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Good stories can help us along the path of life. Excellence is a direction, a velocity, not an end point, and stories - good stories can help form mental habits.  Good stories create patterns of thinking by the exercise of our imagination of pathways that are similar to what we will face in the future.

Stories, carefully crafted, engaging both the left and right brain of the author will, when used by skilled educators transform the actions of mankind from the inside out. The world needs more stories that beautify the "mysterious" that Einstein refers to.  We need more stories that open the eyes to the beauty of life.

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed," Albert Einstein

"Imagination is more important than knowledge," Albert Einstein

"There can be no mental development without interest,"
Alfred North Whitehead

"There is only one subject-matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations," Alfred North  Whitehead

"Training in morals and good conduct is far more important than book learning. A child that is cleanly, agreeable, of good character, well-behaved -- even though he be ignorant -- is preferable to a child that is rude, unwashed, ill-natured, and yet becoming deeply versed in all the sciences and arts. The reason for this is that the child who conducts himself well, even though he be ignorant, is of benefit to others, while an ill-natured, ill-behaved child is corrupted and harmful to others, even though he be learned. If, however, the child be trained to be both learned and good, the result is light upon light," Abdu'l-Baha

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit," Aristotle

"Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation," Aristotle

"The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth," Marilyn vos Savant.

"Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you," Alice Walker.

"The heart of education is education of the heart." (Origin unknown)

"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled," Plutarch.

"If a man hasn't found something he will die for, he isn't fit to live," Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have," Lee Iacocca

"The second most important job in the world, second only to being a good parent, is being a good teacher,"  S.G. Ellis.

"The essence of education is that it be religious…A religious education is an education which inculcates duty and reverence," Alfred Whitehead.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living and doesn't teach them how to live," Charles Snitow.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes," Marcel Proust

"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well," Descartes

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops," Henry Brooks Adams

"From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery,"  Alfred North Whitehead

"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children,"  Walt Disney

"You don't have to teach people to be human.  You need to teach them how to stop being inhuman," Eldridge Cleaver

"My philosophy of learning, like my blood type, is be positive.  Keeping student attitudes positive is vital to their success in learning," David Pleacher.

"What is now proved was once only imagined."

"The two principles, freedom and discipline, are not antagonists, but should be so adjusted in the child’s life that they correspond to a natural sway, to and fro, of the developing personality," Alfred Whitehead.

"Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm," Emerson

"The work of a teacher -- exhausting, complex, idiosyncratic, never twice the same -- is at its heart, an intellectual and ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations," William Ayres

"Education is learning more than it is being taught. It's the chemistry of curiosity exposed to information. In that sense all of life is potentially school," Bob Guiccione, Jr.

"The purpose of to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions," James Baldwin

"Education is not a preparation for life, education is life itself," John Dewey.

"If there's no struggle, there's no progress," Frederick Douglass.

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science,"
Albert Einstein

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge,." Albert Einstein
"The value of an education ... is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks," Albert Einstein

"The journey for an education starts with a childhood question,"  David L. Finn

"The most important outcome of education is to help students to become independent of formal education,"  Paul E. Gray

"The struggle to become a better teacher begins all over again with the advent of each new class," Martin Henley

" is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his  students to surpass him,"  John Kemeny

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education," Martin Luther King, jr

"The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil to learn is hammering on cold iron," Horace Mann

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation," Jack Kinder

“The pursuit of learning is not a piece of content that can be taught.  It is a value that teachers model.  Only teachers who are avid, internally motivated learners can truly teach their students the joy of learning,” Martin Haberman

“It isn't enough just to learn -- one must learn how to learn,  how to learn without classrooms, without teachers, without  textbooks.  Learn, in short, how to think and analyze and decide and discover and create," Michael Bassis

"The mere contemplation of beauty of a high order produces in no small degree this elevating effect on the character," Alfred Whitehead

"The Beautiful is greater than the Good; for it includes the Good, and adds something to it: it is the Good made perfect, and fitted with all the collateral perfections which make it a finished and completed thing,"
Alfred Whitehead

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