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Language Teaching Quotes


"Teaching is the highest form of understanding." - Aristotle

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"...language is never innocent." - Roland Barthes

"I love body language." - Anton Corbijn

"I never taught language for the purpose of teaching it; but invariably used language as a medium for the communication of thought; thus the learning of language was coincident with the acquisition of knowledge." - Anne Sullivan Macy

"People may talk about intellectual teaching, but what we principally want is the moral teaching." - Thomas Huxley

"Sharing is Caring - Teaching our children to share is teaching them compassion and love." - Kevin Heath

"My parents were language teachers. They talked about teaching all the time and all their friends were teachers. It was considered a pre-ordained thing that I would go into teaching." - Joanne Harris

"Typography is a hidden tool of manipulation within society. All schools should be teaching typography; we should be fundamentally aware of how typographic language is forming out assholes." - Neville Brody

"It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them." - Edward Sapir

"For me, the reputation for teaching language in general, and East European languages most particularly, gave Glasgow University, and by reflection the country, a distinction." - Tom Stoppard

"A language Older Than Words" - Derrick Jensen

"My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching, I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming rather than on details of language and notation." - Niklaus Wirth

"In teaching, the greatest sin is to be boring." - Johann Friedrich Herbart

"Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink." - Gore Vidal

"There is, in fact, no teaching without learning." - Paulo Freire

"Language is the inventory of human experience." - L. W. Lockhart

"Faire language grates not the tongue." - George Herbert

"Nature is written in mathematical language." - Galileo Galilei

"Off oure language he was the lodesterre." - John Lydgate

"Being that can be understood is language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Finality is not the language of politics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Ideas do not exist separately from language." - Karl Marx

"I gave one permaculture course in Botswana, and now my students are out in the bloody desert in Namibia teaching Bushmen - whose language nobody can speak - to be very good permaculture people." - Bill Mollison

"His older self had taught his younger self a language which the older self knew because the younger self, after being taught, grew up to be the older self and was, therefore, capable of teaching." - Robert A Heinlein

"When language was not transcendental enough to complete the meaning of a revelation, symbols were relied upon for heavenly teaching, and familiar images, chosen from the known, were made to mirror the unknown spiritual truth." - William H Hunt

"Teaching literature is teaching how to read. How to notice things in a text that a speed-reading culture is trained to disregard, overcome, edit out, or explain away; how to read what the language is doing, not guess what the author was thinking; how to take evidence from a page, not seek a reality to substitute for it." - Barbara Johnson

"Bad teaching is teaching which presents an endless procession of meaningless signs, words and rules, and fails to arouse the imagination." - W. W. Sawyer

"More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given" - Bertrand Russell

"I am teaching. Storytelling is teaching" - Frank Mccourt

"If a language is corruptible, then a constitution written in that language is corruptible." - Robert Brault

"The jargon of authenticity ... is a trademark of societalized chosenness, ... sub-language as superior language." - Theodor Adorno

"Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature." - Walt Disney

"Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language." - John Milius

"All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge." - Aristotle

"No one should teach who is not in love with teaching." - Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

"School prepares for the alienating institutionalization of life by teaching the need to be taught." - Ivan Illich

"Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics." - Simeon Denis Poisson

"When all is said and done, teaching is what I try to do for a living." - Jack Welch

"Teaching is not filling up a pail, it is lighting a fire." - William Butler Yeats

"We learn by teaching." - James Howell

"Teaching is performance art." - Kate Clinton

"I love teaching." - Harry Mathews

"I love teaching." - Elie Wiesel

"Hebrew as a contemporary language, especially for poetry, is no longer the language of the Bible; but neither is it not the language of the Bible." - Cynthia Ozick

"Film theory has nothing to do with film. Students presumably hope to find out something about film, and all they will find out is an occult and arcane language designed only for the purpose of excluding those who have not mastered it and giving academic rewards to those who have. No one with any literacy, taste or intelligence would want to teach these courses, so the bona fide definition of people teaching them are people who are incapable of teaching anything else." - Roger Ebert

"There is no language that love does not speak." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Music begins where the possibilities of language end." - Jean Sibelius

"Jazz music is a language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

"To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language." - Thomas Jefferson

"For me, myth is the 'common' language of us all." - Janet Morris

"God's first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation." - Thomas Keating

"As was his language so was his life." - Seneca the Younger

"Only where there is language is there world." - Adrienne Rich

"There must be a language that doesn't depend on words." - Paulo Coelho

"The universe listens, you just have to speak its language." - Faisal Khokhar

"God's language is action. For God, faith is a verb." - Steve Maraboli

"Learn a new language and get a new soul." - Proverbs

"A language is a dialect with an army and navy." - Max Weinreich

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"and we're weighed down by a crappy implementation language (C++)." - Eric S Raymond

"Being a writer requires an intoxication with language." - Jim Harrison

"Further, I'm obsessed with how language contorts and creates bodies." - Peter Sotos

"Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides." - Rita Mae Brown

"Dance is so important in the world. It needs no language. Our bodies speak a language of its own." - Ibrahim Farah

