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“Carelessness about our security is dangerous; carelessness about our freedom is also dangerous.”
-Adlai E. Stevenson
“Caution is not cowardly. Carelessness is not courage.”
“Eggs have no business dancing with stones.”
“The future isn’t something that just happens. It is a brutal force with a great sense of humor that will steamroll if you’re not watching.”
“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.”
“Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”
-Smokey the Bear
“By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.”
“Nothing seems expensive on credit.”
“Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.”
“Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“Be careful with what you feed your mind with. For what goes inside a man impacts the conviction of what is to come out of him.”
-Lord Jack Kabasu
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction.”
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”
-William Arthur Ward
“It is circumstance and proper timing that give an action its character and make it either good or bad.”
“One must not play on the nose of a sleeping bear.”
“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”
“It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.”
How can you use Quotes?
- Start a discussion: Quotes can start a discussion about a character trait at the beginning of a meeting or the dinner table. You can ask questions about what it means, how they have seen the trait demonstrated in their own lives, or how they can develop it themselves.
- Provide a model: Quotes can provide a model of good character. When you read a quote from a famous person or historical figure, you show that people they admire also value the same character traits.
- Use quotes as writing/journal prompts: Ask them to write a short essay about a quote to help them think more deeply about its implications for their lives.
- Post quotes: You can post quotes where they will be seen/heard often – classroom, breakroom, lobby, dining room, email signatures, video bulletin boards, morning announcements, social media, etc.
- Read quotes aloud: You can read quotes aloud to your children during mealtimes, bedtime, or any other time you spend together.
- Make it fun: You can make it even more fun by incorporating games, activities, or crafts. Let children decorate signs with the quotes to hang in the classroom or a bedroom door. Record children saying it and post it on social media.