What are the TOP 10 child quotes by Maria Montessori?


The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.


If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.


Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.




The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.


Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.


The child is not an empty being who owes whatever he knows to us who have filled him up with it. No, the child is the builder of man. There is no man existing who has not been formed by the child he once was.


One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.


It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method... I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.


The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.



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