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Improvement depends far less upon length of tasks and hours of application than is supposed. Children can take in but a little each day; they are like vases with a narrow neck; you may pour little or pour much, but much will not enter at a time.

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

Instruction in things moral is most necessary to the making of the highest type of citizenship.

It would be a great advantage to some schoolmasters if they would steal two hours a day from their pupils, and give their own minds the benefit of the robbery.

Let our teaching be full of ideas. Hitherto it has been stuffed only with facts.

Many earnest persons, who have found direct education for themselves fruitless and unprofitable, declare that they first began to learn when they began to teach, and that in the education of others they discovered the secret of their own.

No written word, no spoken plea, can teach our youth what they should be, nor all the books on all the shelves, it's what the teachers are themselves.

Of what unspeakable importance is her education who pre-occupies the unwritten page of being; who produces impressions which only death can obliterate, and mingles with the cradle-dream what shall be read in eternity!

Public instruction should be the first object of government.

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

Teachers should be held in the highest honor. They are the allies of legislators; they have agency in the prevention of crime; they aid in regulating the atmosphere, whose incessant action and pressure cause the life-blood to circulate, and to return pure and healthful to the heart of the nation.

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

The fear of losing one's job has kept education in America fifty years behind its possible improvement.

The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation, is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew.

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

The secret of successful teaching is to teach accurately, thoroughly, and earnestly; this will impart interest to instructions, and awaken attention to them. All sciences, in their nature or connections, are replete with interest, if teachers properly illustrate and impress their truths in a pleasing, earnest manner.

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

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

Thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself.

Those under your supervision are the future.


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