“Life asks us to make measurable progress in reasonable time. That’s why they make those fourth grade chairs so small.”
– Jim Rohn

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“It’s never enough to just tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility. Instead of pouring knowledge into peoples’ hands, you need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so they can see the world in a new way.”
– John Seely Brown

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”
– Anatole France

“Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt (1942)

“Are we asking our kids to collect dots or connect dots? Because we’re really good at measuring how many dots they collect, how many facts they have memorized, how many boxes they have filled in. But we teach nothing about how to connect those dots.”
– Seth Godin

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”
– Neil Gaiman

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”
– Will Rogers

“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don’t necessarily want to do, to get a result you would really like to have.”
– Andy Andrews

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
– Carl Rogers

“Knowledge–like the sky–is never private property…teaching is the art of sharing.”
– Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Reading well adds to our life—not in the way a tool from the hardware store adds to our life, for a tool does us no good once lost or broken, but in the way a friendship adds to our life, altering us forever.”
― Karen Swallow Prior

“Because we are imperfect souls, our knowledge is imperfect. The history of learning is an adventure in overcoming our errors. There is no sin in being wrong. The sin is in our unwillingness to examine our own beliefs.”
― Neil Postman

“If I can’t give a child a better reason for studying than a grade on a report card, I ought to lock my desk and go home and stay there.”
– Dorothy De Zouche

“Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.”
– John G. Hibben

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”
– Alec Bourne

“The fact of knowing how to read is nothing. The whole point is knowing what to read.”
– Jacques Ellul

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”
– B. F. Skinner

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
– John Neal

“Let us cease to consider what, perhaps, may never happen…It is our business to consider what beings like us may perform; each labouring for his own happiness, by promoting within his circle, however narrow, the happiness of others.”
– Samuel Johnson

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
– Mortimer Adler

“The most important thing about education is appetite. Education does not begin with the university, and it certainly ought not to end there. I have seen a lot of people who got cleverer until about 21 or 22 years of age, then seemed to shut down altogether and never made any further progress. Take full advantage of these years when the wisdom of the world is placed at your disposal, but do not spend too much time in buckling on your armour in the tent. The battle is going on in every walk and sphere of life.”
– Winston Churchill

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
– G.K. Chesterton

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
– Malcolm S. Forbes

“Education could be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”
– William Haley

“Some things you just have to do every day. Eating seven apples on night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.”
– Jim Rohn

“The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.”
– Paul E. Gray

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”
– Ben Sweetland

“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”
– Anonymous

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.”
– Haim Ginott

“I’ve always tried to be aware of what I say in my films, because all of us who make motion pictures are teachers–teachers with very loud voices.”
– George Lucas

“Do not forget, the reason opportunity is often missed is that it usually comes disguised as hard work.”
– Anonymous

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone can have.”
– Lee Iacocca

“A teacher’s constant task is to take a roomful of live wires and see to it that they’re grounded.”
– E.C. McKenzie

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

– Jim Rohn

“The vast accumulation of knowledge—or at least information…[has] been responsible for an equally vast ignorance. When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when every one knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not. And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”

– T.S. Eliot

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

– Carl Jung

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”
– Lewis Mumford

“All genuine learning is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just the memory. It is a process of discovery in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher.”
– Mortimer Adler

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.”
– Charles Kendall Adams

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”
– Jordan Peterson

“All of life is the study of attention; where your attention goes, your life follows.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

“We must remember that we cannot insulate our children from the uncertainties of the world in which we live or from the impact of the problems which confront us all. What we can do and what we must do is to equip them to meet these problems, to do their part in the total effort, and to build up those inner resources of character which are the main strength of the American people.”
– Harry Truman

“They say the dead can’t speak, but they can!…They still send us messages—about love and courage and death! That’s what history is, and science, and art. That’s what literature is. It’s the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them!”
– Connie Willis

“I think there is no sense in forming an opinion when there is no evidence to form it on. If you build a person without any bones in him he may look fair enough to the eye, but he will be limber and cannot stand up; and I consider that evidence is the bones of an opinion.”

– Mark Twain

“People might dislike education, but everyone likes learning.”

– Seth Godin

“Our job as teachers is not to ‘prepare’ kids for something; our job is to help kids learn to prepare themselves for anything.”

– A.J. Juliani

“Attention is the rarest and purist form of generosity.”

– Simone Weil

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

– Thomas Mann

” Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.”
– Chinese Proverb

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“If you haven’t failed in the classroom lately, you aren’t pushing the envelope far enough. ‘Safe’ lessons are a recipe for mediocrity at best.”
― Dave Burgess

“Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice…If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.”
– C.S. Lewis, “Learning in Wartime”

“Learning makes a man fit company for himself.”
– English Proverb

“Circumstances don’t make the man; they reveal him to himself.”
– James Allen

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
– Victor Frankl

“Leadership is not about being the best. Leadership is about making everyone else better.”
– Anonymous

“An active mind is constantly in search of some truth which for it, at the moment, is the representation of that integral truth to which it has vowed its service. The intelligence is like a child, whose lips never cease their why.”
– A.G. Sertillanges

“In this age, telling the truth is tough business and not for the fainthearted.”

