I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers. She had a zeal not so much for perfection as for steady betterment – she demanded not excellence so much as integrity.
No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
In a society safe and worthy to be free, teaching which produces a willingness to lead, as well as a willingness to follow, must be given to all.
What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?
There is no teaching until the public is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transfusion takes place; he is you and you are he; then is a teaching, and by no unfriendly chance or bad company can he ever quite lose the benefit.
I touch the future. I teach.
A man who knows a subject thoroughly, a man so soaked in it that he eats it, sleeps it and dreams it – this man can always teach it with success, no matter how little he knows of technical pedagogy.
We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touch our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child.