Monday, December 9, 2013

Words of Wisdom

In a recent article for The Denver Post, Denver Bronco rookie Montee Ball said that his teacher asked him in second grade what he wanted to be when he grew up. He answered "Football player in the NFL." She seemed to think he should have a second choice. His reply was, "But my dad always told me, if you have a back up plan,  you've already failed."

Those words of wisdom helped him stick to his plan, and now he IS playing in the NFL!

What words of wisdom have your parents or teachers or coaches shared with you about life? Do you have a favorite quote you use to live your life by? If not can you think of what words of wisdom you like? How have those words of wisdom helped you?

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  1. My quote is not from a teacher or coach, but Albert Einstein. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~Albert Einstein. I live by this because most new things you try end up not being very productive. I have learned that the hard way. Mistakes are just a part of life. It is impossible to not ever make a mistake.

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    1. I love the quote, and I love what you said at the end. "It it impossible to not ever make a mistake!" Good work!

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    2. That is so true so people can fail but do something new and practice it and then try something new and fail.

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    3. I think those are great words of wisdom. Albert Einstein was an absolutely great figure, and everything he said was very wise and thoughtful. As much as I like what you said, I think you should try to further elaborate how this quote impact your life and situation.

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    4. If no one had ever heard that,we wouldn't be where we are today.It just means that mistakes are made and even if we do at least we tried something new.

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    5. Blase I did not get what you were saying. Why is that inspiring to you? Tell examples of how it is inspiring. Francis is a great example.

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  2. I have received so many great and inspiring words of wisdom throughout my long history of participation in sports, but the best words of wisdom I have ever heard in my life I actually saw in a movie.In the movie Thunderstruck with Kevin Durant, Kevin tells a kid is not very athletic that “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” When I heard those words of wisdom I was in the swim season and I was doing well, but there were always kids that were faster, and some of those kids were getting a little bit cocky and not showing up at the practices, and I felt like I deserved to be winning because I was more dedicated than the other kids. When I heard these words of wisdom, not only did I begin to work harder at swimming, I also decided to enroll myself in year round swimming, and with all my hard work, I am now placing top five in all of Colorado for certain strokes. These words meant so much to me because at that moment I knew I would be winning if the gifted kids failed to work hard, and I did work hard. I have heard some great words of wisdom in my life but those were by far the best.

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    1. Good Job Francis! I like how you talked about where you heard the words of wisdom and why you really understood those words.

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    2. Your lead into it was intriguing and made me at first think that you were going to talk about what a coach said to you. I like how you used that technique. It was great how you had a quote that you actually applied to your life.

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    3. Kevin Durant has always been the player that I look up to. He has always says something that helps me get through tough things in his interviews. I think this is one of the best quotes he as ever said.

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    4. Francis that was great you also showed a real life reference to show you feel about the quote.I have seen that movie and herd the quote I think that it is a great quote and that practice does beat talent.Great!

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  3. As Vince Lombardi once said "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"
    Vince Lombardi.And I think that means that the fact we keep score is to see who wins who loses.When Vince Lombardi said these words it shows wining isn't everything it is just a love for the game and that is why you like or play a certain sport or game not cause winning or losing it's about loving the game.

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    1. I love that quote myself. It is really a great and inspiring quote.

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    2. I think Vince Lombardi is one of the best quote givers I've ever heard. He has said multiple great ones but I think this one is the best one I've heard. Great Job!

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  4. My dad always tells me, “If you want to get a good job, you have to do well in school.” I think this is true. You have a better chance of getting the job you want if they see that you are good at doing it. If you are good at school, you are getting better at the concepts you need to know to get good at that job. So technically, my dad is correct!!!
    -Mateusz Tomas

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    1. I like how you talked about a quote that one of your parents told you. Also, I agree with your reasoning.

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    2. I agree that you cant get a gob if you don't do well in school. I like that you did a quote from your parents. Nice job!

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  5. My favorite quote is “The most important things in life are not things.” I saw this quote in a movie I was watching. It really made sense to me. I think it means things that are important are not things like fancy food and a mansion a nice car ect. It means things like being nice and having integrity are more important than nice cars and stuff. This quote has taught me not to waste my money on toys and video games that l want instead save it or buy it for someone else.

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    1. The most important things are definitely not things. One important thing is wisdom. This is not a thing. Great job Matthew!

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    2. Matthew, I totally agree. It makes sense because some emotions are better than anything you can physically touch or see. Doing nice stuff to others can make you feel better than doing stuff for yourself.

