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Posted: Sept 15 2010 at 11:07am | IP Logged Quote Chari

I often come across quotes I would like to share with all of you....but, do I really need to start a thread for one quote?

So, I have started a "quote thread" for us....to place all of those random quotes.

This first quote was SO good...I knew it was time to get this started. You will probably agree!

Please share the little pearls of wisdom that you come across....from literature, comedians....local moms....saints....poets.......anything that speaks to you as a Catholic homeschool mom using literature to educate her children.

See how you like this one:     

"Mothers who love your children, do not set them too soon to the study of history; let them dream while they are young. Do not close the soul to the first breathe of poetry. Nothing affrights me so much as the reasonable, practical child who believes in nothing that he cannot touch. These sages of ten years are, at twenty, dullards, or what is still worse, egotists."~~~Edouard Laboulaye


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Posted: Sept 15 2010 at 4:15pm | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

I do like that quote and in years past would have said I agree with it entirely.
However, having now learned something about how history should be taught--as fascinating tales of heroic men and women and their brave deeds--I must say that I agree with the above quote only in part.
Experiencing history told in this narrative, "living" way fires the imagination and the spirit as much as any fairy tale or poem.
And here is a quote for you to consider, from the editor of my current read A Book of Brave Deeds, John Trowbridge. This is what he has to say about his reason for compiling this collection of tales of brave deeds for children:
"Perhaps the finest use of a brave deed is to teach us that this, too, is a heroic age, and that the highest possibilities of mankind exist in the race today. What is it that thrills us in the story of Horatius but something of Horatius beating in our own heart? Our pulse leaps with the gallop of the Six Hundred riding into the Valley of Death at Balaklava, because, under whatever hindrances or pettinesses of this commonplace life, there exists the same devotion which animated them, and which the right occasion might call out."

So, I am finding that history well told does as much for dreaming as anything else, if not more.
As an aside--this is why it makes me so sad that history is no longer taught in this way, but as a soul-deadening collection of facts and dates. That the men and women of old are portrayed as one-dimensional characters without personality instead of as rich, complex human beings with their own inner struggles, faults and virtues, unforgettable in their very humanity.
But that is another subject altogether, isn't it?

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Posted: Jan 10 2011 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote mamaslearning

"This is the beginning of a new day,
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important.
Because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
Leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss good not evil.
Success, not failure in order that
I shall not forget the price I paid for it."

I don't know the origin of this, but I came across it from listening to a religious station and the speaker attributed it to having been a favorite of Coach Bear Bryant.

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Posted: Jan 10 2011 at 12:44pm | IP Logged Quote JodieLyn

oh goodie.. I have some lovely quotes that are too big for my signature line.

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It
is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost."
-Arthur Ashe

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Posted: Jan 13 2016 at 10:17am | IP Logged Quote Jenny

Nothing would please us more than to see our beloved children for the habit of reading the Gospels--not merely from time to time, but everyday. (Pope Pius X)

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