A few great quotes

I love, have always loved, good quotations. When I taught at KSU, I began every class by posting a quotation for my students to consider, respond to, and discuss, and these quotations often sparked interesting and lively discussion — and sometimes passionate debate — among the students.

Nowadays, living abroad with few books in tow, I regularly read through online quotations archives to find words to inspire me and lead me to think in new ways. It’s relaxing for me, and lately I’ve been finding ways to interest (and in some cases, maybe, inspire) students in my English language classes as we build their language skills.

One of these days, probably soon, I’ll post about some of the quotations I’ve used with success in my classes here in Chile. For now, though, I’ll just post a few quotations I particularly enjoy:

“All that we behold is full of blessings.”
— William Wordsworth

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
— Anais Nin

unplug iPod
music stops abruptly
cricket song instead
— Dr. SunWolf

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
— Nelson Mandela

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
— Joseph Campbell

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
— William Shakespeare,
Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
— Aristotle

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
— Albert Einstein

“You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives within you.”
— Frederick Buechner

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.”
— Phillips Brooks

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
— Lao Tzu

“May you live all the days of your life.”
— Jonathan Swift


About Christine Ghattas

Christine Ghattas (Christine Bonnie Ghattas) is a teacher and artist from the United States. View all posts by Christine Ghattas

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