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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

Problems with Misquoting Someone

While researching a quote this morning, I seem to have located some plagiarism from 1965. Now I could be wrong, but if I am not, this is somewhat a fairly blatant case of it.

In 1962, the journalist Eric Sevareid wrote an article entitled, “Take Heaven, Take Peace, Take Joy” (http://memory.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2001/ms001003.pdf). By doing a simple search of his name and the title you can find references to it.

However, on Dec 17th, 1965 the newspaper “Kentucky New Era” (Hopkinsville, KY) published the same article on their editorial page stating that someone named “Jessie Hall from 2813 South Virginia Street” wrote it (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=0N-VGjzr574C&dat=19651217&printsec=frontpage&hl=en).

This appears to be plagiarism, clear and simple. But I’d be interested in the story behind it. Why did they claim Jessie Hall wrote it? Did Jessie Hall (whoever this is) claim he or she wrote it or was it a miscommunication?

One of the problems of the internet is how a quote can be wrongly cited and how quickly that spreads. A good example of this is is the quote section of the website “Goodreads” (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/giving). On this page you will see a quote that is attributed to both Amy Wilson-Carmichael AND Robert Louis Stevenson. The Stevenson quote is four quotes below the exact. same Carmichael quote. Quote websites are notorious for misquotes and it annoys me to no end. People come along, read the quote, love it, and post it elsewhere or use it in papers or speeches and think they’ve done the right thing.

Moral of the story: When you are searching for a quote to use in a speech or a paper, please ensure you find the absolute source for it and then quote it correctly. I will now get off my soapbox and return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

A Note about December Quotes

Tomorrow is December 1st. December is an important month for many people throughout the world. I am a Christian. I will not force my beliefs on you. I will not attempt to convert you.

I want to invite you to join with me this month in 25 days of quotes where many of them celebrate giving and charity – not all the ones I selected for this month deal with it though. However, every day I have attached a video that has nothing to do with the quote, but it does celebrate Christmas or this holiday season. Some are funny, some are non-religious, some are culturally significant, and others are religious and even sacred.

I know many of you may not celebrate Christmas and may even be offended by it. I’d like to remind you that as a geography teacher I teach my students about many religions and religious celebrations throughout the year that are predominant in various cultures. I do not encourage them to celebrate those events, but we do talk about them and learn about them. Education is the key to understand other peoples and cultures and lessening the likelihood of war.

If you do not celebrate Christmas, I’d like to invite you to join with me on a journey of 25 days exploring a Christian celebration and/or a part of a American/European cultural phenomenon (that’s not to say that it is not celebrated in other parts of the world). Look at these quotes and videos as your own personal tour into this culture and celebration from a very American/European perspective (if I may be so bold as to state that!).

Finally, even if we can’t agree on religious beliefs, we can hopefully agree in the spirit of giving and charity that is so prevalent during this time of year. Tolerance is not about agreeing on everything. It is about understanding another person’s right to believe as they choose. Voltaire is often misquoted as saying, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” However, the idea relayed by Evelyn Beatrice Hall when she summarized Voltaire’s beliefs in that statement is true. So I invite you to join with me during this time to enjoy some great quotes and some great videos. May they comfort you and bless you and lift your spirits up to do great and wonderful things.