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The Road to Wisdom

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin Fisher

The first degree of folly is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise counsel.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men change their minds, fools never.
English proverb

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – teaching others.
Ibn Gabirol


What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
Josef Albers

To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.
Søren Kierkegard

Stories transport us into another world. They hold our attention. They become remarkable vehicles for the communication of truth and meaningful lessons that cannot be easily forgotten. If a picture is better than a thousand words, a story is better than a million.
Charles Swindoll

The Best Way to Learn

People learn the most when teaching others.
Peter Drucker

I try to learn from everyone. I look at their strengths and ask myself, “What can I do better?”
Annika Sorenstam

To be the best, learn from the best.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Anxiety checks learning. An overall feeling of inferiority, a temporary humiliation, a fit of depression, defiance or anger, a sense of being rejected and many other emotional disturbances affect the learning process. The reverse is true; a feeling of well-being and of being respected by others stimulates an alert mind, willingness to participate and an attitude conducive to learning.
Ede le Shan

The Importance of Fathers

What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.
Jean Paul Richter

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
Umberto Eco

If mothers would understand that much of their importance lies in building up the father image for the child, the children would turn out well.
Samuel Liebowitz

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
George Douglas

When I was a child I loved to watch my father shave. I sat on the closed toilet seat and marveled at the sound of the razor gliding over his face, pushing aside the foamy soap like a shovel in the snow. I adored him, this grand figure who slapped lotion on his cheeks every morning, buttoned his clean white shirt and hugged me good-bye.
Marlo Thomas

The Adversity Advantage

Many a rich father wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.
Robert Frost

I feel sorry for rich kids now because they’re never going to have the opportunity I had. I don’t think I could have done it if I hadn’t had the tough days to begin with.
Ben Hogan

Teaching consists of causing people to go into situations from which they cannot escape, except by thinking. Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert Heinlein

When I hear my friends say they hope their children don’t have to experience the hardships they went through – I don’t agree. Those hardships made us what we are. You can be disadvantaged in many ways, and one way may be not having had to struggle.
William Batten

If we spoon-feed our children healthy doses of enrichment, but don’t give them time to struggle, to be frustrated, and to fail, they are not likely to put their fledgling talents to full use down the road. They need the time and space to experiment, to be bored, to plan and rehearse their ideas and put them into action.
Dr. Paul Donahue


Of all the friends we have, our mother is the most loyal, the most steadfast. Her love knows no limits.
Rhonda Hogan

One mother can achieve more than a hundred teachers.
Jewish proverb

We can’t nourish our children if we don’t nourish ourselves. Parents who manage to stay married, sane and connected to each other share one basic characteristic: the ability to protect even small amounts of time together no matter what else is going on in their lives.
Ron Taffel

It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
Anne Tyler

If you focus your attention on housework and meal preparation and diapers, raising children does start to look like drudgery pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you see yourself as nothing less than your child’s nurturer, role model, teacher, spiritual guide and mentor, your days take on a very different cast.
Joyce Maynard

Tribute to Fathers

These moments alone with my father were the most peaceful and contented moments of my childhood.
Natasha Burns

As I grow older, there is no greater pleasure than seeing some of my father’s finest traits vividly present in my own four children.
Howard Gardner

Growing up, I’d often accompany my father to Clyde’s Barber Shop for his twice monthly hair cut. While he was getting his trim, I’d get my little red cowgirl boots shined. On the way back home we would stop at Spud Nuts for a bag of just-from-the-oven doughnuts. Shiny boots, warm doughnuts, daddy-daughter talk – it was just perfect.
Anonymous, age 54

My father is the standard by which all subsequent men in my life have been judged.
Kathryn Graham

My father was not only my father, but also my best friend. I learned at his funeral from one of his secretaries (of many years earlier) that he considered no question that I asked him too big or too small to deserve an answer. When I had asked a zinger for which he did not know the answer, it was his custom to take his lunch hour the next day and spend it at the library finding the answer.
Dr. C. Everett Koop