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TEACHING
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None can teach admirably if not loving his task.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
      - Antisthenes

The one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
      - Aristotle

It is a pity that, commonly, more care is had--yea, and that among very wise men--to find out rather a cunning man for their horse than a cunning man for their children.
      - Roger Ascham

Garden work consists much more in uprooting weeds than in planting seed. This applies also to teaching.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Attempt to teach the young but little at a time; this will be easier to impart, easier to receive, and surer to be retained.
      - Hosea Ballou

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
      - Jacques Barzun

But ask now the beasts, any they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XII, v. 7-8)

If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for a want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand.
      - John Frederick Boyes

It would be a great advantage to some schoolmasters if they would steal two hours a day from their pupils and give their own minds the benefit of the robbery.
      - John Frederick Boyes

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature.
      - Luther Burbank

For my part, I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew.
      - Edmund Burke

Men want to be reminded, who do not want to be taught; because those original ideas of rectitude to which the mind is compelled to assent when they are proposed, are not always as present to us as they ought to be.
      - Edmund Burke

What's a' your jargon o' your schools,
  Your Latin names for horns and stools;
    If honest nature made you fools.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to J.L. -----k

O ye! who teach the ingenious youth of nations,
  Holland, France, England, Germany or Spain,
    I pray ye flog them upon all occasions,
      It mends their morals, never mind the pain.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 1)

'Tis pleasing to be school'd in a strange tongue
  By female lips and eyes--that is, I mean,
    When both the teacher and the taught are young,
      As was the case, at least, where I have been;
        They smile so when one's right; and when one's wrong
          They smile still more.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 164)

How shall he give kindling in whose own inward man there is no live coal, but all is burnt out to a dead grammatical cinder?
      - Thomas Carlyle

Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Schiller

You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
      - Joseph Chamberlain, at Greenock

The authority of those who teach is very often an impediment to those who desire to learn.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

All preceptors should have that kind of genius described by Tacitus, "equal to their business, but not above it;" a patient industry, with competent erudition; a mind depending more on its correctness than its originality, and on its memory rather than on its invention.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The school is the manufactory of humanity.
      - John Amos Comenius


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