Quotations for Daily Use

Education, Teaching, Teachers, Reading

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (Although this quote appears to be a very positive comment about teachers it's original meaning was something quite different. Henry Adams was apparently writing about bad teaching and pointing out that when educators who don't know what they were talking about finish with their half-baked attempts their negative influence would continue on.")

"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." Ever Garrison, teacher and author

"A teacher today creates ripples in time that extend to generations yet unborn. Not just impact in the here & now but in the here & forever." Jeff Goldstein, STEM educator, astrophysicist, National Center Director

"But it isn't true to say we had no special advantages . . . the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity." Orville Wright of the Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane.

"But mostly, I just want to go to school. I want to learn. I want to know. I want to fly." Sammy Barlowe, a character in Somewhere Safe with Someone Good by Jan Karon

"Chance favors the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur, (December 27, 1822 September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.

"Coming to school every day can become a hopeless task for some children unless they succeed at what they do. We teachers are the sentries against that hopelessness." Unknown

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson, (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats, (13 June 1865 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature.

"Education is what's left over after you've forgotten all the facts." Albert Einstein, (14 March 1879 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist.

"Eroding self-esteem is much easier than building it. We need to be the searchers of strength rather than the searchers of weakness."  Unknown

"Everyone is a teacher, we all learn from each other." Elsie Klein, (Who is Elsie Klein?)

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder . . . he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." Rachel Carson, (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist

If you're thinking ahead, PLANT A SEED.
If you're thinking ten years ahead, PLANT A TREE.
If you're thinking a hundred years ahead, EDUCATE THE PEOPLE!,
Kuan Tzu (circa 500 B.C.)

"In every man there is something of which I may learn of him, and in that he is my teacher." Ralph Waldo Emerson, (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet

"Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of noble and learned men, not a conducted tour through a jail." Taylor Caldwell, American writer

"Sixth grade gone
You led him
To the last
Of a little boy's world

With care
On a road of hope
Opening doors
To a world of infinite

Small steps
Into independence you gave
Allowing him soon to run
Life's race of all he can become

Tomorrow with many steps taken
The man will yearn
For the little boy
And will remember you

Sixth grade gone
You led him
To the last of a little boy's world"

            John Wood, June, 1995, teacher and poet extraordinaire

"Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning." Robert John Meehan, American educator and award winning poet

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward, (1921 - March 30, 1994) is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." Plutarch, (c. AD 46 – AD 120)] was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." Aristotle, (384 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist

"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher." Flannery O'Connor, (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist.

"To teach is to learn twice." Joseph Joubert, (7 May 1754 – 4 May 1824) was a French moralist and essayist

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." Benjamin Franklin, (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

"We have to remember that for a young person to travel against the grain takes courage. That kind of fortitude needs recognition and nurturing."  Unknown

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