Quotes are an effective teaching tool and should be utilized in your memory work. Want to know why?
There's so much to know you worry you'll miss something that you want your kids to know. Who can recall all the life lesson you want them to learn on top of all the academic work as well?
There are so many influential quotes and thoughts to help us navigate life's storms. There are many places and people to pull quotes from. You want to cherish these golden nuggets and sprinkle them in your days.
Include quotes, thoughts, and nuggets of wisdom in your memory work to really add an extra layer of learning without tons of effort.
I have written out a bunch of quotes for you. You can just copy and paste them into a word document and print them out on index cards or pages to put into your memory work binder.
The * indicates that it is included in the ASL Memory Work free download so you can memorize it in both English and ASL.
Quotes from US Presidents
- It is impossible to rightly govern a nation with God and the Bible. - George Washington
- How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. - George Washington
- A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government. - George Washington
- If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. - George Washington
- The two enemies of the people are criminals and government. So let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson
- America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. - Ronald Reagan
- A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson
- Sir, my concern is not whether God is on my side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. - Abraham Lincoln
- America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln
- If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams
- Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - John F. Kennedy
- We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage. - Teddy Roosevelt
Quotes from Benjamin Franklin
- Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin
- Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
- Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. - Benjamin Franklin
- Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still; to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - Benjamin Franklin
- Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin
- He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. - Benjamin Franklin
- The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. - Benjamin Franklin
- Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
- Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others and yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
- Order: let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
- Industry: Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
- Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
- Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
- Everything is hard until it's easy. Everything is easy once you know how.
- If you will, you can. - LaVal Call
- I am a child of God. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. I ought to do my duty to God and others. I will choose the right. - Charlotte Mason
- To the world you may be one person; but to one person you are the world. - Dr. Seuss
- Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. - Maya Angelou
- The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank
- I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. - Mother Teresa
- Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances; you are a child of God. Stand up straight. - Maya Angelou
- I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott
- Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.*
- Do the common things in life in an uncommon way. - George Washington Carver
- If you can't fly then fun. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr.
- I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
- If you let people's perception of you dictate your behavior, you will never grow as a person. - George Feeny
- There is always hope, my friend, though it often comes in forms not looked for. The key is knowing how to see it and seizing that opportunity. - Qui-Gon Jinn
- May we ever choose the harder right, instead of the easier wrong. - Thomas S. Monson
- He is not waiting to love you until after you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
- Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. - Kid President
- When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars.*
- Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. - C.S. Lewis
- God cares a lot more about who we are, and who we are becoming, than about who we once were. - Dale G. Renlund
- He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort you and lead you with love through whatever storm you face. Thomas S. Monson
- Heaven is filled with those have been forgiven and those who forgive. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
- Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow.
- It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.
- The earth has music for those who listen. - William Shakespeare
- I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein
- True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. - C.S. Lewis*
- Don't promise when you're happy. Don't reply when you're angry. And don't decide when you're sad.
- A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
- The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain
- Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.
- If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not people or objects. - Albert Einstein.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein
- Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. - George Washington Carver
- Be less curious about people and more about ideas. - Marie Curie
- Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison
- Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense. - C.S. Lewis
- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
- It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. - Jane Austen
- The 5 finger prayer: Thumb- those closest to you. Pointer- those that point you in the right direction. Middle- those that lead us. Ring- those that are weak, in trouble, or in pain. Pinkie- our prayers for ourselves & our own needs (smallest).
- What you allow is what will continue.
- We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and gain instruction that we may all sit down in heaven together. - Lucy M. Smith
What to do with these quotes
Be sure to print the ones out that really strike you and will teach your children just what you want them to know.
Shoot, go ahead and print them all out, these will last you for a good year or two, depending on how you use them.
I have included 3 of these quotes in the ASL Memory Work pack. If you want to know which ones they are, they are marked with an *.
It was hard to pick which ones to share with y'all, but I think they each have such a good message for your children to learn.
For one of the quotes you'll be discussing possibilities of what it can mean for them and how they can sign it.
There is such power in discussing a meaning of a quote and how it is useful for them. Take advantage of this discussion and milk it.
If there is a quote that your children connect with, I'd encourage you to print it out and put it somewhere on the walls of your home to remind them of it.
You don't need to make it fancy or pretty. Just put the words up. You could even put it in a frame and then rotate them out as you find new ones. That way it doesn't become stagnant and stale.
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