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Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind.
And, while they captivate, inform the mind.
- William Cowper, Hope (l. 770)
The sounding jargon of the schools.
- William Cowper, Truth (l. 367)
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
- Clarence Darrow
If ever I am an instructress, it will be to learn more than to teach.
- Dorothee DeLuzy
Teaching may be compared to selling commodities. No one can sell unless somebody buys.
- John Dewey
Worried and tormented into monotonous feebleness, the best part of his life ground out of him in a mill of boys.
- Charles Dickens
The twig is so easily bended
I have banished the rule and the rod:
I have taught them the goodness of knowledge,
They have taught me the goodness of God;
My heart is the dungeon of darkness,
When I shut them for breaking a rule;
My frown is sufficient correction;
My love is the law of the school.
- Charles Monroe Dickinson, The Children
Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
- Paul Dickson
Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
- Albert Einstein
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein
You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity. . . . No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
- Albert Einstein
There is no teaching until the pupil is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transfusion takes place; he is you, and you are he; there is a teaching; and by no unfriendly chance or bad company can he ever quite lose the benefit.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essays--Of Spiritual Laws
Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.
- James Anthony Froude,
Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
A good schoolmaster minces his precepts for children to swallow, hanging clogs on the nimbleness of his own soul, that his scholars may go along with him.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
- Galilei Galileo
A boy is better unborn than untaught.
- George Gascoigne
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
- Gail Godwin
Go to the place where the thing you wish to know is native; your best teacher is there. Where the thing you wish to know is so dominant that you must breathe its very atmosphere, there teaching is moat thorough, and learning is most easy. You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy boat among miners; and so with everything else.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain.
- Oliver Goldsmith
Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he:
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
I had, out of my sixty teachers, a scant half dozen who couldn't have been supplanted by phonographs.
- Don Herold
It is a luxury to learn; but the luxury of learning is not to be compared with the luxury of teaching.
- Roswell Dwight Hitchcock
Grave is the Master's look; his forehead wears
Thick rows of wrinkles, prints of worrying cares:
Uneasy lies the heads of all that rule,
His worst of all whose kingdom is a school.
Supreme he sits; before the awful frown
That binds his brows the boldest eye goes down;
Not more submissive Israel heard and saw
At Sinai's foot the Giver of the Law.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The School Boy
Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.
[Lat., Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
(IV, 4, 33)
The trainer trains the docile horse to turn, with his sensitive neck, whichever way the rider indicates.
[Lat., Fingit equum tenera docilem cervice magister
Ire viam qua monstret eques.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Epistles (bk. I, 2, 64)
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