Life Under the Apple Tree

Thinking Out Loud


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I’ve always loved quotes and have collected them on and off throughout the years. Here is a collection of the quotes that have appeared on this blog.

“I think creativity is a way of thinking, of being. It doesn’t mean you have to be an artist or writer. It means you approach life with the ability to be open, to solve challenges in new ways and try new things.” ~Ren Allen

“Art is about paying attention.” ~Laurie Anderson

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

“When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.” ~Les Brown

“I admire the unschooled mind as it always understands [that] options abound. My children don’t seem to think that they are ever ’stuck’ in any one decision. That’s liberating right there.” ~Cindy on the Worldschooler blog.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“People learn by playing, thinking and amazing themselves. They learn while they’re laughing at something surprising, and they learn while they’re wondering ‘What the heck is this?’” ~Sandra Dodd

“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?” ~Desiderius Erasmus

“A child does not have to be motivated to learn; in fact, learning cannot be stopped. A child will focus on the world around him and long to understand it. He will want to know why things are the way they are. He won’t have to be told to be curious; he will just be curious. He has no desire to be ignorant; rather he wants to know everything.” ~Valerie Fitzenreiter

“Whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t—you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

“A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech.” ~John Holt

“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves … and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.” ~John Holt

“True learning – learning that is permanent and useful, that leads to intelligent action and further learning — can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner.” ~John Holt

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college, that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, ‘You mean they forget?’” ~Howard Ikemoto

“Nobody ever gave you a grade for learning how to play, how to ride a bicycle, or how to kiss.” ~Derrick Jensen

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” -C.G. Jung

“Most of us would protest that of course we love our
 children without any strings attached. But what counts is how things 
look from the perspective of the children — whether they feel just as 
loved when they mess up or fall short.” ~Alfie Kohn

“The [people] we’re looking for — are those who … have the compassion and the courage to shake up the status quo and denounce cruel traditions. They’ve … developed a commitment to making the world, or at least whatever part of it they come to inhabit, a better place than it was before they got there.” ~Alfie Kohn

“All secrets sleep in winter clothes.” ~Jeff Mangum

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” ~Joyce Maynard

“Drawing demands that the artist pause, to be.” ~Pat Oblak

“There is no one as powerful as a person who feels loved and supported.” ~Arnold Patent

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” ~Pablo Picasso

“Life must be lived as play.” ~Plato

“Art is not a making-oneself-understood but an urgent understanding-of-oneself. The closer you get in your most intimate and solitary contemplation or imagination (vision), the more has been achieved, even if no one else were to understand it.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“One cannot awaken often enough the sense of a beginning within oneself. There is so little external change needed for that since we actually transform the world from within our hearts.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it.” ~Benjamin Rush, signer of The Declaration of Independence

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“The illiterate of the future will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot LEARN.” ~Alvin Toffler

“When you need to fly from your home, it’s not a home. Home should be where the bird’s feelings are free, not caged.” ~Unknown

“We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.” ~Unknown

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” ~John Updike


Written by cherapple

29 September, 2009 at 8:57 am

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