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It has been said that everyone is a collector, a collector of something; stamps, baseball cards, basketball cards, photographs, music, antiques, etc. I am a collector, a collector of quotations, and have been for years. It is only recently that I have asked myself why I collect them.
My answer is that these terse terms made by men and women throughout history speak to me in a very profound way. They are short, to the point, and full of imagery. They are memorable, visual "sound bites". I view tham as a precious inheritance to be shared. They continue to echo their presence to each generation.
Out of the thousands of quotations I have collected over the years these are some that have spoken to me as a young teacher, and indeed, thoughout my entire teaching career. If you listen, I am sure they will speak to you also.
Richard D. Zakia
By viewing the old we learn the new Chinese Proverb I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers and only the thread that bonds them is my own. Michel Montaigne They know enough who know how to learn. Henry Adams A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. Josef Albers The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influences... Amos Alcott You can't direct the wind but you can adjust the sails. Anonymous Even the clearest water appears opaque at great depth. Anonymous We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude. Anonynous student Education is the best viaticum of old age. Aristotle Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider. Francis Bacon Out of monuments, names, words proverbs ...and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. Francis Bacon Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon You can observe a lot by just looking around. Yogi Berra Opposites are not contradictory but complementary. Niels Bohr It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverance to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others. Buddha We think too much about effective methods of teaching and not enough about effective methods of learning. John Carolus S.J. No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education. John Carolus S.J. The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. Joseph Campbell Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. Chinese Proverb Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime. Chinese Proverb The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. Winston Churchill What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth. Marcus T. Cicero I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know. Marcus T. Cicero If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. Marcus T. Cicero The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. Pierre de Coubertin To think is to differ. Clarence Darrow The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood. Rene Descartes The origin of thinking is some perplexity, confusion or doubt. John Dewey One can think effectively only when one is willing to endure suspense and to undergo the trouble of searching. John Dewey There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depricate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground. Frederick Douglass It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simplier. Albert Einstein No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest ... T.S. Eliot Reinventing the wheel is a process. Rashid Elisha To arrive at the simple is difficult. Rashid Elisha Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot (Mary-Ann Evans) Every artist was at first an amateur. Ralph W. Emerson Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead to the future. Euripides Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. Henry Ford Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark. Anatole France Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud I have an infamously low capacity for visualizing relationships, which made the study of geometry and all subjects derived from it impossible for me. Sigmund Freud When inspiration does not come to me, I go half way to meet it. Sigmund Freud You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galielo Galilei There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mohandes Gandhi Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end. Kahlil Gibran A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent. Johann W. Goethe An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. John W. Gardner If you do not expect it, you will not find the unexpected, for it is hard to find and difficult. Heraclitus People learn more quickly by doing something or seeing something done. Gilbert Highet Education can be dangerous. It is very difficult to make it not dangerous. In fact, it is almost impossible. Robert M. Hutchins Sometimes one man with courage is a majority. Andrew Jackson In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering. William James These then are my last words to you: be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process. Henry James Jr. Education is man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty. Kenneth G. Johnson Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its values only to its scarcity. Samuel Johnson To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas A. Kempis Creative activity is not a superimposed, extraneous task against which the body, or brain protests, but an orchestration of ... joyful doing. Gyorgy Kepes Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier. Charles F. Kettering There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. Alfred Korzybski When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, "Not to unlearn what you have learned!" Diogenes Laertius Learning is never done without errors and defeat. Vladimir Lenin Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Vladimir Lenin I have been maturing as a teacher. New experiences bring new sensitivities and flexibility... Howard Lester To do just the opposite is a form of imitation. Georg Lichtenberg Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. Abraham Lincoln Certain subjects yield a general power that may be applied in any direction and should be studied by all. John Locke A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side. Ann Morrow Lindberg To define is to destroy, to suggest is to create. Stephane Mallarme Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery...It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor. Horace Mann People's behavior makes sense if you think about it inn terms of their goals, needs, and motives. Thomas Mann The young don't know what age is, and the old forget what youth was. Seumas MacManus Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. Michelangelo Let the potential artist in our children come to life that they may surmount industrial monotonies and pressures. Barbara Morgan Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating. C.B. Neblette The critical factor is not class size but rather the nature of the teaching as it affects learning. C.B. Neblette How many writers are there... who, breaking up their subject into details, destroy its life, and defraud us of the whole by their anxiety about the parts. Cardinal Newman Knowledge rests on knowledge; what is new is meaningful because it departs slightly from what was known before. Robert Oppenheimer Only the mind cannot be sent into exile. Ovid In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato An object in possession seldom contains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. Plutarch A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. Alexander Pope The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know. Carl Rogers Education...is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning,... by praise, but above all -- by example. John Ruskin Men learn while they teach. Lucius A. Seneca The great pilot can sail even when his canvass is rent. Lucius A. Seneca Wonder is the desire for knowledge. St. Thomas Aquinas It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning. St. Augustine I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery It is such a secret place, the land of tears. Antoine de Saint-Exupery A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. George Santayana Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius. Arthur Schopenhauer To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching. George Bernard Shaw The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try. Sophocles A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. Henry David Thoreau It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. Harry S. Truman It is easy to spot an informed man -- his opinions are just like your own. Miguel de Unamuno The best way to know life is to love many things. Vincent Van Gogh Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H.G. Wells An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be. Orson Welles Education should turn out the pupil with something he knows well and something he can do well. Alfred North Whitehead The limits of your language are the limits of your world. Ludwig Wittgenstein I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son... Thomas Wolfe Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. William Wordsworth The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated in quotations. Benjamin Disraeli
(c) Richard D. Zakia, 1995
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