Things That I Wish I Had Said

Anne Szanew

They asked me to start a page of quotes that lean toward education and success.  I found a great deal in books and the Internet.  However, if you look close, you will see a couple of gems from our staff and friends.

If a man does his best, what else is there? General George S. Patton

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.  A. J.  Liebling

Hey, that’s good.  Do you have a pen? Anne Szanew

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.  Albert Einstein

Self-paced does not mean whenever you want.  It means as much as you can do as fast as you can do it.  Stephen Shastay

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  But, in practice, there is.  Jan L. A.  van de Snepscheut

Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required.  Sir Winston Churchill

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out? Will Rogers

Half this game is ninety percent mental.  Yogi Berra

This isn’t right, this isn’t even wrong.  Wolfgang Pauli

We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.  General Douglas MacArthur

Knowing how to teach is not enough.  The benchmark of a true teacher lies in knowing what, when, where, why and how to teach.  Joseph Kinaim

The trouble with tests is that the outcome can go either way — and usually does.  Yogi Steno

Do, or do not.  There is no ‘try’.  Yoda (‘The Empire Strikes Back’)

Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.  George Burns

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it o dance.  George Bernard Shaw

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.  Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

A properly trained student will approach every drill as if it were a test and every test as if it were a drill.  Barb DeWitt

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.  Abraham Lincoln

Twenty million young women rose to their feet with the cry ‘We will not be dictated to’ and promptly became stenographers.  G. K. Chesterton

Well done is better than well said.  Benjamin Franklin

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.  Mark Twain

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.  Robert Graves

Here will be an old abusing of God’s patience and the king’s English.  William Shakespeare

It is only the ignorant who despise education.  Publilius Syrus

The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself.  Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.  R. D. Hitchcock

A college degree is not a sign that one is a finished product but an indication a person is prepared for life.  Reverend Edward A.  Malloy

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.  Edgard Varese

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.  Elbert Hubbard

Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.  Thomas A.  Edison

A goal without a plan is just a wish.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.  Arnold Toynbee

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.  That is dedication.  Cecil B.  DeMille

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal.  My strength lies solely in my tenacity.  Louis Pasteur

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret.  Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.  Oprah Winfrey

Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.  Publilius Syrus

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.  Robert Heinlein

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.  Confucius

Knowledge is power.  Sir Francis Bacon

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.  Socrates

If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying? Shantideva

We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic.  Susan Jeffers

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  John Locke

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make, the better.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strong reasons make strong actions.  William Shakespeare

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.  Martha Washington

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.  Patricia Neal

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.  William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.  William James

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.  Baltasar Gracian

Knowing how to write is not the same as knowing how to teach.  Anna Mae Tedley

Somebody’s boring me.  I think it’s me.  Dylan Thomas

The difference between “involvement” and “commitment” is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.  Unknown

If you are going through hell, keep going.  Winston Churchill

He who has a “why” to live, can bear with almost any “‘how”.  Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools.  Let’s start with typewriters.  Frank Lloyd Wright

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.  Oscar Wilde

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.  Voltaire

The rooster who struts and crows too energetically does not become the cock of the walk.  He becomes dinner.  Joseph Kinaim

I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career.

I’ve lost almost 300 games.

Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take

the game-winning shot .  .  .  and missed.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.

And that is why I succeed.  Michael Jordan

If you think you can do a thing or that you cannot do a thing, in either case, you are right.  Henry Ford

Challenge your problem students.  They are often more gifted than your gifted students.  Anna Mae Tedley

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.  Anais Nin

I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.  Groucho Marx

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.  Walt Disney

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.  Vince Lombardi

I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.  Thomas Alva Edison

There is a little bit of showbiz in every teacher.  Me? I’m mostly TV Land with just enough of The Learning Channel to keep my job.  Stephen Shastay

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.  Sun Tzu

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.  Lao-Tzu

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.  Alan Kay

Never mistake motion for action.  Ernest Hemingway

Knowing where to lead people is not the same as convincing them to follow you.  D.  H.  Everett

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.  Albert Einstein

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.  Antoine de Saint Exupery

Success is not a product of hard work.  It’s a matter of luck.  All unsuccessful people know that.  Stephen Shastay

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.  Jimi Hendrix

A clever man commits no minor blunders.  Goethe

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.  Richard Bach

A witty saying proves nothing.  Voltaire

You know that you won’t pass a test with sloppy notes.  Why do you practice them? Barb DeWitt

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.  Will Durant

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.  Mario Andretti

Quality work is the product of quality practice.  You won’t get one without the other.  Joseph Kinaim

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  Henry Ford

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.  Abba Eban

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me.  Charles William Stubbs

Sanity is a madness put to good uses.  George Santayana

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.  Fred Allen

Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest.  Mark Twain

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.  Warren Zevon

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.  Thomas Alva Edison

I am a success if you remember what I taught you long after you have forgotten my name.  Anna Mae Tedley

