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I swear ... to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.
(Hippocrates (c. 460-c. 370 B.C.), Greek physician. "The Hippocratic Oath.")
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).)
What eleven- to thirteen-year-old boys fear is passivity of any kind. When they do act passively we can be fairly certain that it is an act of aggression designed to torment a parent or teacher. . . . Mischief at best, violence at worst is the boy's proclamation of masculinity.
(Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 7 (1984).)
Like plowing, housework makes the ground ready for the germination of family life. The kids will not invite a teacher home if beer cans litter the living room. The family isn't likely to have breakfast together if somebody didn't remember to buy eggs, milk, or muffins. Housework maintains an orderly setting in which family life can flourish.
(Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 7 (1983).)
A long time ago people often said, "Why did you become a teacher?" Well, that was about the only decent thing when I was growing up for a girl to be. If you became a secretary ... you got a hard name.
(Knowles Witcher Teel (b. c. 1906), U.S. schoolteacher. As quoted in Hill Country Teacher, ch. 2, by Diane Manning (1990).
Teel taught in Texas from 1924 until her retirement in 1972; she was rare among teachers of her generation in that she continued working despite marriage and motherhood.)
Both Socrates and Jesus were outstanding teachers; both of them urged and practiced great simplicity of life; both were regarded as traitors to the religion of their community; neither of them wrote anything; both of them were executed; and both have become the subject of traditions that are difficult or impossible to harmonize.
(Jaroslav Pelikan (b. 1932), U.S. theologian, educator. Jesus Through the Centuries, ch. 15, Yale University Press (1985).)
You say that I should be your teacher! See to it that I am your pinion and not your brake.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 200, selection 5, number 121, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)