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Hot Diggedy and Doggone Tarnation.

Hot Diggedy and Doggone Tarnation, do you ever just get exasperated with people? I ask because where I teach the English teachers asked members of staff for their favourite quotes. I imagined that they wanted something somewhere between useful and motivational, so gave them:

"Don't eat the yellow snow." (Frank Zappa, it's always good advice I think).

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too." (courtesy of JFK).

"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, whatever the cost may be." (Winston Churchill)

and

"Nothing is final until you're dead. Even then, I'm sure God negotiates." (Anjelica Huston in a film I saw her in).

Anyhow, I'm confused. A good bunch of them went for the last quote, which makes no sense at all. I'm not even sure why I gave it to the English Dept. To be honest, I find it depressing that a good 20% of the kids picked it.

Where I'm angry though is a colleague selected a quote from Maya Angelou saying:

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

Now completely disregarding the fact that this has to be just about the dumbest thing said by an inteligent activist in the Civil Rights Movement (which I can't, you have no idea how much it irritates me that someone like Maya Angelou said it), it's even dumber that someone likes it (and dumber still that they would even be tempted to suggest it). It's telling the kids to bend over and grab your ankles, because there are some things you can't change.

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