American Educator who started Westside Preparatory School in an impoverished neighborhood in Chicago
"Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail."
"Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide."
"Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best."
"Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed."
"I'm a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. There is no magic here. I do not walk on water. I do not part the sea. I just love children."
"Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been."
"I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities."
"What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less."