These quotations are taken from a wide range of sources and are offered to members of the University of Bolton by the Chaplaincy as "A Thought for the Week" for reflection and response. The quotations do not represent the views or policy of either the Chaplaincy or The University of Bolton. 

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23 Feb 2015

Continuing quotations on the theme of ‘Diversity’:

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead
(from “Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies” 1935, p322)

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16 Feb 2015

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some quotations on the theme of ‘Diversity’ (the University’s “Celebrating Diversity” Day is on 4 March).

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde
(1934-1992; Caribbean-American writer, poet & activist)

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9 Feb 2015

Another thought about ‘wisdom’:

To know is not to be wise…
But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

Charles H Spurgeon
(1834-1892; British Reformed Baptist preacher)

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2 Feb 2015

Continuing our theme about ‘wisdom’:

“One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(1742-99; professor of physics at Göttingen University)

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26 Jan 2015

Over the next few weeks I’ll share some thoughts about ‘wisdom’ which we need in order to deal with all the problems in our lives, both personal and international.

The poet T S Eliot in his ‘Four Quartets’ was either critical or sceptical about the wisdom of old age and wrote:

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

T S Eliot
(East Coker, one of the Four Quartets)

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19 Jan 2015

One reflection on the incidences in France last week focused on the virtues which France lives by: liberty, equality and fraternity.

Liberty and equality aren’t gods; they’re conditions for making an open and just society. But we’ve neglected the third word in this venerable motto: fraternity... The issue isn’t straining to uphold liberty: it’s working out what to do with people who won’t. The real challenge isn’t howto live: it’s how to live together.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells
(Radio 4 Thought for the Day, 9/1/2015)

Universities have a huge role to play in ‘how to live together’

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