Why are quotes helpful?
This week, we are taking a reflective look back at some of the great quotes of Dr. Maria Montessori. There are so many that help us grow in our thinking and understanding, as teachers/instructors and as human beings.
Quotes are helpful for several reasons. They help draw out the inspiration that is already within us and stimulate those meaningful words which are often on the tip of our tongue but are never quite spoken. Quotes are tried and tested over the years helping us focus on what is important. They can rekindle meaningful relationships and prompt us to be more disciplined. Quotes also remind us of others who, just like us, have experienced both failure and success and from those moments have learned pivotal lessons for life.
Perhaps best of all, quotes are short and to-the-point, leaving us a great deal to reflect on and ponder.
So to begin, here is one of my favorites that remind me of my own inner preparation in life:
“The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self. The training of the teacher is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, pg. 131
What is one of your favorite Montessori quotes? Perhaps you have several. Add yours in the “Comments” and may each of these gems help inspire us!