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Role Models Quotes

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James Baldwin
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

George Carlin
“If your kid needs a role model and you ain't it, you're both fucked.”
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Lana Del Rey
“Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.”
Lana Del Rey

Stephen Colbert
“A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?”
Stephen Colbert, I Am America

Roald Dahl
“I want an Oompa-Loompa!' screamed Veruca.”
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Christopher Hitchens
Who are your favorite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Bertolt Brecht
“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes”
Bertolt Brecht, Galileo

John Wooden
“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.”
John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

John Waters
“Who's to blame when your kid goes nuts? Is it a blessing to not have children? 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' became a hit cult book for women without offspring who were finally able to admit they didn't want to give birth. They felt complete, thank you very much, and lived in silent resentment for years at other women's pious, unwanted sympathy toward them for not having babies. With even gay couples having children these days, aren't happy heterosexual women who don't want to have kids the most ostracized of us all? To me they are beautiful feminists. If you're not sure you could love your children, please don't have them, because they might grow up and kill us.”
John Waters

Meryl Streep
“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”
Meryl Streep

Queen Latifah
“I don’t want to be a supermodel; I want to be a role model.”
Queen Latifah

Shannon L. Alder
“The only people you have to look out for in life are the people that don't care about anything or anyone. These are the people that end up teaching your children.”
Shannon L. Alder

Liza M. Wiemer
“Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes.”
Liza Wiemer

David Levithan
“We wish we could have been there for you. We didn't have many role models of our own--we latched on to the foolish love of Oscar Wilde and the well-versed longing of Walt Whitman because nobody else was there to show us an untortured path. We were going to be your role models. We were going to give you art and music and confidence and shelter and a much better world. Those who survived lived to do this. But we haven't been there for you. We've been here. Watching as you become the role models.”
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

Carl Sagan
“We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus do not tell much about the builders of the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft their designers builders navigators and controllers are examples of what science and engineering set free for well-defined peaceful purposes can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness. They should be on our stamps.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Noam Chomsky
“I do not feel that we should set up people as “models”; rather actions, thoughts, principles.”
Noam Chomsky

William S. Burroughs
“All the role models are being exposed and this is good because role models are shit. The quicker we exposed them the better. The whole concept of role models is frightful! You gotta make your own role.”
William S. Burroughs

Jodi Picoult
“Polar north can't get away from a magnet; the magnet finds it, no matter what.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

W.H. Auden
“A dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue.”
W.H. Auden

“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.”
Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Suzanne Brockmann
“-When I was growing up, Lieutenant Uhura was a major role model for me, a strong black woman on the bridge of a starship…
-In a miniskirt, answering the interplanetary telephone?”
Suzanne Brockmann

Joseph Campbell
“When you have lived your individual life in your own adventurous way and then look back upon its course, you will find that you have lived a model human life, after all.”
Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Leonard Sax
“If we fail to provide boys with pro-social models of the transition to adulthood, they may construct their own. In some cases, gang initiation rituals, street racing, and random violence may be the result.”
Leonard Sax, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

G. Neri
“When gangs took over the [abandoned public land in Philadelphia] and the neighborhood took a turn for the worse, horses became a way of saving lives. By getting boys interested in raising a horse rather than killing another human being, these cowboys gave the youth something positive: father figures, focus, and the ability to stand tall.”
G. Neri, Ghetto Cowboy

Christy Leigh Stewart
“My author role model is Kurata Misako. I want to be rich enough to drive from room to room in my home but also down to earth enough to let squirrels live in my hair.”
Christy Leigh Stewart

Frank Sonnenberg
“If behavior is contagious, is yours worth catching?”
Frank Sonnenberg, The Path to a Meaningful Life

Frank Sonnenberg
“It’s not always easy to do what’s right. That’s what makes it so special!”
Frank Sonnenberg, The Path to a Meaningful Life

Frank Sonnenberg
“If you think that doing the right thing most of the time makes you reliable, you’re kidding yourself.”
Frank Sonnenberg, The Path to a Meaningful Life

Frank Sonnenberg
“If your behavior is contagious, what will people catch?”
Frank Sonnenberg, The Path to a Meaningful Life

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