When I had my own class, I often posted a quote each week and encouraged students to respond to it in their writer’s notebook. I continued to use this routine when I taught gifted education K-5. Sometimes, I would offer a response from my notebook. It is important for our young citizens to develop a sense of responsibility about their role as future caretakers and leaders of this planet. It is important for them to continue to find beauty and truth and remember to be kind and always demonstrate what it means to be human. Here are some favorite quotes, although I think I want to share an Arabian Proverb with you on friendship first (I carry it in my heart always).
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together; knowing that the gentlest of hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness – blow the rest away.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. ~Helen Keller
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hitch your wagon to a star. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The price of greatness is responsibility. ~Winston Churchill
Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. ~Henry Ford
We can do no great things – only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein
For of those to whom much is given, much is required. ~John F. Kennedy
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth
doing. ~Theodore Roosevelt
If man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. ~Vince Lombardi
I will prepare and some day my chance will come. ~Abraham Lincoln
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than
saved by criticism. ~Norman Vincent Peale
The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~Ray Kroc
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. ~Albert Schweitzer
Learning without thought is labor. ~Confucius
All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disne
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken. ~Aristotle