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"These kids were smart, they were enthusiastic, and they were young enough so that schools hadn't destroyed all their interest in learning. They could still actually use their brains, which in Thorne's view was a sure sign they hadn't yet completed formal education."
"Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on."
  • Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave."
  • Lord Brougham (1778 - 1868), Scottish Whig politician. Speech to the House of Commons (29 January 1828).
"Blessings upon Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books."
  • Thomas Carlyle, Letter to R. Mitchell
"Books and ideas are the greatest weapons against intolerance and ignorance."
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
"To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools of slaves."
  • Claude Adrien Helvetius
"Books had instant replay long before televised sports."
  • Bern Williams
If your plan is for a year, plant rice.
If your plan is for a decade, plant trees.
If your plan is for a lifetime, educate children.
  • Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551 - c. 479 BC).
"Maybe the essence of education is not to stuff you with facts, but to help you to discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then to show you how to give it away."
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
  • Plutarch
"Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
  • Winston Churchill
"After finding no qualified candidates for the position of principal, the school board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David Steele to the post."
  • Philip Streifer, Superintendent of Schools, Barrington, Rhode Island
"This year, Americans will spend more money on fast food than on higher education."

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"Honestly, Darling!  You are the most graceless and dimwitted bumpkin I have ever met!"
  • General Melchett

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"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
  • John F. Kennedy
"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house."
  • George Carlin

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The English Language

"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, who are you going to speak it to?"
  • Clarence Darrow
"The pitcher wound up and he flang the ball at the batter. The batter swang and missed. The pitcher flang the ball again and this time the batter connected. He hit a high fly right to the center fielder. The center fielder was all set to catch the ball, but at the last minute his eyes were blound by the sun and he dropped it."
  • Dizzy Dean
"It is generally agreed that 'Hello' is an appropriate greeting because if you entered a room and said 'Goodbye,' it could cause a lot of confusion."
  • Dolph Sharp, "I'm OK, You're Not So Hot"
"It's is no, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs."
  • Oxford University Press, Edpress News
You can wear old jeans or tuxedo,
Be clean-shaven or look like Ito,
     Whatever your sex,
     When you're at Mad Mex,
You're welcome to eat our burrito.
"I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I'm certainly not! But I'm sick and tired of being told that I am!"
  • Monty Python

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"Complete equality means universal irresponsibility."
  • T. S. Elliot
"Instead of Batman and Robin, they are Batman and Batman now."
  • Anthony L. Gargano on Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally."
  • W. C. Fields

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The journey to excellence is often beset by a great deal of tests to pass.  Be prepared.

"If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?"
  • Robert Townsend, Farther Up the Organization (1984)
"These are times in which a genius would wish to live.  It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed... Great necessities call out great virtues."
  • Abigail Adams (19 January 1780)
"If a man has done his best, what else is there?"
  • George S. Patton, Jr.
"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier you'll be a general.  If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.'  Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."
  • Pablo Picasso
"Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude."
  • Jesse Jackson
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
  • Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955)

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"You can not create experience. You must undergo it."
  • Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
"Experience is the name every one gives his mistakes."
  • Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams (1923).


"You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn."
  • Benjamin Franklin
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
  • Mark Twain
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again."
  • F. P. Jones
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

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Journal of Young Investigators (JYI)

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"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field."
"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."
  • Ashleigh Brilliant

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After posting a profit, it appears that is not among the numerous online failures.

"In great attempts it is glorious even to fail."
  • Vince Lombardi, former Green Bay Packers head coach
"Failure is not an option!"
  • Gene Kranz, Flight Director, Apollo XIII
"He that is down needs fear no fall."
"How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low successes."
  • Lewis Morris (1835 - 1907), Welsh Poet, Epic of Hades
"But there is no joy in Mudville, mighty Casey has struck out."
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
  • Bill Cosby
"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something.  But I can't accept not trying."
  • Michael Jordan
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
  • Dan Quayle
"Failure is not an option.  It comes bundled with your Microsoft product."
  • Ferenc Mantfeld
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
  • Beverly Sills
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
  • Thomas Edison

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"Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn."
  • William Arthur Ward
"An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity."
"When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly."
  • Barbara Winter

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Upromise allows you to save money for your child's college education.

"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"The ideal parents know they don't know everything."
"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President (Senior Page)
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
  • Mark Twain (Senior Page)

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"A fanatic is one that cannot change his mind and will not change the subject."
  • Winston Churchill
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
  • John F. Kennedy, former U.S. President

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

One of my favorite games.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will."
  • James Stephens
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face."
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
"Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved."
  • Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian Renaissance statesman, diplomat, and writer.
"Knowledge is the antidote to fear."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
  • Winston Churchill
"Suffer fools gladly.  They may be right."
  • Holbrook Jackson (1874 - 1948)


"Nothing looks so like a man of sense as a fool who holds his tongue."
  • German proverb
"'Tis better to remain silent and thought a fool then to speak and remove all doubt."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
"Let us be thankful for the fools. Were it not for them, the rest of us could not succeed."
  • Mark Twain
"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact." 
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
  • William James
"Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker."
  • Matt Damon as Mike McDermott in Rounders

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Freedom - Fast and Easy!

"No man is free who is not  master of himself."
  • Epictetus, Roman stoic philosopher (c. 60 - 120 AD).
"Complete possession is proved only by giving.  All you are unable to give possesses you."
  • Andre Gide
"He who will not reason, is a bigot, he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave."
"A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. Freedom means nothing but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse."
  • Albert Camus, French novelist, essayist (1913 - 1960)
"The meaning of America is not to be found in a life without toil. Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort."
  • Calvin Coolidge, former US President

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"A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
"One soul dwelling in two bodies."
  • Aristotle
"A friend is a gift you give yourself."
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
"We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade."
  • Caroline Norton
"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after a moment or lifetime is certain for those who are friends."
  • Richard Bach
"Cherish friendship in your breast. New is good but old is best. Make new friends but keep the old, new is silver, the other is gold."
  • Anonymous
"A friend is one before whom I may think aloud."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
  • Dale Carnegie
"True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation."
  • George Washington
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me!"
  • Henry Ford
"It's funny, don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
"Even the best of friends cannot attend each other's funeral."
  • Kehlog Albran, "The Profit"
"True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation."
  • George Washington
"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend."
  • Henry David Thoreau
"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine."
  • Thomas Jefferson

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