Quotations

“Don't just do something, sit there!”
- Anon

“To understand is hard. Once one understands, action is easy.”
- Sun Yat Sen (1866-1925)

“We are judged by our actions, not our intentions. We may have a heart of gold, but then, so does a hard boiled egg!”
- Anon

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
- Proverb

“We had the experience but missed the meaning.”
- T S Eliot (1888-1965)

“You can't judge a book by its cover. You can't judge people by their colour.”
- Secondary school student

“Beware of the sweet honey offered on the blade of a knife.”
- Tibetan proverb

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
- Ascribed to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

“The universe without music would be madness.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

“If the beginning is good, the end must be perfect.”
- Burmese saying

“In the beginner's mind are many possibilities: in the expert's mind there are few.”
- Susuki Roshi

“Well begun is half done.”
- Traditional proverb

“Greet the world every morning with curiosity and hope.”
- Fife Robertson

“Optimists believe we live in the best of worlds and pessimists fear this is true.”
- Anon

“The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.”
- Attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

“A difficulty is a light; an insurmountable difficulty is a sun.”
- Paul Valéry

“The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.”
- Confucius

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“A truly great person never puts away the simplicity of a child.”
- Chinese saying

“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're probably right.”
- Henry Ford

“The whole world is a narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.”
- Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810)

“If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.”
- Anon

“For me, curiosity is life. If you are not curious, you are in your coffin.”
- Pierre Boulez, musician

“Discovery consists in seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.”
- Albert Szent-Györgi

“Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand.”
- Chinese saying

“Schools are not about enabling children to have a living but about children being able to have a life.”
- Elliot Eisner

“Today is a great day for learning something new.”
- Notice seen displayed in a school

“Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.”
- William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.”
- Julian of Norwich (born c1342)

“To err is human, to forgive divine.”
- Proverb

“A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
- Traditional saying

“Your worst enemy is your best teacher.”
- The Buddha

“Wherever you go, whenever you can, try to leave a gift.”
- Anon

“To serve does not mean to surrender but to share.”
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Service is the rent you pay for having room on the Earth.”
- Shirley Chisholm, US Congresswoman

“There is no one so rich that they don't need help or so poor that they cannot help.”
- Finnish proverb

“Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.”
- Shaker saying

“Can we fix it? Yes we can!”
- Bob the Builder

“Be patient: in time, even an egg will walk.”
- Anon

“One of the simplest things about all the facts of life is that to get where you want to go, you must keep on keeping on.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“God without us will not as we without God cannot.”
- Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE)

“I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.”
- William Penn (1644-1718)

“This is a moral universe which means that, despite all the evidence that seems to be to the contrary, there is no way that evil and injustice and oppression and lies can have the last word.”
- Desmond Tutu

“Act always in a way to do good.”
- Tibetan saying

“The door to evil-doing is wide, but the return gate is narrow.”
- Yiddish saying

“Man's greatness comes from knowing he is wretched: a tree does not know it is wretched.”
- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

“Most folk are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
- Anon

“Our happiness is greatest when we contribute most to the happiness of others.”
- Shaker saying

“One joy scatters a hundred griefs.”
- Chinese proverb

“Within your own house dwells the treasure of joy: so why do you go begging from door to door?”
- Sufi saying

“Heaven isn't a place. It's a state of mind.”
- Anon

“Before everyone's door there is a part of heaven.”
- Chinese proverb

“The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
- Michelangelo (1475-1564)

“The world is a bridge: cross it, but build no house upon it.”
- Akbar the Great, Mughal Emperor of India (1542-1605)

“You must go out into the world to know how lovely your home is.”
- Yiddish saying

“If you know you're going home, the journey is never too hard.”
- Hafetz Haim

“Man can live three weeks without food, three weeks without water. But he can't live three minutes without hope.”
- Rabbi Hugo Gryn

“The darkest hour is just before the dawn.”
- Traditional proverb

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
- Victor Borge (1909-2000)

“Knowledge is like a baobab tree - one person's arms are not enough to encompass it.”
- African proverb

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
- Socrates (469-399 BCE)

“Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.”
- Shirley Conran

“Life happens whilst you're planning other things.”
- Ascribed to John Lennon (1940-1980)

“Everytime an old person dies, a library burns.”
- African saying

“Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise.”
- Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE)

“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
- Jewish Talmud

“Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key.”
- Alan Bennett

“Begin today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may. The world may need just that quality of light which you have.”
- Shaker saying

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
- Chinese saying

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
- Maori proverb

“Lost. Several golden minutes between sunrise and sunset. No reward is offered as they are lost forever.”
- Words on the wall of an early twentieth century classroom

“Bitterness is like a boomerang: once thrown, it soon returns.”
- Anon

“A genuine smile touches something fundamental in us: our natural appreciation of kindness.”
- The Dalai Lama

“Most people love humanity. It is the person next door they can't stand.”
- Anon

“Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”
- Robert Browning (1812-1889)

“The Earth has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.”
- Ascribed to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“You don't get a second chance to make a first impression.”
- Anon

“If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.”
- Yoruba proverb

“A person is a person through other people.”
- African saying

“Unless we learn to live together as brothers, we will die together as fools.”
- Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968)

“Two people shorten a road.”
- Gaelic saying

“Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth.”
- Anthony de Mello

“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”
- Robert Frost (1874-1963)

“There is nothing so bad that someone won't praise it, or so good that someone won't complain.”
- Finnish proverb

“Prayer is not an idle amusement. Properly understood and applied it is the most potent instrument of action.”
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Proud people cannot live at peace together.”
- Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster (1976-1999)

“The great never feel great; the small never feel small.”
- Chinese proverb

“The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.”
- Japanese saying

“The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.”
- Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

“The trouble with the rat race that even if you win you're still a rat.”
- Lily Tomlin

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”
- Chinese proverb

“We didn't inherit the land from our fathers. We are borrowing it from our children.”
- Amish saying

“There is no security in life, only opportunity.”
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“Do not speak unless you can improve on the silence.”
- Monastery rule

“The one who knows, does not say. The one who says, does not know.”
- Zen Buddhist saying

“An ounce of keep your mouth shut is worth a ton of explanation.”
- Modern proverb

“God created man because He loves stories.”
- Old saying

“I never realised it before, but a school teacher is a very delicate instrument.”
- Charlie Brown cartoon

“Success is a team sport.”
- Anon

“Success is failure turned inside out.”
- Anon

“People learn little from success, but much from failure.”
- Arab saying

“Success comes in cans, not in cannots.”
- Sign displayed in school

“The longest journey is the journey inwards.”
- Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary General (1905-1961)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
- Chinese proverb

“Truths like roses have thorns around them.”
- Shaker saying

“Declare peace every day.”
- Quaker poster

“Peace begins with a smile.”
- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
- Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

“A great fortune is a great slavery.”
- Fortune cookie motto

“As the wallet grows, so do the needs.”
- Yiddish saying

“Money is like sea-water: the more people drink, the thirstier they become.”
- Roman proverb

“It is not the outside riches but the inside ones that produce happiness.”
- Shaker saying

“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.”
- Will Rogers (1879-1935)

“When a finger points at the moon, the fool stares at the finger.”
- Chinese proverb

“A wise man seeks wisdom; a madman thinks that he has found it.”
- Persian proverb

“The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see that bird again.”
- Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

“A kind word warms for three winters.”
- Chinese proverb

“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush.”
- Anon

“Fine words butter no parsnips.”
- English proverb

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
- Anon

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