Literacy is Life

September is Literacy month in Vancouver!

Today, we join our friends at Decoda Literacy Solutions at Vancouver’s City Hall to raise a flag to support and celebrate the importance of Literacy.

To support the “Literacy is Life” campaign, the staff and faculty at Eton College would like to share some inspiring quotes from favourite books and poems.

“Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I t
ook the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

– The Road Not taken by Robert Frost

“Do you understand the sadness of geography?”

“There are betrayals in war that are childlike compared with our human betrayals during peace. The new lovers enter the habits of the other. Things are smashed, revealed in a new light. This is done with nervous or tender sentences, although the heart is an organ of fire.” 

– The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

skin_lion-book“He came to this country like a torch on fire and he swallowed air as he walked forward and he gave out light”

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje


book-of-negroes“Not having to think about food, or shelter, or clothing is a rare thing indeed. What does a person do, when survival is not an issue?”

“Beauty comes and goes. Strength, you keep forever”

– Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

think-and-grow-rich“ We are Masters of our Fate, Captains of our Souls because we have the power to control our thoughts.”

– Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill


nazim-hikmet“The most beautiful sea hasn’t been crossed yet.
The most beautiful child hasn’t grown up yet.
The most beautiful days we haven’t seen yet.
And the most beautiful words I wanted to tell you
I haven’t said yet…”
Nâzım Hikmet

isak“The cure for everything is salt water; sweat, tears or the ocean”
– Isak Dinensen (aka Karen Blixen) 

“Oh contentment make me rich, for without thee there is no wealth”
– Carved on the side of a building in Rajasthan, India

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky
– from song Northern Sky by Nick Drake
post_tadao_ando“There is a role and function for beauty in our time.”

“You can’t really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.”

“If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.”

– Tadao Ando, Japanese architect

waltdisney-“All of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them.” 

– Walt Disney

billgates-“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

– Bill Gates

ALI“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”    – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 
 “Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.”
– Author unknown