Favorite Quotes

Favorite Quotes

This page contains a few pieces of wisdom that I have taken note of over the years.  Some quotes refer specifically to education while others pertain to life in general. At the bottom of the page is a list of my own personal collection of thoughts and observations. Enjoy!


"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."

~John Adams



"But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard"

~ John F. Kennedy





"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while."

~Albert Einstein



"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

~Abraham Lincoln






"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

 ~Mark Twain





"People only see what they are prepared to see."
"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson







"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

"All you need is love"

~John Lennon







"The time is always right to do what is right."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

~Martin Luther King, Jr.






"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."

"Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it."

"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."

"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs"

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."

"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own."

~Henry Ford




"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. "

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

~Vince Lombardi




"Those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them. Then you destroy yourself."

~Richard M. Nixon







"My Personal Philosophy"

A collection of thoughts and observations by Christopher Michael Jones

"Parents can be role models in one of two ways; They can be an the type of person we aspire to be, or they can be an example of a person we make sure not to become."

"It is not wrong to strive to be better than a fellow human being. Nor is it wrong to desire to be better or even to feel like oneself is better than a fellow human being. What is wrong is to gloat in one’s own virtue. Therefore, gloating in one’s own virtue is not virtuous."

"In order to maintain a friendship, do not avoid confrontation, but rather, embrace it."

"Do not kick people when they are down because you will surely fall right beside them."

"The saying "the cherry on top" is only a good metaphor if the person listening or reading actually likes cherries on top of their ice cream."

"I Hate Maraschino cherries! If the ultimate goal is to top off the sundae with something really good, then just put more ice cream on top."

"People will change, and occasionally those changes will disappoint you. As Frost said, "Nothing Gold can Stay." Its easy to feel betrayed (or let down) by a friend that has taken their life in a different direction. However, the only thing that you can control is how you chose to live your life. Ultimately the decisions you make will define who you are a person. Therefore, make the decisions that will help you become the person you want be and not the person you wished you weren't."

"To help someone who is down on their luck is admirable.  To help an adversary who is down on their luck is divine."

"If life was a piece of cake, it wouldn't be worth eating!"

"The only thing certain in life is this: in one way or another tomorrow will be different than today"

"Don't let the disposition of others have a negative effect on yourself. The only thing you are ever guaranteed to have control of is your attitude, so keep it positive."

"Don't waste time thinking about what could have been when you could be thinking about what could be."

"You have to realize what you don't know before you can learn about it."

"The biggest idiot you will meet in life will be the person that thinks they know it all."

"What if there were no hypothetical situations?"

"When the world changes, you have to adapt and change with it. It's not just death and taxes that we can always count on in life.... add 'change' to that mix. No matter what, tomorrow will always be a little bit different than today..."


~Christopher Michael Jones