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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021


Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. ~Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, 1973


Though care and trouble may be mine,
As down life's path I roam,
I'll heed them not while still I have
A world of love at home.
~J.J. Reynolds, "A World of Love at Home," in The New Monthly Belle Assemblée, October 1844


College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night? ~David Wood


      Mr. Avery parted from us with some last words of counsel.
      "You are going into college life, boys, and you must take care of your bodies. Many a boy breaks down because he keeps his country appetite and loses his country exercise. You must balance study and brain-work by exercise and muscle-work, or you 'll be down with dyspepsia, and won't know what ails you. People have wondered where the seat of original sin is; I think it 's in the stomach. A man eats too much and neglects exercise, and the Devil has him all his own way, and the little imps, with their long black fingers, play on his nerves like a piano. Never overwork either body or mind, boys. All the work that a man can do that can be rested by one night's sleep is good for him, but fatigue that goes into the next day is always bad.
      Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn.
      Never trust to prayer without using every means in your power, and never use the means without trusting in prayer... and so, boys, go, and God bless you!" ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869  [Oh yes, how many of us succumbed to the freshman 15! —tg]


Kindred hearts no distance parts. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. (from academe). A modern school where football is taught.
~Ambrose Bierce


Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities:  the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.  ~Abbott Lawrence Lowell


A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. ~W.H. Auden  [And preachers and lecturers, and earlier authors, &c. See quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/27/sleep-talk —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


I learned three important things in college — to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes.  ~Agnes DeMille, Dance to the Piper, 1952


There isn't a child who hasn't gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn't return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes.  ~Art Buchwald


If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you.  ~Author unknown


For there we loved, and where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), "Homesick in Heaven," 1872


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, November 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


In spite of everything, keep sparkling. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. ~Aristotle


1. Don't be afraid to say No.
2. Don't be afraid to say Yes.
~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


A college education shows a man how little other people know.  ~Thomas Chandler Haliburton


The purpose of primary education is the development of your weak characteristics; the purpose of university education, the development of your strong.  ~Nevin Fenneman


A university is a college with a stadium seating over 40,000.  ~Leonard L. Levinson


If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.  ~Robert Goheen, Time, 23 June 1961


It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.  ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.  ~Author unknown


B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882 February 1st


...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Countess]


Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.  ~Ralph Marston


Hitch your wagon to a star.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1862


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo


You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, 1990


Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  ~John Dewey


Love reckons hours for months, and days for years:
And every little absence is an age.
~John Dryden, Amphitryon, 1690


Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893


Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to Lidian Jackson Emerson, 1843 May 22nd


The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.  ~Fred Dehner


First, look well to your health. Eat regularly and simply, and take proper rest. Go to bed early. Be sure to go to bed with clean teeth. Breathe fresh air. Take regular baths. More than all else, in order to look well you must wake up the mind and soul. Think pleasant and noble thoughts. Talk with people who know something. Be often in the company of those who know more than you do. Arouse your spiritual nature; sometimes a plain face is really glorified with the love of God and of man which shines through it. Lastly, keep a strong and vigorous body by taking plenty of wholesome outdoor exercise, and do all the good you can. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "How to Be Handsome," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [Paraphrased. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Watch the little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin


For you have to work out your own problems,
And have to work hard every day;
You have got to hold on to the real thing;
Believe me, there's no other way!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "An Old Man's Advice to a Boy," 1940s


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Critic as Artist," Intentions, 1891


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese proverb


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.  ~Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625


Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.  ~Dana Stewart Scott


The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley


Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.  ~Max L. Forman


The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work. ~Author unknown


There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.  ~Author unknown



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