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Words of Wisdom

How many motivational statements, proverbs, aphorisms can one find on a school campus – posted on the classroom walls, decorating hallways, displayed in the library? Many educators have a habit to close their messages with a quote or quotable statement. I feel smarter just reading them. On multiple occasions, they were more than a clever way to combine words. They passed the real life test guiding many people out of a difficult situation.

I decided to start a collection on this post. I invite you to post your favorite sayings as comments, too. Did you find it in a book? Did you see it somewhere on campus? Did you hear it from a friend? Tell your story of how it helped you when you were in dire straits.

Formatting Note:
When possible, attribution will include the author and a reference to the person we have to thank for bringing these wise words to our attention.
May these phrases help you through the challenges of the TAKS week and beyond!

Form Mr. Rick Nolly, Principal, NHS:

  • “Success is willing to do what the average person is not willing to do.”
  • “It is the person who has done nothing that says nothing can be done”
  • When you have done ALL you can do there is nothing more you can do.
  • “Better is not something you wish, it is something you become” (Jim Rohn)
  • The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

From Ms Annissa Macon, VP, NHS:

  • “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” (Booker T. Washington)
  • “Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.” (Barbara Jordan)
  • “If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?” (Stanislaw J. Lec)
  • “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” (Albertrt Einstein)
  • “The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.” (Sophocles)
  • “Chance favors the prepared mind.” (discovered in the essays of Harlan Ellison)
  • “What you will be in five years depends on the books you read, the people you meet, the firendships you keep, the choices you make.”
  • ” Three secrets to success: be willing to learn new things, be able to assimilate new information quickly, be able to get along and work with other people.” (Sally Ride, Astronaut)
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” (Confucius)
  • “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” (Ben Stein)
  • “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” (Muhammed Ali, Boxing Champion)

From Donna Williams, NHS:

  • “Education is the true foundation of civil liberty.” (James Madison)

From Natalie Sunde, Librarian, NHS:

  • “Ancora imparo” – “I am still learning” (Michaelangelo)

From Margaret Harper, Librarian, NHS:

  • “In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” (Author unknown)

From Lynda Tirhi, Librarian, NHS:

  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

From Julie Haba, Math Teacher:

  • “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” (Plutarch)

April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
    “Dont’s get it right, just get it written.”
    (James Thurber)

    Comment by Homo Post-Sovieticus | July 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. “Accomplishment, like life, will prove to be a journey, not a destination” (from Mr. Nolly’s e-mail)

    Comment by Dr.M | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. I agree totally with all of these quotes. In my opinion they are all true. And the nimitz teachers always try and express what they believe. All of the quotes above are true to me and help push me or others to keep going and not to quit at anything.
    One of my favortie quotes above is, “It is the person who has done nothing that says nothing can be done.” Because its true on every level, if you never do anything then you will never know how hard you can really go. I have a little thing inside me telling me this all the time. Because i know i would quit a lot if i didn’t quit pushing myself.
    My favorite quotes of all time is “The vision of a chamopion is not what they do while others are watching, but when it’s only you.” This quote speaks to me, because it’s true. If others see you as a champion, you should honor that and try and be the best you can be. You aren’t really a champion if you are just putting on a show for people to see you when your at your best.

    Comment by D'Shea Boudreaux | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. – Redo –

    Best offense is the best defense. I think this, because people always want to try hard in offense but not defense They never so called “try”.. They always slack off on defense. Then they get yelled out. Blah blah blah!! Then I always hear this quote from many people. “Best offense is the best defense.
    Everyone should like this quote, because I like it. If I like this quote. Im gay.

    Comment by Danny Nguyen | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. The best offense is the best defense.

    Comment by Danny Nguyen | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  6. Motivational comments are stated and followed by alot of people. Most motivational statements are common sense that people just simply forget or don’t want to acknowledge. I’m the type of person who can generate my own motivation. I don’t need something or someone else telling me what I can or cannot do.
    When you read motivational comments all you are doing is realizing what you need to do. If everyone in the world could figure this out without having to have someone or something give them this insight, the world would be more enjoyable. People need to learn how to have a want for a better life.
    On the other hand, motivational comments can help people who are going through a hard time. If you are stuggling with an illness or a really tough problem in life motivation can keep you going. It will help you battle back from your downfalls. Motivational statements can be a very good thing, but sometimes they take it a little bit to far.

    Comment by James Dylan Hinsley | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  7. this is ture when you share with people you dont even know or who just need your help its caring fir them and showing them the kind of person you are and maybe one day you’ll need the favor in return.

    Comment by Kassandra Baker | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. “The future is purchased by what you do in the present.” (From Mr. Nolly’s email)

    Comment by Dr.M | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  9. Sharing is caring.

    Comment by Dulce | April 29, 2010 | Reply

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