"Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Estelle Morris on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Estelle Morris on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Estelle Morris on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Estelle Morris on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Estelle Morris on Steve Jobs
"I know there are things I did in education that will never be reversed. I have not done that in film yet because I have only been here for about nine months."
"If bringing up the next generation is important, why aren't they the best qualified, the best paid? Why aren't we as concerned about their career progression as we are about those who work in the education or health services?"
"At different times I taught humanities, social sciences and pre-vocational education."
"We do recognise the need to move towards the publication of information showing the progress made by pupils from one stage of their education to another."
"Where the private sector, or anyone else, has skills, knowledge and resources that can help to deliver a high quality of education and to raise standards, we should use them."