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Pioneering Education Reformer Elizabeth Peabody on the True Object of Study
Pioneering Education Reformer Elizabeth Peabody on the True Object of Study

The pleasure of meeting the mind at the edge of its aptitude.

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Leonard Bernstein on Cynicism, Instant Gratification, and Why Paying Attention Is a Countercultural Act of Courage and Resistance
Leonard Bernstein on Cynicism, Instant Gratification, and Why Paying Attention Is a Countercultural Act of Courage and Resistance

“There is so much inherent goodness in people that if they aren’t inhibited by traumas and are given half a chance, it shines through.”

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Pioneering Scientist Erwin Chargaff on the Power of Being an Outsider and What Makes a Great Teacher
Pioneering Scientist Erwin Chargaff on the Power of Being an Outsider and What Makes a Great Teacher

“A teacher is one who can show you the way to yourself.”

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Anne Lamott on the Life-Giving Power of Great Teachers
Anne Lamott on the Life-Giving Power of Great Teachers

“All good teachers know that inside a remote or angry person is a soul, way deep down, capable of a full human life.”

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The Will to Doubt: Bertrand Russell on Free Thought and Our Only Effective Self-Defense Against Propaganda
The Will to Doubt: Bertrand Russell on Free Thought and Our Only Effective Self-Defense Against Propaganda

“The protection of minorities is vitally important; and even the most orthodox of us may find himself in a minority some day, so that we all have an interest in restraining the tyranny of majorities.”

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Audre Lorde on the Indivisibility of Identity and the Importance of Arts Education and Arts Funding
Audre Lorde on the Indivisibility of Identity and the Importance of Arts Education and Arts Funding

“The shortest statement of philosophy I have is my living, or the word ‘I.’”

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Bruce Lee’s Daughter Shares Her Father’s Philosophy of Learning
Bruce Lee’s Daughter Shares Her Father’s Philosophy of Learning

“Learning is discovering, uncovering what is there in us.”

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David Ogilvy on the True Value of Education: A Brilliant Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Nephew
David Ogilvy on the True Value of Education: A Brilliant Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Nephew

“Don’t judge the value of higher education in terms of careermanship. Judge it for what it is — a priceless opportunity to furnish your mind and enrich the quality of your life.”

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Speaking Truth to Power and the Value of Counterpoints: Madeleine Albright’s Surprising Commencement Address
Speaking Truth to Power and the Value of Counterpoints: Madeleine Albright’s Surprising Commencement Address

“We should use our opinions to start discussions, not to end them.”

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On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address
On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

“In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater.”

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