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A teacher affects eternity; he can
never tell where his influence stops.
Amuse the mind
Do not train children to learning
by force and 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.
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then... do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
Every job is a self-portrait of
the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
It is the supreme art of the
teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
If you can't say something nice,
don't say anything at all.
I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.
Sir Winston Churchill
Bigger than ...
Learning to teach is a bigger job
than universities, schools, experience, or personal disposition
alone can accomplish.
There is a brilliant child locked
inside every student.
What is important is to keep
learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the
end there are no certain answers.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Any fool can see what's wrong but can you see what's right?Winston Churchill
A fish only discovers its need for water when it is no longer in it.
Our own culture is like water for the fish. It sustains us. We live and breathe through it.
Stephanie Quappe and Giovanna Cantatore
Dare to teach!
He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
Richard Henry Dann
Poverty, race, ethnicity and immigration status are not in themselves determinative of student achievement. Demography is not destiny ...
Justice Leland DeGrasse -- NY
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
A professor can never better
distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever
pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst
Good schools, like good societies
and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity.
A teacher effects eternity; he can
never tell where his influence stops.
Education is not a form of entertainment, but a means of empowering people to take control of their lives.
The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
Aung San Suu KyiÂ
Content is King but Context is the Kingdom
I live by one principle: Enjoy life with no conditions!
People say, "If I had your health,
if I had your money, oh, I would enjoy myself."
It is not true. I would be happy if I were lying sick in a hospital bed. It must come from the inside. That is the one thing I hop I have contributed to my children, by example and by talk: to make no conditions, to understand that life is a wonderful thing and to enjoy it, every day, to the full.
To me the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who are conscious and those who are unconscious. To me there is no difference among men when it comes to their color, their race, their religion; they are all equal. Only the degree of their awareness of the world they live in, of the joy and the pleasure of living, of the need of sharing that awareness with others and bringing it to their fellowmen (if they happen to be fortunate enough to have talent) is a measure of this difference.
During my long life I have learned one lesson: that the most
important thing is to realize why one is alive - and I think it is
not only to build bridges or tall buildings or make money, but to
do something truly important, to do something for humanity. To
bring joy, hope, to make life richer for the spirit because you
have been alive, that is the most important thing.
Nothing is ever achieved without
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
Jacques Martin Barzun
We start as fools and become wise through experience.
It is possible to store the mind
with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
They may forget what you said but
they will never forget how you made them feel.
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
Everything can be taken from a man but ...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Viktor E. Frankl
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
It Takes Grace -
Treya Killam Wilber
If I were asked to enumerate ten educational stupidities, the giving of grades would head the list... If I can't give a child a better reason for studying than a grade on a report card, I ought to lock my desk and go home and stay there.
Dorothy De Zouche
Keep away from people who try to
belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the
really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Both a concentration camp prisoner and world-respected author and psychotherapist in his lifetime, Viktor Frankl writes the following advice about happiness:
"Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.
For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.
Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."
Of course, the important part is the "...in the long-run..."
Your heart is slightly bigger than
the average human heart, but that's because you're a
Upon the subject of education, not
presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only
say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a
people may be engaged in.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.
In the end
That is the difference between
good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of
a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
Information cannot replace
We all need someone who inspires
us to do better than we know how.
Instruction begins when you, the
teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so
that you may understandÂ… what he learns and the way he
Journey of Revenge
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Confucius, Chinese philosopher
The kids in our classroom are
infinitely more significant than the subject matter we
Learn to think
It must be remembered that the
purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with
facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and
always to think for themselves.
Every student can learn, just not on
the same day, or the same way.
You can teach a student a lesson
for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating
curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he
There are two types of education... One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.
The objective of education is to
prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their
A word as to the education of the
heart. We don't believe that this can be imparted through books;
it can only be imparted through the loving touch of the
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
My heart is singing for joy this
morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has
shone upon my little pupil's mild, and behold, all things are
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S Truman
Children need models rather than
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education
Not really hard
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
One step at a time
Take a deep breath, count to ten,
and tackle each task one step at a time.
Your biggest opportunity probably lies under your own feet, in your current job, industry, education, experience or interests.
As a teacher I feel I have a moral
obligation to help the children in my classroom grow toward
becoming full human beings and to feel successful. Teaching
cognitive skills is not enough...
Part of the Problem
What we're saying today is that you're either part of the solution, or you're part of the problem.
(1935-98, founder member and information minister of the Black Panthers, American political activist group, in a speech in 1968.)
Teaching is not a profession; it's
Pleasure in the job puts
perfection in the work.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Author: Henry Ford (1863-1953) founder of Ford Motor Company
It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is to be educated.
A good education is not so much one which prepares a man to succeed in the world, as one which enables him to sustain a failure.
Bernard Iddings Bell Chaplain, University of Chicago
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
If I were asked ... to what the
singular prosperity and growing strength of Americans ought
mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
Education is the best provision
for old age.
The important thing is not to stop
Education is more than filling a
child with facts. It starts with posing questions.
In a completely rational society,
the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us
would have to settle for something less, because passing
civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be
the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could
It is books that are the key to
the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
It is the responsibility of every
adult... to make sure that children hear what we have learned
from the lessons of life and to hear over and over that we love
them and that they are not alone.
Sam Walton's 10 Rules
RULE 1: COMMIT to your business, believe in it more than anybody else.
RULE 2: SHARE with your associates, and behave as a servant leader in a partnership.
RULE 3: MOTIVATE your partners, think of new and more interesting ways to motivate and challenge them.
RULE 4: COMMUNICATE everything you possibly can to your partners. The more they know, the more they'll
understand. The more they understand, the more they'll care.
RULE 5: APPRECIATE everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute a few
well-chose, well-timed, sincere words of praise.
RULE 6: CELEBRATE your successes.
RULE 7: LISTEN to everyone in your company, and figure out ways to get them talking.
RULE 8: EXCEED your customer's expectations.
RULE 9: CONTROL your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive
advantage. You can make a lot of different mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation.
RULE 10: SWIM upstream. Go the other way. Ignore conventional wisdom.
It's not what is poured into a
student, but what is planted.
If people did not do silly things,
nothing intelligent would ever get done.
Learning is not a spectator
Aim for success, not perfection.
Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose
the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.
Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.
Label on a child's Superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
We're going to have the
best-educated American people in the world.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert Maynard Hutchins
We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.
Learning without thought is labor
lost; thought without learning is perilous.
It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
The highest result of education is
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Confucious (551 BC - 479 BC)
That is what learning is. You
suddenly understand something you've understood all your life,
but in a new way.
The job of an educator is to teach
students to see vitality in themselves.
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.