The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born; now is the time of monsters
The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn.
To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.
The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.
Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.
The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily.
To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.
All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.
God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help.
Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
What the hand does the mind remembers.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.
What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death.
I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man.
... God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.
Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist
If I advance; follow me. If I retreat; kill me. If I die; avenge me! It is better to live one day as a lion than one-hundred years as a sheep!
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it.
The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.
The first essential for the child’s development is concentration.
The child who concentrates is immensely happy.
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.
Play is the work of the child.
Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.
The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.
Knowing thyself, that is the greatest wisdom.
I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven.
In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles
Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.
The press of Italy is free, freer than the press of any other country, so long as it supports the regime.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.
To be humane, we must ever be ready to pronounce that wise, ingenious and modest statement 'I do not know'.
Yes, a dictator can be loved. Provided that the masses fear him at the same time. The crowd love strong men. The crowd is like a woman.
To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect
Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Being willing is not enough. We must do.
Race? It is a feeling, not a reality.
Ninety-five per cent, at least. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today.... National pride has no need of the delirium of race.
Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
I try to have a different relationship with the bike.
I don't give it a name, but I always speak with it. I don't know if the other riders do the same. This is not only a piece of metal - there is a soul. The bike talks back too. But not with a voice, with the components
The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike.
.. you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it's true.
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.