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TEACHING
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To dazzle let the vain design,
  To raise the thought and touch the heart, be thine!
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 249)

All jargon of the schools.
      - Matthew Prior, An Ode on Exodus III, 14,
        "I am that I am."

The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

Teach the art of living well.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The temper of the pedagogue suits not with the age; and the world, however it may be taught, will not be tutored.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

I do present you with a man of mine.
  Cunning in music and the mathematics,
    To instruct her fully in those sciences.
      - William Shakespeare

Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
  Fit to instruct her youth. * * *
    * * * To cunning men
      I will be very kind, and liberal
        To mine own children in good bringing up.
      - William Shakespeare

We'll set thee to school to an ant. to teach thee there's no laboring i' th' winter.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at II, iv)

Let's dry our eyes: and thus far hear me, Cromwell,
  And when I am forgotten, as I shall be,
    And sleep in dull cold marble, when no mention
      Of me more must be heard of, say I taught thee;
        Say, Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory
          And sounded all the depths and shoals of honor,
            Found thee a way (out of his wrack) to rise in,
              A sure and safe one, though thy master missed it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

And for I know she taketh most delight
  In music, instruments, and poetry,
    Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
      Fit to instruct her youth. If you, Hortensio,
        Or Signior Gremio, you, know any such,
          Prefer them hither, for to cunning men
            I will be very kind, and liberal
              To mine own children in good bringing-up.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Baptista at I, i)

And for an entrance to my entertainment
  I do present you with a man of mine,
    Cunning in music and the mathematics,
      To instruct her fully in those sciences,
        Whereof I know she is not ignorant.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i)

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
      - George Bernard Shaw

How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?
      - George Bernard Shaw

I am not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as you.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married

A little bench of heedless bishops here,
  And there a chancellor in embryo.
      - William Shenstone, The School Mistress
         (st. 28)

Teachers should be held in the highest honor. They are the allies of legislators; they have agency in the prevention of crime; they aid in regulating the atmosphere, whose incessant action and pressure cause the life-blood to circulate, and to return pure and healthful to the heart of the nation.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Whoe'er excels in what we prize,
  Appears a hero in our eyes;
    Each girl, when pleased with what is taught,
      Will have the teacher in her thought.
        . . . .
          A blockhead with melodious voice,
            In boarding-schools may have his choice.
      - Jonathan Swift, Cadenus and Vanessa
         (l. 733)

A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.
      - Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin--Education

Better fed than taught.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        Jack a Lent, French proverb

He need not go away from home for instruction.
  [Lat., Domi habuit unde disceret.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (III, 3, 60)

Delightful task! to rear the tender Thought,
  To teach the young Idea how to shoot,
    To pour the fresh instruction o'er the Mind,
      To breathe the enlivening Spirit, and to fix
        The generous Purpose in the glowing breast.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 1,150)

Be understood in thy teaching, and instruct to this measure of capacity; precepts and rules are repulsive to a child, but happy illustration winneth him.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Instructors should not only be skilful in those sciences which they teach, but have skill in the method of teaching, and patience in the practice.
      - Isaac Watts

It is by the promulgation of sound morals in the community, and more especially by the training and instruction of the young, that woman performs her part towards the preservation of free government.
      - Daniel Webster


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