“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge… is the only true guardian of true liberty.” ~ James Madison, June 30, 1825 (10/20/17)

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“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.”  ~ Leo Rosten

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“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”  ~ Blaise Pascal

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“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.”  ~ Anne Rice

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“You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.”   ~ Author Unknown

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“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”   ~ Gallileo Gallilei

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“ETERNITY: The last two minutes of a football game.”   ~ Author Unknown

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“To hear is to forget; to see is to remember; to do is to learn.”   ~ Chinese proverb

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“In no department can a leader spend time more profitably than in the selection of the men who are to accomplish the work.”   ~ Douglas Mawson, Antarctic explorer

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“CLASSIC:  A book which people praise, but do not read.”   ~ Author Unknown

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“A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”   ~ Mark Twain

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“If I look confused it’s because I’m thinking. ”   ~ Samual Goldwyn

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“Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.”   ~ Thomas Jefferson

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“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”   ~ Ronald Reagan

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“A single tree does not make a forest.”   ~ Chinese proverb

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“We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.   ~ Kim Hubbard

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“You observe a lot just by watching.”   ~ Yogi Berra

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“REFRIGERATOR: Combination art gallery and air-conditioner for the kitchen.   ~ Author Unknown

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“Brave actions never want a trumpet.”   ~ English proverb

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“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles.  A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom.  The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.”   ~ Sloan Wilson

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“GROCERY LIST:. What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.”   ~ Author Unknown (but I did this a mere three days ago)

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”   ~ Mark Twain

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“Because of frugality, one is generous.”   ~ Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher living some 2500 years ago

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“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”   ~ Will Rogers

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“The kid is a brat!”   ~ Jessica, referring to a 12 year old boy whose mom wants to hire Jessica to tutor him

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“SEAMSTRESS:  a way to describe 250 pounds in a size 6.”  ~ Author unknown

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“I wrote out my vows and I put them in a very secure place. . . and they are still there!”   ~ Jo-Ann (Richards) Katz during her wedding, when the pastor asked her to read to Paul the vows she had written

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“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”   ~ Yogi Berra

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( THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! ) “I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” ~ Barack Obama

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“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.” ~ Nicholas Murray Butler

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“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ Mark Twain

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“Sometimes when I’m faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” ~ James Bryant Conant

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“POLYGON: A dead parrot. ~ Author Unknown

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

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“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” ~ John Adams

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“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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“Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.” ~ Victorian saying

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“HORS D’OEUVRES: A sandwich cut into 20 pieces.” ~ Author Unknown

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“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.” ~ Chinese proverb

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“Good ball players make good citizens.” ~ Chester Alan Arthur

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“There is nothing stable but heaven and the Constitution.” ~ James Buchanan

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“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.” ~ David Bly

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“Ordinary people do great things every day without realizing it.” ~ Julie Beader

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“SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.” ~ Author Unknown

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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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“It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.” ~ Stephen Grover Cleveland

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“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” ~ Martin Van Buren

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“God invented time to keep everything from happening at once.” ~ Bill Keane in “The Family Circus”

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“Your reputation is made by others. Your character is made by you.” ~ Author Unknown

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“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

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“DERANGE: Where de buffalo roam.” ~ Author Unknown

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“There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.” ~ Ansel Adams

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“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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“Conscience is our magnetic compass, reason our chart.” ~ Joseph Cook, sixth Prime Minister of Australia

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“We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond to them.” ~ Abigail Adams

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“CLOTHES DRYER: An appliance designed to eat socks.” ~ Author unknown

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“In our country today, very few children are raised to believe that their principal destiny is to serve their family, their country, or God.” ~ Benjamin Spock

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“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” ~ Clay P. Bedford

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“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

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“SHOW OFF: A child who is more talented than yours.” ~ Author Unknown

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“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” ~ Gerald Ford

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“The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.” ~ Cicero

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“You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.” ~ Polish proverb

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“The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” ~ Galileo

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“The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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“COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” ~ Socrates

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“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” ~ Haim Ginott

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“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” ~ W. Earl Hall

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“If Columbus had had an advisory committee, he’d probably still be at the dock.” ~ Arther Goldberg – former Supreme Court Justice

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“POLITICIAN: One who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” ~ Orson Scott Card

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“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.” ~ George Washington Carver

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“Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.” ~ Mark Twain

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“ARBITRATOR (ar’-bi-tray’-ter): A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at Burger King.” ~ Author Unknown

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“It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be.” ~ Homer (This is probably true for a mom, too.)

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“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~ Winston Churchill

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“A mother understands what a child does not say.” ~ Jewish proverb

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“In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.” ~ Andrew Johnson

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“There are no menial jobs; only menial attitudes.” ~ William J. Bennett

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“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ~ Lane Olinhouse

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“Do not put statements in the negative form.

“And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.

“If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

“Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

“Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

“De-accession euphemisms.

“If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

“Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

“Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.” ~ William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

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“We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.” ~ Kim Hubbard

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“CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. ~ Author Unknown

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“The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right. ~ Mark Twain

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“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” ~ Hodding Carter, Jr.

