JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: What's your favorite quote?
Getting kind of tired of tweets? Me too. If you are going to tweet, why not use inspiring quotes? Quotes have some depth to them; they have some meaning; they are words to live by.
I enjoy asking students what their favorite quote is. They all have one or two. It may have been a quote their coach or teacher used in the classroom or their mom and dad. They may have read it in a book or heard some famous person use it. The quote meant something significant and it may have even changed their life.
Do you have a favorite quote? Here are some of my favorites and what they mean to me.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi)
If you are going to do something people have to see what you are doing. Talk is cheap.
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." (George Bernard Shaw)
Bobby Kennedy used this quote often. He and his brothers, John and Ted, saw many things that needed to be changed in the world and I think they made a sincere effort to change them.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
I have often told this to my students. Too often we allow others to dictate how we feel. It doesn't have to be that way. We are who we are and what we feel.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." (Anne Frank)
She was just 16 when she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Yet, in her short life she probably did more to help bring good to the world than any other human being ever. Each of us has many moments yet to live. Let's make the most of them.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)
Change for the better has to start some place. Why can't it start with you and me and someone else would make three. That would be a few thoughtful, committed citizens.
"I learned a lot since I knew it all." (Anonymous)
I am not sure who said this but I use this quote frequently. It tells me that we can never stop learning. Learning is the price we pay for being curious.
"Never eat as much as you weigh." (Miss Piggy)
Every time I go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, I think of Miss Piggy's quote but then I think of Kermit the frog who said, "Beware of advice from experts, pigs and members of Parliament."
"Two roads diverged in the woods, and I, I took the one less traveled by." (Robert Frost)
Taking the less-traveled road can be bumpy and it doesn't always make a difference but no one can say you didn't try.
"I like you just the way you are." (Fred Rogers)
When we can say this about everyone, we can begin liking ourselves more.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." (Albert Einstein)
If you have a good idea you can change the world. Think of the thousands who have already done so. Imagine that.
"Whether you think you can or think you can't — you are right." (Henry Ford)
Think about this, everyone who ever won anything significant and or did anything significant, first had a mindset for doing it.
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." (John F. Kennedy)
If every citizen in the world did this how different would our world be? When you serve others first, you will eventually go to the head of the line.
"Carpe-diem" (John Keating in the movie Dead Poet's Society)
How many days have you really seized in your life? It's not too late for any of us to seize the day. Anne Frank says we can start this moment.
Riddle: What is the best quote ever? I received this quote in a fortune cookie: "Ask not what a fortune cookie can do for you but what you can do for a fortune cookie." To me, this quote is worth a fortune. I'm still trying to figure it out.