Selected Quotes about Teaching

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. -- Amos Bronson Alcott

Many people are going to learn the principles of democracy the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men. -- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers. -- Richard Bach

When will the public cease to insult the teacher's calling with empty flattery? When will men who would never for a moment encourage their own sons to enter the work of the public schools cease to tell us that education is the greatest and noblest of all human callings? -- William C. Bagley

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this. -- A. C. Benson

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

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself. -- John Jay Chapman

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. -- Tryon Edwards

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. -- Anatole France

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. -- Anatole France

I am not willing that this discussion should close without mention of the value of a true teacher. Give me a log hut, with only a simple bench, Mark Hopkins on one end and I on the other, and you may have all the buildings, apparatus and libraries without him. -- James Garfield

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. -- Gail Godwin

America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

At the core of who we are is the roots of those that have influenced our lives the most and the impact of what they have exposed us to is always there and when the foundation is laid with love and commitment, our lives at some point will reflect that of which we have been taught. -- Aja Graydon

The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared...to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society. -- Shirley Hufstedler

Experience teaches only the teachable. -- Aldous Huxley

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another. -- Benjamin Jowett

We think of our efficient teachers with a sense of recognition, but those who touched our humanity we remember with gratitude. Learning is the essential mineral, but warmth is the life-element for the child's soul, no less than for the growing plant. -- Carl Gustav Jung

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. -- Søren Kierkegaard

The time has come to educate people, to cease all quarrels in the name of religion, culture, countries, different political or economic systems. Fighting is useless. Suicide. -- Dalai Lama

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. -- Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. -- Chinese Proverb

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. -- Chinese Proverb

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth. -- Dan Rather

I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning. -- Carl R. Rogers

Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. -- Bertrand Russell

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. -- George Bernard Shaw

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism. -- David Suzuki

This is a very crucial time in the evolution of humanity toward a much higher consciousness, and some teachings will support that progress while others will not. -- James Twyman

That's why it was me, so that every individual can accept himself or herself as an emissary of light and see that there is no need to give their power away to any teacher or guru. -- James Twyman

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -- William Arthur Ward

For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn--much. -- W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

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