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    3. The quote you chose was a great quote. I think that some of the greatest things in life that aren't things are a kind word. The quote mekes me think, and I like a quote that makes me think.

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    4. I agree with what you said but I think that it also means the most important things in life could be air, life, friends, family. The only thing i don't get is about the integrity part. What do you mean by that?

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    5. Great quote. I have heard this quote and I still agree with it today. I t is true that the most important things are not things. Nice Job!

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  6. The words of wisdom I live by are, “If you think you can or can’t do it, you’re right.” I love this quote because it really makes you think about what you can and can’t do. If you think you can then it gives you a goal to reach for. If you say you can’t then you psych yourself out and you could get hurt physically, or emotionally. These words of wisdom have helped me in my sport. Whenever I’m nervous about the skill I’m going to do, the I tell myself. “I can do this,I can do this.”

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    1. Nice job, Carly! Ive heard this quote before, yet I never really thought about it. Now I better be more careful of what I say I can or cant do.

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    2. That is very true.If you try something and it doesn't work out it is probably because you didn't believe you were going to do it right.

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    3. I really like it. Where did you get the quote from? You didn't say to much and you didn't say too little but you put just enough to get the point across.

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    4. I like your quote. If you have a whole bunch of fancy things, your lonely. If you have friends your happy.

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  7. Some words of wisdom I like come from a John Wooden quote: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." If you make something good, it will be good for you! Also, my dad told me "Your body can do amazing things if you don't let your mind get in the way." This is very true and keeps me very inspired.

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    1. What your dad told you is very similar to what I live by. Also I like how your paragraph was short but sweat.

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    2. I think your response is very well done. I especially like your words of wisdom. I agree that if you make something good, it will be good for you! That is like the generosity slips of paper. It feels good to put something in there about someone else

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  8. The words of wisdom that I remember best are:A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.This means that even the longest journeys or hardest projects start with one step.It helps me when I look at a project or homework or anything hard for me I remember:A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
    Another quote I remember is from Lemony Snicket.He said,"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."It may be silly and weird but it basically means that if a person has not brought a book too read or study then not to trust them.Or that you shouldn't trust someone who is not well read,because untrustworthy people do not read books.

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    1. I love the journey quote! Who said it? Fantastic advice!! Great job.

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    2. I love your quote "A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step." That makes so much sense. You cant win something in one move you have to take it one step at a time. First work on perseverance... then master agility... then win it all and get something you have always worked towards.

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    3. I love," the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," quote because it's like another on of my favorite quotes,"Rome wasn't built in a day," which means that you can't get everything done at once. You must know that because then you can set goals for yourself and make a plan to meet them. So this quote is teaching you on a life skill ,really.

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    4. I definitely like the Lemony Snicket quote. This totally relates to my brother. He does not read:(, and he is not trustworthy!

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  9. Some words of wisdom that my parents told me is that life isn’t fair. These words of wisdom helped me because it helped me notice that, yah life isn’t fair. You are not always going to get what your sister or brother gets, you’ll have to live with it. But, when the time comes when I get something that they don’t, I look back at it and say, yeah, sure I didn’t get THAT but look at THIS! The quote that I like my sister told me, is by Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” This taught me that if you are yourself and someone has a problem with that, then they probably aren’t a real friend. It goes to show that if you say your favorite thing is, let’s just say, fairies; and your friend looks at you and says, oh, you like FAIRIES! That shows that they probably aren’t your real friend. But, if someone that you tell that to says, cool!, then you know that you should stick with them. Remember, don’t change who you are because of what someone else says, they aren’t your puppet master.

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    1. I like the metaphor "they aren't your puppet master" because that is telling people that you are your own person and to worry about being nice.

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    2. That is so true you have to learn to except that because it's true. Life really isn't fair so it's just an obstacle to overcome though its like the quote,"You are stronger than what's ahead of you." In the sense that you can overcome the challenges that life brings to the table.

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    3. I like that quote too because life is not perfect. That is how it is and it will never change. If everyone got what they wanted it would not be life anymore. It's just the way it is.

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    4. I agree. Life can't always be fair, but you can still try your best, you know? I think life doesn't depend on competition, but on how you live it.

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    5. I like it Quincy! I kind of got confused because you explained two words of wisdom in one explanation. It went from life isn't fair right to your other quote. i didn't really know which one to think about.

