Monday, August 27, 2012

Wise words from a Judge

I noticed this in our local Northern Advocate newspaper this morning:............

I shake my head in disbelief at some of the things judges say ... but this hit the mark:
"Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth.
"Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?'
... My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book."
"Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again."
"In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you...""


  1. Wise words indeed, and true this year and for so many more. Thanks for posting them for us all to read. Cheers from Jean.

  2. WOW. Sounds exactly like what parents said to us. Of course, there weren't rec centers back then, to give children ideas.

  3. Wow Hear hear ! Could not had been better said. Hope you do not mind if I share this myself, Susan?

  4. Was the Judge sacked? No-one dares speak the truth these days, but if they do they're usually gagged. Well done that Judge!

  5. It makes a nice change to hear something like that.

  6. I saw that and thought the same thing Susan!

  7. Three cheers for words of truth and wisdom.

  8. Sounds just like Judge Judy. Do you watch that programme - it's very entertaining.

  9. Very wise words indeed.
    Love from Mum