Quotes for
the Journey:


The true teachers defend their pupils
against their own personal influence.

Amos Bronson Alcott


Our future will be determined by the home and the school.  Children become largely what they are taught, hence we must watch what we teach them, and how we live before them.     -Jane Addams

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.  One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.  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
I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  It's my daily mood that makes the weather.  As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.  I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.     -Haim Ginott
You know that I don't believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone.  I question the efficacy of teaching.  The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn.  And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.     -Carl Rogers
Proper teaching is recognized with ease.  You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.     -Frank Herbert, Dune

Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning.  It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them.  Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young.  They wait for it, and in time, it comes.     -Darren Shan
The calling of the teacher:  there is no craft more privileged.  To awaken in another human being powers, dreams beyond one’s own; to induce in others a love for that which one loves; to make of one’s inward present their future; that is a threefold adventure like no other.     -George Steiner, Lessons of the Masters
A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not him- or herself thoroughly understand the subject; if the teacher does not attempt to break down his or her knowledge to fit the child's mind, that teacher does not understand teaching.     -Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way.  I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as you.     -George Bernard Shaw
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.      -Anatole France
When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning.  That’s if you want to teach them to think.     -Bertrand Russell

Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible.  Learning is making it possible for yourself.     -Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure than in the brain of a student who is scared, upset, anxious, or stressed.     -Mawhinney and Sagan
When you study great teachers. . . you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.     -William Glasser
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.     -Albert Einstein
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.     -Elbert Hubbard
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.     -Nikos Kazantzakis
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.  The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.  If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you
to the threshold of your own mind.     -Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
You cannot teach people anything; you can only help them find it within themselves.     -Galileo Galilei
A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.     -John Grogan, Marley and Me
No other job in the world could possibly dispossess one so completely as this job of teaching.  You could stand all day in a laundry, for instance, still in possession of your mind.  But this teaching utterly obliterates you.  It cuts right into your being:  essentially, it takes over your spirit.     -Sylvia Ashton Warner


A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine. . . each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting.
   A teacher must never impose this student to fit his or her favourite pattern; a good teacher functions as a pointer, exposing his or her students' vulnerability (and) causing them to explore both internally and finally integrating themselves with their being. Martial art should not be passed out indiscriminately.     -Bruce Lee
To focus on discipline is to ignore the real problem:  We will never be able to get students (or anyone else) to be in good order if, day after day, we try to force them to do what they do not find satisfying.     -William Glasser
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.     -William Arthur Ward
Think of the best teacher you ever had.  Your third-grade teacher, a college instructor, or someone who taught you crafts or swimming at summer camp.  You knew that person cared, but it wasn't all fun and games, either.  Great teachers often make you do an incredibly difficult task that seems pointless.  Why in the world am I having to go through this? you ask.  Then at some point, maybe years later, you discovered that the task had a wonderful meaning because it helped you learn something you couldn't have learned any other way.  And then you finally understood what your teacher was doing.  You had a view of what was going on inside your teacher's mind.     -Mira Kirshenbaum, Everything Happens for a Reason

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