Favorite Quotes and Thoughts

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
--Martin Luther King

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
--A. Bartlett Giamatti

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
--Jacques Barzun

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
--John Dewey

We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
--Malcolm Gladwell

Do something each day or two for no other reason than its difficult, so that, when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and unready to stand the test.
--William James

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
--Thomas Jefferson

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
--Charles Darwin

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
--Henry David Thoreau

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
--Albert Einstein

They are able who think they are able.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
--Mahatama Gandhi

Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure.
--Albert Bandura

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again, Fail better.
--Samuel Beckett

The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.
--Thomas Watson Sr.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
--C. S. Lewis

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
--John F. Kennedy

Some of My Own

The real value of academic optimism in schools is its embrace of potential, with its strength and resilience, rather than pathology, with its weakness and helplessness.

Mindfulness is a paradox; it sees problems as opportunities and views successes as problematic; it is both optimistic and skeptical.

Make mindfulness a habit of thought and action; it transforms chance into serendipity.

Too much abstraction hides reality; too much prescription denies complexity.

Ohio State School of Education
Wayne K. Hoy Picture
Novice Fawcett Chair
In Educational Administration

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