“If you read to read and not to have read, then your reading is serene, restful, and disinterested.”

– Bernardo Olivera

“There are many who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity.

There are others who desire to know in order that they may be known: that is vanity.

Others seek knowledge in order to sell it: that is dishonorable.

But there are some who seek knowledge in order to edify others: that is love.”

– Bernard of Clairvaux

“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces and which most men throw away.”

– Charles Caleb Colton

“Great learning and superior abilities, should you ever possess them, will be of little value and small estimation, unless virtue, honor, truth integrity are added to them. Adhere to those religious sentiments and principles which were early instilled into your mind and remember that you are accountable to your Maker for all your words and actions.”

– Abigail Adams (to her 11-year-old son, John Quincy Adams)

“The essence of education is, in the words of William James, to teach a person what deserves to be valued, to impart ideals as well as knowledge, to cultivate in students the ability to distinguish the true and good from their counterfeits and the wisdom to prefer the former to the latter.”

– William J. Bennett

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.”

– Noah Webster

“You can only find out what you actually believe (rather than what you think you believe) by watching how you act. You simply don’t know what you believe, before that. You are too complex to understand yourself.”

― Jordan B. Peterson

“Disagreement is not expressing one’s disapproval of something or expressing that something makes you feel bad or icky. To really disagree with someone’s idea or opinion, you must first understand that idea or opinion…You might take offense. You might feel bad that someone holds that view. But you are not reasoning unless you are engaging the merits of the argument.”

– Adam J. MacLeod

“I am tired of hearing about men with the ‘courage of their convictions.’ Nero and Caligula and Attila and Hitler had the courage of their convictions…But not one of them had the courage to examine their convictions or to change them, which is the true test of character.”

– Sydney J. Harris

“The best teachers love what they love, in front of those they love.”

– George Grant

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. ”

– John Adams

“The slightest knowledge of the greatest things is greater than the greatest knowledge of the slightest things.”

– Thomas Aquinas

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

“The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”

– Noam Chomsky

“You will live with your mind for the rest of your life, so make it a good companion.”

– Marilynne Robinson (Quoting her high school English teacher)

“Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.”

– Eric Hoffer

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

– Haim Ginott

“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.”

– Ray Bradbury

“In the study of history…By entering into community with the past…we are simply reclaiming a truth that objectivism ignores: the community to which we belong extends far beyond the persons with whom we live daily; it extends backward into time.”
– Parker Palmer

“One should not always so exhaust a subject that one leaves the reader with nothing to do. The point is not to make men read, but to make them think.”

– Montesquieu

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.”

– William Hazlitt

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

― William Arthur Ward

“Some teachers taught the curriculum today. Other teachers taught students today. And there’s a big difference.”

– Anonymous

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

-Winston Churchill