1. Education should no longer be most imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.

  2. Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

  3. We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.

  4. The children are now working as if I did not exist.

  5. We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.

  6. The aim of education should not be to teach how to use human energies to improve the environment, for we are finally beginning to realize that the cornerstone of education is the development of the human personality, and that in this regard education is of immediate importance for the salvation of mankind.

  7. Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should be informed by that idea.

  8. If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.

  9. If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?

  10. The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth.


The complete list of 374 Maria Montessori sayings