Monday, December 26, 2016

Wisdom from Fictional Characters

At Education Week, Starr Sackstein offers us words for reflection and inspiration from characters in ten novels:

  1. 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."
  2. Atticus FinchTo 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's a good one, even if it does resist learning."
  3. WhatsitA 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."
  4. The FoxThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry: "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." 
  5. Nick CarrawayThe Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope."
  6. Elizabeth BennettPride 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." 
  7. Hazel Grace LancasterThe Fault in Our Starsby John Green: "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
  8. Sirius BlackHarry 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."
  9. AntoliniCatcher 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
  10. GandalfThe 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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