Monday, December 26, 2016
At Education Week, Starr Sackstein offers us words for reflection and inspiration from characters in ten novels:
- Dumbledore, one of my most beloved teachers said in The Chamber of Secretsto Harry, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
- Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: "You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don't let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change...it's a good one, even if it does resist learning."
- Whatsit, A Wrinkle in Timeby Madeleine L'Engle: "Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself."
- The Fox, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
- Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope."
- Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen: "I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."
- Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Starsby John Green: "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
- Sirius Black, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenixby JK Rowling: "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."
- Antolini, Catcher in the Ryeby JD Salinger: "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one
- Gandalf, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: "There is a lot more in Bilbo than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself."
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