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Books are good enough in their way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.
Grayson Kirk

We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all, but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.
David Gardner

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 love 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

The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community – these are the most vital things education must try to produce.
Virginia Gildersleeve

My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done.
Charles Kettering

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The enormous multiplication of books in every branch of knowledge is one of the greatest evils of this age… it presents one of the most serious obstacles to the acquisition of correct information, by throwing in the reader’s way piles of lumber in which he must painfully grope for scraps of useful matter.
Edgar Allen Poe

The close observer soon discovers that the teacher’s task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination, and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning.
Nathan Pusey

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

The essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then show you how to give it away.
Leo Buscaglia

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
W.B. Yeats

A teacher is a very special person, who uses his or her creativity and loving, inquiring mind to develop the rare talent of encouraging others to think, to dream, to learn, to try, to do!
Beverly Conklin

Education has for its object the formation of character.
Herbert Spencer

It is a general insight, which merits more attention than it receives, that teaching should not be compared to filling a bottle with water but rather to helping a flower to grow in its own way. As any good teacher knows, the methods of instruction and the range of material covered are matters of small importance as compared with the success in arousing the natural curiosity of the students and stimulating their interest in exploring on their own.
Noam Chomsky

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
Karl Menninger

Teaching is one of the most crucial, responsible and important professions – since it consists of communicating knowledge and guiding the intellectual development of men. 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

Í touch the future – I teach.
Christa McAuliffe

If you feel you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.
Robert Goheen

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner

The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.
Herbert Spencer

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 man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
Thomas Huxley


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