Tip #498: Seeing the Light Go On in Our Students’ Eyes

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” Margaret Fuller

I just read that “enlighten” means “to educate.” That has either never occurred to me or I once knew it and have since forgotten about it.

I love to think of learning as light.

There are so many ways that education enlightens our students:

  • It lights the way to new options and opportunities,
  • It lightens their burdens of doubt and ignorance,
  • It beams a light on their strengths and abilities,
  • It ignites the light of curiosity and hope within them.

I am so honored to be among the light bearers.

Here are some wonderful quotes, to light your way into the New Year.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. W. B. Yeats

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. Earl Nightingale

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. Albert Schweitzer

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people. Mother Teresa

Education came to be one of the great preoccupations, enlightenment was viewed as the greatest single opportunity to escape . . .. Parents made untold sacrifice to secure learning for their children that they had been denied. John Hope Franklin

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children always turn to the light. David Hare

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse. Edward Koch

Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.  Jim Rohn

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. Eugene Ionesco

May your learning be sweet.


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