Mum Maxim

'In scoldings and praise her love glistened
Blinding us with its contradictions.'
Zev Torres


Make do with what you have. Every man is the architect of his own fortune. If the shoe fits, wear it. Never spend time with people who don't respect you. You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Before healing others, heal yourself. Feed a cold and starve a fever. Let bygones be bygones. Everyone gets their just deserts. Let the punishment fit the crime.

Little leaks sink the ship. The proof is in the pudding. What breaks in a moment may take years to mend. What you give is what you get. You can't buy an inch of time with an inch of gold. Any plan is bad that cannot be changed. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within. Familiarity breeds contempt. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding. For news of the heart, ask the face. Forethought is easy, repentance is hard. Give thy thoughts no tongue. Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.

A man is known by the company he keeps. Ain't no pot so crooked, you can't find lid to fit. Different strokes for different folks. Each bay, its own wind. Each person has his strong point. Even a sheet of paper has two sides.

'I would make a face at her,
she'd shake her head and frown
Someday your face will stay like that.
I wonder, did it?'
Peggy Johnson

Even children of the same mother, look different. Difficulties make you a jewel. Don't buy other people's problems. Don't let the critics get you down. Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit. Everybody makes mistakes.

But do mothers know it all? Here are some philosophical comparsions from, John Dewey, one of the most respected academics: A man of his generation. A man that cheered on family in much the same way mothers do. But then it was to men like himself that women looked to for direction. No!

Philisophical Maxims

John Dewey

The moral situation involves voluntary activity. To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. To me faith means not worrying. No man's credit is as good as his money.

Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy. Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience. Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

Hunger not to have, but to be. Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving…conflict is a sine qua non of reflection and ingenuity.

There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract. The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials.

The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.

Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues. If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.


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