Quote of the Week 2 – More Inspiration for Monday Mornings

Each Monday I put an educational ‘Quote of the Week’ up in the staff room. We refer to it in morning briefing and it stays up for the week. Colleagues seem to find it helpful and I posted the first selection of quotes here.

A quote for each week
Here is the second set, the quotes we’ve used over the 38 weeks of the last school year. I hope you find them helpful. I think they are all accurate and correctly attributed but please let me know if you spot any errors and I’ll correct them. Some were suggested by readers after the first post – thank you and please keep the suggestions coming!

1. Education is inspiring someone’s mind, not just filling their head. Katie Lusk (via @adnanedtech)

2. Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and tomorrow we may never see. Victor Hugo

3. The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. BB King  (via @urban_teacher)

4. For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head. Benjamin Franklin

5. When someone takes away your pens you realise quite how important education is. Malala Yousafzai.

6. Knowledge is proud that it knows so much. Wisdom is humble that it knows no more. William Cowper

7. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

8. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instil a love of learning. Brad Henry

9.  I am always doing what I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso 

10. The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.  Michelangelo

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

12. Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Heilbuth (via @Libroantiguo)

13. The most successful people in life are the ones who ask questions. They’re always learning… growing… pushing.  Robert Kiyosaki (via @GregBCurran)

14. If you want to know the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.  Neale Donald Walsch

15. Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.  Dalai Lama

16. Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

17. Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.  Albert Einstein

18. Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. Henri Matisse

19. Wonder is the desire for knowledge.      St. Thomas Aquinas

20. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. The limits of my language are the limits of my world.  Ludwig Wittgenstein

22. They know enough who know how to learn. Henry Adams

23. 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

24. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou

25. A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy 

26. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  Henry Ford

27. Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo Da Vinci

28. Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo

29. Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. Sir Ke Robinson

30. He who opens a school door closes a prison. Victor Hugo

31. When schools flourish, all flourishes. Martin Luther King

32. So much universe, so little time. Sir Terry Pratchett

33. What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. P.D. James

34. Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.  Charlotte Bronte

35. Teaching has been for me an education (Lord knows what it has been for my students).  Howard Nemerov

36. Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.  Henry Ford

37. Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. Winston Churchill

38. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start. Pope Francis

I hope you find them useful.



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