Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teachable Moments from Quotations

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teachable Moments from Quotations

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Some kids collect sports cards, stamps or coins. Because I like to write, I collect quotes. I save examples of those times when someone said, or wrote, something just right.

I was looking over my collection, and some favorite quotations made me think about kids and sports. Here are a few.

"There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

Lots of kids are afraid of messing up in school or in sports. But Huxley, a famous scientist in the 19th century, understood that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how you learn.

Also, what seems like a failure, such as getting cut from a team, may be the thing you need to encourage you to work harder. Basketball legend Michael Jordan didn't make his high school varsity team the first time he tried out.

"To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves." -- Will Durant

Too many kids speak ill of their teammates. Maybe you have some on your team. Or maybe you are one of those kids. …

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