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School Begins

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”
– Carol Burnett

“In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
– Albert Einstein

“It’s easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.”
– Laurie Halse Anderson

“I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”
– Bill Watterson

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
– Johann Wolgang von Goethe

“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.”
– Harold Howe

“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

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
– Jacques Barzun


“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about what kind of community you want to live in.”
– Unknown

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
– Muhammad Ali

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
– Elizabeth Andrew

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

“If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?”
– Sheryl Crow

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Grandparents Day

“Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.”
– Author Unknown

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”
– Rudy Giuliani

“It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.”
– Igor Stravinsky

“A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.”
– Author Unknown

“My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too.”
– Gene Perret

“My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.”
– Henry Youngman

“Elephants and grandchildren never forget.” – Elephants and grandchildren never forget.
– Andy Rooney

“I have a warm feeling after playing with my grandchildren. It’s the liniment working.”
– Author Unknown


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
– Lauren DeStefano

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
– J.K. Rowling

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
– William Cullen Bryant

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
– Jim Bishop

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
– Stanley Horowitz

“Autumn repays the earth the leaves which summer lent it.”
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Labor Day

“For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal, and the communities we love.”
– Randi Weingarten

“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.”
– Joseph Joubert

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
– Alan Cohen

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