Category Archives: Quotations

From a Child, and a Thief, You Can Learn…

I ran across an interesting bit of philosophy from a source that’s new to me. It’s attributed to the Hasidic rabbi Dov Baer, the Maggid of Mezeritch, as related in The Marginalian of August 24, 2022 — “3 Things to Learn From a Child, 7 From a Thief” ( From a child you can learn

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Some Quotations About Elections

On the eve of this very important election, I thought it would be interesting to compile some memorable thoughts about tomorrow’s decisions  — A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.  —  Theodore Roosevelt A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t

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What is Feminism?

I have an interest in poetry, but usually don’t understand much of what’s considered good contemporary verse. I’ve just found an exception.  The September 23, 2016 edition of The Writers’ Almanac published a poem that I think is very thought-provoking about the definition of feminism, and I’m copying it here.   Clara: In the Post

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The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven”

Happy Thanksgiving!  This is from the “I wish I’d written that” department — a Thanksgiving poem by Jack Prelutsky.   The Turkey Shot Out Of The Oven The turkey shot out of the ovenand rocketed into the air,it knocked every plate off the tableand partly demolished a chair. It ricocheted into a cornerand burst with

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Handwriting on the Wall

Today I’ve been going through my mother’s papers (you may recall she died in April) and I found an interesting poem, the kind she liked to tape to the refrigerator door:   Handwriting on the Wall A weary mother returned from the store, Lugging groceries through the kitchen door. Awaiting her arrival was her 8-year-old

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More Social Studies Quotes

I’m still working at the local high school while a social studies teacher gets his homelife together.  I always like to post a different quote each day, tying into the lesson if  possible.  Here are some of my recent favorites. “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”  —  Abba Eban “Never tell

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Some History Quotes

I never got to be a full-time social studies teacher. But if I’d had, I would’ve used quotes to help put things in perspective. Here are some of my favorites — “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”  —  Napoleon Bonaparte “History will be kind to me for

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Happy New Year!

“An optimist stays up to see the New Year in.  A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.”   —   Bill Vaughn   “Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.”   —   Oprah Winfrey