Hell, there are no rules here.  We’re trying to accomplish something.  Thomas Alva Edison

A teacher must understand the needs of each class and each student in each class.  An impossible task, and yet, nothing else will do.  Stephen Shastay

Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.  George Lichtenberg

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it Henry David Thoreau

While we are postponing, life speeds by.  Seneca

If you took all of the administrators and laid them end to end, the schools would run a whole lot smoother until they found their way back.  Barb DeWitt

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  Mahatma Gandhi

Luck is the residue of design.  Branch Rickey

The mistakes are all waiting to be made.  Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.  Albert Einstein

You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.  Yogi Berra

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  Gail Godwin

I am not young enough to know everything.  Oscar Wilde

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.  Mark Twain

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America.  If I’m not there, I go to work.  Robert Orben

Men have become the tools of their tools.  Henry David Thoreau

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.  Mark Twain

Whaddya mean it upsets you when I ask if you practice each and every night? It upsets me that I have to ask.  Bob Zerunkle

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary, an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.  General John J.  Pershing

When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, We did it ourselves.  Lao-tsu

Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.  General George Patton

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.  Tom Landry

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.  Ralph Nader

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.  Edmund Burke

Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand Alexis de Tocqueville

A minute’s success pays the failure of years.  Robert Browning

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it.  We learn only from failure.  Kenneth Boulding

You always pass failure on your way to success.  Michey Rooney

You don’t hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.  George Bernard Shaw

Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.  Jules Renard

Two and two the mathematician continues to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.  James McNeill Whisler

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.  Erica Jong

The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted.  Lord Byron

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.  Sir Isaac Newton

A yawn is a silent shack.  Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.  Alfred Alistair Cooke

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.  Stanley Horowitz

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.  Marlene vos Savant

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.  Daniel Boorstin

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.  Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead George Savile

If you don’t bring Paris with you, you won’t find it there.  John M.  Shanahan

A team effort is a lot people doing what I say.  Michael Winner

Everybody wants to be somebody; Nobody wants to grow.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right? Robert Mallett

It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.  Andrew Holmes

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.  Sophocles

Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him.  Aldous Huxley

Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.  Oscar Wilde

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.  Friedrich Nietzsche

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.  Leonardo da Vinci

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.  Abraham Heschel

The chief merit of language is clearness, and we know that nothing detracts so much from this as do unfamiliar terms.  Galen

He that hath the name to be an early riser may sleep till noon.  James Howell

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.  Justice Arthur Goldberg

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.  Robert Frost

Blame-all and Praise-all are two blockheads.  Benjamin Franklin

A committee of one gets things done.  Joe Ryan

The future is purchased by the present.  Dr.  Samuel Johnson

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.  Richard Harkness

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  Edith Wharton

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.  Carl Sandburg

When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong — or absolutely right.  Albert Guinon

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.  E.  H.  Gombrich

Silence is argument carried on by other means.  Che Guevara

You must welcome your students and make them feel at home, even on those days when you wish they were.  Stephen Shastay

The unexamined life is not worth living.  Socrates

Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lose it.  Sophocles

Never mistake motion for action.  Ernest Hemingway

The road up and the road down is one and the same Heraclitus

Well begun is half done.  Aristotle

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees.  As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.  John Dryden

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.  Minna Antrim

Do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.  Benjamin Franklin

The intervention of grammarians is almost always bad.  Remy de Gourmont

The distance doesn’t matter; it is only the first step that is difficult.  Marie de Vichy-Chamrond

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.  Thomas Szasz

The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.  Samuel Johnson

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.  Max Beerbohm

The beginning is the most important part of the work.  Plato

To fall into habit is to begin to cease to be.  Miguel de Unamuno

Stenography is like playing a song the first time you hear it.  Barb DeWitt

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.  Balzac

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.  Beveryly Sills

We will either find a way, or make one.  Hannibal

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember that in giving any reason at all for refusing, you lay some foundation for a future request.  Sir Arthur Helps

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.  James Boswell

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.  Nietzsche

A stenographer must be on time every day for every job.  The standard is not lower for a student.  Joseph Kinaim

You come to school to learn, but it is at home that you practice.  Anna Mae Tedley

Self-paced does not mean whenever you want.  It means as much as you can do as fast as you can do it.  Stephen Shastay

The good news is that McWendyKing will hire you if you fail because of attendance.  The bad news is that even minimum-wage jobs demand better attendance.  Barb DeWitt

If your attendance is as good as the average first-grader, you won’t have trouble in college.  Barb DeWitt

Chance visits all, but only the prepared are aware of its presence.  Stephen Shastay

Do not show me my life had I applied myself.  I am not strong enough.  Stephen Shastay

And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it made enlargements too.  Alexander Pope

If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do.  Think up something appropriate and do it.  Edgar Watson Howe

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