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Notable Quotations About Education

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

They know enough who know how to learn.
-- Henry B. Adams

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
-- Aristotle

... all education must be unsound which does not propose for itself some object; and the highest of all objects must be that of living a life in accordance with Godís Will.
-- Catherine Beecher

Education. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
-- Ambrose Bierce

Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them.
-- Jerome Bruner

A teacher can but lead you to the door; learning is up to you.
-- Chinese Proverb

I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.
-- Chinese Proverb

One must be a student before one can be a teacher.
-- Chinese Proverb

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself..
-- John Dewey

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
-- John Dewey

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
-- Will Durant

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
-- Marian Wright Edelman

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
-- Albert Einstein

Skill to do comes of doing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

... education fails in so far as it does not stir in students a sharp awareness of their obligations to society and furnish at least a few guideposts pointing toward the implementation of these obligations.
-- Mary Barnett Gilson

Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.
-- William Glasser

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you become a teacher, by your pupils youíll be taught.
-- Oscar Hammerstein II --
The King and I


Education is the art of making man ethical.
-- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
--Thomas Henry Huxley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a manís training begins, its probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
--Thomas Henry Huxley

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
-- Japanese Proverb

Education is what most people receive, many pass on, and few have.
-- Karl Kraus

It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
--James Russell Lowell

Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.
--Horace Mann

School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense and common decency. It doesnít take a reasonably bright boy long to discover that most of what is rammed into him is nonsense, and that no one really cares very much whether he learns it or not.
-- H.L. Mencken

We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
-- Maria Montessori

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.
-- Jean Piaget

íTis education forms the common mind:
Just as the twig is bent the treeís inclined.
-- Alexander Pope

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
-- Beatrix Potter

It is only the ignorant who despise education.
-- Publius Syrus

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
-- G.M. Trevelyan
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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-- William Arthur Ward


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