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    Plato on Socrates' trial: "The unexamined life is not worth living."

    Oscar Wilde: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

    The eminently quotable Winston Churchill: "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

    Churchill again: “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

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    And, more comically/cynically, Lady Bracknell interviewing Jack in my favourite play by Oscar Wilde. The second half of her opinion exaggeratedly reflects mine on the current state of education:

    “I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.”

    “Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.”


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    Originally Posted by aquinas
    “Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.”


    I love this. Why am I seeing dame Maggie Smith before my minds eye saying this?

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    Interested individuals can sign up to receive a quote of the day from values.com.

    Each week, the quotes focus on a theme. This week's theme is grit.

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    I always liked the little anecdotes, jokes and tongue-in-cheek proverbs put out by the old Unix fortune program that you could set yourself up to receive at every login.


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    Just came across this one today, had to add:

    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato

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    "The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." - Robert Maynard Hutchins

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    The object of education?
    "Why, to make the child happy and useful!"

    Betsy Trotwood, in "David Copperfield".

    I've never read a better, or more succinct description. I like the order, too, but the emphasis should be almost equal.

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    Indeed, this was Miss Trotwood's stated motive in seeking "to put him to a school where he may be thoroughly well taught and well treated."

    How lovely that she valued having children well treated in their learning environment!

    The need for being well-treated in one's learning environment is a frequent topic on the forums and may be key to many things including a child being happy, becoming a life-long learner, and being a useful contributor to society.

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