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    6. THat quote has helped me threw a lot of things. Like how waiting for things might not seem fair but its worth the wait.

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  10. The quote from Montee Ball "But my dad always told me, if you have a back up plan, you've already failed." teaches me about that you should always stick to what you want to do. When he said you've already failed, that means a backup plan is saying that you don’t really want to do the thing, or it’s too hard to achieve. So, Montee made it into the NFL because he stuck to what he wanted to do. I have used this too, I wanted to join the climbing team, and I had heard the quote, and knew that Climbing is what I want to do. Some words of wisdom I have heard is from my grandpa, “When life is hard, just keep truckin’.”

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    1. I like your dads quote about a back up plan. And it really makes sense about thinking you are going to fail so you have a back up plan.

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    2. Really good job! I liked how you really took those words to heart and achieved your goal by following those words.

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    3. I also think that that quote is good to because if you have a back up plan then that is like a cushion that you have in case you fail so you won't try hard enough.

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    4. This is now one of my new favorite quotes! It has some great encouraging messages that makee me go want to win the Super Bowl!

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  11. My words of wisdom that helped me is “finish strong” what this means is when something is going to end you want to finish that task with an achievement because you achieved that goal. If you don’t finish strong you don’t feel like you achieved that.

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    1. I defiantly agree that finish strong is a good word of wisdom

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    2. Great words of wisdom, Kache. Finish Strong is really a good quote to live by and follow.

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    3. I think that the quote "Finish strong" is one of the most popular quotes ever, and this also had a huge impact on my life. It is what I always say to myself in a long race of any type. I would love to hear how these words impacted you.

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  12. "If God brings you to it, he will get you through it." I found this quote on spiritteacing.com (Words of wisdom.) When I found it, I was immediately inspired. I also liked it a lot. What it means to me is that God is always with you, and always watching over you. If he brings me to something challenging, I will try my hardest and take it on, with God’s help. God will be right there with you, for all of your life.

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    1. Love your quote makes sense. Although you should not have found your quote on a website. :)

      ~Matthew

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    2. I also think that it means if someone brings you to something hard they will help you accomplish it. Other wise i think you did a great job.

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    3. I always remember that God is with me too. it is a really good way to get through tough times and that if God puts us in a situation, he will get us out of it too. Also, who said this quote?

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    4. I agree. I am Christian, and in church, you always learn to follow God and trust him for everything. Good words of wisdom.

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  13. I think my favorite quote is ... “ never stop trying for your dreams” because I really want to be a football player and I think that what I think relates to what Montee Ball thinks because we both have something that we want to lead up to in life like being a football player. I think this means to never stop trying for something you want in life, even if it is something that may not be very likely, it is still better to work for something than have nothing to work for at all.


    By: Kyle

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    1. I like that you specifically used words from the question to answer the question. I think that you are on the right track for becoming the football player you want to be. Like Montee Ball's dad said, "If you have a back-up plan, you've already failed."

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    2. Great entry Kyle, that is also one of the quotes that I use. I think if you work hard you could also be like Monte Ball

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    3. Nice quote! I have not heard this one yet but I will have to remember it!

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  14. I like the quote by Doctor Seuss- "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” It kind of tells you to not be worried or cry because what’s done is done. I kind of need to work on that because some people will hold a grudge about something. Like me I’ll do that a lot with people. Not the crying part because I don’t really care about consequences now or ever because it’s life. But I’m not going to do something stupid. It helps me cause all I have to do is think about it and it will tell me my goal and what to do.

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    1. I really like that quote.It has helped me to.

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  15. One "Words of Wisdom sentence" that I'm trying to follow is,"If you ask questions you'll get answers," I was inspired to follow this by Micah which are also his words of wisdom. I don't ask a lot of questions so I need to get better with that.

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    1. The words of wisdom that I am going to focus on is from my coach she said, “ If you set your mind to something you will accomplish it, and if you give up or try something else, the thing you wanted to do will
      disappear.” I think those were wise because I wanted to be the best forward I could be on my soccer team, and I didn’t let that go until I fulfilled it. A quote from Maya Angelou is, “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how extraordinary you can be.” I think that is saying if you are trying to be someone you are not, then you will never find how extraordinary you are.

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    2. I really like that quote too. It makes me motivated to set my mind on that one thing.

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    3. I agree with your coach's words, Maddie. My coach is also amazing and they both have good words to speak. I also believe that coaches teach you about life just as well as the sport you play.

