Quotes, Quotes and More Quotes

from Natalie Tarenko, Texas Tech School of Law’s Writing Specialist:

  • Repetition is the mother of learning.  Russian proverb
  • Skill is not won by chance.  Growth is not the sport of circumstance.  Skill comes by training; and training, persistent and unceasing, is transmuted into habit.  The reaction is adjusted ever to the action.  What goes out of us as effort comes back to us as character.  The alchemy never fails.  ‘Let no youth,’ says James, ‘have any anxiety about the upshot of his education whatever the line of it may be.  If he keep faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he may safely leave the final result to itself.  He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out . . . .’  The main quotation is from a 1925 commencement speech at Albany Law School by Justice Cardozo titled “The Game of the Law.”  Cardozo attributes the inner quotation to James, probably Henry or William.

 from Norman Otto Stockmeyer, Professor Emeritus, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School:

  • Writing is thinking made visible.  Joe Kimble
  • The beginning of knowledge is learning to call things by their proper names.  Chinese proverb
  • The point of a question is to get you to think, not simply to answer it.  What Smart Students Know
  • You are entitled to your own opinions.  You are not entitled to your own facts.  Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Assumpsit happens (Prof. Stockmeyer teaches Contracts.)
  • If you can’t say it clearly, you don’t understand it.  John Searle
  • To know the law is not merely to understand the words, but as well their force and effect.  Justinian
  • We do brain surgery here….You enter with a skull full of mush, and leave thinking like a lawyer.  Professor Kingsfield in Paper Chase
  • Teachers open the door.  You enter by yourself.  Chinese proverb
  • There are no answers without questions.  Fidelity Investments advertisement
  • “Learn” is an active verb.  Dennis Tonsing’s 1,000 Days to the Bar – But the Practice of Law Begins Now
  • Out of the facts arises the law.  Old adage

from Amy Jarmon, Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law:

  • If you study to remember, you will forget; but, if you study to understand, you will remember.  Unknown
  • You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.  Irish Proverb
  • Borrowed brains have no value.  Yiddish Proverb
  • Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.  Abigail Adams
  • Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.  Brian Chargualaf
  • There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving…and that’s your own self.  Aldous Huxley
  • You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.  Charles Buxton
  • It’s not the time you put in, but what you put in the time.  Burg’s Philosophy
  • Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of.  Benjamin Franklin
  • Yesterday is a cancelled check.  Tomorrow is a promissory note.  Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.  Kim Lyons
  • The leading rule for a lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence.  Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.  Abraham Lincoln
  • If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand.  You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.  Brian Koslow
  • Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.  Chinese Proverb
  • To succeed, we must first believe that we can.  Michael Korda
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  Thomas A. Edison
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  Confucius
  • Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.  George Soros
  • A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.  John Burroughs
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  Thomas A. Edison
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.  Langston Hughes
  • Stress is an untransformed opportunity for empowerment.  Doc Childre and Howard Martin
  • It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.  Hans Selye
  • People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.  John Wanamaker
  • Laugh every day.  It is like inner jogging.  Unknown

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