“The real voyage of discovery consists not

in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.”

                                                                                                                                 —Marcel Proust

This quote by French novelist and essayist, Marcel Proust has always influenced my teaching philosophy and practice at an intuitive level.  Quotes can become a touchstone that help us remember deeper truths and processes.

Here are a few others from my quote book that might resonate with you as well.


“Children grow into the intellectual life around them.”

 Leo Vygoskty


“Every person needs a place that is furnished with hope.”

Maya Angelou


“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed


“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American Activist


“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India


“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre Lorde, African-American Poet


“Better is possible.  It does not take genius.   It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity.  It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.”

Atul Gawande, Surgeon and Author