“The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder (and worship), were he President of the innumerable Royal Societies…is but a Pair of Spectacles behind which there is no Eye.”
– Thomas Carlyle

“Serious literature does not exist to make life easy to but to complicate it.”
– Witold Gombrowicz

“Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.”

Francis A. Schaeffer

“Families are designed to nurture the minds, wills, and emotions of its members so that the barriers created by fear of the unknown can be replaced by the confidence that comes from knowing you are loved whether you succeed or fail.”

– Leigh A. Bortins

“Before you hate something you should try to understand it.”

– Martha Grimes

“Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

– Mark Twain

“Men occasionally stumble over truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

– Winston Churchill

“Great teachers focus on expectations. Other teachers focus on rules. The least effective teachers focus on the consequences of breaking the rules.”

– Todd Whitaker

“Why does a literary scholar study the world of ‘fiction’? To show us that the facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.”

– Parker J. Palmer

“Truth seduces us very easily into a kind of joy of possession: I have comprehended this and that, learned it, understood it. Knowledge is power. I am therefore more than the other man who does not know this and that. I have greater possibilities and also greater temptations. Anyone who deals with truth…succumbs all too easily to the psychology of the possessor. But love is the opposite of the will to possess. It is self-giving. It boasteth not itself, but humbleth itself.”

– Helmut Thielicke

“The truth is that a life well lived is always lived on a rising scale of difficulty.”

– N.D. Wilson

“Virtue is what happens when someone has made a thousand small choices requiring effort and concentration to do something which is good and right, but which doesn’t come naturally. And then, on the thousand and first time, when it really matters, they find that they do what’s required automatically. Virtue is what happens when wise and courageous choices become second nature.”

– N.T. Wright

“Truly tolerant people are hard to offend.”

– Anthony Esolen

“‘Learning’ virtue—becoming virtuous— is more like practicing scales on the piano than learning music theory: the goal is, in a sense, for your fingers to learn the scales so they can then play ‘naturally,’ as it were. Learning here isn’t just information acquisition; it’s more like inscribing something into the very fiber of your being.”

– James K.A. Smith

“The greatest part of education is instilling in the young the desire to be good: a desire that sharpens and shapes their understanding, that motivates and sustains their curiosity, and that imbues their studies with transcendent value.”

– David Hicks

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

– Jackie Robinson

“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”

– George Washington

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man…Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”

– George Adams

“When people don’t understand that being uncomfortable is part of the process of achievement, they use the discomfort as a reason not to do. They don’t get what they want. We must learn to tolerate discomfort in order to grow.”

– Peter McWilliams

“Wisdom is the ability to view life as God perceives it.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

“All education, whether acknowledged or not, is moral formation.”

– Stanley Hauerwas

“Every single day, the faithful leader must be aware that credibility is the essence of leadership, and that it can be both earned and lost.”

– Albert Mohler