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Quotation Assignment due May 17, 2006

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Choose one quote to analyze in a two-paragraph essay.  You will be graded on content and on following directions.
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Choose one:
1.  "The unexamined life is not worth living."  (Socrates)
 
2.  "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."  (Thoreau)
 
3.  "Experience is the best teacher."
 
4.  "However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names."  (Thoreau)
 
STEP 1:  Create a Word document.  Set it for Times New Roman, 12 font, double space.  Put your name at the top on the left.  On the next line, type the quote you will explain in bold font and in quotation marks.  (Obviously, your response must be typed.)
 
STEP 2:  In paragraph one, explain its meaning and IF you agree or disagree with it.
 
STEP 3:  In paragraph two, use examples from your own life and/or literature you have read to support your response.

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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