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Dr. Carol Horn, Educator

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About Dr. Carol Horn

Dr. Carol V. Horn is coordinator of Advanced Academics Program (former Gifted and Talented Programs) for Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia.

She has worked in gifted education for the past 20 years and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis on Gifted from the University of Virginia.

She earned her doctorate in Teacher Preparation and Special Education from The George Washington University and is the 2002 recipient of the Hollingsworth Award from the National Association for Gifted Children for outstanding research study in the field of gifted education.

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus