Tuesday, May 20

wonderful words

I remember the first time I picked up a book of quotable quotes from Mindy's bookshelf. As a teacher, I was constantly trying to think of little ways to improve my classroom's environment. Make it feel safe, full of energy, and if I got lucky, somewhat inspiring. As I perused through the book I found myself laughing out loud, nodding in agreement, and at times being moved by the words in print. Not long after that first introduction into the world of words, I began using a "quote of the day" as a discussion prompt in my science classroom. The students ate it up, some would even write the quotes down in their notebooks. It became routine, one of those routines where if I forgot to start class with the quote, I would get three or four students urgently reminding me of my grievous error.

So here I am years removed from my science classroom and still sitting down with a book of quotes. Still laughing, still nodding in agreement, and at times being moved. To give you a picture of what I mean, I've chosen a few special ones for the readers of this blog.
  • a laughing quote: "If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle." - Rita Mae Brown
  • a nodding quote: "The world is not conclusion. A sequel stands beyond - invisible, as music - but positive, as sound." - Emily Dickinson
  • a moving quote: "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." - Diane Ackerman

5 comments:

Lana Joy said...

You know I'm a sucker for quotes, too. Had you been my science teacher in middle school, I would have loved your class for your beginning of the day quotes.

Thanks for sharing them. I did truly laugh, nod, and say "mmhmm" to them.

Leslie said...

I knew you would be with me on this, Lana, being the lover of words that you are.

Raleigh said...

yay for words. i was finding some quotes for risa, who will graduate from high school on saturday, and got lost in the quotes for far too long. i love the ones that say things well in the fewest words possible, and i live for a laugh. ha!

The Millers said...

Reading your blog is relaxing!

Sarah said...

Love Quotes!! When you come back on Monday ask me about Quotes.fp7.

Here's one that might inspire you for the weekend:

Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance? - Phyllis Diller

Or...

There are times not to flirt. When you're sick. When you're with children. When you're on the witness stand. - Joyce Jillson