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“Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.”
The Champion“The average runner sprints until the breath in him is gone:But the champion has the iron will that makes him carry on.For rest, the average runner begs when limp his muscles growBut the champion runs on leaden legs, his spirit makes him go.The average man’s complacent when he does his best to score,But the champion does his best and then he does a little more.
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“I never trust an executive who tends to pass the buck. Nor would I want to deal with him as a customer or a supplier.”
-James Cash Penney
“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Do actions agree with words? There’s your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words.”
– Frank Herbert
“Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.”
– Mike Krzyzewski
“If you are a man of dependability, you are worth more than if you were clever.”
– Roy L. Smith
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
– Unofficial Postman’s Motto
“Don’t make excuses-make good.”
– Elbert Hubbard
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“The greatest ability is dependability.”
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
– Stephen Leacock
“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.”-Vince Lombardi
“Diamonds are only chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”
-Minnie Richard Smith
“Being considered reliable means that you are conscientious and keep your promises. A reliable person does not make excuses.”
– Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls
“Reliability is the precondition for trust.”
– Wolfgang Schauble
“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him.”
– Omar N. Bradley
“The test of your character is what it takes to stop you.”
-Bob Jones, Sr.
“A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.”
“The heights by great men reached and keptWere not attained by sudden flight,But they, while their companions slept,Were toiling upward in the night.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.”
-Johann Kaspar Lavater
“Ability is important in our quest for success, but dependability is critical.”
— Zig Ziglar
“Until we have established reliability there is no sense at all in wasting time trying to make the thing go faster.”
– Carroll Smith
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.