Quotations The Best Quotes About Teachers And Teaching  

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

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

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

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He who does not research has nothing to teach.

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

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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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He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

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In teaching others we teach ourselves.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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Teaching is of more importance than urging. Martin Luther

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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Sir John Lubbock, 1st Baronet

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Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

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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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Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring. Sydney J. Harris

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When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief. Horace

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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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Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours. Charles Lamb

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One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung