Quotable Quotes for Educators

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Quotable Quotes for Educators

Community Involvement and Action

  1. "If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito". - Anonymous
  2. "A company will get nowhere if all of the thinking is left to management." - Akio Morita
  3. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" - Albert Einstein
  4. "Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has" - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  5. "Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing" - Albert Schweitzer
  6. "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve" - Albert Schweitzer
  7. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein
  8. "Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others" - Anonymous
  9. "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone" - Audrey Hepburn
  10. "Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children" - Anonymous


  1. "Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession." -- [Kingman Brewster] (1919-1988), diplomat and president of Yale University
  2. "The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

How to Ask Questions

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    Albert Einstein
    "Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know. Whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing." -- Albert Einstein
    * Wikipedia.org entry about Albert Einstein


  1. "Imagination is more important than knowledge". – Albert Einstein
  2. An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. - [Bill Bernbach]


  1. "Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear." - Mark Twain


  1. "The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie" - Ann Landers


  1. "Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination." - Anonymous
  2. "The true measure of a man is not the number of servants that he has, but the number of people he serves." - Arnold Glasgow
  3. "You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader." - Anthony J D'Angelo


  1. "Reading is breathing in. Writing is breathing out." — Lucy Calkins
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    Alvin Toffler and his wife Heidi Toffler
    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." -- Alvin Toffler
    * Alvin Toffler's Bio
    * Wikipedia.org entry about Alvin Toffler


  1. "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach (February 28, 1812 – February 8, 1882) was a German-Jewish poet and author. He occupied himself with the life of the general people which forms the subject of his best-known works. In his later books, he revealed an unrivaled insight into the soul of the Southern German country folk, and especially of the peasants of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps.


  1. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind; the realist adjusts the sails" - Anonymous
  2. "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are" - Anais Nin
  3. "When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us" - Alexander Graham Bell


  1. "Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater." -- Gail Godwin
  2. "The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon." -- Anonymous
  3. "They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." -- Anonymous
  4. "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards" - Anatole France


  1. Improving Relationships Within the Schoolhouse
    "One incontrovertible finding emerges from my career spent working in and around schools: The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else. In short, the relationships among the educators in a school define all relationships within that school's culture. Teachers and administrators demonstrate all too well a capacity to either enrich or diminish one another's lives and thereby enrich or diminish their schools."
    --Roland S. Barth Source: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


  1. "A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others." - Anonymous
  2. "A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers
  3. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward
  4. "The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer." - Alice Wellington Rollins
  5. "Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system." - Sidney Hook
  6. "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Native American Proverb

External Resources for Quotable Quotes for Educators

  1. Hoagies' Gifted Education Page by Carolyn K., Director
  2. PEDABLOGUE - Quotable Quotes on Education by Michael Arnzen, Ph.D.
  3. We love Dallas Teachers! a teacher is God's gift to posterity
  4. Teacher Appreciation Quotations from the Quotegarden.com
  5. Quotable Reading Quotes from Readingrockets.org
  6. Favorite Quotes on Life, Learning, and Teaching by Elizabeth Anne Viau, Ph.D.