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Ruth Simmons

  • If you are the kind of person who listens to conservative advice, you may do okay in life, but you probably won't ever be a fantastic leader. You have to take risks, and you also have to go against conventional wisdom, because conventional wisdom doesn't make for startling advances in society.

    • Ruth Simmons,
    • in Lauren Picker, "The Key to My Success," Parade ()
  • Fear of failure is the fuel of achievement. If you weren't afraid to fail, you probably wouldn't be highly motivated to work at the level that most of us have to work at to do well.

    • Ruth Simmons,
    • in Lauren Picker, "The Key to My Success," Parade ()
  • ... the most important thing one can do for children is not accept the limitations they are so willing to impose on themselves.

    • Ruth Simmons,
    • in Marlo Thomas and Friends, The Right Words at the Right Time ()

Ruth Simmons, U.S. educator, president Brown University

(1946)

Full name: Ruth Jean Stubblefield Simmons.