Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy. You can’t laugh and be angry, you can’t laugh and feel sad, you can’t laugh and feel envious.

— Bel Kaufman

The most unique Bel Kaufman quotes that are little-known but priceless

Children are the true connoisseurs. What’s precious to them has no price, only value.

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Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money-in that order;

it is a process, a never-ending one.

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Love is the ultimate giving, an expression of one's best self.

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Learning is a process of mutual discovery for teacher and pupil.

Keep an open mind to their unexpected responses.

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People ate bread made of the shells of peas because there was no flour.

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I so enjoy being old because for the first time I don't have to do anything-work, teach, study. I feel very good about myself-and at my age I can say no to anything now if I don't want to do it. What a liberating word.

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I want to point the way to something that should forever lure them, when the TV set is broken and the movie is over and the school bell has rung for the last time.

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To the outside world, of course, this job is a cinch: 9 to 3, five days a week, two months' summer vacation with pay, all legal holidays, prestige and respect. My mother, for example, has the pleasant notion that my day consists of nodding graciously to the rustle of starched curtsies and a chorus of respectful voices bidding me good morning.

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Never mind the cream; it will always rise to the top. It's the skim milk that needs good teachers.

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Time collapses and expands like an erratic accordion.

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Best marks go to cheaters and memorizers.

Marks depend on memorizing and not on real knowledge. When you cram into your head for a test you may get a high mark but forget it the next day. That's not an education. I suggest just Good and Bad at the end of the term on report cards. Or maybe nothing. Frank Allen

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A teacher is frequently the only adult in the pupil's environment who treats him with respect.

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About Bel Kaufman

Quotes 30 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday May 10, 1911

Teachers try to make us feel lower than themselves, maybe because this is because they feel lower than outside people. One teacher told me to get out of the room and never come back, which I did.

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But if there is such a thing as social commitment in literature, I think it must manifest itself in a reader's awareness of the human condition, in the writer's touching some common nerve ending. I think this kind of social commitment, like a lady's slip, should be there but it must not show.

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Mythology is studied in the school system because most of us come from it.

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I like the word OLD. Not senior, that's for proms. Older? Older than whom? 'Old' is honorable and ripe

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If a teacher wants to know something why doesn't she look it up herself instead of making we students do it? We benefit ourselves more by listening to her, after all she's the teacher!

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And that's it; that's why I want to teach; that's the one and only compensation: to make a permanent difference in the life of a child.

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I’ll never retire as long as I live—that’s like retiring from life! I’ll never stop writing, teaching, lecturing. If you’re in good health, living is exciting on its own.

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I am writing this during my lunch period, because I need to reach towards the outside world of sanity, because I am overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the clerical work still to be done, and because at this hour of the morning normal ladies are still sleeping.

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When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.

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One of my students had written wistfully of a dream-school that would have "windows with trees in them.

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Education can't make us all leaders, but it can teach us which leader to follow.

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To the young, cliches seem freshly minted.

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The preciousness of every moment is emphasized with every tick of the clock.

Isn't it a magnificent day today?

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The heart has its reasons; it's the mind that's suspect.

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I feel no different than I felt at 99, 98 or 97.

Just because you live a long time, you get all this attention. Just because you survived? Of course, I survived a lot.

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I had used my sense of humor; I had called it proportion, perspective. But perspective is distance.

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... good teachers, like Tolstoy's happy families, are alike everywhere.

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