A Few Favorite Words of Wisdom:
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of good deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
"The limits of my language means the limits of my world." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." -- Samuel Johnson
"In order to succeed, you must KNOW what you are doing, LIKE what you are doing, and BELIEVE IN what you are doing." -- Will Rogers
"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his students that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds hard to answer." -- Alice Wellington Rollins
"Pace doesn't mean speed; it means the right speed. Diagnosis and cure are simple. If you've reached where you want to be in your story too quickly, ask yourself what you've left out. If you've come to a certain point too slowly, ask yourself what kept you so long." -- Reginald Hill, excerpt from The Writer's Handbook (I liked considering this quote metaphorically in relation to the "story" of one's life.)
"Fair is not the same as equal. Fair means that everyone gets what he/she needs. Equal means that everyone gets the same thing and that's not always fair." -- Andi Ivey, Educator
"Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." -- Leonardo Da Vinci
"Truth is a grand series of caverns, it is our glory to have so great and wise a conductor as the Holy Spirit. Imagine that we are coming to the darkness of it. He is a light shining in the midst of us to guide us. And by the light he shows us wonderful things. He teaches us by suggestion, direction, and illumination." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long." -- A.W. Tozer
"We have the choice to live our lives 'leading with our strengths,' or offering our challenges as excuses for our failures." -- Wilma R. Fellman, M.Ed., Professional Advisory Board Member for Eastern Oakland County CH.A.D.D.
"Whenever we sacrifice something--a circumstance, situation, notion--God always gives us something back that's far greater than we could dare ask or imagine." -- Joni Eareckson Tada, as quoted in Virtue magazine.
"The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do." -- John Holt, How Children Fail.
"Only a school that is hospitable to adult learning can be a good place for students to learn." -- Roland Barth, Improving Schools from Within.
"Through illness, aging and a dose of repentance, the professor slowly sheds layers of pride, softens his heart, and becomes noticeably more humble and submissive." -- D. Cecil Clark
"It's the acceptance of all that gives power to the teacher. In fact, it is in relation to students who are difficult that the teacher's true qualities are demonstrated......The best teachers influence their students more in their personal, individual contacts with them than in strict classroom situations. If teaching and learning are complementary processes, if the teacher is to teach by learning and if his teaching is to be directed toward an individual, he must know that individual." -- Ernest O. Melby from The Teacher and Learning
"I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike my friend, than we are unalike." -- Maya Angelou
"The saints were spurred by a gut-level conviction that they had been called by no one less than God himself. As a result, their work wasn't affected by moods, cloudy days, or rocky trails.....Rather than strive to be spectacular, they aspired to be accountable and dependable. Their loyalty was not determined by their comfort; they were just as faithful in dark prisons as they were in spotlighted pulpits..." -- unknown
"You've got to...dance like there's no one watching, love like you can never get hurt, sing like there's no one listening, live like it is heaven on earth, and teach from the heart to be heard." -- Bill Purkey
"It is not excess of thought but defect of fertile and generous emotion that marks many 'intellectuals' out. Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary; it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so." -- C. S. Lewis
"Look sharply after your thoughts, They come unlooked for, like a new bird seen in your trees, and, if you turn to your usual task, disappear." -- Emerson
"I believe in the mimetic and moral worth of texts that allow my students to rehearse their lives in their imaginations, to know themselves in versions of what they might have been in different times and circumstances and what they desire to be. My work as a teacher is to open these texts, and to make them meaningful and useful to the students who trust themselves to me." -- Robert Fong in Finding God at Harvard
"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something....You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers by base minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust...and never dream of regretting."-- T. H. White in The Once and Future King
"Treat all that comes with peace of soul and with firm conviction that His will governs all." -- Elisabeth Elliot
"I am only one, but I am someone. I can't do everything, but I can do something." -- unknown
"The greatest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets from it, but what he becomes by it." -- unknown
is hearing a student say,
"Thank you for understanding me."
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