easier than flattery.”

Thought for the Day – February 10th


“Не уважая же никого, перестает любить, а чтобы, не имея любви, занять себя и развлечь, предается страстям и грубым сладостям и доходит совсем до скотства в пороках своих, а всё от беспрерывной лжи и людям и себе самому.”
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts with Epilogue. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Book II, Chapter 2, pg 42
SEE (English): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28054/28054-h/28054-h.html#toc19
SEE (Russian): http://books.google.com/books?id=p7ruU_LvXrAC (pg 41)
SEE (Russian): http://www.wikisource.org and search for “Братья Карамазовы” (Part I, Book II, Chapter 2)
SEE (Audio): http://librivox.org/the-brothers-karamazov-by-fyodor-dostoyevsky/
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“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”
“A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself.”