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    Originally Posted by LazyMum
    "Done is better than perfect."
    That is another great one. smile

    It reminds me a bit of 2 poems:
    Somebody said that it couldnt be done
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That maybe it couldnt, but he would be one
    Who wouldnt say so till hed tried.
    So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldnt be done, and he did it!

    Somebody scoffed: Oh, youll never do that;
    At least no one ever has done it;
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
    And the first thing we knew hed begun it.
    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldnt be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophesy failure,
    There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
    But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
    That cannot be done, and youll do it.

    ]When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
    when the funds are low and the debts are high,
    and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
    when care is pressing you down a bit,
    rest if you must, but don't you quit.

    Life is strange with its twists and turns.
    As everyone of us sometimes learns.
    And many a fellow turns about
    when he might have won had he stuck it out.
    Don't give up though the pace seems slow
    you may succeed with another blow.
    Often the goal is nearer than
    it seems to a faint and faltering man;

    Often the struggler has given up
    when he might have captured the victor's cup;
    and he learned too late when the night came down,
    how close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out
    the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    and you never can tell how close you are,
    it may be near when it seems afar;
    so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
    it's when things seem worst, you must not quit.
    [color:#CC0000]*Some sources attribute this poem to John Greenleaf Whittier, or to Rudyard Kipling.

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    Frank Martin, coach, on setting high expectations for youth:
    Originally Posted by Frank Martin, coach
    You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven't changed. Kids don't know anything about anything. Weve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. Were the ones that have changed.

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    "Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual.
    The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least."


    - David Pierpont Gardner

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    a poem for back-to-school:
    I Opened a Book, by Julia Donaldson

    I opened a book and in I strode.
    Now nobody can find me.
    I've left my chair, my house, my road,
    My town and my world behind me.

    I'm wearing the cloak, I've slipped on the ring,
    I've swallowed the magic potion.
    I've fought with a dragon, dined with a king
    And dived in a bottomless ocean.

    I opened a book and made some friends.
    I shared their tears and laughter
    And followed their road with its bumps and bends
    To the happily ever after.

    I finished my book and out I came.
    The cloak can no longer hide me.
    My chair and my house are just the same,
    But I have a book inside me.

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    "Nobody loves a Genius Child"
    -Langston Hughes

    WeAreGifted2 blogspot by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis offers an insightful analysis of the poem "Genius Child" by Langston Hughes.

    Genius Child is included in several books of Langston Hughes' collected works, including:
    - Hughes: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series)
    - Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)

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    If it bothers people, then it's working.
    -Seymour Durst
    inventor of the National Debt Clock

    U.S. National Debt Clock Definition and History
    by Kimbery Amadeo
    updated Nov 08, 2016
    the balance - US economy
    Originally Posted by article
    "... your children, and your grandchildren must pay 100% of the debt through higher taxes. That looming tax increase dampens expectations of future economic growth. It's a big threat to the quality of life for future generations.

    Second, increasing debt means the government is becoming more involved in your life through the programs the debt is paying for.

    Third, much of the debt is financed by loans from foreign governments. That means they now have a voice in what happens in the United States."
    The 2nd point in this list reminds me of this old post discussing the irony of the 2 meanings of FREE (as they are at odds with each other): free meaning without cost at point of service -vs- free meaning having personal liberty. It seems that many people are interested in giving up BEING free in order to GET something for free.

    The 3rd point in this list calls to mind a theme mentioned on the back cover of this book: Confucius Didn't Say

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    Originally Posted by obit
    ...he said years later, he felt like ''a spiritual orphan, like a turtle on its back.''

    ''You see,'' he said, ''I was so different from everyone, so much more intelligent and sensitive and perceptive. I was having fifty perceptions a minute to everyone else's five. I always felt that nobody was going to understand me, going to understand what I felt about things. I guess that's why I started writing. At least on paper I could put down what I thought.''
    -Truman Capote, author
    (source of quote: NY Times Obit, Aug 28, 1984)

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    "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."
    - attributed (or misattributed) to George Orwell, author:

    These books are on the crowd-sourced Recommended Reading lists in this forum.

    Regarding the attribution or misattribution of this quote:
    This quote has been attributed to author George Orwell, but may have actually been the words of Selwyn Duke.

    Quote misattributed to George Orwell about society drifting from the truth continues to circulate online
    by Reuters fact Check
    Reuters
    Dec 9, 2021
    link - https://www.reuters.com/article/fac...inues-to-circulate-online-idUSL1N2SU1K1/

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    MASKS

    She had blue skin,
    And so did he.
    He kept it hid
    And so did she.
    They searched for blue
    Their whole life through,
    Then passed right by -
    And never knew.

    -Shel Silverstein

    MASKS appears on pages 20 and 21 of Shel Silverstein's book, Everything On It

    Many of Shel Silverstein's poems are both nonsensical on the surface and also profound.

    The poem MASKS by Shel Silverstein calls to mind gifted kids who are not provided with the opportunity to be grouped with academic and intellectual peers... but rather are subject to school practices of "cutting down tall poppies" used to coerce them to learn to hide their high level of native intelligence.

    The ShelSilverstein website offers learning guides, activities, and resources for several of his works.

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    For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'

    - John Greenleaf Whittier

    Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
    - Thomas Alva Edison

    These quotes remind me that without hard work, individuals may fail to develop their giftedness into achievements, accomplishments, high performance, and success. Undeveloped potential may be lost.

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