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Teaching quotes and quotations

Experience teaches only the teachable.
Aldous Huxley

Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first duty of a lecturer--to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantlepiece forever.
Virginia Woolf

To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler--and less trouble.
Mark Twain

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
Gail Godwin

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
Author Unknown

But ask now the beasts, any they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

What's a' your jargon o' your schools, Your Latin names for horns and stools; If honest nature made you fools.
Robert Burns

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
Tryon Edwards

For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn--much.
W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

O ye! who teach the ingenious youth of nations, Holland, France, England, Germany or Spain, I pray ye flog them upon all occasions, It mends their morals, never mind the pain.
Lord Byron

Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.
Thomas Carlyle

The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
Elbert Hubbard

Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.
James Anthony Froude

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
Jacques Barzun

A high-school teacher, afer all, is a person deputized by the rest of us to explain to the young what sort of world they are living in, and to defend, if possible, the part their elders are playing in it.
Emile Capouya

'Tis pleasing to be school'd in a strange tongue By female lips and eyes--that is, I mean, When both the teacher and the taught are young, As was the case, at least, where I have been; They smile so when one's right; and when one's wrong They smile still more.
Lord Byron

The sounding jargon of the schools.
William Cowper

You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
Joseph Chamberlain

Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind. And, while they captivate, inform the mind.
William Cowper

You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity. . . . No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
Charles M. Dickinson

There is no teaching until the pupil is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transfusion takes place; he is you, and you are he; there is a teaching; and by no unfriendly chance or bad company can he ever quite lose the benefit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living.
Thomas Carlyle

Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
Charles M. Dickinson

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
James Anthony Froude

Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had he: Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd.
Oliver Goldsmith

Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.

A boy is better unborn than untaught.
James Anthony Froude

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Charles M. Dickinson

The trainer trains the docile horse to turn, with his sensitive neck, whichever way the rider indicates.

If you be a lover of instruction, you will be well instructed.

To teach is to learn twice.

Whilst that the childe is young, let him be instructed in vertue and lytterature.
John Lyly

Most subjects at universities are taught for no other purpose than that they may be retaught when the students become teachers.
G. C. Lichtenberg

My mother would say it is literally ghost writers who come to me (Tan is the author of what became The Joy Luck Club).
Amy Tan

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

Knowledge exists to be imparted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To teach is to learn twice.
Joseph Joubert