Quote of the Week // 45th Week

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This quote is from the 1985 movie, Anne of Green Gables. In the book, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the words are slightly different, but the meaning is equal. In the film, Diana Barry says this in remembrance of what Gilbert once said.

I often forget this word of truth. In a world and society were being pretty is a major focus, it’s hard to remember that living isn’t all about having a flawless complexion, perfect teeth, beautiful hair, makeup, and wardrobe, and sparkling eyes.

I spend so much time, and too much time, worrying about what I look like. It seems like I’m surrounded by people who are just naturally beautiful – who look like they’re perpetually ready for a magazine photoshoot! But, for as long as I think this way, I am forgetting what Diana once reminded Anne. Being knowledgeable on the inside is quite more valuable than being pretty on the outside; because the things we do in life, whether it be school, or work, and even just daily life, will require our brains more than our looks.

Having common sense and knowledge will get us much farther in life than if our only quality is having a pretty face. If being beautiful is all we care about, we are overlooking the truth: that we don’t have to be flawless in our appearance to be beautiful, or important. I believe that people will remember us by what we do, what we say, and what we accomplish, and not by how rosy our cheeks are.

Now, I haven’t even begun to delve into this topic, but this is just a little reminder: Let’s not fill our brains with thoughts of “I wish I were prettier,” but instead fill it with knowledge, inspiration, encouragement, and all things worthwhile!


Do you agree that being smart is better than being pretty?

Have you ever felt jealous?

Do you think that having common sense will be more valuable in your future than having a flawless complexion?


Megan Joy

Quote of Week // 37th Week

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Albert Einstein, arguably one of the most intelligent humans in history, was born in Germany, 1879. Famous for his many scientific works, including gravitation in physics, gravitational waves, the photoelectric effect, and his mass-energy equivalence formula. As a child, Einstein’s parents thought that he was actually very dumb, not realizing that his strange behaviors were triggered by his extraordinary amount of intellect.

This quote is Einstein’s personal view of intelligence. He believed that imagination is more significant than knowledge. By looking at it from his perspective, I would say that he was absolutely correct. Think about it: you could have all the knowledge in the world and you could know everything there is to know; but without an imagination, what would you do with all the knowledge? You could store it all in your brain and never use it, I guess, but that wouldn’t do any good. Without an imagination in which to utilize that knowledge, you aren’t able to carry out that knowledge much further than your own brain.

Now, I consider Einstein’s quote to be true, yet I would like to emphasize that imagination would not be useful without some knowledge. Imagination and knowledge work together to create wonderful things and ideas. They’re both very important and you really can’t have one without the other.

I find all this interesting myself. Thinking about our minds and how they work reminds me just how complicated our brains were made. How each piece of our mind was placed for a reason is just amazing, especially to know that each of our minds are individually special and unique. It shows us how powerful God is, and how much he thinks about us. He gave us each a mind to think on our own and an imagination to use. He gave us the ability to think and imagine, and to gain knowledge. I consider it truly remarkable how highly God thinks of us that He would give us something so special as the imagination!


What do you think about Einstein’s theory on knowledge and imagination?

Which do you think is more important: knowledge or imagination?


Megan Joy