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I Quote, We Quote, Y'All Quote

Copyright 2018 JT Raper

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How to use this book

Start of School





Funny but right

Hilarious yet unconfirmed


About JT Raper

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Famous people are quoted all the time to inspire or motivate us: “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Family members will give advice, and maybe the quote is not perfect, but you attribute that thought to them: “Find a job you enjoy and you'll never work a day in your life” (Leon “Daddy Bill” Raper). And there are other quotes, the ones that have been mishandled so often that no one has a clue if it is true or not: “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt” by Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, or Groucho Marx (lots of contention about who owns this one).

As a high school teacher, my goal is to give you 100 quotes that you can use in your classroom (or wherever) to start conversations, or to inspire and motivate your audience (maybe to make them reflect a bit on their life), or quite possibly, this book is for you and you alone. It's up to you...your life, your choice...but since you only get one life, make it count for good! As one of my coworkers says, “Bad people make bad decisions, even good people can make a bad decision, so let's be good people that make good decisions” (Dan Styles).

To make the book more robust and beautiful, my middlest daughter graciously provided the artwork for each of the pages (and cover). These are just scans of her originals, so do not judge them too harshly, but I think you will enjoy what they bring to the book. My wife helped me with the layout, and the support to actually publish this book, proving the adage: “Behind every good man is a great woman” (you can find this one paraphrased many, many times over). You do not always get to work with family on a project, so this was a golden opportunity for me.

How to use this book

Every school day, I have a quote on my white board. For me, it is as essential as the day and date on that same board, or even the homework that is due. I will write lesson plans so that I know what I am going to do that day, but I know the students will not always get what I am trying for them to get. Therefore, I have a quote that might encourage those that are uninterested in being reached in my traditional, educational lessons (in fact, the inspiration for the title of this book came from Amy Thaxton, a co-worker who uses a teaching technique titled similar to this in her lesson plans). This might look very different for you, as you might not have a classroom to write a quote down, or you might not even be an educator, so a classroom and white board are out of the question. However, I believe that all people have the ability to inspire or de-spire (whatever the opposite of 'inspire' is), but we do not always have the right words to say. Hopefully, this book will help you with that.

I have broken the book into sections that seem the most fitting. Sometimes you need to be inspired or motivated, so there is a section for that. Looking for a quote for a Monday or Friday, that is here, too. If you need a laugh, then the 'Funny but Right' quotes should fit perfectly. There is a section of humorous quotes that are not confirmed, but I wrote them down and present them to you, just as I saw them in my high school religion class on the chalkboard. All other quotes are from actual people, and for those that were listed as 'unknown' or 'anonymous', I used the pseudo-name “Anon” (which is the Greek name for 'not sure who said it'). If you are looking for something from me (doubtful, but my pride will not let me keep myself from putting my own in here), I called that section 'Trumpet' (yeah, it is like I'm tooting my own horn).

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