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Copywork

Practicing handwriting is important, but as long as they are reading it and copying it down, shouldn’t it either be educational or entertaining? The following copy pages are of varying lengths and have been made using quotes from a variety of sources.

Abraham Lincoln

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own will be safe from violence when built.

Benjamin Franklin

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind … are to be acquired and strengthened by it … for life is a kind of chess, in which we often have points to gain and adversaries to contend with.

Classic Literature

Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest! Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Drink and the Devil had done for the rest! Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! (Treasure Island)

It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes)

Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes; and we find the burden of anxiety greater, by much, than the evil which we are anxious about. (Robinson Crusoe)

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.

Where there is life there is hope. I beg to assert . . . that as long as a man’s heart beats, as long as a man’s flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair. (Journey to the Center of the Earth)

C. S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

Gordon B. Hinckley

You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others.

Harry Potter

For the select few who possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame…

I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could have all been killed – or worse, expelled. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.

The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.

Homer

Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.

Not even a darting hawk, the quickest thing on wings, could keeps the ship’s pace as on she ran, cutting the swells at top speed, bearing a man with the gods’ own wisdom, one who had suffered twenty years of torment…

So, the gods don’t hand out all their gifts at once, not build and brains and flowing words to all. One man may fail to impress us with his looks, but a god can crown his words with beauty, charm, and men look on with delight when he speaks out.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.

Lao Tzu

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. What your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Lord of the Rings

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

He transformed himself into a snake and he knows that I love snakes. So I went to pick up the snake, to admire it, and he transformed back… (Thor: Ragnarok)

Music Lyrics

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. (All Things Bright and Beautiful)

Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality. (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Carry on my wayward son, for there’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more! (Carry On Wayward Son)

I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. ‘Relax,’ said the night man, ‘We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!’ (Hotel California)

I see a red door and I want it painted black. No colors anymore, I want them to turn black. I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes. I have to turn my head until my darkness goes. (Paint it Black)

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice! You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill. I will choose a path that’s clear. I will choose free will! (Freewill)

She’s got a smile that it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories where everything was as fresh as a bright blue sky… (Sweet Child O’ Mine)

Well I know it wasn’t you who held me down, heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free. So often times it happens that we live our life in chains and we never even know we have the key. (Already Gone)

PlatoThe man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and wisdom.

Poetry

Good timber does not grow with ease: the stronger wind the stronger trees; the further sky the greater length; The more the storm the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, in trees and men good timbers grow. (Good Timber)

I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils; beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze. (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud)

Shakespeare

To be, or not to be – that is the question: whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them. To die – to sleep – no more . . .

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurly-burly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won. That will be ere the set of sun. Where the place? Upon the heath. There to meet with Macbeth.

Star Wars

It is a period of Civil War. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master. …Only a master of evil, Darth!

Sun Tzu

Bravery without forethought causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

Theodore Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.