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.
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.
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.
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.
My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it
has to be done.
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
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.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
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!
Education has for its object the formation of character.
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.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
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.
Í touch the future – I teach.
If you feel you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.
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.
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