Wisdom at Work Library

On this page you will find some of my favorite inspirational quotes, texts, poems and comments that help me stay focused on what I want to accomplish through my work every day, as an educator, parent, community leader and guide. Feel free to copy and paste them at will.

  • Use them to stir up the wisdom you already possess.
  • Use them as sources for discussion with your own team, board or staff.
  • Post them on your Facebook or bulletin board.
  • Check back because this library will change from time to time.
  • You can also contact us for more ideas on how to build your own customized library of texts to use for yourself or your organization.




We are here to do
And through doing to learn
And through learning to know
And through knowing to experience wonder
And through wonder to attain wisdom
And through wisdom to find simplicity
And through simplicity to give attention
And through attention
To see what needs to be done.
- Rabbi Rami Shapiro on Pirkei Avot



A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
- Jackie Robinson



Shimon son of Rabban Gamliel says: It is not what one says but rather what one does that makes all the difference in the world.
- Pirke Avot  1:17



A vision is a vibrant entity. It’s a portrait of ideal human beings shaped by education—an image rich and exciting enough to guide your future choices. A vision is inspired by your belief about human possibility, while being influenced by your experience of human fallibility.  An educational vision must be able to answer certain questions: What kind of people will graduate from this school, camp, or other educational setting? What will they understand and believe? How will they behave? What will they know how to do? In what ways will they be able to contribute to the community? And what qualities, intrinsic to your vision, will enable them to keep growing and learning.
- Seymour Fox