Quotes, Thoughts and Reflections on Education
In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
– Henry David Thoreau
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape –not from our own time, for we are bound by that– but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our own time.
Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature, under which name I include not merely things and their forces, but men and their ways; and the fashioning of the affections and of the will into an earnest and loving desire to move in harmony with those laws.
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 man who can make hard things easy is the educator. Ralph Waldo Emerson
El hombre que puede hacer fácil lo difícil es el educador.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward
El educador mediocre habla. El buen educador explica. El educador superior demuestra.
El gran educador inspira.
I touch the future, I teach Christa McAuliffe Yo palpo el futuro, yo enseño.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than even their parents,
for these only give them life; those the art of living well. Aristotle
The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she who
transcends accepted educational methods. Margaret Mead
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. A. Bronson Alcott
El buen maestro defiende a sus alumnos contra su propia influencia personal.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Teachers are more than any other class the guardians of civilization. Bertrand Russell
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo
Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage
than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. John F. Kennedy
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who
touched our human feelings. Carl Gustav Jung
Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert
Los niños necesitan modelos que imitar, no críticos.
The first idea that the child must acquire in order to be actively disciplined is that of the
difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity. María Montessori
It is greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state.
William Ellery Channing
The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller
El resultado más elevado de la educación es la tolerancia.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. Karl Menninger
All who have meditated in the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the
fate of empires depends on the education of the youth Aristotle
In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute, the race which does not value trained
intelligence is doomed…To-day we maintain ourselves.
To-morrow, science will have moved forward yet one more step, and there will be no appeal from the judgment,
which will then be pronounced on the uneducated. Alfred North Whitehead
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the
education of all adults of every age? Eric Fromm
Only the educated are free. Epictetus
Sólo las personas educadas son libres.
Educate a man and you educate an individual – Educate a woman and you educate a family.
Educad un hombre y educaréis a un individuo. Educad una mujer y educaréis una familia
Education is the cheap defense of nations. Edmund Burke
La educación es la menos cara de las defensas de una nación.
Education should be related to an intercultural and interdependent world. A world in which education teaches man to foster sharing attitudes, to compete with oneself and not with others, leaning to be tolerant, and to develop pity and solidarity for the suffering of mankind. A world free from prejudices, where learning to care, learning to be, learning to share, learning to grasp the hole and act on the parts, and learning to carry on learning should be society’s main objectives.
Miguel Ángel Escotet
It is only the ignorant who despise education. Publilius Syrus
Sólo los ignorantes desprecian la educación
If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people. Kuang Chung
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing;
education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant
You have to study a long time to know anything at all. Montesquieu
Hay que estudiar largo tiempo para saber un poco.
There is nothing more fruitful than ignorance aware of itself. José Ortega y Gasset
No hay nada más fecundo que la ignorancia consciente de sí misma.
e don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but at forty we know it and at sixty we are finally willing to admit it. Jules Renard
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. Bertrand Russell
From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.
Alfred North Whitehead
Despite her influential role in educational thought, Montessori has been neglected by quotation anthologists
(nothing from her is to be found in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations or the Oxford Book of Quotations, and she
has only one entry in the Yale Book of Quotations). To help remedy this oversight, I present a dozen of her best
quotations below: ( copied from Dr. Mardy’s quotes)
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
“No social problem is as universal as the oppression of the child.”
“Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.”
“To ensure moral salvation, it is primarily necessary to depend
on oneself because in the moment of peril we are alone.”
“We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants waiting upon a master.”
“There can be no substitute for work, neither affection nor physical well-being can replace it.”
“The development of the individual can be described as
a succession of new births at consecutively higher levels.”
“The world of education is like an island where people,
cut off from the world, are prepared for life by exclusion from it.”
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher . . . is to be able to say,
‘The children are now working as if I did not exist’.”
“The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood,
when no one can teach them anything!”
“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge,
there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future.” “Our care of the child should be governed,
not by the desire ‘to make him learn things’, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light
which is called the intelligence.”
The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn
Is hammering on cold iron. Horace Mann
Learning is discovering that something is possible. Fritz Perls
Aprender es descubrir que algo es posible.
Education is not the filing of a pail, but the burning of a fire William Butler Yeats Le educación no consiste en llenar un cántaro sino en enceder un fuego.
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. John Patrick
It will be said that the joy of mental adventure must be rare, that there are few who can appreciate it,
and that ordinary education can take no account of so aristocratic a good. I do not believe this.
The joy of mental adventure is far commoner in the young than in grown men and women. …It is rare in later life because everything is done to kill it during education. Bertrand Russell
The test and the use of man’s education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
La prueba y la medida de la educación de un hombre es el hecho de que encuentre placer
en el ejercicio de su mente.
Every great advancement in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. John Dewey
Cada uno de los grandes avances de la ciencia ha surgido como consecuencia de una
nueva audacia de la imaginación.
What scupture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. Joseph Addison
La educación es al alma lo que la escultura es a un bloque de mármol
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. René Descartes
No es suficiente tener una buena mente. Lo principal es usarla bien
A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one. Moliere
Un tonto educado es más tonto que uno ignorante.
Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful
Alfred North Whitehead
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should
be doing for themselves. Abraham Lincoln
In praising or loving a child, we love and praise not that which is, but that which we hope for.
Al amar o alabar a un niño, no alabamos y amamos lo que es sino lo que esperamos que Sea.
By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn. Latin proverb
Al aprender enseñarás; al enseñar aprenderás.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day:
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese proverb
Regala un pescado a un hombre y le darás alimento para un día. Enséñalo a pescar y lo
alimentarás para el resto de su vida.
A teacher is better than two books. German proverb
Un maestro es mejor que dos libros.
Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn. Greek Proverb
Cualquier cosa que vale la pena saber es difícil de aprender.
Education is light, lack of it is darkness. Russian Proverb
La educación es luz, su ausencia es oscuridad.
When the mind is ready, a teacher appears Zen Proverb
Cuando la mente está preparada, aparece un maestro
Wisdom is the best traveling companion Spanish proverb
El saber es el mejor compañero de viaje