QUOTES & STORIES


"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of US.

"Dream as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die tomorrow!"

"The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence."

-John F. Kennedy

"In evaluating people, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.  And if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you".  Warren Buffett

Social justice for educational administrators means pursuing policies, practices, and politics (educational, social, and economic) that enhance the lifetime opportunities for all children, particularly those children who have been historically marginalized.”  (p. 279)

Karpinski & Lugg (2006). Social Justice and Educational Administration: Mutually Exclusive? Journal of Educational Administration, 44(3), 278-292.

Two Wolves
An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them...  A fight is going on inside me... it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.  The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.  This same fight is going on inside you and every other person, too.   They thought about this for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather...Which wolf will win?  The old Cherokee simply replied...  The one you feed.

"The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?  Expediency asks, is it polite?  Vanity asks, is it popular?  But conscience asks the question, is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular -- but one must take it because it's right."   Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is to high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

-Michelangelo

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.  The right way is not always the popular and easy way.  Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Margaret Chase Smith

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

The best index of a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Abigail van Buren

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.  -Walt Disney

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. -Abraham Lincoln

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
-Henry Ford

"Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander."

- Holocause Museum, Washington. DC

 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

-Henry Ford

 

Contemplate yourself being surrounded by the circumstances you wish to produce.

 

Breault (2003) “when a nation sets a higher standard of freedom for the world, it must also live by a stricter definition of oppression”

 

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.

-Unknown

 

We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized.  I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing , and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.

Petronii Arbitri Satyricon   AD66  (attributed to Gaius Petronus, a Roman General who later committed suicide)

 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.   -Henry David Thoreau

 

If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.    -U.S. Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki

 

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.   -Arthur Schopenhauer

 

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.    -Epictetus

 

If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?   -Gloria Steinem

 

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.  -Charles Kettering

 

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.  

 -Eric Hoffer

 

The important thing is this:  To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.  -Charles Dubois

 

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.    -Alan King

 

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character.  If you must be without one, be without the strategy.  -Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

 

"Everything is possible! The impossible only takes longer!"

 

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln