Quotations About / On: TEACHER

  • 31.
    Weakness is a better teacher than strength. Weakness must learn to understand the obstacles that strength brushes aside.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 32.
    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[1], 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 Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.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.)
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  • 33.
    There is no real teacher who in practise does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
    (Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. The Closing of the American Mind, preface (1987).)
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  • 34.
    As a teacher, as a propagandist, Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
    (Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. (Written 1901). Around Theatres, "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S," (1924). Closing words of essay. Shaw was Beerbohm's predecessor as dramatic critic on the London weekly, Saturday Review.)
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  • 35.
    If a teacher have any opinion which he wishes to conceal, his pupils will become as fully indoctrinated into that as into any which he publishes.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 36.
    An eminent teacher of girls said, "the idea of a girl's education, is, whatever qualifies them for going to Europe."
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 37.
    It is remarkable that among all the preachers there are so few moral teachers. The prophets are employed in excusing the ways of men.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 468, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 38.
    Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).)
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  • 39.
    Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, critic. Couples, ch. 1 (1968).)
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  • 40.
    How worrisome it is to witness devilish competence turning a big country like ours almost schizophrenic on non issues! ! ! Rarely do we set a new trend extolling competence, inventions, initiatives and start ups. We work overtime in facilitating divide, anger, suspicion and condemnation. We love hoary institutions to wilt rather than blossom; we put small men at high places to ensure servility; we get increasingly afraid of successful men and institutions. We can hardly allow the rot to continue and to spread. Transformation must start; it has to be from our schools. Our teachers must stand with heads held high. Those who wish well of the country, must rally round the teacher.
    (Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is from India. He is a former Civil Servant, lives in Bhubaneswar; is a social activist and a columnist.)
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