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You could do a search of the old boards. I copied a lot of people's homeschool mottos.


The Board Fairy's was good: "School doesn't have to be fun, it just has to get done!"


Some in Latin, like: "The best school is a library."


If that's the sort of thing you want, you'll find a ton. :001_smile:

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I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. - Jorge Luis Borges



Gilbert Highet: “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.â€



“The mind never need stop growing. Indeed, one of the few experiences which never pall is the experience of watching one's own mind and how it produces new interests, responds to new stimuli, and develops new thoughts, apparently without effort and almost independently of one's own conscious control.â€


“Many people have played themselves to death. Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death. Nobody ever thought himself to death.â€


“A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.â€


“What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?â€

“A good teacher is a determined person.â€




Being interested is the basic obligation that is necessary for success in whatever work you do.


“No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest --- for it is a part of education to learn to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.†~ T. S. Eliot


Books are keys to wisdom's treasure;Books are gates to lands of pleasure;Books are paths that upward lead;Books are friends. Come, let us read.


~ Emilie Poulsson



To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generation -- such is a pleasure beyond compare. - Kendo Yoshid



Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. -Frank Outlaw



“Cultivate your mind by the perusal of those books which instruct while they amuse. History, geography, poetry, moral essays, biography, travels, sermons, and other well-written religious productions will not fail to enlarge your understanding, to render you a more agreeable companion, and to exalt your virtue.†Patrick Henry



We should give attention to reading, every day that we live.

We should strive to bring all our reading to bear on our work.

We ought to keep our eyes open continually, and be ever picking up ideas for our ministry–as we travel by the way, as we sit by the fireside, as we are standing on the platform at the railway station.

We should be keeping in our mind's eye our Master's business--observing, noting, looking out, gathering up something that will throw fresh light on our work, and enable us to put the truth in a more striking way.

He that looks out for something to learn will always be able to learn something.

Advice to Those Who Serve ~ J. C. Ryle (updated English by Tony Capoccia)



Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

~Mortimer Adler


In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

~ Mortimer Adler


The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

~Thomas Carlyle


Beware of the man of one book.

~ Anonymous ~


Good children's literature appeals not only to

the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.

~ Anonymous ~


A library is a hospital for the mind.

~ Anonymous ~


People die, but books never die.

~ Anonymous ~


If you can read this, thank a teacher.

~ Anonymous Teacher ~


I've traveled the world twice over,

Met the famous; saints and sinners,

Poets and artists, kings and queens,

Old stars and hopeful beginners,

I've been where no-one's been before,

Learned secrets from writers and cooks

All with one library ticket

To the wonderful world of books.

~ Anonymous ~


Learn as much by writing as by reading.

~ Lord Acton ~


Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man

far better than through mortal friends.

~ Dawn Adams ~


Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to

mankind, which are delivered down from generation to

generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn,

~ Joseph Addison ~


Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up

its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

~ Joseph Addison ~


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

~ Joseph Addison ~


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

~ Mortimer J. Adler ~


That is a good book which is opened with

expectation and closed in profit.

~ Amos Bronson Alcott ~


She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. (1873)

~ Louisa May Alcott ~


When I look back, I am so impressed again

with the life-giving power of literature.

If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of

myself in the world, I would do that again by reading,

just as I did when I was young.

~ Maya Angelou ~


Beware of the man of one book.

~ Thomas Aquinas ~


He had read much, if one considers his long life;

but his contemplation was much more than his reading.

He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men

he should have known no more than other men.

~ John Aubrey ~


To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful,

ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

~ Gaston Bachelard ~


Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;

nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,

and some few to be chewed and digested:

that is, some books are to be read only in parts,

others to be read, but not curiously, and some few

to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

~ Francis Bacon ~


Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man,

and writing an exact man.

~ Francis Bacon ~


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be

chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts,

others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly,

and with diligence and attention.

~ Francis Bacon ~


Books are men of higher stature;

the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.

~ E.S. Barrett ~

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