Thirty Quotations

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There are 30 quotations that you can just enjoy for their wit and wisdom - and there is a suggestion included on how I use these quotes in my presentations.

Text of Thirty Quotations

  • 1. Thirty Quotations Collected by Ken Ronkowitz
  • 2. I have used these for presentations in a variety of ways from just letting them play while people are getting settled to focus attention on the front of the room, using them as ice breakers, and using them as part of the presentation. For example...
  • 3. In doing a presentation for a group of thirty K-12 teachers, I simply asked them to watch the presentation as it looped during a break (you can time them in PowerPoint to actually keep track of the break time for you) and pick the one quote that speaks to you. Write it down. Try that yourself as you go through these...
  • 5. The road reaches every place. The short cut only one. James Richardson
  • 6. The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends if they're okay, then it's you. Rita Mae Brown
  • 7. A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. Herman Melville
  • 8. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo
  • 9. Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. W. C. Fields
  • 10. We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
  • 11. We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. Buck Henry, 2005
  • 12. Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carroll
  • 13. Maybe this world is another planet's hell. Aldous Huxley
  • 14. All stones are broken stones. James Richardson
  • 15. What if you should be mistaken? Well, if I am mistaken, I exist. Saint Augustine
  • 16. Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it. Russel Lynes
  • 17. Why do writers write? Because it isn't there. Thomas Berger
  • 18. You can't build a reputation on what you're planning to do. Henry Ford
  • 19. There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty. Anonymous
  • 20. Never judge a book by its movie. J.W. Eagan
  • 21. Water deepens where it has to wait. James Richardson
  • 22. Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. Euripides
  • 23. Never confuse movement with action. Ernest Hemingway
  • 24. A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann
  • 25. How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he loses shows all of it. Anonymous
  • 26. The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore. Samuel Butler
  • 27. You never realize what a good memory you have until you try to forget something. Franklin P. Jones
  • 28. Who breaks the thread, the one who pulls, the one who holds on? James Richardson
  • 29. Outside of a dog, a book is a mans best friend. Inside of a dog, its too dark to read. Groucho Marx
  • 30. Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but thats not true. I have the heart of a small boy in a jar on my desk. Stephen King
  • 31. One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. Samuel Johnson
  • 32. Leap and the net will appear. Western Proverb
  • 33. There should not be any particular teaching. Teaching is in each moment. Shunryu Suzuki
  • 34. A reason to write is to say to others that you are not alone. Kurt Vonnegut
  • 35. OK did you select one? Heres your task: All of these quotes are really metaphors for teaching. Explain how your chosen quote reflects on you as a teacher, your philosophy or your experiences. Now, the thing is...
  • 36. That they were not chosen to be about teaching. They were not chosen to be about any particular subject. I just like them. BUT, tell a group that they were chosen on that basis and you will be amazed at what meaning people find in them. You could use them with engineers or nurses and it would work as well.