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...we must join neither the idolaters nor the "debunkers" of human love....nineteenth-century literature...talk as if they thought falling in love was the same thing as sanctification....The debunkers...are always pulling up and exposing the grubby roots of our natural loves....The highest does not stand without the lowest. A plant must have roots below as well as sunlight above and roots must be grubby. Much of the grubbiness is clean dirt if only you will leave it in the garden and it keep on sprinkling it over the library table.
The glory of God is man fully alive.
Love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god.
When we understand the intelligence behind students' errors, we can help in a way that truly extends their understanding.
The woods would be silent if no bird sang but the best.
I think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it's reflecting life--toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things.
As we move around the room hearing our studetns' stories, our teaching changes our children-- and it changes us. Each child becomes infinitely precious to us. "What fascinating, amazing kids I have," we think. When we feel this way, we stand a chance of making a differene in their lives.
It is not necessary to expect that all of us, as teachers, will regularly draft, revise, and publish our own essays and poems. What is necessary, however, is that we have memories of a time when we loved writing and that we draw on those memories when we teach writing. If we have even once in our lives experienced the power of writing, our teaching will forever be changed.
It is an illusion that writers livew more significant lives than non-writers; the truth is, writers are just more in the habit of finding the significance that is there in their lives.
A writer: someone who is enormously taken by things anyone else would walk by.