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  • mono 8:59 pm on February 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , expression, George Steiner, , , , quote   

    Learn it by Heart 

    “The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.” – George Steiner

    Questions:
    What are the differences between learning by heart and learning by brain?
    How do those differences (heart vs. brain) shift or enhance the learning experience?
    How can we develop the competencies which would enable us to deepen our learning?
    How can we develop the competencies which would increase our capacity for vitalized expression?
    Why is the expression “vital?”

     
  • mono 9:48 am on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Having No Alibi 

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    “HAVING NO ALIBI: The most important words you need to hear, only you can say. Too many things are left unsaid by those who forget that they themselves need to say them.” – Dr. Corey Anton

     
  • mono 8:59 pm on January 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , notebook, Persistence, quote, True Believer   

    Persistence Pays 

    “What counts most is holding on. The growth of a train of thought is not a direct forward flow. There is a succession of spurts seperated by intervals of stagnation, frustration and discouragement. If you hold on, there is bound to come a certain clarification. The unessential components drop off and a coherent, lucid whole begins to take shape.” – Eric Hoffer 1961

    For many more brilliant thoughts like the one above, please see: Sparks: Eric Hoffer and the Art of the Notebook

     
    • johnnyunicorn 1:16 am on January 26, 2009 Permalink

      Totally right! At the rate I’m going, that clarification will come at about the age of 60. But if that’s how it’s going to be, I’m fine with it.

    • jgrefe 6:21 am on January 26, 2009 Permalink

      I think your reading of Hoffer’s aphorism is in tune with my own reading of it. It’s a comforting aphorism for those moments of bewilderment and, as he says, “frustration.” Shortly before posting it, I was reading an essay that I have spent years re-reading while doubting my own understanding of the reading. Hoffer’s words were comforting. I recommend you check out the link. His other thoughts are equally rewarding.

  • mono 3:26 pm on October 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    John Dewey on “Work” 

    The work that you do, whether as a paying job, volunteer work or as study, hobby or vocation is a way of generating, maintaining and creating meaning in your life. How much effort and involvement do you give to the work that you do? Is the work that you are doing, satisfying you? How do you approach the task of work? How do you better yourself by the work that you do?

    John Dewey, in his book, Art as Experience, reminds us, “The intelligent mechanic engaged in his job, interested in doing well and finding satisfaction in his handiwork, caring for his materials and tools with genuine affection, is artistically engaged. (5)”

    What Dewey’s quotation gives us, is that, it is not necessarily the kind of job that you do, but how you do the job that you do. The worker who is drowning in a desk of “to-do” lists, which keep piling up, seemingly out of control, has a much different experience from the worker who carefully (with care) uses the tasks of the day to better the life of him/herself and the life of the organization in doing what needs to be done and acting through the purpose of the moment.

    Losing yourself in a meaningful task is an artistic experience, a kind of dance with life and your engagement with it. Realize reality in the most beautiful and humanizing ways.

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