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Quotations:  Off to College

Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. ~Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, 1973

Though care and trouble may be mine,
As down life's path I roam,
I'll heed them not while still I have
A world of love at home.
~J.J. Reynolds, "A World of Love at Home," in The New Monthly Belle Assemblée, October 1844

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night? ~David Wood, unverified

      Mr. Avery parted from us with some last words of counsel.
      "You are going into college life, boys, and you must take care of your bodies. Many a boy breaks down because he keeps his country appetite and loses his country exercise. You must balance study and brain-work by exercise and muscle-work, or you 'll be down with dyspepsia, and won't know what ails you. People have wondered where the seat of original sin is; I think it 's in the stomach. A man eats too much and neglects exercise, and the Devil has him all his own way, and the little imps, with their long black fingers, play on his nerves like a piano. Never overwork either body or mind, boys. All the work that a man can do that can be rested by one night's sleep is good for him, but fatigue that goes into the next day is always bad.
      Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn.
      Never trust to prayer without using every means in your power, and never use the means without trusting in prayer... and so, boys, go, and God bless you!" ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869  [Oh yes, how many of us succumbed to the freshman 15! —tg]

Kindred hearts no distance parts. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. (from academe). A modern school where football is taught.
~Ambrose Bierce

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. ~W.H. Auden  [And preachers and lecturers, and earlier authors, &c. See —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I learned three important things in college — to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes. ~Agnes de Mille, Dance to the Piper, 1951

My heart bleeds... when I think of parting with my child — 'twill be like the separation of soul and body... for she will be in one kingdom, whilst I am in another — You will laugh at my weakness — but I cannot help it... when she left and I bade her adieu... I burst into tears... ~Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)

There isn't a child who hasn't gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn't return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes. ~Art Buchwald, "When the Kids Return," You Can Fool All of the People All the Time, 1985

If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author unknown, c. 1960s

For there we loved, and where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), "Homesick in Heaven," 1872

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, November 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

In spite of everything, keep sparkling. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017,

Things turn out for the best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out. ~Author unknown, c.1961  []

1. Don't be afraid to say No.
2. Don't be afraid to say Yes.
~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017,

The purpose of primary education is the development of your weak characteristics; the purpose of university education, the development of your strong.  ~Nevin Fenneman

B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882 February 1st

...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Countess]

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ~Ralph Marston, unverified

Hitch your wagon to a star.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1862

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, 1990

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years:
And every little absence is an age.
~John Dryden, Amphitryon, 1690

Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to Lidian Jackson Emerson, 1843 May 22nd

The best helping hand you will ever find is at the end of your own arm. ~Author unknown, c. 1940s

is the world's motivation,
the student's constant companion.
On the college campus
      it soars with the pass
            and plunges with the tackle...
Enthusiasm is at the same time
a reason in itself for being...
It is born,
                  activates in purpose.
It is a fire of inspiration,
Enthusiasm is there
Leading the way to satisfaction and achievement.
      enthusiasm remains
            its own reward.
~Arizona State University 1967 Sahuaro yearbook, edited by Pamela Sisk, et al.

First, look well to your health. Eat regularly and simply, and take proper rest. Go to bed early. Be sure to go to bed with clean teeth. Breathe fresh air. Take regular baths. More than all else, in order to look well you must wake up the mind and soul. Think pleasant and noble thoughts. Talk with people who know something. Be often in the company of those who know more than you do. Arouse your spiritual nature; sometimes a plain face is really glorified with the love of God and of man which shines through it. Lastly, keep a strong and vigorous body by taking plenty of wholesome outdoor exercise, and do all the good you can. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "How to Be Handsome," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [Paraphrased. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Jane Wagner ("Edith Ann"), 1990s

For you have to work out your own problems,
And have to work hard every day;
You have got to hold on to the real thing;
Believe me, there's no other way!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "An Old Man's Advice to a Boy," 1940s

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Critic as Artist," Intentions, 1891

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese proverb

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author unknown

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