I feel like my sixteenth birthday and the time I graduated from high school, and the first time I flew solo all wrapped up in one.
(Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), A Guy Named Joe, when she's wearing the new dress Pete gave her (1943).
Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.)
If you had made the acquiring of ignorance the study of your life, you could not have graduated with higher honor than you could to-day.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1870. The regular editor, in "How I Edited an Agricultural Newspaper," pp. 415-16, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992).)
“If I had grown up in a stable household with two well-adjusted and loving parents studied hard in school graduated with honors gone to college gotten a degree found a decent job met a wonderful girl fallen in love gotten married and lived happily ever after what in the hell would I have to write about?”
'Notice [the philsopher's quality-point system]... goes from concept-intensive, to idea-intensive, to logic-intensive, to work-intensive [in descending order]. It also depends on your level of activity to realize the full idea of each level. A very successful graduate student is usually not a public intellectual. A very important public intellectual is not always famous like Picasso. Picasso does not necessarily found a religion, and a religion is not always as philosophically important as Greek philosophy.'
The problem with being a gifted writer in Kenya is that you have many half-schooled editors who have no taste for literary works, and will hence have problems having your works published. I don't write to meet the wizened expectations of a Moi University graduate in Information Science, folks who cannot recall anything worth reading they've ever read. An editor should be a literary enthusiast, if not a writer themselves.
The proper aim of education is to promote significant learning. Significant learning entails development. Development means successively asking broader and deeper questions of the relationship between oneself and the world. This is as true for first graders as graduate students, for fledging artists as graying accountants.
(Laurent A. Daloz (20th century), U.S. educator. Effective Teaching and Mentoring, ch. 9 (1986).)