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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei, scientist

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. Phil Collins, musician

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life. Horace, poet

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. Chinese Proverbs,

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates, philosopher

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama, leader

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein, physicist

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. Chinese Proverbs,

You teach best what you most need to learn. Richard Bach, novelist

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. Jacques Barzun, educator

I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost, poet

To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble. Mark Twain, author

Teaching is of more importance than urging. Martin Luther, monk

He who does not research has nothing to teach. Proverbs,

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle, philosopher

Those who know how to think need no teachers. Mahatma Gandhi, leader

To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert, writer

In teaching others we teach ourselves. Proverbs,

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren, poet

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn. Bertolt Brecht, poet

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief. Horace, poet

A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money. Source Unknown,

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. Phyllis Diller, comedian

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith, Jr., clergyman

Never offer to teach a fish to swim. Proverbs,

I am quite sure that in the hereafter she will take me by the hand and lead me to my proper seat. Bernard Baruch, businessman

Mentor and coach others whenever you can. Your teaching will deepen your own learning. Lee J. Colan, author

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn. Will Durant, historian

Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring. Sydney J. Harris, journalist

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning. Source Unknown,

He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil. Proverbs,

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams, historian

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. W. H. Auden, poet

The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness. Kahlil Gibran, artist

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

Teaching isn't one-tenth as effective as training. Horace Mann, educator

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. Plato, philosopher

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. Source Unknown,

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech. Allan Bloom, philosopher

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. Edward George BulwerLytton,

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana, author

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France, novelist

The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before. Elbert Hubbard, writer

A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth. Dan Rather, journalist

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

Buddhism has a very beautiful teaching that says the worst thing you can do to your soul is to tell someone their faith is wrong. Ricky Martin, musician

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner, educator

To teach well, we need not say all that we know, Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under. Proverbs,

My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make. Thomas Arnold, educator

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself. Walter Bagehot, author

Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him. Ezra Taft Benson, leader

First he wrought, and afterward he taught. Chaucer,

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius, philosopher

Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face. Oliver Goldsmith, poet

It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach. John Locke, philosopher

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Sir John Lubbock, banker

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron. Horace Mann, educator

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher. William Osler, scientist

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds. Frederick William Robertson, clergyman

We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. Robert H. Shaffer,

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket. Dan Snow,

The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit. Source Unknown,

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward, writer

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. Colleen Wilcox,

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

No one should teach who is not in love with teaching. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, poet

Teach success before teaching responsibility. Teach them to believe in themselves. Teach them to think, 'I'm not stupid'. No child wants to fail. Everyone wants to succeed. Al Green, musician

I'm going to be doing exactly what I'm doing now - teaching people about animals. Bindi Irwin, celebrity

I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion. Ron Reagan, journalist

Now that it's officially summer, here's my advice to parents who want to continue teaching their kids during the next two months and learn something themselves: visit Civil War battlefields. Marvin Olasky, educator

So one reason the science educators panic at the first sign of public rebellion is that they fear exposure of the implicit religious content in what they are teaching. Phillip E. Johnson, educator

Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, while everything superfluous runs over as from a full container. Who knows much says least. Proverbs,

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. Amos Bronson Alcott, educator

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher

You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill. Hari Dass Baba,

Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers. Richard Bach, novelist

I believe that every human soul is teaching something to someone nearly every minute here in mortality. M. Russell Ballard, clergyman

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this. A. C. Benson, author

The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array. Jeremy Bentham, philosopher

Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement. Edward Blishen,

Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. Fawn M. Brodie, author

Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism... the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young. Henry S. Canby,

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Thomas Carruthers,

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself. John Jay Chapman, poet

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

Once more I would adopt the graver style -- a teacher should be sparing of his smile. William Cowper, poet

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation. Howard Crosby, clergyman

Knowledge exists to be imparted. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

We love the precepts for the teacher's sake. George Farquhar, dramatist

Those who go to college and never get out are called professors. George Givot,

The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared...to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society. Shirley Hufstedler, public servant

Morality sticks faster when presented in brief sayings than when presented in long discourse. Immermann,

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another. Benjamin Jowett, theologian

