i. “People are not here to meet your expectations.” (Leo Buscaglia)

ii. “There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.” (Kingman Brewster, Jr.)

iii. “Traditionally, psychology has been the study of two populations: university freshmen and white rats.” (Paul Bloom)

iv. “You cannot avoid making judgements but you can become more conscious of the way in which you make them. This is critically important because once we judge someone or something we tend to stop thinking about them or it. Which means, among other things, that we behave in response to our judgements rather than to that to which is being judged.” (Neil Postman)

v. “There is nothing so captivating as new knowledge.” (Peter Mere Latham)

vi. “It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth.” (-ll-)

vii. “People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact.” (-ll-)

viii. “What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists.” (Archibald MacLeish)

ix. “It is easy to know what you want to say, but not to say it.” (Mario Vargas Llosa)

x. “Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, with no need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy our thirst for the absolute […] and should be better. We invent fictions in order to live somehow the many lives we would like to lead when we barely have one at our disposal.” (-ll-)

xi. “Thank God for the mind. It’s the only place where we have freedom of speech.” (Charles Reis Felix)

xii. “Happiness is the feeling we experience when we are too busy to be miserable.” (Thomas Lansing Masson)

xiii. ““Be yourself” is about the worst advice you can give some people.” (-ll-)

xiv. “The best instruction is that which uses the least words sufficient for the task.” (Maria Montessori)

xv. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” (Robert Fulghum)

xvi. “Human memory, they say, is like a coat closet: The most enduring outcome of a formal education is that it creates rows of coat hooks so that later on, when you come upon a new piece of information, you have a hook to hang it on. Without a hook, the new information falls on the floor.” (Ursula Goodenough)

xvii. “The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination.” (George Pólya)

xviii. “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering cold iron.” (Horace Mann)

xix. “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. We must purposely be kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. […] We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.” (-ll-)

xx. “Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up all the vacuities of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.” (-ll-)


December 9, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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