by Barb Erickson
Every morning Barb/MI posts an inspiring or thought-provoking quotation we refer to as an "Apple Seed" on the main chatboard
Ring the bells that can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen
This is a world of action, and not for moping and groaning in.
~ Charles Dickens
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.
~ Keshavan Nair
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~ John Dickinson
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
~ Bernadette Devlin
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at last, to illuminate the world.
~ James Baldwin
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy is when people are afraid of the light.
Humanity needs to listen, until such a time as the voice of the soul is heard throughout the universe as the only voice of compassion and reason that has ever existed. When this occurs, all of humanity will be truly free and the voice of the Soul will sing the end of time.
~ Fred Wolf
Where love reigns, the very joy of heaven itself is felt.
~ Hannah Hurnard
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.
~ Helen Keller
I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest of caution.
~ Wernher von Braun
I would rather fail in a cause that someday will triumph, than to win in a cause that I know will someday fail.
~ Woodrow Wilson
Without education, youíre not going anywhere in this world.
~ Malcolm X
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it . . . For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individualís total development lags behind?
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
I always have choices, and sometimes itís only a choice of attitude.
~ Judith M. Knowlton
If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.
~ Lord Chesterfield
Treat a person as s/he is, and s/he will remain as s/he is. Treat a person as s/he could be, and s/he will become as s/he can and should be.
~ Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
A person should keep her/his little brain stocked with all the furniture s/he is likely to use, and the rest s/he can put away in the lumber room of her/his library, where s/he can get it if s/he wants it.
~ Arthur Conan Doyle
A great teacher never strives to explain her/his vision. S/He simply invites you to stand beside her/him and see for yourself.
~ R. Inman
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done.
~ Henry Wadsworth
Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
~ John Lennon
The mark of the educated mind is to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Social justice and freedom both now increasingly depend on how each society deals with three issues: education, information technology (including the media), and freedom of expression.
~ Alvin Toffler
There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.
~ John F. Kennedy
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
~ Robert Frost
Do, or do not. There is no "try".
~ Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
Donít tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results.
~ George S. Patton
Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.
~ Walt Whitman
Perfection itself is imperfection.
~ Vladimir Horowitz
Itís not the load that breaks you down, itís how you carry it.
~ Lena Horne
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a person a more clever devil.
~ C. S. Lewis
Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
~ Nathaniel Emmons
Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~ John Wooden
The mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in her/his subject and how to avoid them.
~ Werner Heisenberg
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
~ Thomas Jefferson
We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.
~ AnaÔs Nin
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine person, in fact) craves most is praise - although the philosophers generally call it "recognition"!
~ William James
The time to correct a mistake is before it is made.
~ Henry H. Buckley
Persuasion is better than force.
Prejudices are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil hasnever been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
~ Charlotte BrontŽ
Perhaps one way of coping with the population explosion would be to give to every potential parent some experience in driving a school bus.
~ Franklin P. Jones
You have to dream it to live it. You have to believe in yourself.
~ Rosie O'Donnell
Invest in yourself, in your education. There's nothing better.
~ Sylvia Porter
A person who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if s/he has a university education, s/he may steal the whole railroad.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
~ Malcolm Forbes
A teacher is the candle that lights others in consuming itself.
~ Giovanni Ruffini
We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a person knows at twenty are no longer true at forty - and half the things a person knows at forty hadn't been discovered when s/he was twenty?
~ Arthur C. Clarke
When one door closes, another door opens. But we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which opened for us.
~ Alexander Graham Bell
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
~ Robert Frost
We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our system.
~ John Sculley
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Football is a sport that bears the same relationship to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U. S. Office of Patents, 1899
Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.
~ Jules Feiffer
Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
~ Mark Twain
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
~ Kahlil Gibran
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
~ Alexander the Great
I am not young enough to know everything.
~ Oscar Wilde