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PreK-1st Copywork and Recitiation
A penny saved, is a penny earned.
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
~e. e. cummings
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.
Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
If one way be better than another,
that you may be sure is nature’s way.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
~Mohandas K. Gandhi
When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes.
you can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
A child should always say what’s true,
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at table:
At least as far as he is able.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
A birdie with a yellow bill
Hopped upon the window-sill.
Cocked his shining eye and said:
“Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy head?”
~Robert Louis Stevenson
I never saw a Purple Cow;
I never hope to See One;
But I can Tell you, Anyhow,
I’d rather See than Be One.
Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and
the whole of nature and its beauty.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal
and give strength to body and soul.
The world is so full
of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all
be as happy as kings
~Robert Louis Stevenson
There is no dishonor in losing the race.
There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.
28. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~Maya Angelou
We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon.
It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.
~Louisa May Alcott
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
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.
The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.
~Alice Morse Earle
A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
The sea is everything.
It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe.
Its breath is pure and healthy.
It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely,
for he feels life stirring on all sides.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
~Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life,
we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves.
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme
So do the Winds, and Thunders cleanse the Air:
So working Seas settle and purge the Wine;
So lop’t and pruned Trees do flourish fair,
So doth the Fire the drossy Gold refine.
~John Davies, “Nosce Teipsum,” 1599
Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
~William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
~George Washington Carver
Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even If I didn’t have it in the beginning.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.