Monday, February 15, 2010

Quote of the day

Someone in my school shared this great quote with me today and I thought it was worthy and I loved that she thought to bring it to me.

It is from a desk top calendar-

"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves."
-Gilbert Highet

I did research Mr Highet a bit before posting and found he was an early educator of Scottish heritage, attended Oxford and taught for years at Columbia University.  In reading his bio information I found another intriguing quote of his:

"The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning."

I'm now a huge fan of Gilbert Highet and am always amazed at how much there is still out there to learn.  I don't remember ever learning anything about Mr. Highet before-not in college, or grad school (where i studied Education...) and there he is just another interesting person waiting to be discovered!  He has published several books on the topic of education as well. 

I'm so glad to have been introduced...
Hope you are having a marvelous Monday!

1 comment:

Jenners said...

I love that quote!!! It really captures how I feel about reading.