‘People are just like tea bags. You can tell how strong they are when you put them in hot water.’ Wise sayings of Joe Clark. | Paterson Times Paterson Times

‘People are just like tea bags. You can tell how strong they are when you put them in hot water.’ Wise sayings of Joe Clark.

By Paterson Times Staff
Published: January 3, 2021

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Joe Clark, army drill sergeant, who ran Eastside High School in Paterson with an iron fist during the 1980s, was known for making controversial comments. But his interviews and lectures also contained nuggets of wisdom.

Here’s five wise things Clark said:

  1. “People are just like tea bags. You can tell how strong they are when you put them in hot water.”
  2. “You never give up. I believe that determination is the absolute essence of success.”
  3. “You never try to satisfy people. The moment you begin to try and satisfy individuals, you are on the precipice of absolute oblivion.”
  4. “People judge you by how they perceive you.”
  5. “It’s about being the best of whatever you are.”

Clark, who was dubbed by his critics “Crazy Joe,” died in his home in Florida on December 29, 2020. His quotes were collected from the various interviews and lectures he gave during his lifetime.


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