Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jotting down a few quotations

Last academic year's Student Handbook & Academic Planner included quotations in the top right-hand corner of each week. I've been skeptical of the value of these types of quotations, only because I relied too heavily on short, pithy, wise sayings for a long season of my life. Maybe the value resides in a both/and approach: short, pithy, wise sayings are both helpful and limited. So before I throw away the academic planner, I thought I would keep some of the quotations I found inside:

"It is our choices ... that show what we are, far more than our abilities." -- JK Rowling

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." -- Sun Tzu

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -- BF Skinner

"Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." -- Abe Lincoln

"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity." -- Irving Kristol

"Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things." -- Noam Chomsky

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." -- Will Durant

"Soft words are hard arguments." -- Thomas Fuller

"It's plain hard work that does it." -- Thomas Edison

"Experience teaches only the teachable." -- Aldous Huxley

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." -- Jimi Hendrix

"The one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching." -- Aristotle

"All men by nature desire knowledge." -- Aristotle

"Our greatest weariness comes from work not done." -- Eric Hoffer

"Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself." -- Chinese proverb

"That which is used develops. That which is not used wastes away." -- Hippocrates

"Life itself remains a very effective therapist." -- Dr. Karen Horney

OK, then, back to the hard work of life!

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