Sunday, May 17, 2009

Door Slogans for Graduates

Aphorism 70: “Be Skeptical of received Wisdom!” John J. Mearsheimer

Full Quote: “Specifically, we teach you to think for yourself and to be skeptical of received wisdom.” Keynote address, June 11 and 12, 2004, The 477th Convocation, University of Chicago.

Aphorism 69: “Achievement is a prerequisite!” Edwin L. Colodny

Comment: From “A Year of Achievement,” a position booklet provided by Dr. Edwin I. Colodny, Interim President University of Vermont, April 15, 2002

Aphorism 68: “Push Out of Comfort and Into Challenge!” Diane Lane

Full Quote: “And we need to push ourselves out of comfort and into challenge in order to grow.” As quoted by Bob Strauss from “Leading Lady at Last” in Los Angeles Daily News as reprinted in the Times-Picayune, September 27, 2003,Section E Page 1-2.

Aphorism 67: “Bring Light Into Dark Places!” Donald Newlove

Full Quote: “Again and again in Ironweed, Kennedy’s power to bring light into dark places and to write tragic dialogue ring with Shakespearean blackness strikes me as the happiest art.” From First Paragraphs: Inspired Openings for Writers and Readers, St. Martin’s Press, NY, 1992.

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