An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


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 (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


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 (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


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


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill.


Hari Dass Baba


You teach best what you most need to learn.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


I believe that every human soul is teaching something to someone nearly every minute here in mortality.


M. Russell Ballard (1928-, American missionary, bishop,)


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 (1915-1981, American biographer)


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


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


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


Jacques Barzun (1907-, American scholar)


Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him.


Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994, American government official and religious leader)


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


Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832, British philosopher, jurist, political theorist)


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


Edward Blishen (1920-, British actor)


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 (1930-1992, American educator, author)


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


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


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


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


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


Henry S. Canby (1878-1961, American author, editor)


A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.


Thomas Carruthers


First he wrought, and afterward he taught.


Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400, British poet)


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 (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


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


William Cowper (1731-1800, British 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 (1872-1922, American archaeologist, professor)


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


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.


John Cotton Dana


There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.


Floyd Dell


The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.


Mark Van Doren (1894-1972, American poet, critic)


Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The real difficulty, the difficulty which has baffled the sages of all times, is rather this: how can we make our teaching so potent in the motional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual?


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Knowledge exists to be imparted.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


George Givot


The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


I am not a teacher, but an awakener.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


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


Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian astronomer, mathematician)


Those who know how to think need no teachers.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


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


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.


Gail Godwin


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


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


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


Sydney J. Harris


I swear... to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


True teaching liberates the student from his teacher.


Ernest Holmes


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


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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




To teach is to learn twice.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be re-taught when the students become teachers.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.


John Locke (1632-1704, British 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 (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


Teaching is of more importance than urging.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


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


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Teaching isn't one-tenth as effective as training.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


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 (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


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 (American author, "Life 101")


The evil of people can come from their like of being teachers of others.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


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 (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


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 Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


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 (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


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


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


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


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


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


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The fault of another is a good teacher.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Many students have become kings or queens, but no teachers have.


Taiwanese Proverb


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


Frederick W. Robertson


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


Robert H. Shaffer


He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


Dan Snow


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


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


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 (1713-1768, British author)


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


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


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


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


He who does not research has nothing to teach.


Author Unknown


In teaching others we teach ourselves.


Author Unknown


Never offer to teach a fish to swim.


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.


William A. Ward


Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.


Colleen Wilcox


Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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 (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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