Back To School Inspiration for Educators

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The last day of July means one thing.  Another summer is coming to a close and it is almost time for back to school.  We wanted to share some of our favorite quotes from some of the most significant thought leaders throughout human history.  They are writers, philosophers, teachers, and leaders- and they all have one thing in common.  They believe that a good education is vital for humanity to thrive.   These quotes remind us what a significant role educators play in the life of a child and what they contribute to our society.  For all the educators prepping for back to school; thank you for all that you do.   Hope you enjoy!

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. -Goethe

History is a race between education and catastrophe. -H. G. Wells

Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant. -John Adams

Education: a debt due from present to future generations. -George Peabody

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.- Plato

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. -Annie Sullivan

In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. -Lee Iacocca

The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves. - Joseph Campbell

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. -Thomas Jefferson

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. -Aristotle

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