Here's a formal plan for what many effective teachers already do: Provide a week's worth of aphorisms and have learners choose one to write about in their journals each day. They reflect on the meaning of each aphorism and project how it may help them in interpersonal relationships in the future. Good for daily practice for writing fluency, text analysis, character development. And it gives you a quiet moment in class to take attendance. Spend a few minutes a day discussing each quote with the class.