"Nothing but old fags and cabbage-stumps of quotations from the bible and the rest, stewed in the juice of deliberate, journalistic dirty-mindedness."
--D.H.Lawrence, referring to James Joyce

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"Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral. Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that people form with each other and the world around them; it simply cannot be understood outside of that context."
Samuel Collins
Wired 3.09
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"The imagination must be undisciplined. That is why the university cannot bear it."
Imagologies: Media Philosophy
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"Media philosphy rejects analytics in favor of communication. Explosive, outrageous comunication is the lifeblood of hope in the world of simulacra, bureaucracy and collapsing ecosystems."
Imagologies: Media Philosophy
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"If we taught children to speak, they'd never learn."
William Hull
epigraph for How Children Fail by John Holt
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"A thousand minds, a thousand arguments; a lively intermingling of questions, problems, news of the latest happening, jokes; an inexhaustible play of language and thought, a vibrant curiosity; the changeable temper of a thousand spirits by whom every object of discussion is broken into an infinity of sense and significations--all these spring into being, and then are spent. And this is the pleasure of the Florentine public."
Richard Goodwin
from "The American Condition" qtd in The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"Photos used to be a way of freezing reality. Now they're a way of thawing imagination."
Jaron Lanier,
Olympus ad, Wired 4.10
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"We cannot have real learning in school if we think it is our duty and our right to tell children what they must learn."
John Holt
How Children Fail (179)
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"The real menace of barbarism is that it tends to be hidden behind a facade of respectability, in institutions which are so taken for granted that the very idea of subjecting them to criticism is received as an intolerable heresy."
Lionel Rubinoff
Tradition and Revolution (6)
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"You have to form the habit of not wanting to have been right for very long. If I still believe something after five years, I doubt it."
Marvin Minsky
qtd in Media Lab by Stewart Brand
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"Conversation is not an enterprise designed to yield an extrinsic profit, a contest where a winner gets a prize, no[r] is it an activity of exegesis; it is an unrehearsed intellectual adventure."
Michael Oakeshott
"The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Mankind"
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

We ought not to be like the children of Lot's wife who persist in making history with their heads turned backwards.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset
The Revolt of the Masses
Contributor:Gary Parnell
Email: gary.parnell@snow.edu

"Inventive discourse shows itself to be rhetorical, different from rational discourse, for inventive speech originates in experience, in the pathos of the claim of Being that is different at each time."
Ernesto Grassi
Heidegger and the Question of Renaissance Humanism: Four Studies (33)
Contributor:Janet Cross
Email: hceng028@email.csun.edu

"If `learning from experience' is understood as what Peirce called `the endless process of learning from signs,' I think we can invent humane pedagogies which will endlessly create possibilities for teaching and learning."
Anne E. Berthoff
A Sense of Learning (5)
Contributor:Janet Cross
Email: hceng028@email.csun.edu

Technology, along with the issues that surround its use in reading- and writing-intensive classrooms, both physically and intellectually disrupts the ways in which we make meaning--the ways in which we communicate. Computers change the ways in whic h we read, construct, and interpret texts. In doing so, technology forces us to rethink what it means to be human. We need more problems like this.
Cynthia L. Selfe and Susan Hilligoss
Literacy and Computers
Contributor:Alan I Rea, Jr.
Email: alan@bgnet.bgsu.edu

"At times things can happen outside school that compensate for closed, alienating classrooms."
Herbert R. Kohl
Teaching The "Unteachable" (32)
Contributor:Janet Cross
Email: hceng028@email.csun.edu

"Where there is no talk, there is no life."
Ray Oldenburg
The Great Good Place (192)
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

Why bother learning when ignorance is instantaneous?
Calvin and Hobbes
Contributor:Frank Goodwin
Email: fog1@pge.com

"I want all the hands-on mud-slinging art playing legos-building inet traveling all lumped together. I am greedy. I want a lifetime of kindergarten for all age levels. I want it all."
Janet Cross
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"You people are wasting your lives!!! Who are you! Are you all such losers that you need to sit at a computer and type worthless quotes into a wacko site like this all day just so you can be in a state of mind that makes you feel as if you've contr buted to America's youth??? I THINK I'M GOING TO BE SICK!!!"
Jack Handy's mom
Disgruntled Ladie's Digest
Contributor:My piggybank
Email: loserlikeyou@psycho.com

"A fierce and sentimental addiction to forms makes us shudder at change. It is much easier to say that the system is all right--only the people need to be improved."
Charles Ferguson
A Little Democracy is a Dangerous Thing (27)
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

I've been there done that and got the t-shirt!
Bugs Bunny
Space Jam CD
Contributor:Vee Vee Johnson
Email: Ljohnson@wade.org

