Quotes for
the Journey:

Teachers

  

I am not a teacher,
but an awakener.

Robert Frost

education - learning  

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he or she who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.       -Albert Einstein

   
The prosperity of a country depends not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, its people of education, enlightenment, and character.       -Martin Luther
   

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.  If for ten years, plant a tree.  If for a hundred years, teach the people.  When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.  When you teach people, you will reap a hundred harvests.       -Kuan Chung

   
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.       -Carl Jung
    
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 have.       -Lee Iacocca

  
The true teachers defend their pupils against their own personal influence.  They inspire self-trust.  They guide their student's eyes from themselves to the spirit that quickens them.  They will have no disciple.       -Amos Bronson Alcott
  
Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a person of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts.  Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul.  It releases it.  For only educated people are free people.  You cannot create a statue by smashing the marble with a hammer, and you cannot by the force of arms release the spirit or the soul of people.       -Confucius
   
Teachers open the door.  You enter by yourself.       -Chinese proverb
   

A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his or her influence stops.       -Henry Adams

   
You cannot teach people anything; you can only help them to find it within themselves.       -Galileo
   
I am not a teacher:  only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way.  I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you.      -George Bernard Shaw
   
   
Teaching is one of the most crucial, responsible, and important professions-- since it consists of communicating knowledge and guiding the intellectual development of men and women.  The objective purpose of teaching is the spread and communication of the right ideas, of intellectual values, which means:  the creation of a culture.       -Ayn Rand
    
No person can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.  The teachers who walk in the shadow of the temple, among their followers, give not of their wisdom but rather of their faith and their lovingness.  If they are indeed wise they do not bid you enter the house of their wisdom, but rather lead you to the threshold of your own mind.       -Khalil Gibran
    
We definitely have the ability to be teachers ourselves.  We may not be qualified to teach algebra, but we certainly can read a poem to a child (or even a friend!) and discuss what it might mean to us.  We can go through a book on animals, looking at amazing pictures, learning ourselves by reading captions as we "teach" someone else.  We can listen carefully as someone explains his or her ideas, helping that person to clarify those ideas.  There are many, many "teaching moments" in every day, and if we keep our eyes and ears open, we can recognize them and use them for all that they're worth.  And the more we do it, the more we learn ourselves, and the better we get at it.
     The most important lessons in life rarely happen in a classroom.  But if we step back and think that we can't teach because we're not "teachers," then we lose many opportunities to do many wonderful things.  And if we don't teach because we assume that someone else will, then everyone loses.       -Tom Walsh
   
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.       -Colleen Wilcox
   
Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one.  But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or as deserving beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation.  Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years they redirect hundreds of lives.
   Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong.  But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who never fully know the good that they have done.       -Tracy Kidder
    
A woman attended her 20-year high school reunion. There she encountered her freshman year art teacher. She told him that she decided to go to college as a result of his inspiration, and that she was now an art professor at a large state university.
    At the end of the evening's festivities, the teacher searched out his former student, shook her hand and said, "Thank you for saying those nice things about my teaching. You've really made my day."
    "You're welcome," said the woman as she hugged him, "But let me thank you--you've made my life!"       -unattributed
   
Everyone who remembers his or her own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods and techniques.       -Sidney Hook

    

Teach the young people how to think, not what to think.       -Sidney Sugarman
    
Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.        -Joyce A. Myers
   

   
Education should be of value to men and women both as private individuals and as free, self-reliant, and responsible members of the community to which they belong.  It should help them, as individuals, to grow in self-mastery and personal depth, to develop wider and deeper appreciations, to acquire an enthusiasm for hard work, to love good talk and good books, to delight in the adventures of intellectual curiosity, to become fair-minded, open-minded, and generous in all their human responses.       -American Association of Colleges
   
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.       -Horace Mann
    
The entire object of true education is to make people
not merely to do the right things, but to enjoy them;
not merely industrious, but to enjoy industry;
not merely learned, but to love knowledge;
not merely pure, but to love purity;
not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.

John Ruskin
   

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