Wednesdays with Words: Not Merely

A year ago, I ran into a quote from John Ruskin in Consider This by Karen Glass.  I wrote it in my commonplace book. 

Today, when I started Awakening Wonder by Stephen Turley, I found the quote again and decided to share it with you.
I love the alternating not merely. Education is not merely for knowing and learning and acting in certain ways; it is not merely for the external, utilitarian, behavioral purposes. It isn’t outside working inward. No, education is to change you from the inside out. 
The interior life … the affections and desires and the outworking thereof are both important. 



  1. Wonderful quote! I don't think I've seen that one before. Definitely a good bit of inspiration for the new year.

  2. That's an amazing quote! It's ordo amoris, but with specifics. I love to collect "education is" quotes. 🙂

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