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Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

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I always liked Yoda's "Do, do not. There is no try." But then my 3 year-old said, "I disagree with Master Yoda," and pointed out that people should always try, because "sometimes trying's the most important thing." (By the way, he hasn't even seen the movie yet, but my husband and I - children from the 70s and 80s all the way - can't help but weave our own references into our conversations with him.) So now, I guess THAT's my favorite quote. :-) What's yours? -Heather WG

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Anna Pilloton's picture
Anna Pilloton
Program Coordinator

Two of my favorites (for different reasons):

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ---William Butler Yeats

"Think Big, Build Simple, Act Now"---Tom Suddes

Krista Scott's picture
Krista Scott
Instructional Technology Specialist

Learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully prepared for a world that no longer exists. -Eric Hoffer

Mrs. Groff's picture
Mrs. Groff
High School ELA Teacher in Newark, New Jersey

"Whatever the waste, stupidity, ineptitude, whatever the problems and frustrations of teachers and pupils, something very exciting is going on. In each of the classrooms on each of the floors all at the same time education is going on. In some form or other, for all its abuses, young people are exposed to education. That's how I manage to stand up. And that's why you're standing too."

Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate; our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

Can never remember who said that but I know it's a woman and NOT Nelson Mandela! I actually want to paint it as a mural in my classroom.

Two of my own:
"I am only as good a teacher as my lowest performing student."
"It's not that you can't; it's that you can't YET. And I'm your YET"

Jennifer Smith's picture

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

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Vicente Riofrio
Chemistry Teacher

Outside of a dog, ITERNET is a man's best friend. It presents alternatives.

Do you think so.

Keely J Sutton's picture

Some of my favorite educational quotes that I use with my students are:

"Excellence is not an act, but a habit."

"He that cannot obey, cannot command."

"It is not a crime not to know. It is a crime not to want to know."

"He who laughs, lasts."

"Fortune favors the bold."

"Carpe Diem!"

"Your life is in front of you, not behind you."

"The man who moves mountains, begins by moving small stones."

I could go on forever. I have many quotes that I keep posted on my classroom walls. As part of our morning journaling, I'll post a quote on the board and have the students give their interpretation of the quote and share with the class. They also justify how these quotes may apply to their lives or experiences. My students really enjoy them. Not to mention, over the course of the year, they'll equate them to their own personal experiences. It is a joy to watch and listen. :)

Rodd Lucier's picture

"If you think technology is expensive, try irrelevance." @thecleversheep

It's my adaptation of "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." @Derek Bok

notchuraverage1's picture

There is the danger, probably the most common one, that throughout the long years of going to school a child will never acquire the enjoyment of work and pride in doing at least one kind of thing really well.


notchuraverage1's picture

I have one more:

The answer lies in preventing [...] failures not in looking for better ways to fix the people who are failing.

William Glasser, Choice Theory

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