Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dracula - Quotes

Bram Stoker
Puffin Classics, 2009 edition

"Bless that good, good woman who hung the crucifix round my neck! for it is a comfort and a strength to me whenever I touch it. It is odd that a thing which I have been taught to regard with disfavour and as idolatrous should in a time of loneliness and trouble be of help." pg. 44

Mina writing in her journal: "I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here; it is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time." pg. 117

Professor Van Helsing to Dr. Seward:
"My thesis is this: I want you to believe."
"To believe what?"
"To believe in things that you cannot. Let me illustrate. I heard once of an American who so defined faith: 'that which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue.' For one, I follow that man. He meant that we shall have an open mind, and not let a little bit of truth check the rush of a big truth, like a small rock does a railway truck. We get the small truth first. Good! We keep him, and we value him; but all the same we must not let him think himself all the truth in the universe."
"Then you want me not to let some previous conviction injure the receptivity of my mind with regard to some strange matter. Do I read your lesson aright?" pg. 313

"...for this enlightened age, when men believe not even what they see, the doubting of wise men would be his greatest strength." pg. 521

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson

I hope you all will take 20 minutes and watch this humurous yet serious talk about education and creativity given by Sir Ken Robinson. I think it ties in nicely with our recent discussion about women and education.

BTW, I'm looking forward to the addition of your "must read" book suggestions.