“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”

– Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present. History is a hill or high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living.”

– G.K. Chesterton

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

– Jim Rohn

“The idea that liberal education is the education that everybody ought to have, and that the best way to a liberal education in the West is through the greatest works the West have produced, is still in our view, the best educational idea there is.”

– Robert Maynard Hutchins

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

– Leo Tolstoy

“No wonder so many students hate the subject of history. Their teachers only tell them the boring bits about conquerors and movements and gross national products whilst leaving out all the good bits about heroes and poets and things that race the heart.”

– Christopher Dawson

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

– Hebrews 12:11

“The teacher, who knows the subject well, must introduce it to students in the way one would introduce a friend. The students must know why the teacher values the subject, how the subject has transformed the teacher’s life.”

– Parker J. Palmer

“The real end of great literature is to teach us what it is to be human beings…From the Book of Job and the tragedies of Sophocles to the criticism of Samuel Johnson and the allegories of Hawthorne, the aim of humane letters was ethical; and what great writers did was to rouse the moral imagination.”

– Russell Kirk

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”

– Colleen Wilcox

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

– Mother Teresa

“It is not strange…to mistake change for progress.”

– Millard Fillmore

“In the book of life’s questions, the answers are not in the back.”

– Charles Schultz

“Many people assume that they can probably find many ways to save time. This is an incorrect assumption for it is only when you focus on spending time that you begin to use your time effectively.”

– Merrill Douglass

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

– Ed Foreman

“The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually to make a new man of himself.”

– Wang Yang-Ming

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

– George Washington Carver

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”

– Augustine

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

– Emilie Buchwald

“All previous ages have toiled that we might reap the fruit of wisdom.”

– Quintilian

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

– Barbara W. Tuchman

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

– Henry Adams

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

– Helen Keller

“As educators, we must believe that every student enters our school with wrapped gifts that we must help them unwrap, and beautiful dreams what we must help them turn into goals.”

– Neila A. Connors

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Education is a gift that none can take away.”

– American Proverb