All Quotes

  • Uninhibited As We Might Be

    I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better. ~ George Bird Evans

  • If the world were merely seductive

    If the world were merely seductive … a quote by E.B. White

  • A New Year (Oprah Winfrey)

    Another chance to get it right.

  • Triumph of Reason

    “All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”

  • Rampant Narcissism & Social Cheating

    Don’t worry about it. Just deny, lie, attack those telling the truth, blame everyone else, and then pretend to be sorry. Works every time.

  • Observe, question & analyze

    “…after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Buddha

  • A New Command

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

  • Dan Rather’s Christmas Message

    These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine wrote that, and it’s a reminder that our history has seen other moments of crisis and uncertainty. I am optimistic that we will prevail as a nation, hopefully a much more unified and fairer one. With that thought in mind, and in that spirit: Merry Christmas to all.

  • The Little and the Least

    His brothers and sisters aren’t the religious leaders, the power brokers, the wealth and the mighty (though they are welcome). It is the little and the least, the worriers and the weary, the tax collectors and sinners, you and me.

  • Total, Harmonious & Beautiful

    The artist, the musical composer, the architect, the scientist all feel a fundamental need to discover and create something new that is whole and total, harmonious and beautiful.

  • To Sin by Silence

    To sin by silence when we should protest
    makes cowards out of men.

  • Be a stonecutter

    Be a stonecutter. Apprentice, journeyman, master.

  • No Sensible Capitalist

    No sensible capitalist would do that

  • Creative urge of science

    The pursuit of science is more than the pursuit of understanding.

  • A Crucible Moment

    A National Call to Action A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future. The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

  • Humanity and Climate Change

    How long have we got? We have to stabilize emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree… We don’t have much time left.

  • The Deeper Our Faith

    From Parker Palmer: A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. Parker Palmer is the author of Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

  • Respect

    Respect is an earned quality. Our words and actions are the means to gain it. It can be gained and / or lost; freely given and / or restrained. Title or position alone does not necessarily earn an individual “respect.”

  • Creative Thinking

    Creativity stimulates many different conversations and perspectives.

  • Facts and prejudice

    Fake news is in, ironically, the news these days. Bigotry, racism, prejudice seem to be the main content drivers.

  • A deep and enduring passion

    My teaching philosophy tends to be complex and I find it difficult to find the right words. This quote is at least one element of the effort. Teaching requires a deep & enduring passion for learning & leadership that is manifest in action and focused by an effort-of-will.

  • Good teachers weave the fabric

    This is my favorite quote about teaching & learning, from The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer (1998), Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco.

  • Including students in the process

    “Students need to be aware of the process. To help build commitment to campus and education, perhaps providing students some insight into the thought process behind teaching, learning and the academic endeavor.

  • To Be Fearless

    Leadership requires courage; the courage to imagine, to reflect, and to hold oneself accountable. It takes courage to listen to others, asking good questions and taking the road less traveled to define an outstanding vision.

  • Involving Students

    “Involve students in the discussion about learning-centered environments. As educators we have all sorts of conversations about learning-centered environments (also referred to as learner-centered or student-centered). But the missing participant in those discussions is, ironically, the student.

  • Teaching and Leadership

    Another part of my teaching philosophy, relating teaching, learning and leadership as common endeavors.