Vocabulary & Quotes

The program used for this test is at www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-test.  For more information, please visit TYPING filed under MY REFERENCE DESK.

Typing helps cement information into memory.  The following typing tests are lists of useful words and quotes to know.

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Dolch sight words are the 220 no-excuse spelling words that every 4th grader must know.  This is the best list for a beginning typist.  The words are in random order without any punctuation so the focus is on gaining typing speed with common letter combinations.


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The following are a few of my favorite quotes and a collection of unusual vocabulary words.   These are a writer’s reference, but can also be used for typing tests.



  • “All schools both here and in America should teach far fewer subjects far better.”
    C.S. Lewis
  • “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of the government tomorrow.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    G.K. Chesterton
  • “Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.”
    Frederick Douglass
  • “The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”
    Thomas Carlyle
  • It is easier to fool people than… than convince them they have been fooled.
    Mark Twain
  • Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood…
  • “We live in an ABC culture (Anything But Christian)” – ?
  • “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”  Josef Stalin
  • “…that we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation,under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, for the people, by the people, shall not perish from the earth.” President Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863
  • Agonize before you organize.   Pray before you plan. Find the way The Holy Spirit is moving and move with it. Blessed are the flexible for they shall NOT be broken. Pastor Chuck Smith
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
    ~ Aesop
  • “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~ Joseph Heller
  • “you do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” ~Albert Einstein
  • The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. – Aristotle
  • Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato
  • Home school for Heaven, Not Harvard – ?
  • Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. Carol Burnett
  • CONFIDENCE- “It’s the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation.”
  • “Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.” ? Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”   ? Marcus Tullius Cicero [Roman 106 BC-43 BC]
  • “Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind  is simply put: read to lead.”   ? Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”   ? Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  ? Marcus Tullius Cicero”
  • The desire to write grows with writing.” – Desiderius Erasmus
  • The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
    Epictetus Roman (Greek-born) slave & Stoic philosopher (55 AD – 135 AD)
  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana
  • America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
    Alexis De Tocqueville [1805-1859] Aristocratic Frenchman, author of Democracy in America – http://www.tocqueville.org
  • Be obscure clearly.
    – E.B. White
  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    George Santayana [1863-1952]
    philosopher, poet, critic, and best-selling novelist
  • “I have no axe to grind; only my thoughts to burnish.”
    —Character and Opinion in the United States, Scribner’s, 1920, p. vi
  • “I have always liked understanding views with which I did not agree—how else could one like the study of philosophy?”
    —To Daniel MacGhie Cory, 9 May 1939, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Six, 1937-1940, MIT Press, 2004
  • “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    — Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner’s, 1905, p. 284
  • “Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”
    — Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner’s, 1905, p. 13
  • http://greatchristianquotes.com/Quotes/Great%20because%20good.htm
  • http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/30691.Adolf_Hitler
  • What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.
    Adolf Hitler
  • “The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes”
    ? Adolf Hitler
  • He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
    ? Adolf Hitler
  • “Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.”
    ? Adolf Hitler
  • I won’t say much about Father and me. The former is the most modest person at the table.  He always looks to see whether the others have been served first. He needs nothing for himself; the best things are for the children. He’s goodness personified.
    Anne Frank
  • “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
    President Thomas Jefferson
  • “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” – John Ruskin 1819-1900
  • “No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family.”- J. Edgar Hoover
  • “It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
  • “I also strongly believe that science should be accessible. Rational thinking, discussion of ideas, and curiosity should be encouraged and not be relegated to esotericism.”
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
  • “When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Savoir. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.” ~ John Newton
  • Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
  • “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
    Muhammad Ali
  • “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.””
    Muhammad Ali
  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
    Muhammad Ali
  • The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’
    Billy Graham
  • Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
    Thomas Carlyle
  • In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
    Vincent Van Gogh
  • Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.
    Charles Stanley
  • Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
    Neal A. Maxwell
  • Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.
    Bishop Robert South
  • “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
    Abraham Lincoln
  • “Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.”
    Toni Morrison
  • “A new scientific idea does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
    Max Planck
  • “Our want of opportunity was our opportunity – our privations were our privileges, our needs were our stimulants.  Maria Mitchell
  • We are what we are partly because we had little and wanted much, and it is hard to tell which was the more powerful factor.”  Maria Mitchell
  • Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.
    Maria Mitchell
  • Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
    Maria Mitchell
  • http://7dailynuggets.blogspot.com/2012/09/freedom-or-bondage.html
  • “I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother.”
    Abraham Lincoln
  • A cynic understands the price of everything and the value of nothing A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.—JAMES MADISON
  • The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
    ~ Ronald Reagan
  • “Holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and expecting someone else to die.”
  • “The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.”
    – Leo Rosten
  • “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
    ~ Mother Theresa
  • “Now I will have less distraction. Quoted as saying upon losing the use of his right eye.”  – Leonhard Euler
  • http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/winter96/jefferson.html
    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
    –  Thomas Jefferson
  • “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    –  Thomas Jefferson
  • “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”
    –  Thomas Jefferson
    “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
    –  Thomas Jefferson
  • “Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer.”
    –  Thomas Jefferson
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” ~ Yogi Berra
  • “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”~ Napoleon Hill
  • “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”~ Zig Ziglar
  • “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you, will always be far greater value than what you get.” ~ Jim Rohn
  • ”It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” – Howard Ruff
  • ”Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
  • ”Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • ”I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein
  • “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  • “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
    ~ C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  • http://holyjoe.org/poetry/guiter9.htm – Our New Religion From “Gaily the Troubadour” by Arthur Guiterman [1871-1943]
    First dentistry was painless.
    Then bicycles were chainless,
    Carriages were horseless,
    And many laws enforceless.Next cookery was fireless,
    Telegraphy was wireless,
    Cigars were nicotineless,
    And coffee caffeineless.Soon oranges were seedless,
    The putting green was weedless,
    The college boy was hatless,
    The proper diet fatless.New motor roads are dustless,
    The latest steel is rustless,
    Our tennis courts are sodless,
    Our new religion — godless.

