Great Throughts Treasury

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Samuel Belkin

The Art of Teaching does not consist only of instruction in the three R's. There is more to teaching than conveying information. Teaching is the continuous process of building character, establishing moral attitudes, creating respect for the good way of life and distaste for the lightheaded and irresponsible mode of existence.

Art | Character | Existence | Good | Life | Life | Respect | Respect | Instruction | Art |

Jean de La Bruyère

Profound ignorance makes a man dogmatic. The man who knows nothing thinks he is teaching others what he has just learned himself; the man who knows a great deal can't imagine that what he is saying is not common knowledge, and speaks indifferently.

Character | Ignorance | Knowledge | Man | Nothing |

Paul Bocuse

It is our duty to give meaning to the life of future generations by sharing our knowledge and experience; by teaching an appreciation of work well done and a respect for nature, the source of all life; by encouraging the young to venture off the beaten path and avoid complacency by challenging their emotions.

Appreciation | Character | Complacency | Duty | Emotions | Experience | Future | Knowledge | Life | Life | Meaning | Nature | Respect | Work | Appreciation | Respect |

Benjamin Franklin

Education begins with life. Before we are aware the foundations of character are laid, and subsequent teaching avails but little to remove or alter them... If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Character | Education | Knowledge | Life | Life | Little | Man |

Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.

Character | Wisdom |

Everett Dean Martin

There is only one sound method of moral education. It is teaching people to think.

Character | Education | Method | People | Sound |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Education comes to us from nature, from men, or from things. The inner growth of our organs and faculties is the education of nature, the use we learn to make of this growth is the education of men, what we gain by our experience of our surroundings is the education of things. Thus we are each taught by three masters. If their teaching conflicts, the scholar is ill-educated and will never be at peace with himself; if their teaching agrees, he goes straight to his goal, he lives at peace with himself, he is well-educated.

Character | Education | Experience | Growth | Men | Nature | Peace | Scholar | Will | Learn |

Brander Matthews, fully James Brander Matthews

The worst effect of party is its tendency to generate narrow, false, and illiberal prejudices, by teaching the adherents of one party to regard those that belong to an opposing party as unworthy of confidence.

Confidence | Regard | Wisdom |

Joyce Cary

The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.

Confidence | Enthusiasm | Force | Will | Wisdom | Teacher |

Vernon Carter

The teaching of any science, for purposes of liberal education, without linking it with social progress and teaching its social significance, is a crime against the student mind. It is like teaching a child how to pronounce words but now what they mean.

Crime | Education | Mind | Progress | Science | Wisdom | Words | Child |

Clarence Darrow, fully Clarence Seward Darrow

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Children | Doubt | Tragedy | Wisdom | Think |

Merimom Cunninggim

The teaching profession is the only profession that has no definition for malpractice.

Wisdom |

Anatole France, pen name of Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

Art | Awakening | Curiosity | Mind | Purpose | Purpose | Wisdom | Art |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go to the place where the thing you wish to know is native; your best teacher is there. Where the thing you wish to know is so dominant that you must breathe its very atmosphere, there teaching is most thorough, and learning is most easy. You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy best among miners; and so with everything else.

Language | Learning | Study | Wisdom | Teacher |

Gail Godwin, fully Gail Kathleen Godwin

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

Good | Wisdom |

Harry Golden, born Herschel Goldhirsch

The school is a place or institution for teaching and learning. Underneath this definition in every standard dictionary is another definition: School is a large number of fish of the same kind swimming together in the same direction.

Learning | Wisdom |