signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine

So many profound insights and lovely phrases: “The service and the loyalty I owe, / In doing it, pays itself.” “I have begun to plant thee, and will labour / To make thee full of growing.” “But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine / On all deservers.” Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1.4.22-43): MACBETH The service andContinue reading “signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine”

we like heroes in shirtsleeves

My teaching experience has led me to believe that unless my aims are more broadly defined than to make my students rational thinkers, I will surely fail to achieve even that. Education must address the whole student, the teacher’s methods, the books and lessons, the traditions, and regulations of the school—all must express not justContinue reading “we like heroes in shirtsleeves”

Joan of Arc had all that

Yet Joan, when I came to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that was even tolerable in either of them. I thought of all that is noble in Tolstoy, the pleasure in plain things, especially in plain pity, the actualities of the earth, the reverenceContinue reading “Joan of Arc had all that”