Praise up the humanities, my boy. That will make them think you are broad-minded.
Many people who talk about the discovery method of teaching are really talking about arranging a lesson or an experiment so that students discover what they are supposed to discover. That is not an exploration. The whole tradition of exploration is being lost for entire generations.
‘Why,’ said the Dodo, ‘the best way to explain it is to do it.’
The map is not the territory, and the name is not the thing named.
It gets you nowhere if the other person’s tail is only just in sight for the second half of the conversation.
I never let schooling interfere with my education.
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
How to tell students what to look for without telling them what to see is the dilemma of teaching.
We should not be speaking to, but with. That is second nature to any good teacher.
If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
Give people facts and you feed their minds for an hour. Awaken curiosity and they feed their own minds for a lifetime.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Learning is by nature, curiosity.
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
The child’s desire of seeing and hearing, touching and handling, of smelling and tasting are all true and healthy hungers, and it can hardly be too strongly insisted that good teaching begins, neither with knowledge or discipline, but through delight.
Mit Kopf, Herz und Hand.
Guid gear gangs intae sma bouk.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.
Socrates: Shall we set down astronomy among the objects of study? Glaucon: I think so, to know something about the seasons, the months and the years is of use for military purposes, as well as for agriculture and for navigation. Socrates: It amuses me to see how afraid you are, lest the common herd of people should accuse you of recommending useless studies.
Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci. He gains everyone’s approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.
A plagiarist steals from one person. A true artist steals from everybody.
He that leaves nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
Search all the parks in all your cities; you’ll find no statues of committees.
Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I will show you a man who cannot put his pants on...
You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back.
[Occam’s Razor] Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
No plan survives contact with the enemy.
You find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but you just get one chance per cat....
There is grandeur in this view of life…
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist.
In matters of the intellect, do not pretend that conclusions are certain which are not demonstrated or demonstrable. That I take to be the agnostic faith, which if a man keep whole and undefiled, he shall not be ashamed to look the universe in the face, whatever the future may have in store for him.
We must be on our guard against giving interpretations that are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the Word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers.