A pithy well-turned phrase (that ignites the reader’s imagination) surpasses the best essay (with all its arguments lined up like obedient soldiers). Hence, this random collection below:
• Some of the world’s best teachers: Children. Trees. Hummingbirds.
• A child’s bad behavior is often the teacher’s bad teaching.
• On Longevity: “We all sit down someday to a banquet of consequences.” (Robert Louis Stevenson). And sometimes the meal is delicious.
• When something’s rotten in the state of Denmark, look through the refrigerator to find the moldy cheese. Then throw it out.
• The only way to dispel darkness is to light your own candle. But sometimes it’s useful to find out who turned out the light.
• “Change is inevitable— learn to accept it.” Pep talk from slave traders to the slaves.
• Words— a poor substitute for music.
• A pithy well-turned phrase surpasses the best essay.