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Quotable Quotes

These are some of the sayings from the famous, the wise, and the not-so-well known.  I found these to be funny, profound, or simply interesting.  Some may sound cliche, but what's wrong with cliche, if it is a truth?  
  1. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.  - Mahatma Gandhdi
  2. Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. -John Wooden
  3. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. -Tim Notke

  4. Success is to be measure not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. - Booker T Washington
  5. Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. -Vince Lombardi
  6. I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan
  7. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. -Bill Cosby
  8. You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails. -Yiddish (?) Proverb 
  9. If parents, having achieved a desirable status can ipso facto do nothing to make comparable achievement easier for their offspring, we may have "equal opportunity."  But we will no longer have a family system – at least not in the present understanding of the term. - Peter Blau & Otis D Duncan in The American Occupational Structure
  10. Not all changes are an improvement, but an improvement requires a change.
  11. Your kid has many friends, but has only one dad.
  12. One might as well say he has sold when no one has bought, as to say that he has taught when no one has learned. -John Dewey
  13. Curiosity drives learning.
  14. Great is the truth, and it prevails. -first Book of Esdras
  15. Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford
  16. Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. - Unknown
These are the things I say in class quite a bit.
  1. Be mindful.
    • ...
  2. Be like cactus.
    • ...  
  3. Achieve zero.
    • Zero represents the gap between your potential and your achievement.  Your potential is not static.  By working to achieve zero you are constantly striving to achieve your perceived potential, which in turn grows as you near it.  At times, your growth of your potential as well as your achievement can be exponential especially for young people.  A constant strive to achieve zero will yield a deep self-satisfaction that you've done everything you can to be the best that you can be.  Woeful regret of I would have, should have, could have done better if thing were different only leads to unhappiness.  To achieve happiness, achieve zero!
  4. An answer require a question, so ask.
  5. Recognizing the obvious is a sign of a genius.