Sunday, April 20, 2008

He that is good for making excuses, is seldom good for anything else. --Benjamin Franklin

Dear Parents, Siblings, Friends, Neighbors, Spouses, Fiancees, and Ex-Fiancees of my students:

While I appreciate the concern all of you feel, from time to time, about the grades, attendance, and overall class status of the students in question, please allow me to remind you that the law prohibits me from giving you the slightest detail of his/her standing in my class.

No, I cannot tell you whether or not a student was present on any given day.

No, I cannot tell you whether or not a student is passing or failing.

No, I cannot tell you what assignments a student is missing, and even if I could it wouldn't matter because at the college level, there are no make-ups.

No, I cannot give you the assignment due next Monday.

I can give this information only to the student himself/herself, and I never do that over the phone because how, then, would I know it's not YOU instead of the student?

Thanks for asking.

Insensitive Professor

P.S. Yes, I understand that you are paying all of this student's fees, tuition, and books, but I still can't tell you.

P. P.S. I work really hard to make my lessons as interesting and memorable as I possibly can, but if a student is not there, how can he/she benefit from it? Yes, we covered Chapter 28, but we did far, far more than that. I guess you had to be there. . . .


80% of success is showing up. --Woody Allen (not that he is anybody to imitate!) (Ick factor: 99.9%)

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. -Ovid

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. --Einstein

You can buy people's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you cannot buy enthusiasm. You cannot buy loyalty. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these. --Clarence Francis

Apparently a new galaxy is being formed or something. But what it is, they have discovered a huge cloud of dust there. And scientists believe if they could look and see under the dust, they would find an enormous exercise bicycle. --Bill Maher

It is the essence of our educational system that whatever part of the institution is not run by the inmates is reserved for the parents of the inmates. --Murray Kempton

We create our fate every day. . . most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior. --Henry Miller

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. --Frank Tyger

I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it. --Andy Rooney

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true: we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. --Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses, is seldom good for anything else. --Benjamin Franklin

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellence lies before us. --Isaac D'Israeli

A fool has no dialogue within himself; the first thought carries him without the reply of a second. --Lord Halifax

There are more fools than knaves int he world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon. --Samuel Butler

Facing it - always facing it - that's the way to get through. Face it! --Joseph Conrad

The reason most people fail instead of succeed is that they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment. --Anon.

The world can never nail down genius, but it can crucify it. --Puzant Kevork Thomajan

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. --Jonathan Swift

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. --Elbert Hubbard

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

No generalization is wholly true, not even this one. --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There is no self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. --George Shinn

Good and bad men are each less so than they seem. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Though we speak with the tongues of men and angels, and give our bodies to be burned. . . if we are irritable or hard to live with, it all counts for nothing. --Anon

People with limited imaginations find it hard to imagine that anyone else has an imagination. Therefore, they must think that everything they read in some way happened. --John Irving

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. --Coco Chanel

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. --Susan Ertz

To do easily what's difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. --Frederic Amiel

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense. --Josh Billings.

The greatest sin in the world is ignorance in motion. --Jan Aird

Help us, God, and give us light so that we don't stand in our own way; let us do from morning till night what should be done; and give us clear ideas of the consequences of our actions. --Goethe

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