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Quotations From MARIA MONTESSORI


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  • If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).

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  • Discipline must come through liberty.... We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educator. The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).
  • If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).

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  • There is ... in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).

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  • We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).

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  • The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educator. The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).

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  • An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity.
    Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).

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