We learn... 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we both hear and see 70% of what is discussed 80% of what we experience personally 95% of what we teach to someone else

— William Glasser

The most genuine William Glasser quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away.


The ultimate use of power is to empower others.


Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, yes when we should say no.


When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.


Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.


The more a person perceives that he/she is loved, the less they will interfere with the lives of others.


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.


No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence.


To focus on discipline is to ignore the real problem: We will never be able to get students (or anyone else) to be in good order if, day after day, we try to force them to do what they do not find satisfying.


If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.


You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school.


There is no real reason to fail a child," "Once children start failing, they begin to believe that they can't do anything. They give up.


About William Glasser

Quotes 22 sayings
Profession Psychiatrist
Birthday May 11, 1925

A friend of mine, a dedicated golfer, shot a hole in one playing by himself. Disaster.


Sex is on the minds of most people, especially those who shouldn't be having it.


The day we stop playing will be the day we stop learning.


We can pay teachers a hundred thousand dollars a year, and we'll do nothing to improve our schools as long as we keep the A, B, C, D, F grading system.


The Compassionate Classroom is a fabulous book! If teachers will read it, they can transform their classrooms.


What we get, and all we ever get, from the outside is information;

how we choose to act on this information is up to us.


Unlike the weak, the strong neither give up nor are driven by pain into rash or stupid behavior. They don't like pain any more than anyone else, but they are not willing to settle for short-term relief if it means reducing their options later. They don't rob Peter to pay Paul, they face reality now.


The answer lies in preventing these failures, not in looking for better ways to fix the people who are failing.


There is plenty of competition in a Glasser Quality School in that there is winning but no losing.