Inspirational Advice

Sometimes when the going gets tough for a student, it helps to reflect upon the ideas of great thinkers.  As an example, when your contemporaries criticize the quality of your writing, this is the time to pull one of Winston Churchill’s quotations out of the hat.

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

In fact Churchill had a lot to say about many different topics.  Many of his quotations provide insight into the nature of courage, self-esteem and striving to get ahead in life in the face of challenge. Both parents and students alike can find a lot of inspiration in the writings and thoughts of Winston Churchill.

To Consider:

Which of the following quotations resonate with you and your family members?

Can you think of some other great thinkers whose thoughts inspire others?

To do:

Encourage your child to think about using quotations in his or her essays.

Encourage your child to “collect” quotations by writing them in a journal or some kind of document.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

“The most important thing about education is appetite.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

“Doubts [can] be swept away only by deeds.”

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