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Quotes I Like

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I thought it would be nice to have a place to put quotes I run across and old favorites that I need to reread now and then. If I get a lot of them, I’ll categorize, right now, it’s a mish mash.


“Premature, general, and indiscriminate lecturing defeats the formation of the very habits on which successful lecturing presumes.”

Abraham Flexner 1908, The American College: A Criticism,” pp 195-196. I learned about Flexner here.

“If something is not worth doing, then it’s not worth doing well.”

Sydney J. Harris (this one I copied from a column in the Chicago Sun Times sometime in the 1970’s).

“Teach the students you have, not the ones you wish you had.”

(I am not sure who to attribute this quote to; it is very popular in the math ed community).

“Be Joyful, though you have considered all the facts”

Wendell Berry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.”

“I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.”

Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Sister Outsider.

“Our strongest gifts are usually those we are barely aware of possessing.”

Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach.

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