90 quotes about Teachers and Teaching
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A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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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.
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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.
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The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
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My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.
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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
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You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill.
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You teach best what you most need to learn.
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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
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I believe that every human soul is teaching something to someone nearly every minute here in mortality.
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Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
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Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him.
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The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.
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Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement.
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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.
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The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
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Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.
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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.
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Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism... the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.
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A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
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First he wrought, and afterward he taught.
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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
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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.
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Once more I would adopt the graver style -- a teacher should be sparing of his smile.
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A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
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Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
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There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.
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The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
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Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
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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?
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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
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The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
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Knowledge exists to be imparted.
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We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.
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I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
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Those who know how to think need no teachers.
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The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness.
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Those who go to college and never get out are called professors.
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Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
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Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.
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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.
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I swear... to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.
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When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
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The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
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Morality sticks faster when presented in brief sayings than when presented in long discourse.
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To teach is to learn twice.
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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.
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To teach successfully we must tell all we know, but only what is adaptable to the student.
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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.
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A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.
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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.
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It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.
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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.
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Teaching is of more importance than urging.
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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.
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Teaching isn't one-tenth as effective as training.
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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?
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Your Master Teacher knows all you need to learn, the perfect timing for your learning it, and the ideal way of teaching it to you. You don't create a Master Teacher -- that's already been done. You discover your Master Teacher.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
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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.
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To teach well, we need not say all that we know, Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under.
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Never offer to teach a fish to swim.
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In teaching others we teach ourselves.
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He who does not research has nothing to teach.
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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 true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
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We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.
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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
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He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
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When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket.
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I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
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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.
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Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.
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To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble.
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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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A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money.
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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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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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He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
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Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
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Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
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The first duty of a lecturer is to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantelpiece forever.
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