Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn
~ Benjamin Franklin
is the most powerful weapon
which you can use
to change the world
~ Nelson Mandela
I cannot teach anybody anything,
I can only make them think.
Learning is not attained by chance.
It must be sought with ardor
and attended to with diligence
~ Abigail Smith Adams
Teachers open the door,
but you must enter by yourself
~ Chinese Proverb
School is not the end
but only the beginning of an education.
~ Calvin Coolidge
Education is not preparation
for life ,
~ John Dewey
Learning is not attained by chance,
it must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence.
~ Abigail Adams
Learning without thought,
is labor lost
To the uneducated,
the letter A is just three sticks
~ A.A. Milne
Stories of the heart
are what live in the memory,
and when you move the reader to tears
you have won them to you forever
~ Louisa May Alcott
shows the man
shows the day
~ John Milton
Memories of our lives,
of our works and our deeds
will continue in others
~ Rosa Parks
We are only capable of
knowing, and caring
for the other,
if we are also capable of
and knowing ourselves
~ Eric Fromm
The privilege of a lifetime
is being who you are
~ Joseph Campbell
A child educated only at school
is an uneducated child
~ George Santayana
Education is the movement
from darkness to light
~ Allan Bloom
You don't understand anything
until you learn it
more than one way
~ Marvin Minsky
Always walk through life as if you
have something new to learn
and you will
~ Vernon Howard
I don't think much of a man
who is not wiser today
than he was yesterday
~ Abraham Lincoln
There are some things you
learn best in calm,
and some in storm
~ Willa Cather
We learn more by looking for the
answer to a question
and not finding it ,
than we do from
learning the answer itself
~ Lloyd Alexander
A man only learns in two ways,
one by reading
and the other by associations with
~ Will Rogers
It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it
He who opens a school door,
closes a prison
~ Victor Hugo
Anyone who stops
learning is old,
twenty or eighty
~ Henry Ford
QUOTATIONS - MY SUGGESTIONS
The posters are 8 1/2 x 11. Print on heavier stock paper for display in the classroom.
I created this project a number of years ago to use with my English classes. The quotations I gathered were to
challenge my students to think about the power of education and learning and to inspire them to put great effort
and pride in all that they do.
I display two or three posters a month as “food for thought”.
I have my students do a mini research project right before Presidents’ Day. We have discussions about education
and learning and I ask for feedback about the quotations. I always have some amazing responses!
Here are some examples of their responses during our discussions:
“I never thought about education and that there were so many people who wrote about it”.
“After reading the quotation I picked, I decided to put more effort into my homework”.
“I’ve never liked reading, but after I did the project, I decided to read more books.”
STUDENT PROJECT - MINI REPORT
When I display the first poster in class in the beginning of the year, I explain that I’ll be displaying two or three a
month and that they should read and think about them.
I have them do the mini research report in February just before Presidents’ Day.
HOW TO DO THE REPORT
Prior to Presidents’ Day...
Make copies of the three quotation sheets (with the 23 quotations) and distribute them to your students.
Have your students read the quotations, but at this point, they shouldn’t try to interpret them. Explain that they
should think about the quotations and then choose one (or more) person/people to research.
Make copies of the research page where they enter information about the person or people they choose to research.
Some like to research more than one person.
Have your students find information on the Web about the people or person they choose.
Explain that the four facts on the student research page should include the person’s occupation (philosopher,
educator, politician,etc) and other important facts about the person.
I have them cut the quotations from the student pages and paste them in the boxes on the research page.
Have them get into small groups so they can share their information sheets. I also explain that everyone has a right
to his/her opinion and that one interpretation isn’t necessarily the correct one.
I encourage them to discuss their interpretations of the quotations. This leads to great discussions about the various
Many times I’ll stop the groups briefly and ask, for example, who had done research about Marvin Minsky. I ask
those students to explain what the quotation means so that the whole group hears different interpretations.
I also display the students’ papers with their interpretations.
Some of these quotations are more difficult than others to interpret therefore pick and choose the ones that you want
to use depending on the age/ability level of your students.