We think of our efficient teachers with a sense of recognition, but those who touched our humanity we remember with gratitude. Learning is the essential mineral, but warmth is the life-element for the child's soul, no less than for the growing plant. Carl Gustav Jung,

To teach successfully we must tell all we know, but only what is adaptable to the student. La Harpe,

Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching? Harriet Martineau, writer

Your Master Teacher knows all you need to learn, the perfect timing for your learning it, and the ideal way of teaching it to you. You don't create a Master Teacher -- that's already been done. You discover your Master Teacher. Peter McWilliams, writer

The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation? H. L. Mencken, writer

In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

There is no accountability in the public school system - except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory. H. Ross Perot,

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato, philosopher

I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning. Carl R. Rogers,

Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions. Laurence Sterne, novelist

Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion. Terence, writer

We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. Source Unknown,

The first duty of a lecturer is to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantelpiece forever. Virginia Woolf, author

The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills. Tom DeLay, politician

I believe sanity and realism can be restored to the teaching of Mathematical Statistics most easily and directly by entrusting such teaching largely to men and women who have had personal experience of research in the Natural Sciences. Ronald Fisher, mathematician

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition. A. R. Ammons, poet

Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy. Glenn Beck, journalist

My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I've sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there's no virtue in that; it's the way one is raised. Colin Firth, actor

I loved teaching. And I always used to say that acting was just something I did purely on my own terms, and that if I had to make a living from it there would be too much pressure. Brendan Gleeson, actor

I need to tell the world what I'm about, my nature, because not doing so would be teaching my children how to lie. I didn't want it to be. Ricky Martin, musician

I had professional stunt racers teaching me how to drive. Devon Aoki, model

I had great friends, support and teaching at Wake Forest. Tim Duncan, athlete

We knew the people in Natick and knew the teachers that would be teaching our children. It was important for us to be involved in the Natick community because we think so highly of it. Darren Flutie, athlete

I love teaching online at my website and soon I'll be writing a math book. I love to teach math. I just don't have time for a full-time teaching gig. Acting is way too time-consuming. Danica McKellar, actress

Like most of the other teachers, I'd done a bit of teaching and we all think we're great at what we do, but you realize that normally you have an audience who are all onside, who all want to listen. Jamie Oliver, chef

When I was writing my first two books I was also freelancing and teaching and doing other odd jobs. Curtis Sittenfeld, writer

I enjoy tutoring. I just really enjoy the experience of teaching. William Hung, entertainer

First and foremost comes my family and my life with Brad. We have so much joy in raising our children and teaching them about the world that nothing really compares to that. Angelina Jolie, actress

I think I've become more like my mom just because of what we're both interested in, children and teaching and writing. Jenna Bush, celebrity

I hope to continue writing. I hope to continue teaching. Jenna Bush, celebrity

I had been teaching myself photography. Ree Drummond, author

TV is bigger than any story it reports. It's the greatest teaching tool since the printing press. Fred W. Friendly, producer

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. Jacques Barzun, educator

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. Elbert Hubbard, writer

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the 'naturals,' the ones who somehow know how to teach. Peter Drucker, consultant

All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching? Nicholas Johnson,

To hold that the act of homosexual sodomy is somehow protected as a fundamental right would be to cast aside millennia of moral teaching. Warren E. Burger, judge

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching. A. Bartlett Giamatti, educator

Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process. A. Bartlett Giamatti, educator

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. A. J. Liebling, journalist

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn. Eric Hoffer, writer

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. John Steinbeck, author

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date. Ann Richards, politician

Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. Lord Acton, historian

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer

The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed. William Bennett, politician

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. Ambrose Bierce, journalist

Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live. John Milton, poet

If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools. Jim DeMint, politician

In teaching man, experimental science results in lessening his pride more and more by proving to him every day that primary causes, like the objective reality of things, will be hidden from him forever and that he can only know relations. Claude Bernard, psychologist

In God, the characteristics of men and women that we admire in men and women are combined. That's been a traditional Catholic teaching that God is the combination of opposites. Andrew Greeley, clergyman

I teach well. I used to really like teaching a lot. I enjoyed it a lot and I was good at it. Art Garfunkel, musician

Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you. I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming. John Carmack, scientist

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