Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Food for Thought for Students

I have a section of the bulletin board in my study aids library where I post a quote for the students to consider.  Having collected quotes for several years now, I thought some of them might be of use in your work with students.  Here are the ones that I use most often:

  • If you study to remember, you will forget; but, if you study to understand, you will remember.  Unknown
  • You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.  Irish Proverb
  • Borrowed brains have no value.  Yiddish Proverb
  • Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.  Abigail Adams
  • Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.  Brian Chargualaf
  • There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving...and that's your own self.  Aldous Huxley
  • You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.  Charles Buxton
  • It's not the time you put in, but what you put in the time.  Burg's Philosophy
  • Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of.  Benjamin Franklin
  • Yesterday is a cancelled check.  Tomorrow is a promissory note.  Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.  Kim Lyons
  • The leading rule for a lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence.  Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.  Abraham Lincoln
  • If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand.  You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.  Brian Koslow
  • Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.  Chinese Proverb
  • To succeed, we must first believe that we can.  Michael Korda
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  Thomas A. Edison
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  Confucius
  • Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.  George Soros
  • A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.  John Burroughs
  • Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  Thomas A. Edison
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.  Langston Hughes
  • Stress is an untransformed opportunity for empowerment.  Doc Childre and Howard Martin
  • It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.  Hans Selye
  • People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.  John Wanamaker
  • Laugh every day.  It is like inner jogging.  Unknown

If you have favorite quotes that you use with your students, please share them with me!  (Amy Jarmon)

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