A Few of My Favorite Learning Quotes

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

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. 
William Arthur Ward

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
Karl Menninger

Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. 

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. 
Kahlil Gibran

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people. 
K. Patricia Cross

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. 
John Cotton Dana

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
John Ruskin

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

It is not so much what is poured into the student, but what is planted that really counts.

I touch the future. I teach.
Christa McAuliffe

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. 

Good teacher is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
Gail Godwin

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Andy McIntyre

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
Josef Albers

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark van Doren

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
Ben Sweetland

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

What I hear, I forget.
What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Any training that does not include the emotions, mind and body is incomplete; knowledge fades without feeling.

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
Harvey Samuel Firestone

Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves. 
Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann

In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Al Rogers

An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action is the ultimate competitive advantage.
Jack Welch

You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.
Seymour Papert

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

It is today we must create the world of the future.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The metaphor (coaching) with sports is meant quite seriously… the coach stands back, observes the performance, and provides guidance. The coach applauds strengths, identifies weaknesses, points up principles, offers guiding and often inspiring imagery, and decides what kind of practice to emphasize.
David Perkins

Morpheus: “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one who must walk through it”  
The Matrix

If there is a way to do it better… find it!
Thomas Edison

Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and its knowing how to use the information you get.
William Feather

I try to learn from the past, but I exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is.
Donald Trump

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
B.B. King

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

In teaching, the greatest sin is to be boring.
J.F. Herbert

Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

The only kind of learning which significantly influences behavior is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning – truth that has been assimilated in experience.
Carl Rogers

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

The biggest enemy to learning is the talking teacher.
John Holt


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