Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2017

Jerry Rice, on what motivated him

“My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.”

Quote of the day, May 18

May 18, 2017

H.L. Mencken, on education (from The American Mercury, 1924)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

Quote of the day, April 6

April 7, 2017

Albert Einstein, on the imagination

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Quote of the day, March 17

March 17, 2017

Frank McCourt, on the mind

“Stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.”

Quote of the day, March 13

March 13, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on making a new trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Quote of the day, March 9

March 9, 2017

Roger Cohen, on the democracies (2016)

“Western democracies are in the midst of an upheaval they only dimly grasp. Virtual direct democracy through social media has outflanked representative democracy. The impact of the smartphone on the human psyche is as yet scarcely understood; its addictiveness is treacherous and it can be the enemy of thought.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 22

January 22, 2017

Umberto Eco, on visual communication

“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection—not an invitation for hypnosis.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 19

January 19, 2017

Charles Darwin, on mathematics

“I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 16, 2017

William James, on habit (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890)

“Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.”