Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Great Quotes

Happy Holidays! I'd like to share some favorite quotes with you. Hope you enjoy!

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience."
--Anne Sullivan

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

"It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants."

--J. Brotherton

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself."

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
--Mark Twain

“A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
--Mark Twain

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world."
--George Washington Carver

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
--Leo Buscaglia

"Memorization is what we resort to when what we are learning makes no sense."

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
--Eric Hoffer

“Teaching: the earth doesn't move every time, but when it does, what a RUSH!"
--Cameron Beatty

"Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds!"

--Albert Einstein

"Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has."
--René Descartes

"We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be."
--Leo Buscaglia

"Most people who have found that they are more intelligent than most around them, have yet to learn that one of the most intelligent things they can do is prevent said people ever finding this out."
--Terry Pratchett

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
--Will Durant

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
--Douglas Adams

"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."
--Friedrich Nietzsche

"The more you know, the more you know you don't know."

"The people who really run organisations are usually to be found several levels down, where it's still possible to get some work done."
--Terry Pratchett

"It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing."

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something."
--Leo Buscaglia

"Truth emerges from the clash of adverse ideas."
--John Stuart Mill

"Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is."
--William Glasser

"Today much of what we call education is merely knowledge gathering and remembering. Problem solving and thinking, never strong parts of our educational system, have been downgraded in all but a few scientific subjects."
--William Glasser

"Those who know how to think need no teachers."
--Mahatma Gandhi

“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts."

“When ideas fail, words come in very handy."

"The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods."
--Margaret Mead

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
--William Arthur Ward

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

"A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image."
--Author Unknown

"Much of what happens in most classes is a waste of everyone's time. It is neither teaching nor learning. It is stenography."
--R. Fielder and R. Brent

"Total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love."
--Leo Buscaglia

"I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand."

"Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them . . ."
--Barbara Harrell Carson

"Our busy lives force us to focus on things we do from day to day. But the development of character comes only as we focus on who we really are."
--Russell M. Nelson

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead

"Vision without Action is merely a Dream.
Action without Vision is a waste of Time.
Vision with Action can change the World."
--Bishop P.Diergaardt

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell

“Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."
--Walter Anderson

"That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time."
--John Stuart Mill

"The easiest thing in the world is to be you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position."
--Leo Buscaglia

"To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler - and less trouble."
--Mark Twain

"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."
--Sir William Bragg

“The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best."
--Edmund Burke

"The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important."
--Milo Bloom

"A good mind possesses a kingdom."

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
--Alexander Hamilton

"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
--Moshe Dayang

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." --Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,... of searching and experimenting,... of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political."
--Ignazio Silone

"We shape our lives."

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."
--Napoleon Bonaparte

“Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."
--Andre Gide

"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
--Victor Hugo

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
--Charles Swindoll

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