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“YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.” ~ Author Unknown

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“You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.” ~ Marvin Minsky

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“This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.” ~ William Lyon Phelps

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“In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.” ~ Author unknown

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“Snow is snowy when it’s snowing; I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.” ~ Ogden Nash

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“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” Anna Quindlen

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“SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official.” Author Unknown

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“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. ~ Vesta M. Kelly

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“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” ~ Haim Ginott

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“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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“Whatever you want to teach, be brief.” ~ Horace

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“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Linus Pauling

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“The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.” ~ Author Unknown

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“INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.” ~ Author Unknown

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“It is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” ~ Alan Greenspan, former US Federal Reserve chairman

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“The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude.” ~ Arnold Glasgow

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“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” ~ Indira Gandhi

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“Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” ~ James Dobson

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“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” ~ Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

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“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” ~ John Adams

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“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together.” ~ Author Unknown

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“PUDDLE: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.” ~ Author Unknown

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“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. ~ The Talmud

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“No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read. ~ David McCullough

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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape.” ~ Author Unknown

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca

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“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” ~ Mark Twain

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“Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.” ~ Lord Chesterfield

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“RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.” ~ Denis Waitley

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“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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“Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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“LEMONADE STAND: Complicated business venture where Mom buys powdered mix, sugar, lemons, and paper cups, and sets up a table, chairs, pitchers and ice for kids who sit there for three to six minutes and net a profit of 15 cents.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Never make a principle out of your experience. ~ Oswald Chambers

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“I’d rather have a president who spends my money than one who kills babies.” ~ Katie Roberts

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“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” ~ Indira Gandhi

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“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.” ~ Mark Twain

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“Must everything be pre-digested? Does the Bible have to be reduced to pablum? I refuse to believe that modern man, who split the atom and is exploring space, is unable to cope with the grandeur and glory of the King James Version.” ~ Winston Churchill

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“PARADOX (par’-u-doks’): Two physicians.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Men are taught virtue and a love of independence by living in the country.” ~ Menander

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“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” ~ Richard L. Evans

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“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus

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“There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.” ~ Terence (190-159 BC)

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“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.” ~ Henry S. Haskins

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“Even Noah got no salary for the first six months–partly on account of the weather and partly because he was learning navigation.” ~ Mark Twain in “Eruption”

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“But what…is it good for?” ~ Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip

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“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” ~ Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895

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“[The piano] is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air.” ~ Kenneth Miller

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“Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.” ~ Chinese proverb.

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“Do not handicap your children by making their lives too easy.” ~ Lazarus Long (author Robert Heinlein)

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“DICTIONARY: A place where success comes before work.” ~ Author Unknown

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“Well begun is half done.” ~ Aristotle

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi

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“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” ~ John W. Whitehead

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“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~ African proverb

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“I frankly don’t care if you agree with my stand on abortion. I take that stand because no other stand is consistent with decent principles, and no other standard is consistent with the will of God.” ~ Alan Keyes