"Language is an archeological vehicle... the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history." - Russell Hoban

"For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love." - Jodi Picoult

"When we talk mathematics, we may be discussing a secondary language built on the primary language of the nervous system." - John Von Neumann

"Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings." - Umberto Eco

"Although our grammar schools are teaching a whole generation computer language to adjust to the technological needs of a Stage II [post survival-focused] society, we have neglected to teach this generation relationship language and conflict resolution skills to address the social and psychological needs of a Stage II society. And when it is taught, in countries like Germany, although called social competence it focuses on workplace teamwork - still on survival, breadwinner oriented work goals." - Warren Farrell

"The goal of teaching is learning, not teaching." - Hugo Rossi

"Teaching English and teaching Writing are two separate things." - Vanna Bonta

"Teaching by precept, without example, is mighty poor teaching." - Heber J Grant

"Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look" - David Hockney

"Teaching poetry, teaching as such, is worthy - if back breaking..." - Gerald Stern

"Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look." - David Hockney

"Teaching at university isn't like teaching in an art school." - Barbara Kruger

"It has been said that the essence of teaching is causing another to know. It may similarly be said that the essence of training is causing another to do. Teaching gives knowledge. Training gives skill. Teaching fills the mind. Training shapes the habits. Teaching brings to the child that which he did not have before. Training enables a child to make use of that which is already his possession." - Henry Clay Trumbull

"Revitalizing General Motors is like teaching an elephant to tap dance. You find the sensitive spot and start poking." - Ross Perot

"Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care." - Horace Mann

"Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education." - Alice Waters

"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." - Thomas Berry

"Teaching is a performance art." - Camille Paglia

"Clone ourselves through teaching others." - Horst Rechelbacher

"Teaching others, he corrected himself." - Dejan Stojanovic

"Teaching is a passionate profession." - Andy Hargreaves

"Teaching creates all other professions." - Anonymous

"Teaching writing is a hustle." - Cormac Mccarthy

"I never responded to teaching." - Orlando Bloom

"But what is memory if not the language of feeling, a dictionary of faces and days and smells which repeat themselves like the verbs and adjectives in a speech, sneaking in behind the thing itself,into the pure present, making us sad or teaching us vicariously..." - Julio Cortazar

"Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble....In no Book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant, and by teaching all the same they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith." - Fisher Ames

"If I reformed school, I would do two things: We can improve a child's IQ by three percent by teaching them a foreign language by seven-years-old. We shouldn't be waiting until high school when they are neurologically not ready to learn it. Second, we emphasize reading too young." - Paul Orfalea

"I came out with a book called The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language. It's a book that describes how writing is a practice and how my teaching is part of that practice. I direct the writing and create books but underneath, there's always the river of practice happening. No good, no bad. Just do it." - Natalie Goldberg

"I work from the body - I try to develop a language of the body. I've invented a term I call "corporeal writing" around that idea. I love teaching and collaborating around this idea, because no new breakthrough in literature ever happened because everyone was doing what was already there." - Lidia Yuknavitch

"If it were admitted that the great object is to read and enjoy a language, and the stress of the teaching were placed on the few things absolutely essential to this result,... all might in their own way arrive there, and rejoice in its flowers..." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"There is a slam-dunk case for extending foreign language teaching to children aged five. Just as some people have taken a perverse pride in not understanding mathematics, so we have taken a perverse pride in the fact that we do not speak foreign languages, and we just need to speak louder in English." - Michael Gove

"All the teaching I had ever received had failed to make me apply such intelligence as I was possessed of, directly and vividly: there had never been any sunshine, as regards language, in the earlier grey days of learning, for the sky had always pelted with gerunds and optatives." - E F Benson

"I take a real interest in the possibilities of teaching - including the practice of bringing creative writing, and serious reading, into the classroom. I am persuaded that since language is alive, much of the challenge has already been met by the poets and novelists we read." - Michael Cadnum

"I did three DVD's for 'Baby Einstein,' teaching babies how to sign. It really helps a parent communicate because babies can't talk. But it has been proven that they can communicate using their hands to communicate. So sign language is a great tool in that way." - Marlee Matlin

"Older boys often asked me to teach them "some bad words in your language". At first I politely refused. My refusal merely increased their determination, so I solved the problem by teaching them phrases like 'man kharam' which means "I'm an idiot". I told them that what I was teaching them was so nasty that they would have to promise never to repeat it to anyone. They would then spend all of recess running around yelling "I'm an idiot! I'm an idiot!". I never told them the truth. I figured someday, somebody would" - Firoozeh Dumas

"It needs more than ever to be stressed that the best and truest educators are parents under God. The greatest school is the family. In learning, no act of teaching in any school or university compares to the routine task of mothers in teaching a babe who speaks no language the mother tongue in so short a time. No other task in education is equal to this. The moral training of the children, the discipline of good habits, is an inheritance from the parents to the children which surpasses all other. The family is the first and basic school of man." - R.J. Rushdoony

