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.
--Virgil


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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