Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah Revisited (1)

john-hannahTen years ago I took a one-week class on Jonathan Edwards from Dallas Seminary professor John Hannah. It still ranks as one of my most memorable academic experiences. In the weeks that followed, I posted a bevy of wise and witty quotes that cascaded from Dr. Hannah’s teaching. Now after ten years, I’m re-posting those quotes, but without all the introductory remarks I made at the time. I think you’ll enjoy his rich and sharp insights.

Quotes from Monday’s Class

Course goals: If you set your goals low enough, you can reach them every time. So I’m aiming for existence.

Academic papers: I don’t confuse bulk with significance.

Ambition: We’re not meant to be significant or permanent. Significance is the hobgoblin of insecure people.

Class reading: Try to read before we come to class so that we do not share vacuousness.

Fellow professor after a student performed an impressive doctoral exam: “For his age, he knows the Bible too well. He must have neglected something.”

Henry Ford: “Success is plodding from one failure to the next without a loss of enthusiasm.”

Preaching: People will pay to be entertained, but not to be improved.

Teaching: If you want to look intelligent, control the questions.

Passion: Zeal without perspective leads to lunacy. And it’s kind of hard to teach a lunatic.

Sovereignty: I don’t believe that when a leaf falls to the ground, it strikes the earth in a random place.

Youth and giftedness: You can have genius, but you can’t have wisdom and perspective without time. Time brings pain, and pain brings perspective.


Links to Original Articles

Part 1 – Monday’s Quotes


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