Desmond Lee, "Translator's Introduction." Plato: The Republic. Second edition (revised). Penguin Books, 1974. p. 38.

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.                              Matthew 18:5-6.

    Let's talk about students.  They are why we are here.  True, the university has other purposes.  We do essential research, advance the cause of knowledge, promote the search for truth, and often defend and protect freedom.  But we are here because we educate students.  . . .  We are not here to cater to, to pamper, or to indulge students.  We are here to be exacting but sympathetic taskmasters with an insistence on the highest standards of excellence and honor.  We do not take lightly our responsibility to make a significant difference in the lives of our students, and through our students, a difference in society.

Terry Sanford, President, Duke University, at the October 1982 annual meeting of the faculty.

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.                                                                                                           Successories

A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do never does all he can.
                                                                                                            John Stuart Mill

It is clear then that we are not to educate the young with a view to their amusement.  Learning brings pain, and while children are learning they are not playing.                    Aristotle
                                                                                                        Politics, 1339a26

Blame the mothers and fathers and lawmakers and politicians and judges and TV programmers and sports heroes if you want to know why the young aren't civilized.  If they're undisciplined and don't have any work ethic, blame the ones who were supposed to teach them.
                                                                                                            Ben Raines

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Others stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.                                                      Unknown

A young teacher was having to contend with  a  very  unruly  class.   In despair he exclaimed "I don't know what to do with you boys."   A chubby lad in the back replied "Please, sir, teach us."  His name was Winston Churchill.

Do not seek to do as little as you can to get by, but seek to do as much as you can to excel.  Do not seek to do as poorly as you can, but seek to do as well as you can.  Be all you can be, morally, ethically, spiritually, academically, and professionally.  Work hard.  Contribute more than you take.  When duty calls, go.  When tempted to do wrong, refuse; ask yourself what the world would be like if everyone behaved that way; ask yourself if you would like to be treated that way.   Leave a good mark on the world.  Make the world a better place for your having been here, not to earn or receive praise but because it is the right thing to do.   When you approach the sunset of your life, you will be glad you did.
                                                                                        Winfield H. Rose