Quotes

“To consider the school as a place where instruction is given is one point of view. But, to consider the school as a preparation for life is another. In the latter case, the school must satisfy all the needs of life.” – Maria Montessori

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” – Maria Montessori

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori

“Human dignity … is derived from a sense of independence.” – Maria Montessori

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community. – Maria Montessori

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

“The child, making use of all that he finds around him, shapes himself for the future.” – Maria Montessori

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” – Maria Montessori

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” – Maria Montessori

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” – Maria Montessori

“Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.” – Maria Montessori

“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.” – Maria Montessori

“Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” – Maria Montessori

“The teacher’s task is not a small easy one! She has to prepare a huge amount of knowledge to satisfy the child’s mental hunger. She is not like the ordinary teacher, limited by a syllabus. The needs of the child are clearly more difficult to answer.” – Maria Montessori

“Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.” – Maria Montessori

“Joy is the evidence of inner growth.” – Maria Montessori

“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be. Such experience is not just play… it is work he must do in order to grow up.” – Maria Montessori

“Any child who is self-sufficient , who can ties his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence.” – Maria Montessori

“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.” – Maria Montessori

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.” – Maria Montessori

“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” – Maria Montessori

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.” – Maria Montessori

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” – Maria Montessori

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.” – Maria Montessori

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.” – Maria Montessori

“Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes.” – Maria Montessori

“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?” – Maria Montessori

“Character formation cannot be taught. It comes from experience and not from explanation.” – Maria Montessori

“The child is an enigma… He has the highest potentialities, but we do not know what he will be.” – Maria Montessori

“The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.” – Maria Montessori

“Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.” – Maria Montessori

“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.” – Maria Montessori

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” – Maria Montessori

“He who is served is limited in his independence.” – Maria Montessori

“No adult can bear a child’s burden or grow up in his stead.” – Maria Montessori

“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.” – Maria Montessori

“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.” – Maria Montessori

“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.” – Maria Montessori

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” – Maria Montessori

“The prize and punishments are incentives toward unnatural or forced effort, and, therefore we certainly cannot speak of the natural development of the child in connection with them.” – Maria Montessori

“The child’s parents are not his makers but his guardians.” – Maria Montessori

“All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become.” – Maria Montessori

“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” – Maria Montessori

“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.” – Maria Montessori

“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” – Maria Montessori

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing” – Maria Montessori

“It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities.” – Maria Montessori

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.” – Maria Montessori

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” – Maria Montessori

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

“The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.” – Maria Montessori

“The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.” – Maria Montessori

“The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences “work”.” – Maria Montessori

“The child’s progress does not depend only on his age, but also on being free to look around him.” – Maria Montessori

“Being creative is the process of putting your imagination to work. You could think of it as applied imagination. It is the process of original ideas that have value.” – Sir Ken Robinson

“You can teach people to be literate, but you cannot predict what they will write or read as a consequence”. – Sir Ken Robinson

“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain artists as we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” – Sir Ken Robinson

“I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Author, Nobel Laureate, Montessori Alumnus

“You should never resent growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back to and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” – Dalai Lama

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

“You cannot promote world peace if you are angry” – Dalai Lama

“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.” – Dalai Lama

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” – Dalai Lama

“To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.” – Dalai Lama

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – The Dalai Lama

“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama

“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility… without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.” – Dalai Lama

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

“What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama

“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.” – Dalai Lama

“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” – Dalai Lama

“Technology is not technology if it already existed when you were born” – Sir Ken Robinson