Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
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.
Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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.
Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.
You teach best what you most need to learn.
A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
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