Riposte 2

“The characteristic of a man when he is awake is never that he is calculating and sensible. Today  we are so afraid of poverty that we never dream of doing anything that might involve us in being poor.”

– Oswald Chambers (from Shade of His Hand)

“As we talked, [South African businessman Andile Ngcaba’s sixteen-year-old son, who had been touring U.S. colleges] told me he met a person at a school who kept talking about how graduates get jobs. ‘And I thought, What is this obsession with getting a job? You make a job!'”

– Baratunde Thurston (June 2013 issue of Fast Company)

By Peter

After stints as a trial lawyer and a church worker, Peter Stephens has settled in as a Virginia high school English teacher. Peter has read several books and poems. He wrote none of the posts below filed under "Passages." Click the link at the end of each post to see it in the context of the author's original post.