Quotes from Wally Amos
"Absolutely, illiteracy can be passed on."
"And everything is possible, you've just got to find a way to make it work."
"Apple and IBM have come up with some very strong programs that are used throughout the literacy movement that are helping adults."
"At about that time I discovered Hawaii Literacy, which was using the Laubach Literacy method of teaching adults to read, but had no association with Literacy Volunteers of America."
"Because to create the opportunity if your not prepared, I mean if you want to be a bus mechanic, and all of a sudden this job comes along, well that is an opportunity, but if you never learned how to repair the engine on a bus, there is nothing you can do"
"Computers are everywhere and you can't even begin to function with a computer unless you have comprehension and an understanding of the English language."
"Each year I become more mindful of being thankful for each life experience."
"Email is the greatest thing."
"Everybody learns at different levels."
"I also like the fact that it is up to me to create the results I desire."
"I believe, along with many others, that you must first ask for what you want before you can have it."
"I can always help someone feel better, if I can just communicate to them."
"I don't have a list of goals I would like to accomplish. I live life one day at a time."
"I have been working for myself since 1967."
"I liked the idea of being responsible for the results of my actions."
"I lost a company. So what? It's just stuff. Can't take it with you."
"I think we just have to be more sensitive to the fact that we are all individuals, and that maybe we are not all going to go to college."
"I wanted to give something back to society, the community at large. Literacy Volunteers of America and literacy became a means of doing that."
"I was the first national celebrity spokesperson to really take the message to the people, and I did it in very much the same manner as I promoted my cookies."
"I'm very optimistic, but given the number of illiterate adults, given the number of kids who are coming out of school today also, that are illiterate, I think the water is going into the bucket faster then we can get it out."
"In 1975 I decided I would like to do something for satisfaction instead of for the money."
"In some areas I am more noted for reading then I am for cookies!"
"Many who resort to crime ultimately can't read or write."
"My first book was written in longhand on a yellow pad, and I typed it on an IBM Selectric."
"My number one goal is peace of mind."
"Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is."
"Often during my lectures when I talk about enthusiasm I tell the audience the only reason we need to be enthusiastic is to wake up."
"Oftentimes I would get an interview because of my cookies, but I would talk about literacy during the interview. I used my fame in a constructive way."
"On April 10th, 1979 I became the national spokesperson of Literacy Volunteers of America."
"Opportunities come into my life and I respond to those that appeal to me."
"Remember that everything starts with a thought and thoughts produce in kind."
"Society needs to be more supportive of people who cannot read."
"Sometimes you have to do a lot of things to determine what it is you don't want to do. Along the way you pick up a lot of experience."
"The most difficult task is to identify them, because you can't look at someone who can't read and identify them as being a non - reader."
"The thing is not to leave unfinished business; make every day count."
"There is such a high percentage of kids who drop out of school every year and cannot read or write."
"This is all from a guy who dropped out of high school, and who never really saw reading as an important aspect of life, and who never really read a lot until I got involved with literacy, and then I got very involved."
"We are in the computer age now, and a lot of people are very literate."
"We are so focused on the material aspects of life that we lose sight of everything else."
Total Quotes: 39
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