The ambiguous, gray areas of authority and responsibility between parents and teachers exacerbate the distrust between them. The distrust is further complicated by the fact that it is rarely articulated, but usually remains smoldering and silent.
(Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (20th century), U.S. professor, education. Worlds Apart, ch. 1 (1978).)
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.)
I am still a learner, not a teacher, feeding somewhat omnivorously, browsing both stalk and leaves; but I shall perhaps be enabled to speak with more precision and authority by and by,if philosophy and sentiment are not buried under a multitude of details.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 21, 1856, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 280, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Whenever a mind is simple and receives an old wisdom, old things pass away,means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it,one as much as another.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)