An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





To teach is to learn twice.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Collectively we can do what no person can do singly.


Leland Kaiser


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Now men and women are separate and unequal. We should be hand in hand; in fact, we should have our arms around one another.


Cloris Leachman


Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


Marriage is not a reform school.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


I don't believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared, so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.


Tom Landry (1924-, American football player, coach)


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Pearls mean tears.


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Unless I am a part of everything I am nothing.


Penelope Lively


It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


Teaching is of more importance than urging.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Teaching isn't one-tenth as effective as training.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


There's a thread that binds all of us together, pull one end of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.


Rosamond Marshall


What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


When one's own problems are unsolvable and all best efforts are frustrated, it is lifesaving to listen to other people's problems.


Suzanne Massie


Most teams aren't teams at all but merely collections of individual relationships with the boss. Each individual vying with the others for power, prestige and position.


Douglas Murray McGregor (1906-1964, American management theorist, educator)


Your Master Teacher knows all you need to learn, the perfect timing for your learning it, and the ideal way of teaching it to you. You don't create a Master Teacher -- that's already been done. You discover your Master Teacher.


Peter McWilliams (American author, "Life 101")


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


The evil of people can come from their like of being teachers of others.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation?


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink. So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together, and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it. To the eternal glory of British science their labor bore fruit.


George Mikes


Tears such as angels weep.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity.


Akio Morita (1921-, Japanese businessman, CEO of Sony Corporation)


A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member's talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.


David Ogilvy (1911-1999,  American businessman, advertising expert)


Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were others who felt the same way.


Rosa Parks (1913-, American Civil Rights activist)


When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellency becomes a reality.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.


Alice Paul (1885-1977, American feminist, social reformer)


Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.


Ethiopian Proverb (Sayings of Ethiopian origin)


He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The fault of another is a good teacher.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


The world teaches you more than your taskmaster.


Maltese Proverb


Many students have become kings or queens, but no teachers have.


Taiwanese Proverb


My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. But I shall not have the strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me.


Queen Elizabeth II (1900-2002, British Queen)


Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn't make sense not to use both.


Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973, American feminist and pacifist)


By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Today whenever women gather together it is not necessarily nurturing. It is coalition building. And if you feel the strain, you may be doing some good work.


Bernice Johnson Reagon


It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


Women's art, though created in solitude, wells up out of community. There is, clearly, both enormous hunger for the work thus being diffused, and an explosion of creative energy, bursting through the coercive choicelessness of the system on whose boundaries we are working.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


In youth one has tears without grief, in old age grief without tears.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.


Frederick W. Robertson


I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don't win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.


David Robinson (1965-, American basketball player)


We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets, time lines and the freedom to solve their own problems.


John Rollwagen (American businessman, CEO of Cray Research)


The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.


Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American baseball player)


You have to do it by yourself, and you can't do it alone.


Martin Rutte


When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.


Bo Schembechler (1929-, American college football coach)


Most leaders are indispensable, but to produce a major social change, many ordinary people must also be involved.


Anne Firor Scott


Many shed tears merely for show, and have dry eyes when no one's around to observe them.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.


Robert H. Shaffer


He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.


William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870, American author)


Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right; immediately.


Sam Slick


When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket.


Dan Snow


I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The tears of those repenting are the wine of angels.


St. Bernard (1090-1153, French theologian and reformer)


One must either accept some theory or else believe one's own instinct or follow the world's opinion.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.


Han Suyin


It's easy to get the players; it's getting them to play together that's the tough part


Casey Stengel (1889-1975, American baseball player and manager)


Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


Pears cannot ripen alone. So we ripened together.


Meridel Le Sueur


Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.


Deborah Tannen


Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money.


Author Unknown


A job worth doing is worth doing together.


Author Unknown


He who does not research has nothing to teach.


Author Unknown


In an earthquake, the most dangerous place to be is in a tall building that is not flexible. Yet, one of the safest places is a tall building that has been stressed for earthquakes -- in other words, one that has a deep foundation and is flexible. So, too, over the coming years, large organizations that remain rigid will crumble and fall, while those that succeed in adding flexibility, teamwork and creativity to their cultures will thrive.


Author Unknown


In teaching others we teach ourselves.


Author Unknown


Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.


Author Unknown


Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.


Author Unknown


Members of groups that do not meet regularly together usually do not feel a strong sense of belonging and do not take ownership for the success of the group.


Author Unknown


Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.


Author Unknown


TEAM -- Together Everyone Achieves More.


Author Unknown


Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.


Author Unknown


The fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.


Author Unknown


The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.


Author Unknown


The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning.


Author Unknown


The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake.  The five most important words: You did a good job.  The four most important words: What is YOUR opinion?  The three most important words: If you please.  The two most important words: Thank You.  The one most important word: We.  The least important word: I.


Author Unknown


To teach successfully we must tell all we know, but only what is adaptable to the student.


Author Unknown


To teach well, we need not say all that we know. Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under.


Author Unknown


We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.


Author Unknown


Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, while everything superfluous runs over as from a full container. Who knows much says least.


Author Unknown


When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.


Author Unknown


White man builds big fire, stands back. Indian builds little fire, huddles close


Author Unknown


Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can push things that come into their hands a little higher up, a little further on towards the heights of excellence.


Author Unknown


I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.


Gloria Vanderbilt


Tears are the silent language of grief.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us -- because they are.


Sam Walton (1918-1992, American businessman, founder of Wal-mart)


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.


William A. Ward


Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.


Colleen Wilcox


Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.


Bud Wilkinson


The first duty of a lecturer is to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantelpiece forever.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


The best quality tea must have creases like the leather boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain.


Yu Lu


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