You say that I should be your teacher! See to it that I am your pinion and not your brake.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 200, selection 5, number 121, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
As a teacher, as a propagandist, Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
(Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. (Written 1901). Around Theatres, "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S," (1924).
Closing words of essay. Shaw was Beerbohm's predecessor as dramatic critic on the London weekly, Saturday Review.)
How worrisome it is to witness devilish competence turning a big country like ours almost schizophrenic on non issues! ! ! Rarely do we set a new trend extolling competence, inventions, initiatives and start ups. We work overtime in facilitating divide, anger, suspicion and condemnation. We love hoary institutions to wilt rather than blossom; we put small men at high places to ensure servility; we get increasingly afraid of successful men and institutions. We can hardly allow the rot to continue and to spread. Transformation must start; it has to be from our schools. Our teachers must stand with heads held high. Those who wish well of the country, must rally round the teacher.
(Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is from India. He is a former Civil Servant, lives in Bhubaneswar; is a social activist and a columnist.)