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  • I witness the birth on paper of sentences that have eluded my will and appear in spite of me on the sheet, teaching me something that I neither knew nor thought I might want to know. This painless birth, like an unsolicited proof, gives me untold pleasure, and with neither toil nor certainty but the joy of frank astonishment I follw the pen that is guiding and supporting me.
    (Muriel Barbery, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog")
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  • This is, in part, why there is less magic in the world today. Magic is secret and secrets are magic, after all, and years upon years of teaching and sharing magic and worse. Writing it down in fancy books that get all dusty with age has lessened it, removed its power bit by bit.
    (Erin Morgenstern, "The Night Circus")
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  • Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.
    (Frank Herbert, "Dune")
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  • Take an old man's word; there's nothing worse than a muddle in all the world. It is easy to face Death and Fate, and the things that sound so dreadful. It is on my muddles that I look back with horror - on the things that I might have avoided. We can help one another but little. I used to think I could teach young people the whole of life, but I know better now, and all my teaching of George has come down to this: beware of muddle.
    (E.M. Forster, "A Room with a View")
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  • Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.
    (Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations")
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  • Perhaps I may gain more knowledge out of the folly of this madman than I shall from the teaching of the most wise.
    (Bram Stoker, "Dracula")
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  • When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.
    (Robert Bly)
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  • My passion for that recovery began when I was in grad school. I was assigned to read the women poets that Emily Dickinson read and I was hooked. I began obsessively reading 19th-century novels by women. There was a richness, humor and a detailed portrayal of the plight of women in 19th-century America. It became a cause for me to bring the possibility of teaching these writers at the college level to the forefront.
    (Joanne Dobson)
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  • Teaching, real teaching, is - or ought to be - a messy business.
    (Harry Crews)
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  • I did end up doing substitute teaching, but there's not a lot of teaching involved in that.
    (Todd Barry)
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  • I've learned that I really love a lot of the students here. I'm sure there's some teaching methods I've learned, some approaches I've learned. But what I know is I just really love the students here. They are so curious and outgoing and very seeking.
    (Mark Spitzer)
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  • I think the faculty will discuss it in their classes. It's a teaching moment, a learning moment. People will refer to this for a period of years, but time always makes things fade after it goes out of context, I think people will choose something else.
    (Upinder Dhillon)
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  • Left to my own imagination, I could never have composed a scenario that was anywhere as interesting as my life has been starting out as an eager altar boy, a good Boy Scout, a relatively docile Dominican brother and priest, receiving an advanced degree in spirituality, teaching bishops and many others around the world about our Western spiritual tradition, and then ending up being expelled from the Dominican order.
    (Matthew Fox)
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  • It's a very grueling process. It's very difficult . . . it shows exemplary teaching. It's a master teaching level.
    (Rebecca Anderson)
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  • I am presently in my thirteenth year of teaching a graduate course at the University of Southern California.
    (Shelley Berman)
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