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  16. My words of wisdom are “keep calm and carry on”. This phrase is important to me because even in tough situations, if you stay calm and think of the positive things it will get you farther. Sometimes I have had tough problems or been in tough situations but you can always get out of them by calming yourself. When you get all crazy and stressed, you become panicked or so frustrated to the point that you are doing things wrong. I you become calm and try to get through it then you would supposedly get it right.

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    1. I have heard that quote a hundred times and I always think of it as a great quote to remember when you are struggling. I always repeat this quote when I am taking a big test.

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  17. The quote that is most inspiring to me is "Keep your head up, no dream is too crazy," ~ Joey Graceffa. This quote inspires me because it tells me that no matter what happens, or where you are now, you can do anything if you keep going.

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    1. Morgan I think you should have put a little more in. I doesn't really tell us why you picked it. I like the quote though.

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  18. I have a coach. She is really amazing and teaches me really amazing things about lacrosse. Her name is coach Kelly. I really look up to her and all that she does, and she gave me some words of wisdom that I really do live by. "Take yourself less seriously and smile and have fun as much as you can. Also, play as much wall-ball as much as you can with both hands." ~Coach Kelly. These words of wisdom have really helped me because I take myself too seriously, and if someone that I look up to notices that, I try to improve myself. I think many more people should follow this quote, especially if they take them self to seriously. Well, not the wall-ball part. :-)

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    1. I like your quote. I think that you really understood it. We should all take ourselves less seriously.

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    2. I like your quote. I think that if you take life to seriously, and don't have fun, your not going to enjoy life.

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  19. One of the hundreds of words of wisdom that i have chosen is from my basketball coach. He said "Hard work shows heart." He also says you only shoot free throws when your tired but that is not what i am going to talk about. These words of wisdom has helped me through tough work outs that push your limits.When ever I am working to complete something and I start to struggle I always keep those words in my head. "Hard work shows heart, hard work shows heart, hard work shows heart." I have said these words over and over a hundred times and it has never failed to help me.

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    1. Let me guess you got these words of wisdom a month ago.

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    2. I think that is a great quote it can even help me to push myself in a tough situation and it has a lot of meaning that quote I think it can help anyone in any tough situation.Good quote.

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  20. Some words of wisdom I have heard are "If you ask questions, you will get answers." ~Anonymous. This means that if you ask questions, you will grow in your knowledge and become wiser in life.

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    1. Micah, why did you pick this quote. Do you live by it. I need more information

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  21. My words of wisdom are “If You Fail The First Time Try Try Again!” said my dad. If you try once and fail that first time and quit you're never going to improve. As long as you keep trying you're going to improve and eventually get there. Life isn't always one try and done sometimes its like 20 and done. The person who took one will feel very accomplished. On the other hand the person with 20 and done will feel even more accomplished because he worked hard to get to that point.

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  22. Think about it #3:

    One quote that I admire is: “Even the prettiest rose has a thorn in it”. I just love this quote because it means whenever you think someone is perfect, you should remember that you don’t know the other side. This quote was not from a teacher or a coach, it was from a book! Another quote I love is from a character in a movie. If you have seen the “Buddies” movies, you must know Buddha. His quote is: “Don’t dwell in the past, don’t dream in the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” I love this one because it really the meaning of life, to live it! The final quote I like is: “Life is a song-sing it. Life is a game-play it. LIfe is a challenge-meet it. Life is a dream-realize it. Life is a sacrifice-offer it. Life is love-enjoy it.-Sai Baba. I like this one because it helps you realize what life is.

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  23. My dad once told me to play like it was my last game that I will ever get to play, meaning play harder than anyone else do what you need to do to be the best man on the field, and play hard until your body gives up on you and you need to stop. I think I will use these words of wisdom for the rest of my life whenever I play sports no matter what game it is. ~Spencer

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    1. I think that is a great quote,but was it ever your last game?

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    2. A great quote especially to play harder than normal and to fight to the end

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  24. My words of wisdom are:A house divided against itself cannot stand,Abraham Lincon.I think that these words have helped me in team games because we cannot let bickering get in the way,or else we will loose,most indefinitely.

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  25. My words of wisdom are "live today like there is no tomorrow" which means that "have fun, and get stuff done like the world is ending tomorrow" Witch is a connection to my first word of wisdom. These two words of wisdom help me with everyday stuff that I have to do. So when my mom asks me to do that stuff I can do it well like there is no tomorrow.

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