A. Put the quotes in  your own words (paraphrase.)
B. Try this frame: State whether you agree or disagree with the quote and why/why not. Use examples to explain your view point.
C. Try this frame: An example in life/in literature that this quote is ________________.
D. Try this frame: I understand that others might say________, because______, but I think,__________ because, _________.
E. Listen to a classmate say his/her viewpoint on the topic and then restate what she/he told you.

  1. “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”  –Plato
  2. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu
  3. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”–Churchill
  4. “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” –Benjamin Disraeli
  5. “Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.” –Hippocrates
  6. “In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.” –Ivan Illich
  7. “When it comes to life, the critical things is if you take things for granted, or take them with gratitude.” –G.K. Chesterton
  8. “Some things have to be believed to be seen.” –Ralph Hodgson
  9. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” –Robert Frost
  10. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” –Albert Schweitzer
  11. “Comparing what we’re looking for misses the point. It’s the wanting to know that makes us matter.”–Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
  12. “Common sense is not so common.”–Voltare
  13. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”–W. Clement Stone
  14. “A hungry man is not a free man.” —Adlai Stevenson
  15. “I’m not saying that everyone should swim with sharks, but sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow in order to learn something that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Then you know you can conquer your fears.” –Heidi Klum
  16. “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”– Edmund Hillary
  17. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” –Albert Einstein
  18. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” –Helen Keller
  19. “What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”–Thomas Carlyle
  20. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”–Marcus Aurelius
  21. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” –Marcus Aurelius
  22. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it’s an attitude.”–Martin Luther King Jr.
  23. “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”–Anne Frank
  24. “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”–Jackie Robinson
  25. “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”–Robert H. Schuller
  26. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”–Carl Jung
  27. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”–Mother Teresa
  28. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”–Mother Teresa
  29. “A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.” Mignon McLaughlin
  30. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain
  31. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”–Muhammad Ali
  32. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”–Oprah Winfrey
  33. “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.”–Henri Nouwen
  34. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  35. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”–Joseph Campbell
  36. “Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free.”–Cesar Chavez
  37. “As artists, I think that one of the good qualities we have is that we’re imaginative. We’re resourceful. We like challenges.”–Meredith Monk
  38. “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”–Margaret Thatcher
  39. “Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”–Thomas Merton
  40. “Never lose a holy curiosity.”–Albert Einstein
  41. “Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” –Samuel Johnson
  42. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”–Leo Buscalgia
  43. “When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”–Andy Warhol
  44. “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.”–Alexander Graham Bell
  45. “My opinion on who’s wrong or who’s right has nothing to do with the fact that we have to bring together people who are against each other, to transform antagonism into cooperation.”–Harri Holkeri
  46. “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”–Mahatma Gandhi
  47. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”–Michael Jordan
  48. “Effort is its own reward. We are here to do. And through doing to learn; And through learning to know; And through knowing to experience wonder; And through wonder to attain wisdom; And through wisdom to find simplicity; And through simplicity to give attention; And through attention To see what needs to be done…”–Ben Hei Hei
  49. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”–Abraham Lincoln
  50. “We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”–Bill Hicks
  51. “Dr. King didn’t get famous giving a speech that said,”I have a complaint.”–Van Jones
  52. “All we have to do to create the future is to change the nature of our conversations, to go from blame to ownership, and from bargaining to commitment, and from problem solving to possibility.”–Peter Block
  53. “My life is an influence on every life mine touches. Whether I realize it or not, I am responsible and accountable for that influence.”– Ron Baron
  54. “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”–Abraham Lincoln
  55. “We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find out.”–Roger Ebert
  56. “They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.”–Francis Bacon
  57. “In Zen they say: If something is boring for two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.”–John Cage
  58. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”–Albert Einstein
  59. “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.”–Michael Jordan
  60. “For me, losing a tennis match isn’t failure, it’s research.”–Billie Jean King
  61. “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.”–William Connor Magee
  62. “The wise learn many things from their enemies.”–Aristophanes
  63. “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”–John O’Donohue
  64. “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”–Albert Einstein
  65. “If you being forth what is within you, what you being forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”–The Gospel of Thomas
  66. “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”–Bruce Lee
  67. “As long as you are defining what you like and what you don’t like, you are allowing your mind to create triggers that open and close you. Let go of that. Dare to be different. Enjoy all of life.”–Michael A. Singer
  68. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”–R. Buckminster Fuller
  69. “Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here and right now. Don’t miss it.”–Leo Buscalgia
  70. “To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.”–Plato
  71. “Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.”–Paul Meyer
  72. “Electricity is really just organized lightning.”–George Carlin
  73. “What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it create some semblance of order.”–Katherine Paterson
  74. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you”ll help them become capable of becoming.”–Goethe
  75. “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates; at the first gate, ask yourself, “Is it true?” At the 2nd gate, ask yourself, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate, “Is it kind?”–Sufi saying

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