The Very Spring and Root

An engineer's adventures in education (and other musings).

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We sneered at each other across the desk for a moment. He sneered better than I did.

Philip MarloweFarewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.

Philip MarloweFarewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful, but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.

Henry David Thoreau (via Annalyn)

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There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

-Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV.3

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For education … is the mainspring of our economic and social progress … it is the highest expression of achievement in our society, enriching and ennobling human life.

– John F. Kennedy