Early this week, perhaps in a wisp of nostalgia, I thumbed through a folder of a collection of witty quotes and reflections I acquired during a more than 37-year career as a public school teacher and coach.
Most of them I remember posting in my classroom or locker room hoping they might be thought-provoking or provide a few laughs.
Here are a few:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"You always pass failure on your way to success."
-- Mickey Rooney
"Fall down seven times, stand up eight."
-- Japanese proverb
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can."
-- John Wesley
"I'm not interested in what these kids can't do, I'm interested in what they can do."
-- Bill Hankins
"If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach."
-- Willie Davis
"Sweat plus sacrifice equals success."
-- Charley Finely
"When I was 13, I thought my name was ‘Shut up'."
-- Joe Namath
"Forget goals, value the process."
-- Jim Bouton
"The problems with many athletes is they take themselves seriously and their sport lightly."
-- Mike Newlin
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
-- Thomas Edison
"All things at first appear difficult."
-- Chinese proverb
"There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with encores."
"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."
-- Henry Ford
"In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."
-- Vince Lombardi
"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out."
-- John Naughton
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."
-- Oprah Winfrey
"Keep your head up, act like a champion."
-- Bear Bryant
"Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me' for the ‘we'."
-- Phil Jackson
"In life as in football, fall forward when you fall."
-- Arthur Guitterman
"Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same ol' dog's butt every day."
-- Darrell Royal
"Sports are to hard to play unless they are played with joy."
-- Mel Allen
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
-- Mark Twain
"People always worry about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. But you should be watering the grass on your side of the fence."
-- Emmitt Smith
"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"Failure is the path of least persistence."
-- Michael Larsen
"Don't park in the spaces marked ‘Reserved for Umpires.'"
-- John McSherry
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others without fearing it."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Play like you've got guts coming out of your ears."
-- Bear Bryant
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
-- Henry Adams
The Jim Jones shooting range located 2.2 miles south of Payson on the east side of Beeline, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday). Nonmember fee is $5. Also tomorrow, a silhouette shooting match will begin at 9 a.m.
Call Charles Thompson (928) 468-1521 for more information.