"Older boys often asked me to teach them "some bad words in your language". At first I politely refused. My refusal merely increased their determination, so I solved the problem by teaching them phrases like 'man kharam' which means "I'm an idiot". I told them that what I was teaching them was so nasty that they would have to promise never to repeat it to anyone. They would then spend all of recess running around yelling "I'm an idiot! I'm an idiot!". I never told them the truth. I figured someday, somebody would" - Firoozeh Dumas

"On stage, you're not limited at all because you're free in language: language is the source of the imagination. You can travel farther in language than you can in any film." - Sam Shepard

"If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better." - George Orwell

"You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!" - William Shakespeare

"Music is a language, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"We are not taught to think decently on sex subjects, and consequently we have no language for them except indecent language." - George Bernard Shaw

"Babies and language are the essential ingredients of civilization, and speakers of language no more know where it came from than babies know' where they come from." - Charlton Laird

"Above all, a book is the riverbank for the river of language. Language without the riverbank is only television talk - a free fall, a loose splash, a spill." - Cynthia Ozick

"The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension." - Ezra Pound

"Were a language ever completely "grammatical" it would be a perfect engine of conceptual expression. Unfortunately, or luckily, no language is tyrannically consistent. All grammars leak." - Edward Sapir

"The poem is the literary form of the 21st century. It's able to connect young people in a deep way to language... it's language as play." - Carol Ann Duffy

"From the earliest moments of life, children begin to learn the fundamentals of language. The most powerful influence for effective language development are the verbal interactions with caregivers." - David Perlmutter

"Go to the place where the thing you wish to know is native; your best teacher is there. Where the thing you wish to know is so dominant that you must breathe its very atmosphere, there teaching is moat thorough, and learning is most easy. You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy boat among miners; and so with everything else." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"In my experience when critics raise these objections, they invariably violate one of seventeen principles for interpreting the Scriptures....For example, assuming the unexplained is unexplainable....failing to understand the context of the passage....assuming a partial report is a false report...neglecting to interpret difficult passages in light of clear ones; basing a teaching on an obscure passage; forgetting that the Bible uses nontechnical, everyday language; failing to remember the Bible uses different literary devices..." - Norman Geisler

"If you see a child with autistic-like behaviors at age two and three, the worst thing you can do is just let them sit and watch TV all day. That's just the worst thing you can do. You need to have a teacher working with that child, working on teaching language, working on social interaction, working on getting them interested in different things, and keeping their brain connected to the world." - Temple Grandin

"Once in my childhood I had been eager to learn Irish; I thought to get leave to take lessons from an old Scripture-reader who spent a part of his time in the parish of Killinane, teaching such scholars as he could find to read their own language in the hope that they might turn to the only book then being printed in Irish, the Bible." - Lady Gregory

"If men act upon the teaching of the Word of God, and as proportionately men live according to the teaching and commands of the Bible, so they have in practice a sufficient psychological base. I will find you a man dealing with psychological problems on the basis of the teaching of the Word of God, even if he never heard the word psychology, or does not know what it means." - Francis Schaeffer

"Teaching for creativity involves teaching creatively. There are three related tasks in teaching for creativity: encouraging, identifying and fostering." - Ken Robinson

"I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities." - Seymour Papert

"The pupil is ... 'schooled' to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new." - Ivan Illich

"The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. Love thy neighbor as thyself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." - Rumi

"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them." - Timothy Gallwey

"A very wise old teacher once said: I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh." - Gilbert Highet

"One of the biggest things that needs to change is the educational system. Universities are still teaching a system to students that destroys the biosphere." - Ray Anderson

"Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone's knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier." - John Dewey

"We may have failed to teach our children right from wrong, but we've done a great job of teaching self-esteem!" - Roy Moore

"Our school systems teach our children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud, by teaching evolution as fact." - Tom Delay

"We should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit." - Carl Sagan

"Success is like dealing with your kid or teaching your wife to drive. Sooner or later you'll end up in the police station." - Fred Allen

"No teacher should be required to accept in a class any individual whose conduct habitually interferes with the teaching of others." - Jack H. Adamson

"The role of the educator is one of tranquil possession of certitude in regard to the teaching of not only contents but also of 'correct thinking.'" - Paulo Freire

"Teaching people skills without giving them a vision for a better future - a vision based on common values - is only training." - Nido R Qubein

"Teaching is a form of show business." - Steve Martin

"Good teaching comes from good people." - Parker J. Palmer

"Teaching is a wonderful way to learn." - Carol S. Dweck

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." - Colleen Wilcox

"Teaching is listening, learning is talking" - Deborah Meier

"One can only learn by teaching." - John Archibald Wheeler

"Teaching, without learning, is just talking" - K. Patricia Cross

"Teaching is of more importance than urging." - Martin Luther

"Teaching is the ability to inspire learning." - Nick Saban

"Teaching is a strategic act of engagement." - James A Bellanca

"People learn the most when teaching others." - Peter Drucker

"Teach by teaching, not by correcting" - Maria Montessori

"Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols." - Mary Baker Eddy

"By teaching others you will learn yourself." - G. I. Gurdjieff

"Men, in teaching others, learn themselves." - Thomas Lodge

"But teaching is like climbing a mountain." - Fawn M Brodie



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