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"Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious 
as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. 
There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. 
There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines."
- Buckminster Fuller

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, 
and learning from failure."
- Colin Powell

"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world."
- Malcom X

"There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right.
But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you."
- Marian Anderson

"Wouldn't it be nice if the size of your heart mattered more than the size of your pants?"
- Dockers Ad

"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what
we have done."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A linguistics professor was lecturing his class one day. 'In English,' he said, 'a double
negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is
still a negative. However,' he pointed out,'there is no language wherein a double positive
can form a negative.' A voice in the back of the room piped up, 'Yeah. Right."

All quotations from Boston Public:

Stephen Harper, Principal
Scott Guber, Assistant principal
Ronnie Cook, new teacher, former lawyer
Dr. Ben Harris, teacher
Marla Hendricks, teacher
Harry Senate, teacher
Marilyn Suter, teacher

"You're a teacher. Cry at night."
- Scott Guber to Ronnie Cook

"For us it's just about helping them, which it should be. Take care of the kids. 
But when you go home at night, people forget - we love them - not all - but most -
we love them."
- Marilyn Suter to Ronnie Cook

Ronnie: "You know, a year ago I was...a lawyer handling corporate takeovers and 
leverage buyouts and I could be in a room full Fortune 500 CEOs and I could pin their 
ears back. Now I'm in a room with a bunch of teenagers and I'm completely disabled. 
How do you figure that? It's a tougher job. I really, truly thought I was prepared for it.
You can't truly prepare for it. This job you learn on...Harry, honestly I don't think I
can do it anymore."
Harry: "Hey Ronnie, just teach....just teach."
- Ronnie Cook and Harry Senate

Ronnie: "Did I mention I broke up with Matthew three weeks ago?"
Danny: "No."
Ronnie: "Uh-huh - Actually he left me. Want to know why? Among other reasons: 
I'm no longer fun....see, Danny, as a lawyer it's good to be wild and reckless, but 
teacher - you never escape the ...burden of...I don't know...role model, I guess. 
I'm just trapped in this place of responsibility."
- Ronnie Cook and Danny Hanson

"I keep playing your union reps' words over in my head - how you are entitled to your 
personal life, how you are entitled to be human like everyone else - and I just want 
you to know, I don't buy it. You're a teacher. With that comes a burden, Ben. 
An obligation not to be human like everybody else, but a role model. See, it has to mean 
something to be a teacher. It's a noble calling. I still believe that...Now go back to 
your classroom and go on, but as you do so, you just remember, Dr. Harris - you're a teacher 
- with that mantle comes a burden.
- Stephen Harper to Dr. Ben Harris

This burden we put on teachers to be perfect in every little way - the tragedy - we're 
likely to weed out some of our very best."
- Scott Guber to Marla Hendricks



The above quotations can also be found on the web page of of my dearest pallie Janey's very fun web site located at

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