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A collection of quotations by Maria Montessori on children, education, science, spirit, imagination, peace, mind, schooling, raising, learning and psychology.

28 Great Maria Montessori Quotes That Still Hold True

Quick Facts

Famous As: Physician and Educator

Born On: August 31, 1870

Died On: May 6, 1952

Born In: Chiaravalle (Ancona), Italy

Died At Age: 81

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator. She is famous for being the founder of the ‘Montessori Education System’. She was very studious since her childhood and become a physician later. She went on to practice privately but her interest in education made her observe the educational system for children. She observed a few drawbacks in the educational system for the children with disabilities and focused on reforming them. She further wrote articles and gave lectures on some special methods of education for retarded children. She opened the first school to follow her educational system which turned out to be a great success and was soon followed in various countries including America, China and India. Her educational system became popular because it gave the children the liberty to learn at their own pace and acknowledged them as an individual rather than a class. Due to her invaluable contribution to education she was honored with the ‘French Legion of Honor’ and was also nominated thrice for the ‘Noble Peace Prize’. The below collection of Maria Montessori’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from her writings, papers and thoughts. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotations by Maria Montessori.

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.

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Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.

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It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.

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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

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Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

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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.

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Within the child lies the fate of the future.

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Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.

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Of all things love is the most potent.

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No social problem is as universal as the oppression of the child

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We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.

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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.

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Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.

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Preventing war is the work of politicians, establishing peace is the work of educationists.

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To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself--that is the first duty of the educator.

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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.

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The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.

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You do not exist, you cannot hope to grow. That is the tremendous step the child takes, the step that goes from nothing to something.

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The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.

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Children must grow not only in the body but in the spirit, and the mother longs to follow the mysterious spiritual journey of the beloved one who to-morrow will be the intelligent, divine creation, man.

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The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.

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The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.

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Such prizes and punishments are, if I may be allowed the expression, the bench of the soul, the instrument of slavery for the spirit.

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If salvation and help are to come, it is through the child ; for the child is the constructor of man.

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Great tact and delicacy is necessary for the care of the mind of a child from three to six years, and an adult can have very little of it.

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Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.

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The environment acts more strongly upon the individual life the less fixed and strong this individual life may be.

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Nor can we expect exactly similar results from children whose heredity and experience make them at once more sensitive, more active, and less amenable to

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