“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

– Jim Rohn

“Teach a little over people’s heads so they will reach up and grab it.”

– Mortimer Adler

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest.  That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.  The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.  An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

– C.S. Lewis

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”

– John Foster Dulles

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Love itself is knowledge; the more one loves the more one knows.”

– Gregory I

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

– Harry Truman

“The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Over the gate at the University of Pennsylvania there is a motto. It reads, ‘In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.’ There are many men and women who have done their best, but who have not succeeded in gaining the laurels of victory. To them, as much honor is due as to those who have received these laurels.”

– Eric Liddell

“Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself–be it meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself–by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love–the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself…What is called self-actualization is not an attainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strive for it, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.”

– Victor Frankl

“The challenge [of Christian education] is a great one; it is for the Christian teacher who in all he does seeks first the glory of God. Yes, the task is hard. And in its very difficulty lies its appeal. As Professor Whitehead once said, ‘The art of education is never easy. To surmount its difficulties…is a task worthy of the highest genius. It is the training of souls.’ Few in Christian education—and we must include the ministry with its teaching function—would claim genius on any level, let alone the highest. We have something better. We have the certainty that the Lord whom we serve and whose we are will never fail, as we look to the guidance of the Spirit, to give us the measure of wisdom and strength needed for the doing of His will.”

– Frank E. Gaebelein

“There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.”

– Michel de Montaigne

“Creative teachers are creative because they have kept in touch with their own hidden sources of emotional energy. If you are to remain an alert teacher, you must not only live for the class; otherwise the level of your consciousness will drop to that of the class and you will then become a companion rather than a guide. You must continue to be an intellectual adventurer, quick to pitch tent on the fluctuating boundaries of the known. You must continue to develop and refine your own talent.”

– Peter Abbs

“The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.”

– Johannes Kepler

“To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need.”

– James Ramsay Ullman

“In God knowledge is infinite; in others it is only a germ.

– Patanjali

“The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.”

– Blaise Pascal

“If we compare our knowledge with that of the ancients, we appear very wise. But we are not nearer to solving the riddle of eternal justice than Cain was.”

– Lev Shestov

“Virtue, like art, constantly deals with what is hard to do, and the harder the task the better success.”

– Aristotle

“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy, playing on the seashore, and diverting myself, in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

– Isaac Newton

“Now that God has today so graciously bestowed upon us an abundance of arts, scholars, and books, it is time to reap and gather in the best as well as we can, and lay up treasure in order to preserve for the future something from these years of jubilee, and not lose this bountiful heart.”

– Martin Luther

“We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.”

– Blaise Pascal

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

– Joseph Brodsky

“The way we educate is the way we pass on or transform our culture. It carries within it a message about our values, priorities, and the way we structure the world. The fragmentation of education into disciplines teaches us that the world is made of bits we can use and consume as we choose. This fragmentation is a denial of ultimate meaning. Contemporary education therefore tends to the elimination of meaning–except in the sense of a meaning that we impose by force upon the world.”

– Stratford Caldecott

“A great man is always willing to be little.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”

– Edward Everett