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The following are a random list of interesting words we have encountered.

  • resist: to exert force in opposition.  From Latin resistere, from re- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand.  Synonyms: buck, defy, fight, oppose, repel, withstand.
  • hegemony: influence or authority over others; the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
  • cornerstone: a basic element : foundation <a cornerstone of foreign policy>  Synonyms: basis, bedrock, bottom, base, footing, foundation, ground, groundwork, keystone, root, underpinning, warp, warp and woof
  • Memento mori: Latin, remember that you must die
  • non sequiturs: a statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said. – You can say, “It logically doesn’t follow,” or more informally, “That’s from out of left field.” – Latin: it does not follow – First Known Use: 1540 – Other Philosophy Terms: dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism
  • ad hominem  – when you attack a person’s character or credibility rather than dealing with what they are actually saying on its own merit. That’s what you’re attempting to do to me by questioning me about what secular scientific books I’ve read, almost certainly with the aim to come around to saying that you consider it to be somehow insufficient for me to  comment on scientific matters. There it is if I have to spell it out for you.
  • Perseverance – continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness
  • tenable:  capable of being held, maintained, or defended : defensible, reasonable;  tenability, tenableness, tenably.
    Synonyms: defendable, defensible; Antonyms: indefensible, untenable; Latin tenēre — more at thin
  • http://www.northstarmath.com/sitemap/experimentalprobability.html – Experimental Probability:  Experimental probability of an event is the ratio of the number of times the event occurs to the total number of trials.  Related Terms for Experimental Probability:  Event, Trial, Probability
  • dae-new-mah
  • auto-to-toms
  • hoop-a-ron-ka  means boast, empty words
  • strategy – a careful plan or method; or the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal; similar to arrangement, blueprint, design, game, game plan, ground plan, master plan, program, project, road map, scheme, plan, system Greek strategos
  • unanimous – having the agreement and consent of all; similar to agreeable, amicable, compatible, congenial, frictionless, kindred, harmonious, united Latin unus one + animus mind
  • Ad nauseam is a Latin term for something unpleasurable that has continued to the point of nausea.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZcttxZjsV0 – words for items you didn’t know had names.
  • vocabulary building jokes
  • spurious is of a deceitful nature or quality. From Latin, spurius means false or of an illegitimate birth
  • iteration is the action or a process of iterating or repeating
  • malapropism – the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context

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