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date: 11 August 2022


  1. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
    Henry Brooks Adams 1838–1918 American historian: The Education of Henry Adams (1907) ch. 20
  2. There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
    Roger Ascham 1515–68 English scholar, writer, and courtier: The Schoolmaster (1570) bk. 1
  3. Be a governess! Better be a slave at once!
    Charlotte Brontë 1816–55 English novelist: Shirley (1849) ch. 13
  4. That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means: great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
    Maria Callas 1923–77 American-born operatic soprano: Kenneth Harris Talking To (1971) ‘Maria Callas’
  5. A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others.
    Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu) 551–479 bc Chinese philosopher: Analects ch. 2, v. 11, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan
  6. C-l-e-a-n, clean, verb active, to make bright, to scour. W-i-n, win, d-e-r, der, winder, a casement. When the boy knows this out of the book, he goes and does it.
    Charles Dickens 1812–70 English novelist: Nicholas Nickleby (1839) ch. 8
  7. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
    Bill Gates 1955–  American computer entrepreneur: in Independent on Sunday 12 October 1997
  8. It is no matter what you teach them [children] first, any more than what leg you shall put into your breeches first.
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 26 July 1763
  9. I touch the future. I teach.
    Christa McAuliffe 1948–86 American teacher, died in the Challenger disaster: speech to teachers, summer 1985, in Washington Post 29 January 1986
  10. We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
    Maria Montessori 1870–1952 Italian educationist: The Absorbent Mind (1949)
  11. Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
    And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: An Essay on Criticism (1711) l. 574
  12. Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
    Joshua Reynolds 1723–92 English painter: Discourses on Art 11 December 1769
  13. Homines dum docent discunt.
    Even while they teach, men learn.
    Seneca (‘the Younger’) c.4 bcad 65 Roman philosopher and poet: Epistulae Morales Letters to Lucilius no. 7, sect. 8
  14. He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: Education’
  15. A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.
    Thomas Szasz 1920–2012 Hungarian-born psychiatrist: The Second Sin (1973) ‘Education’
  16. Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
    To teach the young idea how to shoot.
    James Thomson 1700–48 Scottish poet: The Seasons (1746) ‘Spring’ l. 1152
  17. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed into it.
    Victor Weisskopf 1908–2002 American physicist: The Privilege of Being a Physicist (1989)