Wall Quotes Enrich Dimond Halls

For a decade, Greg Brown, the philosophy teacher at Dimond, has been assigning his students to select famous quotes and have them creatively express them on a piece of felt.

The best of these projects are hung around the second floor hallway.

Brown decided to do this project for two reasons.

First, Brown really likes art and history and wanted to have a project where his students could combine both, he said.

Secondly, Brown believes that “philosophy lends itself to sayings and short quotes.”

The oldest quote on the wall has an image of pigs and an eagle. The quote is “Soar with eagles or grovel with pigs” and is from Mirandola.

When asked about his favorite quote on the wall, Brown had to pause for a few moments.

For Brown, “all the quotes are memories of former students” and each one is special.

One quote that has special meaning for Brown is an excerpt from Kipling’s poem “If.” His parents gave him a copy of the poem when he was six years old.

The quote goes, “If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings — nor lose the common touch; if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too; if you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same; if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run — Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!”

Artistically, Brown believes that a quote by Montaigne is the best. It is set on a green background and the face is made up of different colored scraps of felt.

The quote says, “Is it possible to imagine anything so ridiculous as that this miserable and puny creature, who is not even master of himself, exposed to the attacks of all things should call himself master and emperor of the universe, the least part of which it is not in his power to know, much less to command?”

Brown likes this quote because it “questions why we think we’re so great.”

Out of all of the quotes hanging in the school only one is original. It is located downstairs and says “Honor history, plan for the future, and live for the moment.”

Keegan Caufield, a sophomore at Dimond, thinks that the wall quotes should become a senior tradition. He said that “once seniors are gone, they’re gone, and that they should leave some type of legacy.”

Bryce Davis, another sophomore, says that he has noticed the quotes but they are of “unimportance.”

Stephen Aerosmith, a junior at Dimond, says that he “reads them every once in a while.”

Gage Raymond, a senior at Dimond, says that the quotes are “pretty cool.” He also said that they’re “a Dimond thing.”