Favorite Quotations About Teaching

  • Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.  –Confucius
  • The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Khalil Gibran
  • Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.  –Josef Albers
  • The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.   –Marva Collins
  • Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  –John Cotton Dana
  • Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.  –William Butler Yeats
  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.  – Albert Einstein
  • Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. – Nikos Kazantzakis

OK – this last quotation is a bit strange.  Collapsing bridges remind me of my husband’s hometown (St. Paul). But it goes with my header photo.


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