As many of you know, I’m working in the front office this year as part of the school’s Administrative team. (If you’re interested, I have my school administrator’s blog here.)
For over 20 years, I was in a classroom where I decorated my walls mainly with student work. Now, however, I’m in an office, and although I had added some photos and award to my office walls, it wasn’t too attractive, and my principal, in jest, commented on the lack of appeal my office offered.
After spending a week on my office, I believe I have accomplished my goal.
On one wall of my office I decided to decorate it with motivational quotes that students can read while they are with me. Many times the students I see are those who need some extra motivation, so the wall comes in handy often.
I thought I’d share the quotes I have hanging on my office wall here in this post.
I call these Quotes to Inspire Students. (I know, not too creative, but oh well.)
Here we go:
The secret to being popular is to focus less on being interesting to others and more on being interested in others. Mr. Rangel (That’s my quote. Yes, I added it to my wall. I can do that. It’s my office.)
You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you. John Wooden
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. Albert Einstein
Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals. Booker T. Washington
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
Never let anyone come to you without coming away better and happier. Mother Teresa
Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything. Walt Whitman
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today. Abraham Lincoln
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin
Insist upon yourself. Be original. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today is just a good day in disguise. Paul Venghaus
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. Henry David Thoreau
Only a life lived for others is a life worth while. Albert Einstein
It’s good to dream. It’s better to wake up and take action to make that dream a reality. Mr. Rangel (Yes, that’s another one of mine.)
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Donald Kendall
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Maria Robinson
Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. Alfred A. Montapert
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss
I say that these are great quotes for students, but I believe that if more adults would take these to heart, we would have more success, happier days, and great relationships.
What do you think?
Until next time,
Here’s to your Success in the Classroom!