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The teacher that I was for decades and that I still am in a certain way wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject.

When my opera Plump Jack was performed in 1989 my first piano teacher sent me something that I'd composed when I was four. I remember I played it and it still sounded like me. I'm the same composer I was then.

I guess by taking lessons early on and really trying to play all the rudimentary stuff and try to have it sound as good as my teacher. It took a lot of practice which I enjoyed and still do.

My younger sister had kids before I did and managed to earn a master's degree while raising them as a single parent. Now she's a brilliant second-grade teacher. I'm in awe of her ability to juggle everything and still be a great mother.

A friend of mine said no matter what I do I always look like an English teacher. She actually said you still look like a Campbell's Soup kid.

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher and that's still what I do: teach.

The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group and see that individual or group exceed their limits.

You don't go around grieving all the time but the grief is still there and always will be.

I have sometimes been wildly despairingly acutely miserable racked with sorrow but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Women face enough pressures and challenges in a workplace that is still depressingly biased against a female's success. Add to that the fact that the very thing many women I know find most rewarding (having kids) is now frowned upon.

I've always been too hard on myself to behave like I've arrived or even to enjoy whatever success I've had. I've always envisioned myself higher than where I was and I still do. With each success I think 'That's nice but I'm supposed to go there!'

The success of Torn was a bit too much for me. I took a year off and was still scared to start the second album.

If you can go out with your live show and turn people on to that where you have that fan base that's religious and they're going to come see you when you're in that town once your radio success is gone and you're not a mainstream guy anymore you can still go out and play your shows.

In a way a certain amount of self-criticism is a good thing because it keeps you humble. Realizing that no matter what success you've achieved you can still make enemies makes you humble too.

People still don't appreciate how ephemeral success is.

Which is - you know like check it out I'm pretty young I'm only about 40 years old. I still have maybe another four decades of work left in me. And it's exceedingly likely that anything I write from this point forward is going to be judged by the world as the work that came after the freakish success of my last book right?

I worked half my life to be an overnight success and still it took me by surprise.

Rock and Roll is still asking people like me to live up to the old guard's concept of what success is but it doesn't mean anything.

We can take full comfort in realizing the continuing strength of our nation. America's lands remain radiantly rich with diversity and freedom still reigns.

I still believe in the possibility of the United States with all its will and all its strength and I don't just mean military persevering against any challenge. I still believe in that.

Every social organisation which is rooted in life still lasts a long time even after the conditions from which it drew its strength have changed in a manner unfavourable to it.

The glimpses of human strength and frailty that a physician sees are with me still.

We are still keeping as much as we can to the one million commitment that we made hoping that at a certain point in time the headwinds represented by the strength of the yen will be a little bit less strong.

All the sudden high-impact stress can really take a toll on your body. So if you still want to be active and get in a good workout go to a yoga class or pilates class or get in some strength and conditioning.