Mr. Albert Einstein. It's difficult to find someone who doesn't admire him in some way. He was a smart AND wise man. I found these quotes by him here. They have all quickly become some of my favorite quotes ever.
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
"It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer."
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge." (Yeah. Tell that to your local school board)
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." (Tell this to the school board too. I dare you.)
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
"Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience."
"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
I'm reminded of all those articles calling teachers to teach differently to the type of student population inundated with technology, media, and whatnot. For me, it's difficult to teach differently without living differently as well. And Mr. Einstein's thoughts here sure are different from where education is, and is going.