Commonplace Book

“The enemy of your enemy IS your enemy.”

-Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe?
How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

G.K. Chesterton

“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.”

-Joan of Arc

“A mother, living well in her God-ordained role, is of great beauty and inestimable value to the future history of any generation.”

-Sally Clarkson

“You see, mothers are born persons, too, and so what we know works with our children — learning and growing via paying attention — works with us as well.”

-Brandy Vencel

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

-Anne Frank

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

-Jane Austen

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince)

“One day in the country/ Is worth a month in town.”

-Christina Rossetti

“He is only a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of the Conservative.”

G. K. Chesterton

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The three rules of work:  out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

-Albert Einstein

“The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances.  He plies the slow, unhonored, and unpaid task of observation…He is the world’s eye.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet

“Deep down, each child knows he is only as worthy as any other child.  Casting some children in negative roles puts the very being of each and every child at risk.  If even one child can be cast aside as unworthy, no child is truly safe.  He feels keenly insecure at the ground of his being.”

Donna Bryant Goertz, Author and Founder of Austin Montessori School

‘Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”

Robert Bresson

“Suppose we did our work

like the snow, quietly, quietly,

leaving nothing out.”

-Wendell Berry

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee…and he that formed thee…Fear not:  for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine.”  Isaiah 43:1

“Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”  Hosea 10:12

“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.”


“The danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

Michelangelo Buonanoti, 1475-1564

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernard Shaw

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”

Maria Montessori

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of violence, perhaps the most common form of contemporary violence.  To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.”

Thomas Merton

“All things are possible with God!”  Mark 10:27

“That which is…beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.”

Ninon de L’Endos

“So the pie isn’t perfect?  Cut it into wedges.  Stay in control, and never panic.”

-Martha Stewart

“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come.”  Song of Solomon 2:11-12

“Goals help you overcome short-term problems.”

-Hannah More

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  Proverbs 17:22 KJV

“Richer than I you can never be

I had a mother who read to me.”

Strickland Gillian

“You can’t get something out of a child’s brain that isn’t in there to begin with.”

Andrew Pudewa

“Dear God, be good to me, the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.”

-Prayer of Breton Fisherman

“The primary material of all Biblical presentations is the Word itself.”

Sofia Cavalletti

“Just as the loaves increased when they were broken, the Lord has granted those things necessary to the beginning of this work, and when they (are) given out, they will be multiplied by His inspiration, so that in this task of mine I shall not only suffer no poverty of ideas but shall rejoice in wonderful abundance.”

St. Augustine

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

“We cannot prevent a bird from flying into our hair, but we can prevent it from building a nest there.”
-Martin Luther

“Where Christ is, cheerfulness will keep breaking in.”

Dorothy Sayers

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

Helen Keller

“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”

-Charlotte Mason

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

-Angela Schwindt

“What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life.  What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of war or the description of a sunrise his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.”

 -Presbyterian Minister & Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers”

“If the land can be preserved long enough for its stories to be told, and retold, perhaps we all-as custodians of both place and memory-stand a chance at real preservation.”

-Ari Berk, writer, artist, & scholar of literature

“The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared food, confronts inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality.”

-Wendell Berry

“The enemy would like to destroy every woman of ideals, because each of us has the potential to change history as we persevere.”

-Sally Clarkson

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

-Stacia Tauscher

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

-Edward Snowden

“You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take great heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril.”

-Joan of Arc

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

-The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare

“If you love someone who is ruining his or her life because of faulty thinking, and you don’t do anything about it because you are afraid of what others might think, it would seem that rather than being loving, you are in fact being heartless.”

-William Wilberforce

“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen, and philosophers, we should have learned women.”

-Abigail Adams

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

-Chinese Proverb

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself.  For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstances, but by our disposition.”

-Martha Washington

Jesus did not do it all.  Jesus didn’t meet every need.  He left people waiting in line to be healed.  He left one town to preach to another.  He hid away to pray.  He got tired.  He never interacted with the vast majority of people on the planet.  He spent thirty years in training and only three years in ministry.  He did not try to do it all.  And yet, he did everything God asked him to do.”

-Kevin DeYoung

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”

-Rabbinical Saying

“Parents of small children can learn a great deal about angels just by observing.”

-Karen Goldman


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