Quotations About / On: SCHOOL

  • 61.
    A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, vol. 3, notebook 28 (July 1888-May 1889), ed. Frederick Anderson (1979).)
  • 62.
    The term preschooler signals another change in our expectations of children. While toddler refers to physical development, preschooler refers to a social and intellectual activity: going to school. That shift in emphasis is tremendously important, for it is at this age that we think of children as social creatures who can begin to solve problems.
    (Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Toddlers and Preschoolers, introduction (1994).)
  • 63.
    Mighty few young black women are doin' domestic work. And I'm glad. That's why I want my kids to go to school. This one lady told me, "All you people are gettin' like that." I said, "I'm glad." There's no more gettin' on their knees.
    (Maggie Holmes, African American domestic worker. As quoted in Working, book 3, by Studs Terkel (1973). Raised poor, uneducated, Holmes had been a domestic all her life.)
  • 64.
    Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.
    (Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Confessions of a Bloom & Hirsch Girl," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
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  • 65.
    You had to have seen the corpses lying there in front of the school—the men with their caps covering their faces—to know the meaning of class hatred and the spirit of revenge.
    (Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "First Glance Back," 1928, Autobiographical Writings, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1986). On the government's bloody suppression of a workers' uprising in Berlin, March 1919.)
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  • 66.
    The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion—these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.
    (Jerome S. Bruner (b. 1915), U.S. psychologist. The Process of Education (1960).)
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  • 67.
    I had my good looks, my blond hair, my height, build, and bullfighting school, I suppose I became one of the Village equivalents of an Eagle Scout badge for the girls. I was one of the credits needed for a diploma in the sexual humanities.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sergius O'Shaugnessy, in "The Time of Her Time," Advertisements for Myself, p. 485, Putnam's (1959).)
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  • 68.
    Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
    (Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movies as Opera," Going Steady (1968).)
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  • 69.
    I would urge that the yeast of education is the idea of excellence, and the idea of excellence comprises as many forms as there are individuals, each of whom develops his own image of excellence. The school must have as one of its principal functions the nurturing of images of excellence.
    (Jerome S. Bruner (20th century), U.S. psychologist and educator. "After John Dewey, What?" Bank Street College of Education Publication (March 1961).)
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  • 70.
    ... it is the desert's grimness, its stillness and isolation, that bring us back to love. Here we discover the paradox of the contemplative life, that the desert of solitude can be the school where we learn to love others.
    (Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 20 (1993). Norris lived in rural Lemmon, South Dakota, a town of 1,600 people.)
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