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Motivational Quotes

“Living in the moment can become a moralistic principle, a burden rather than a way to intensify life.  The difference might depend on who takes the lead in the dance and who chooses the music.  The soul is a community of many interior persons, many of them capable leaders.  The ego is only one among them and probably should not always run the show.  A good dancer or musician allows the music to take over, becomes absorbed in the complex harmonies and tempos, and is the servant of the materials at hand.  The secret of a soul-based life is to allow someone or something other than the usual self to be in charge.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“Today many people live the external life exclusively, and when the inner world erupts or stirs, they rush to a therapist or druggist for help.  They try to explain profound mythic developments in the language of behavior and experience.  Often they have no idea what is happening to them, because they have been so cut off from the deep self.  Their own soul is so alien to them that they are unaware of what is going on outside the known realm of fact.  Former methods of keeping in touch with the inner life have gone out of mode.  Diaries, letters, and deep conversations help focus attention on developments and materials that lie beneath the surface.  Only one hundred years ago, without benefit of typewriters and word processors, people kept elaborate, long and detailed diaries and notebooks.  We seem to have left behind these methods of reflection in favor of technologies for action.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“In my own experience, it is often the brief, simple, original books that turn out to be the most useful.  The books I have on my special shelf – books for personal, lifelong use – are all brief and untraditionally structured.  They are almost all illustrated, and they have considerable blank space on a page.  These are not sources of information but books for meditation.  A book is virtual space that invites contemplation and perusal.  In this space one tarries and looks around, absorbing the atmosphere, and then leaves, the author hopes, happy to have visited.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“When we teach a child to make good decisions, we benefit from a lifetime of good decisions.  When we teach a child to love to learn, the amount of learning will become limitless.  When we teach a child to deal with a changing world, she will never become obsolete.  When we are brave enough to teach a child to question authority, even ours, we insulate ourselves from those who would use their authority to work against each of us.  And when we give students the desire to make things, even choices, we create a world filled with makers.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“Let’s define dumb as being different from stupid.  Dumb means you don’t know what you’re supposed to know.  Stupid means you know it but make bad choices. […]  Dumb used to be a by-product of lack of access, bad teachers, or poor parenting.  Today, dumb is a choice, one that’s made by individuals who choose not to learn.  If you don’t know what you need to know, that’s fixable.  But first you have to want to fix it.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“In the connected age, reading and writing remain the two skills that are most likely to pay off with exponential results.  Reading leads to more reading.  Writing leads to better writing.  Better writing leads to a bigger audience and more value creation.  And the process repeats.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“What we can’t do is digitize passion.  We can’t force the student to want to poke around and discover new insights online.  We can’t merely say, ‘here,’ and presume the students will do the hard (and scary) work of getting over the hump and conquering their fears.  Without school to establish the foundation and push and pull our students, the biggest digital library in the world is useless.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“If there’s information that can be written down, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up.  We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an ax.  (Worth stopping for a second and reconsidering the revolutionary nature of that last sentence.)  What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better.  If all the teacher is going to do is read her pre-written notes from a PowerPoint slide to a lecture hall of thirty or three hundred, perhaps she should stay home.  Not only is this a horrible disrespect to the student, it’s a complete waste of the heart and soul of the talented teacher.  Teaching is no longer about delivering facts that are unavailable in any other format.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate.  And just as important, it’s vital we acknowledge that we can unteach bravery and creativity and initiative.  And that we have been doing just that.  School has become an industrialized system, working on a huge scale, that has significant by-products, including the destruction of many of the attitudes and emotions we’d like to build our culture around.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“Sticking things out is overrated, particularly if you stick out the wrong things.  In fact, I think you’d be much better off quitting most of what you do so you have the resources to get through the hard slog I call the Dip.  The challenge, then, is to not quit in the Dip, but instead to quit everything else so you have the focus to get through the slog of what matters.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?