Short quotations or sayings that introduce topics and/or inspire creative and ethical thinking.

Sandy Hudson on prioritizing leisure over work

We currently need to work to live, but is that the only reality? What are the paths to make leisure a priority as well in society?

Madonna on the autobiographical

“It’s boring to be completely autobiographical,” Madonna balked to Cosmopolitan.

Miranda Priestly on the impact of choices made by authority, influential media

...that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean

Michel Foucault on asking questions of and about power

I am sure I’ll never get the answer; but that does not mean that we don’t have to ask the question

Canadian artist Frederick Varley on the horrors of World War I

I'm going to paint a picture of it, but heavens, it can't say a thousandth part of a story. We'd be healthier to forget, & that we never can

Lieutenant Gitz Rice’s World War I trench song

Oh my! I don't want to die, I want to go home.

Canadian soldier Louis Keene on the realities of World War I

It’s all arranged for you, if there’s a bit of shell or a bullet with your name on it you’ll get it, so you’ve nothing to worry about

Madonna on complacency, creativity

'I don't see the point of living if you don't keep pushing yourself into unfamiliar territory'

Sal Mendaglio on giftedness as a double-edged sword

'Agents of society, such as parents and teachers, typically expect compliance from their children and students… Academic achievement may be negatively affected because it rests on conformity not questioning or challenging authority'

Robert Jay Lifton on the thought-terminating cliché

'The thought-terminating cliche is sometimes used in a deliberate way to shut down debate, manipulate others to think a certain way, or dismiss dissent'