– Albert Mohler

“Humans are not wired to be constantly wired.”

– Cal Newport

“Until a person can say deeply and honestly, ‘I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,’ that person cannot say, ‘I choose otherwise.’”

― Stephen R. Covey

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

― James Clear

“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.”

― Henry Nouwen

“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”

― Steven Pressfield

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

― Stephen R. Covey

“When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.”

– Chinese Proverb

“He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.”

– Samuel Johnson

“Great works do not always lie in our way, but every moment we may do little ones excellently, that is, with great love.”

– Francis de Sales

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

– David Campbell

“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“A jeweled pivot on which our lives must turn is the deep realization that every person we meet in the course of a day is a dignified, essential human soul and that we are being guilty of gross inhumanity when we snub or abuse him.”

– Joshua Loth Liebman

“The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”

– Ecclesiastes 9:17

“The best teachers are those who show you were to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

– Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Whatever God gives you to do, do it as well as you can. This is the best possible preparation for what he may want you to do next.”

– George MacDonald

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take hom to think about besides homework.”

– Lily Tomlin

“Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues and bring them back into the light.”

– Russell Kirk

“You cannot be all things to all students. But sometimes, just sometimes, you will be the right teacher at the right time. You will be the exact teacher that one child needed more than anything.”

– Paul F. C. Mundy

“The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.”

– Elizabeth Drew

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”

– James 1:19

“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

― 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

“The world is full of rage, hate and wars…It is no great feat to burn a little man. It is a great achievement to persuade him.”

– Erasmus

“America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.”

– Jane Addams

“America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.”

– Jane Addams

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

– Italo Calvino

“What matters most in a child’s development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years. What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence.”

– Paul Tough

“How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

– Proverbs 16:16

“Daring leaders work to make sure people can be themselves and feel a sense of belonging.”

― Brené Brown

“Don’t confuse fame with success. One is Madonna; the other is Helen Keller.”

– Erma Bombeck

“Truth in its entirety is but the ideal transcript of the universe. It is the mirrored reflection of all fact and being—the thought and will of the Creator as written and revealed by all that exists.”

– John Milton Gregory

“It is a great mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to say I contributed more than I criticized.”

― Brené Brown

“God didn’t add another day in your life because you needed it. He added it because someone out there needs you.”

– Anonymous

“To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“A nation’s system of education is much more important than its system of government.”

– T.S. Eliot

“Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”

– William Ralph Inge

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Ronald Reagan

“True education is not a matter of raw intelligence or accumulated data; it is knowledge joined to eloquence joined to prudence.”

– Giambattista Vico

“Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues and bring them back into the light.”

– Russell Kirk

“I attack ideas. I don’t attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can’t separate the two, you gotta get another day job.”

– Antonin Scalia

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”

– G.K. Chesterton

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

– Will Rogers

“A good teacher makes himself increasingly dispensable.”

– Peter Kreeft

“We all complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are spent either in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do; we are always complaining that our days are few, and yet we act as though there would be no end of them.”

– Seneca

“Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue, and it is accomplished by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty.”

– Leigh A. Bortins

“Giving offense is the price of diversity, not an impediment to diversity. While more and more schools are teaching young people how not to be offensive, they also need to be teaching a new generation how not to be offended.”

– Irshad Manji

“The spirit of truth can dwell in science on condition that the motive prompting the savant is the love of the object which forms the stuff of his investigations. That object is the universe in which we live. What can we find to love about it, if it isn’t its beauty? The true definition of science is this: the study of the beauty of the world.”

– Simone Weil

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first.”

– Harry Truman

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

– Robert Orben

“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

“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

“You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

– Ronald Reagan

“Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”

– Proverbs 18:12

“The true goal of education is to order a child’s affections and teach him to love that which is lovely.”

– Sarah Mackenzie

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

“Give your children big truths they will grow into rather than light explanations they will grow out of.”

– Tedd Tripp

“We need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.”

– Anne Sullivan (Teacher of Helen Keller)

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“You never really understand other people until you see their bookshelves.”
– Anonymous


“Our adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness,’ he will rest satisfied.”
– Richard Foster


“What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.”

– Epictetus

“Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”

– John Ruskin

“Neither mind nor character can be made without a spiritual element. This is just the element that has grown weak, where it has not perished, in our education, and therefore in our civilization, with disastrous results.”

– Richard Livingstone

“Next to the care of our own souls a right education of our children is greatest.”

– John Bellers

“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”

– Henry Adams

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

– Confucius

“Teaching should be full of ideas, not stuffed with facts.”

– American Proverb

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

– Calvin Coolidge

“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