quote by Maria Montessori

The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.

— Maria Montessori

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To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.


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.

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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.

Play is the work of the child.

The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.


The first essential for the child’s development is concentration.

The child who concentrates is immensely happy.

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.

Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.

The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.


Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.

The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.

The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.

There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.

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


Of all things love is the most potent.

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child.

She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.

Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.

Preventing war is the work of politicians, establishing peace is the work of educationists.

The unknown energy that can help humanity is that which lies hidden in the child.


Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.

Character formation cannot be taught. It comes from experience and not from explanation.

The needs of mankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet. The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity.

Within the child lies the fate of the future.

Little children, from the moment in which they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.


It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.

A man is not what he is because of the teachers he has had, but because of what he has done

The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.

To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.

No one can be free unless he is independent.


The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.

The child will reveal himself through work.

I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.

The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.