This week on Curious Quotes we take on the theme of Courage. I combed through hundreds quotes on the topic looking for five that resonated with me during these tumultuous times. So here's some advice from Harper Lee, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henri Matisse, and William Faulkner. Which one is your favorite? Be sure to VOTE at the end of the post? Have a favorite quote about courage that I did not include? Leave me a comment, and I will add to the request list.
First up is this quote from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Here, Atticus Finch is talking to Jem about courage. I searched for an image from the film that provides a lot to NOTICE and WONDER about. The font is Helvetica Neue. I included a rectangle with rounded corners and 75% opacity to serve as a canvas for the quote and signature.
This slide from Winston Churchill uses the same rounded rectangle canvas. I love the point and counter point that this quote provides. As a result, I decided to split it into two parts and included images of Churchill standing and sitting. I intentionally left off his name to spark discussion with your students as to whether or not they know who this is. Leaving out some key information can be an invitation to curiosity. Also, the signature really did not fit on the slide.
To match the previous slide and lack of signature, I intentionally omitted Eleanor Roosevelt's name even though there is clearly a space where it would fit naturally. Of all of the slides in this collection, this one took me the longest by far. I searched through more photos of Roosevelt that I really care to admit. I finally came across this color image that I had never seen before. I absolutely love that look that she is giving and the way that she is holding her glasses. What do you think Eleanor Roosevelt is thinking? What makes you say that? How do you think she feels about having her photograph taken in this moment. This is also a lot more text that I really like to put on a slide, but this was the quote that really struck me this week.
From the longest quote to the shortest! Here are three simple and powerful words from Henri Matisse. I am a fan of just about everything that Matisse produced, but his cutouts are my absolute favorite. This one is entitled Icarus and comes from the Jazz series. This is a great opportunity to discuss with your students the story of Icarus and why this quote fits with this image. I carried the color scheme from the image to the text. The signature is a font called Hitchcock and is based on title sequences and movie posters designed by Saul Bass for some of Alfred Hitchcock's films.
Finally, we have a counter point to the story of Icarus. William Faulkner here suggests that we do have to break free of our boundaries. Sometimes in order to obtain new we have to fly too close to the sun. These two quotes can serve as an interesting discussion for you and your students as to who said it best. This image comes from Pixabay which is my go to site for free to use images like this one. I chose this one because the boy is holding his arms out like wings in a somewhat similar fashion as the Icarus image. This slide also introduces a new serif font for me: Merriweather.