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“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” Ansel Adams
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“COFFEE: A person who is coughed upon.” ~ Author Unknown
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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Author Unknown
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“We learn…
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both hear and see
70% of what is discussed
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we teach to someone else.”
~ William Glasser
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“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. ~ The Talmud
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“The time to repair a roof is when the sun is shining.” ~ John F. Kennedy
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“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison
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“Character is what you are in the dark.” ~ Dwight L. Moody
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“FEEDBACK: The inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.” – Author Unknown
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“Childhood is not preparation for adulthood – it is a part of life.” ~ A. Neill
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“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” ~ Mark Twain
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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford
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“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” Winnie-the-Pooh
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“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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“Adam and Eve had many advantages but the principal one was that they escaped teething.” ~ Mark Twain
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“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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“Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.” ~ Author Unknown
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“BALDERDASH: A rapidly receding hairline.”
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“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.” ~ Mencius
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“Prayer: Don’t give God instructions. Just report for duty!” ~ Author Unknown
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“Don’t spend major time with minor people.” ~ Scott Roberts
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“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~ Walter Kitteredge
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“Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.” ~ Author Unknown
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“The education of a man is never completed until he dies. ~ Robert E. Lee
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“We must not allow our yearnings to exceed our earnings.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
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“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
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“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving [an] infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.” ~ Dave Barry
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“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~ Henry Ford
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“Medicine for the soul” ~ Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
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“No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family.” ~ J. Edgar Hoover
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“Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.” ~ Madeline Hunter
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“But what…is it good for?” ~ Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip
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“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” ~ P.J. O’Rourke
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“Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.” ~ Author Unknown
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“Discipline is not something I impose on you so I can control you. Rather, it is something you must develop within yourself so you can become the best person you can be, not the one who could have been.” ~ Timothy F. Hough, to his class of ninth graders
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“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ~ General George S. Patton, Jr.
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“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” ~ Bill Gates, 1981
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“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” ~ Henry Ford
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“Being kind is more important than being right.” ~ Author Unknown
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“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~ Albert Einstein
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“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~ Samuel Johnson
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“Thrusting my nose firmly between his teeth, I threw him heavily to the ground on top of me.” ~ Mark Twain
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“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” ~ Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977
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“Never memorize anything that you could look up.” ~ Albert Einstein
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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ~ George Washington Carver
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“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. ~ George Bernard Shaw
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“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J.W. Eagan
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“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” ~ The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
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“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” ~ Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
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“The ability to ask real questions is more useful than the capacity to answer simple ones.” ~ Raymond Harris
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“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” ~ Western Union internal memo, 1876
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“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” ~ Edward R. Murrow
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“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all: it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.” ~ H.L. Mencken
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“Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.” ~ Aesop
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“Energizer Bunny arrested; charged with battery.” ~ Author Unknown
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“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” ~ Chinese proverb
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“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” John Gardner (1912-2002)
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“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” ~ Chuang Tzu
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“Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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“Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.” ~ Pythagorus
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“All you need to have a school is a pupil on one end of a log and a teacher on the other end.” ~ Mark Twain
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“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” ~ Will Rogers
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“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” ~ Cyril Connolly
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“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” ~ Rene Descartes
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“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ~ Author Unknown
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“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx
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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ~ George Washington
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“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. ” ~ Daniel J. Boorstin
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“He who angers you controls you!” ~ Author Unknown
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“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ~ Lane Olinghouse
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“It’s not broken. It just lacks Duct Tape.” ~ 12-year-old boy to his mom
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“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” ~ Mark Twain
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“Consensus is the absence of leadership.” ~ Margaret Thatcher during the Reagan/Cold War-era talks
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“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931)
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“There are two types of people–those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ & those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.'” ~ Frederick L. Collins
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“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ~ Unknown
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“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. ~ C. Everett Koop
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“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” ~ Kathleen Norris
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“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
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“Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like trying to shovel the driveway during a snowstorm.” ~ Sonlight e-zine
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“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
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“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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“If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.” ~ Unknown
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“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler
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“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” ~ John Wesley (1703 – 1791)
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“Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read.” ~ Charles Haddon
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“Never spend your money before you have it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” ~ Sam Ewing
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“Black holes are where God divided by zero.” ~ Steven Wright
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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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“You can’t solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it.” ~ Albert Einstein
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“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 (1732 – 1802)
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“Being busy doesn’t mean you’re important. It means you’re too busy to do important things.” ~ Unknown
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“Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.” ~ Pennsylvania Dutch proverb
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“Freedom apart from moral truth is the end of freedom.” ~ John Ashcroft, then US Senator from Missouri
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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
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“Prohibition … goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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“If you think in seasons, plant cereals. If you think in decades, plant trees. If you think in centuries, educate your children.” ~ Chinese proverb
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“Our country is in danger: Not just from foreign enemies; but above all, from our own misguided policies, and what they can do to this country.” ~ Robert Kennedy
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“An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications” ~ “Lazarus Long” (a character by author Robert Heinlein)
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“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” ~ James Madison
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“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.” ~ Alfred Sheinwold
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“False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” ~ Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments, 1764
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“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” ~ David Lloyd George
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“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” ~ Thomas Paine
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“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” ~ Socrates
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“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” ~ Xenocrates
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“If you can’t explain something to a six year old, you really don’t understand it yourself.” ~ Albert Einstein
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“Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.” ~ George Eliot
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“Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty not safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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“He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn’t know.” ~ George Simmel
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“Always do more than is required of you.” ~ George S. Patton
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“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” ~ James Thurber
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“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” ~ Roger Lewin
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“Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, not popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right…” ~ Martin Luther
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“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” ~ E. M. Forster
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“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way (he) learn(s).” ~ Ignacio Estrada
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“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.” ~ Justice Anthony Kennedy
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A great question to ask a child at the end of the day: “What did you ask at school today?” ~ Richard Fenyman
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“It is the duty of a citizen in a free country not to fit into society, but to make society.” ~ John Holt
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“One of the best ways to learn anything is to teach yourself.” ~ Giles Sutherland Rich
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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” ~ Mark Twain
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“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.” ~ Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge
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“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ John Cotton Dana
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“The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.” ~ Paul E. Gray
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“The fate of entire nations often depends on a few blockheads and irresolute men.” (Hessian) Captain Avalt, remembering Hessian blunders just before Washington crossed the Delaware
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“It’s really hard to read your Bible and write notes on your clipboard while you are driving with your knees.” ~ My Hero
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“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” ~ Indira Gandhi
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“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
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“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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“Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
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“The ability to ask real questions is more useful than the capacity to answer simple ones.” ~ Raymond Harris

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“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” ~ Robert Maynard Hutchins

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“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.” ~ Groucho Marx

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“Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

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“I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” ~ Max Victor Belz, grain dealer, Iowa

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“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn’t know.” ~ George Simmel, German Philosopher

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“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

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1 Response to “Quotes”


  1. 1 Katie March 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Just a note – your quote today (“spend half as much money and twice as much time”) is a duplicate… you’ve used it before. 😉


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