"Institutions that were once alive have been stuffed and preserved out of deference, honored for the service they once performed rather than for their present usefulness. It is likeness we admire. What would terrify us, if it were alive and functioning, is sleekly mounted on a pedestal and regarded with affectionate esteem all the greater because the object of our regard is safely dead. It is much simpler and easier to collect and caresss the trophies of our democratic inheritance than it is to fashion up-to-date tools with which to work on our current problems."
Charles Ferguson
A Little Democracy is a Dangerous Thing
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"Any attempt to disturb the deadly routine of instruction is looked upon as sabotage. And the notion that the aims and functions of education should be determined in the local community by a close and continuous discussion among students, faculty, administration, and citizens is so visionary that it is not even seriously considered."
Charles Ferguson
A Little Democracy is a Dangerous Thing
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

"If it ain't broke, fix it."
Eric Crump
Fred Kemp
Contributor:Brian McKinney
Email: bmckinne@viking.dvc.edu

You live and learn...or you don't live long.
Robert Heinlein
Methusala's Children
Email: whalen@pacbell.net

I suggest that you preach truth and do righteousness as you have been taught, whereinsoever that teaching may commend itself to your consciences and your judgements. For your consciences and your judgements we have not sought to bind; and see you to it that no other institution, no political party, no social circle, no religious organization, no pet ambitions put such chains on you as would tempt you to sacrifice one iota of the moral freedom of your consciences or the intellectual freedom of your judgements.
President Isaac Sharpless
Haverford College Commencement, 1888
Contributor:J. L. Albee
Email: albeej@bek.com

When life gives you lemons, make orange juice.
Sam Crawford
Contributor:Becky Woll
Email: rhwoll@students.wisc.edu

the sleep of reason breeds monsters
Email: daniel@eliteware.com

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong
Walking on Alligators
Contributor:Ellen Lindeen
Email: ellenl@wccb.wcc.il.us

"If it works, it's obsolete."
Marshall McLuhan
"The Medium is the Rearview Mirror" by Nelson Theall
Contributor:Mick Doherty
Email: mick@rpi.edu

The transgressive force of teaching does not lie so much in matters of content as in the way pedagogy can hold open the temporality of questioning so as to resist being characterized as a transaction that can be concluded, either with the giving of grades or the granting of degrees.
Bill Readings
The University in Ruins
Contributor:Dave Coogan
Email: coogan@charlie.cns.iit.edu

The analysis of the university as an ideological state apparatus, in Althusser's terms, is no longer appropriate, since the university is no longer primarily an ideological arm of the nation-state but an autonomous coroporation.
Bill Readings
The University in Ruins
Contributor:Dave Coogan
Email: coogan@charlie.cns.iit.edu

The question posed to the University is thus not how to turn the university into a haven for Thought but how to think in an institution whose development tends to make thought more and more difficult.
Bill Readings
The University in Ruins
Contributor:Dave Coogan
Email: coogan@charlie.cns.iit.edu

Fire burns; that is the first law.
When a wind fans it the flames

are carried abroad. Talk
fans the flames They have

manoeuvred it so that to write
is a fire and not only of the blood.

The writing is nothing, the being
in a position to write (that's

where they get you) is nine tenths
of the difficulty

Infinitely more important than the answers are the questions, the choice of them, the inner form of them.
Oswald Spengler
The Little Zen Calendar 1996
Contributor:Mike Barzacchini
Email: mike.barzacchini@uc.edu

Q.: Do you know why there's no Museum of Education? A.: They're still using it all!
Contributor:connie stephens
Email: csteph@mhtc.net

Those who think that education is expensive, do not know the price of ignorance.
I don't remember
Contributor:Rubens E. B. Ramos
Email: rebramos@br.homeshopping.com.br

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon
Gordon Banks, geb@cadre.dsl.pitt.edu
his .sig, around 1992
Contributor:Lili Velez
Email: velez@netlab.texsci.edu

This information age has made us all sorcerer's apprentices; awash in information and with no broom with which to sweep away the meaningless.
Neil Postman
Lecture, North Central College, November 1995
Contributor:Ralph Siddall
Email: rsiddall@lydia.bradley.edu

"I don't have to know everything, I just have to know where to find it when I need it"
A Einstein
Contributor:Michael J Sclafani
Email: mscla@pb.net

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the environment. Unresonable people adapt the environment to themselves. Therefore, all progress depends on unreasonable people.
G.B. Shaw
Contributor:Mark Richmond
Email: emar@cinch.com

