Monday, September 15, 2008

I love this quote from today's Word a Day:

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." These timeless words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator, sum up what it means to lead."

Imagine this applied to the teaching of poetry: craft vs. quest; instruction vs. inspiration.

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4 comments:

Premium T. said...

I love this, Peter. Thanks for posting it.

Nic Sebastian said...

And you can teach a longing (as I know, having been taught more than one). Thanks for posting.

Joannie said...

Teach a longing = read (?)

(At least, I think that's part of it.)

I, too, loved this quote. So tactile!

Molly said...

Great quote. Imagine this applied at looking at hope for the future, hope for ridding the world of poverty and disease.