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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato

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A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams

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The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. Amos Bronson Alcott

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I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost

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A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron. Horace Mann

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius

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The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.

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The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness. Khalil Gibran

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It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach. John Locke

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Those who know how to think need no teachers. Mahatma Gandhi

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In teaching others we teach ourselves.

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We love the precepts for the teacher's sake. George Farquhar

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He who does not research has nothing to teach.

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Never offer to teach a fish to swim.

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“I want to be able to touch every part of our community with poetry.” Clinton D. Powell

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No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. Plato

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The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon. Maria Montessori

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In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books. Michel de Montaigne

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The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation? H. L. Mencken

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What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching? Harriet Martineau

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Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, while everything superfluous runs over as from a full container. Who knows much says least.

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He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil.

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The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning.

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A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money.

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We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.

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To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble. Mark Twain

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Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion. Terence

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Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions. Laurence Sterne

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I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates

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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. Oscar Wilde

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Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

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He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

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“These kids will make you cry, laugh… They make you feel all kinds of emotions through their writings and they share a lot with me, as an instructor, that they might not normally share with other people because they are young artists and they need a platform for pulling that stuff out.” Clinton D. Powell

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Teaching isn't one-tenth as effective as training. Horace Mann

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Teaching is of more importance than urging. Martin Luther

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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein

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The real difficulty, the difficulty which has baffled the sages of all times, is rather this: how can we make our teaching so potent in the motional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual? Albert Einstein

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Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn. Will Durant

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Once more I would adopt the graver style -- a teacher should be sparing of his smile. William Cowper

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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. G. K. Chesterton

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The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn. Bertolt Brecht

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There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech. Allan Bloom

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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself. Walter Bagehot

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You teach best what you most need to learn. Richard Bach

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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. W. H. Auden

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The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle

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To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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The man who can make hard things easy is the educator. Ralph Waldo Emerson