The teacher-student relationship, largely devoid of self-interest, and rich in psychological power, is perhaps the most beautiful, and effective interaction which civilization affords.
-Robert Grudin "Time and the Art of Living"
Life is a process of perpetual revision in the interests of greater understanding.
I contradict myself, I contain multitudes.
-Walt Whitman "Leaves of Grass"
We speak, but it is God who teaches.
If you do your best work, it doesn't matter how good it is.
Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, for the massman will mock it right away.
Emotional honesty is a rare thing in the academic world, or anywhere else for that matter, and nothing is more prized by good students.
-Richard Hugo "Triggering Town"
When writing think like a lover. The bad lover, like the bad writer, perhaps because of a preoccupation with self, is essentially inattentive, doesn't listen, doesn't anticipate. Or, just as bad, proceeds by rote, first this thing and then the next, and therefore leaves no opportunity for discovery, or departure.
-Stephen Dunn "Walking Light"
Don't be afraid to write crap-it makes the best fertilizer. The more of it you write, the better your chances are of growing something wonderful.
"Writing Better Lyrics"
The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing. And if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silent away.
"Steve is part philosopher and part task-master! But mostly he's a good guy who cares about his students and wants to see them succeed. I feel that we are indebted to people like Steve, for they are the craftsmen who are willing to do the work that is necessary to preserve this genre, so we can all 'soak our bones' in this wonderful art of songwriting."
D.V.M. Tucson, Arizona