Quotations on Hope

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“Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

                                                                    Robert F. Kennedy

 

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

                                                                              Anne Frank

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“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

                                                                        J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Armed Forces Day 2018

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Today is Armed Forces Day, and let us take a moment to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our forces.

A very small percentage of the population does serve, so they deserve a special recognition for what they do. Far too often, they are simply ignored, or their days, especially Memorial Day or Veterans Day are used as an excuse for sales of stuff.

Regardless of political views, we should remember those who do honorable service, especially because most of us do not have to serve. It is a sacrifice that should be acknowledged.

To all in the forces or who have served–you are in my thoughts.

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Quotations on History

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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”

                                                                         Michael Crichton

 

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

                                                                         George Santayana

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“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

                                                                        George Orwell

Quotations on Thinking

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

                                                                        Albert Einstein

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“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

                                                                        Voltaire

 

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“He who thinks little errs much…”

                                                                        Leonardo Da Vinci

 

 

Proud Of One Of My Students!

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I certainly hope I do not embarrass her by offering public praise for her work, but I had the honor this week of attending the celebratory dinner for the students in Muhlenberg College’s Creative Writing Minor.  One of my adult students was there along with her parents.

Michelle Saul is one of the English Majors at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College, and I have been her advisor and professor for several years now. I am very proud of her for both finishing her degree this year and for having seven of her poems in the Creative Writing Anthology Muhlenberg College 2018.

Michelle is a talented writer, and it was an honor to support her at this dinner.

Michelle — yay!

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Quotations on Censorship

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“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”

                                                                     Ray Bradbury

 

 

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“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

                                                                   Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 

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“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

                                                              John F. Kennedy

Quotations on Education

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“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

                                                                        Walter Cronkite

 

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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

                                                                        Thomas Paine

 

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

                                                                         Plato