"The best inspiration is an unpaid rent."
August Strindberg (Swedish writer)
Contributor:Dan Landin
Email: danlandin@usa.net

To do is to be. - Descartes To be is to do. - Sartre Do be do be do. - Sinatra
Contributor:Dan Landin
Email: danlandin@usa.net

"A Hacker is any person who derives joy from discovering ways to circumvent limitations."
Robert Bickford
post to cpsr-history@Sunnyside.COM 6/13/96
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@showme.missouri.edu

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never-haves, then listen close to me: anything can happen child, anything can be.
Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Contributor:Eric Fholer
Email: elf@ou.edu

School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense and common decency.
H.L. Mencken
qtd. by Britton Manasco, Reason Magazine
Contributor:Lind Williams
Email: lindw@ms.provo.k12.ut.us

"Hype is the flying elbows of rhetoric."
Eric Crump
E-mail message to ACW-L
Contributor:Joseph Unger
Email: J.Unger@ttu.edu

Les bonnes choses ne durent pas.
Gary G. McCann
Contributor:Hilliard Saunders

This too shall pass away.
Saint Paul
Cynthia Webb
Contributor:H. E. Saunders

Hic jacet Artus, Rex quondam, Rexque futurum
Inscription on King Arthur's headstone
Contributor:H. Saunders

"One would think that no sane being would ever stand on the folding paint tray of a stepladder; but yes, they do. This is evolution at work. We should not interfere with these people and their destiny."
Jeff Taylor
Tools of the Trade: The Art and Craft of Carpentry
Contributor:Suzie Medders
Email: bmedder@clemson.edu

"In nonsense is strength."
Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions (or Goodbye Blue Monday)
Contributor:William Papale
Email: wgpapale@snet.net

"You don't control quality. You observe it in action."
John McLaughlin
email msg
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@missouri.edu

"When depth gives way to surface,
under-standing becomes inter
-standing. To comprehend
is no longer to grasp
what lies beneath
but to glimpse
what lies
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@missouri.edu

"rhetnet" from the old greek for "detention hall"
Mick Doherty
some forgotten MOO conversation
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: wleric@missouri.edu

"Progress...assumes that the dynamic is better than the stable and unchanging, yet it moves towards greater stability."
Northrop Frye
The Modern Century
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"Horror is beyond the reach of psychology."
Theodor Adorno
Minama Moralia
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"Rhetoric is not only persuasion but identification as a social cohesive force."
Kenneth Burke
A Rhetoric of Motives
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"The depicting of a thing's end may be a dramatic way of identifying its essence."
Kenneth Burke
Rhetoric of Motives
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"The intellectual activity of those without power is always characterized as non-intellectual."
Paulo Freire
Literacy: Reading the Word and the World
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"One adopts measures in keeping with his past training--and the very soundness of this training may lead him to adopt the wrong measures. People may be unfitted by being fit in an unfit fitness."
Kenneth Burke
Permanence and Change
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"The representation of others is not easily separable from the manipulation of them"
Clifford Geertz
After the Fact: Two Countries...One Anthropologist
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

"Depiction is power."
Clifford Geertz
After the Fact
Contributor:Bob Ashley
Email: bob.ashley@ns.sympatico.ca

You cannot own anything you do not need...it's not ethical.
T.F. Griffith
Things You Need to Know
Contributor:Susan Griffith
Email: wayeast@nbtel.nb.ca

"You provide the pictures, I'll provide the war."
Contributor:Bruce Goodwin

Memory says, "Idid that." Pride replies, "I could not have done that." Eventually, memory yields.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Beyond good and evil
Email: BigSnoopy@msn.com

The only accurate charge I ever had made against me was the time I got arrested [at a mine strike] in 1934. They said I was "getting information and going back and teaching it." That's exactly what I was doing.
Myles Horton
Southern Exposure, Vol. XVIII, No.1, p.7
Contributor:Betty Meeler
Email: bmeeler@dur.mindspring.com

Fear is an amasing human emotion. It can stop us from doing things we should, and make us do things we should not
Joshua Erlanger
Contributor:Joshua Erlanger
Email: jpest11@pitt.edu

Live by your mind and be a slave; live by your heart and be free.
Joshua Erlanger
Contributor:Joshua Erlanger
Email: jpest11@pitt.edu

The best things in life find you. If you go out looking for them you'll look in all the wrong places for all the wrong things.
Joshua Erlanger
Contributor:Joshua Erlanger
Email: jpest11@pitt.edu

"Embedded in every technology there is a powerful idea, sometimes two or three powerful ideas. Like language itself, a technology predisposes us to favor and value certain perspectives and accomplishments and to subordinate others. Every technolo gy has a philosophy, which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in how it codifies the world, in which of our sensed it amplifies, in which of our emotional and intellectual tendencies it disregards."
Neil Postman
The End of Education
Contributor:Kathy Fitch
Email: Kafkaz@aol.com or FitchK@cdnet.cod.edu

Life is nothing but a series of follies.
George Bernard Shaw
Contributor:Paula Terranova

"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from feeble minds."
Albert Einstien
Contributor:Tim Walsh
Email: timxtine@concentric.net

We all love to instruct, but we can only teach what is not worth knowing.
Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice

I was pleased to be able to answer promptly. And I did. I said I didn't know.
Mark Twain

"All men die but few men really live"
? Wallace -
From the film Braveheart
Contributor:Peter Hempenstall
Email: serve1st@gil.com.au

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake
Contributor:Tom Tafelsky
Email: lazure@earthlink.net

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Norman Vincent Peale
Contributor:Melissa Berklund
Email: melb@ix.netcom.com

"Such is the temper of our age that most technologists would rather be called scientists than artists. Yet necessary as science is to analysis, just as necessary is art to invention. Even in today's scientific technology, the artistic component r emains essential in the search for elegant solutions. Science will continue to influence technology, but it is art that will choose the specific shape of the future."
Eugene S. Ferguson
"Elegant Inventions in Technology"
Contributor:Adrienne Ditchey
Email: ditcheya@gusun.georgetown.edu

The artist [writer] must serve as the popular memory, the popular voice, dissenting from the official history.
Martin Espada
Being America
Contributor:F.S. Arroyo
Email: farroyo@csd.uwm.edu

"Once people begin to Live. Then they will not just exist"
Nick Anderson
Personal Philosophy
Contributor:Nick Anderson
Email: andersn2@nevada.edu

What is different is not what is wrong!
Email: arjay@giasmd01.vsnl.net.in

where there is to much talk there is no thinking
Piet lategan
Email: radio@lantic.co.za

"The opposite of war isn't peace....its creation."
RENT the musical

If you must say something negative about another person, make sure they are standing alongside you so that they can defend themselves
Email: jbass@taunet.com.au

John Steinbeck

"You can't lock down the future. All you can do is lock yourself out of it."
Fred Kemp
post to ACW-L, 30 April 98
Contributor:Eric Crump
Email: eric@serv1.ncte.org

This may at times be embarrassing or even difficult, but academic subjects are not eternal categories
Raymond Williams
Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye
st. expurey
the little prince
Email: xene0@hotmail.com

Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy a friend
st expury
the little prince
Email: xene0@hotmail.com

Life gives us an education whether we want it or not.
Vivian Jordan
Contributor:Vivian Jordan

The only thing we cannot do is be forced into action.
Chad Clayton
My head
Contributor:Chad Clayton
Email: claytonc@slu.edu

Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.
Leonard Cohen
"The Old Revolution" SONGS from A ROOM
Contributor:Randy Youngren
Email: youngren@eburg.com

"I don't find myself responsible for all the extra people in the world"
Flannery O'Connor
The American Short Story Vol. 1
Contributor:Julie Biggerstaff
Email: jab3921@mwsc.griffin.edu

there is always one more bug.
Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology
Lazerlite Daily Gems
Contributor:Myra Reed
Email: mreed@nmsu.edu

before long it began to seem to me not only possible but maybe even desirable and perhaps even wonderful that our children would develop into ignorant savages.
Denis Johnson
Salon--"School's Out"
Contributor:Melissa Allen
Email: mallen@jbeam.com

Poetry is the blood jet. There is no stopping it.
Sylvia Plath
Contributor:Shawna Hearn
Email: shh1@axe.humboldt.edu

"We are living a lie in this class because we pretend that we know what we are doing...and we don't"
Liz Erickson
Heidi's mouth
Email: liz@humboldt1.com

"Teaching is not filling up a pail, it is lighting a fire"
William Butler Yeats
Contributor:Chace Bryson
Email: cjb5@axe.humboldt.edu

There is no defeat, only victory and learning.

Now hollow fires burn to black, And lights are guttering low; Square your shoulders, lift your pack, And leave your friends and go.
Alfred Edward Housman
Contributor:J. Squid Hering
Email: J_Squid@hotmail.com

Without art, we are but monkeys with car keys
Email: MaVinci@aol.com

I think that I shall never see anything so pitiful as an educrat who decries those of us who bring function and order to chaos. you can look it up...
guy c. mcdonald
my own version
Email: gcmcdonald@teacher.esc4.com

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love."
William Shakespeare
Contributor:Greg Stotts
Email: gstotts@iastate.edu