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Wallace Stegner Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Wallace Stegner.

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
- Wallace Stegner

Hard writing makes easy reading.
- Wallace Stegner

Most things break, including hearts.
The lessons of life amount not to wisdom,
but to scar tissue and callus.
- Wallace Stegner

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

Experience is the best teacher.
- Proverb

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

Love is a better teacher than duty.
- Albert Einstein

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I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

Experience is a great teacher.
- John Legend

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

Come forth into the light of things,
let nature be your teacher.
- William Wordsworth

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

Success is a lousy teacher.
It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
- Bill Gates

Experience is the teacher of all things.
- Julius Caesar

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to
enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you
to the threshold of your mind.
- Khalil Gibran

My father was my teacher.
But most importantly he was a great dad.
- Beau Bridges

A master can tell you what he expects of you.
A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
- Patricia Neal

They should regard me as what I am.
I am a spiritual leader and teacher.
- Louis Farrakhan

Then I heard this genius teacher Stella Adler -
I recommend you read anything you might find about
her and if you have anyone interested in theatre,
you get them one of her books.
- Harvey Keitel

Far from wishing to awaken the artist in the pupil prematurely,
the teacher considers it his first task to make him
a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft.
- Eugen Herrigel

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring
the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
- Horace Mann

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.
For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example.
- Timothy McVeigh

This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think and engages
them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth.
- William Glasser

There is a shortage of teachers but the January 2001
schools census showed that teacher numbers were at
their highest level than at any time since 1984 -
and 11,000 higher than 1997.
- Estelle Morris

I taught in a small teacher's college for three or four years,
at which point all the administrators got a pay raise
and the teaching faculty didn't.
- David Eddings

The processes of teaching the child that everything
cannot be as he wills it are apt to be painful both
to him and to his teacher.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Every child should have a caring adult in their lives.
And that's not always a biological parent or family member.
It may be a friend or neighbor.
Often times it is a teacher.
- Joe Manchin

My father was a writer and an acting teacher.
- Noah Hathaway

To this end the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher.
- John Strachan

A garden is a grand teacher.
It teaches patience and careful watchfulness;
it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
- Gertrude Jekyll

If a country is to be corruption free and become a
nation of beautiful minds,
I strongly feel there are three key societal members
who can make a difference.
They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
- Abdul Kalam

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't
relate by talking to a group of friendly students,
he'll never be a competent teacher.
- William Glasser

If you improve a teacher's self-esteem,
confidence, communication skills or stress levels,
you improve that teacher's overall effectiveness across the curriculum.
- Elaine MacDonald

Your best teacher is your last mistake.
- Ralph Nader

We can not wait until we have enough trained people
willing to work at a teacher's salary and under conditions
imposed upon teachers in order to improve what happens in the classroom.
- Major Owens

The greatest teacher I know is the job itself.
- James Cash Penney

As a teacher you are more or less obliged to pay the
same amount of attention to everything.
That can wear you down.
- Marilyn Hacker

I loved almost everything about being a teacher,
but I was an unusual teacher.
- Dan Simmons

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help.
- Bodhidharma

I'm embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye,
because we ask them to do so much for so little.
- Phil McGraw

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.
- Temple Grandin

When you become a parent, or a teacher,
you turn into a manager of this whole system.
You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child,
regulating it.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I claim Dickens as a mentor.
He's my teacher.
He's one of my driving forces.
- Anne Rice

But I was going to be a teacher my entire life,
so I wasn't counting on money to much.
- Clay Aiken

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers,
not methods and techniques.
The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
- Sidney Hook

Teachers make a difference, and we would serve our
students better by focusing on attracting and retaining
the quality teachers by raising teacher pay.
- Jeb Bush

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
- William Hazlitt

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes,
and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

You know, a football coach is nothing more than a teacher.
You teach them the same subject, and you have a group of new guys every year.
- Darrell Royal

I think it is most important for a teacher to play
the pieces and studies that are being played by the student.
- James Galway

My mother was told she couldn't go to medical school
because she was a woman and a Jew.
So she became a teacher in the New York City public school system.
- Marilyn Hacker

Ironically, for a few million people in the Far East,
I did become an English teacher through my music.
- Pat Boone

My first acting job happened by accident when I was really young.
I was in fifth grade and my teacher saw an ad in the
paper and took me to the audition after school and I got the part.
- Ajay Naidu

I was terrified of being a teacher.
To stand in front of a classroom, the responsibility is boggling.
Imagine!
Standing in front of people!
- John Glover

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that
blown by the successful teacher.
- William Osler

Mike Watt and I had the same teacher.
Mr. Tanaka.
- Krist Novoselic

A good teacher is a determined person.
- Gilbert Highet

Cultural dominance of middle-class norms prevail in
middle-class schools with a teacher teaching toward
those standards and with students striving to maintain those standards.
- James S. Coleman

Teacher unions are an interest group that acts in defense of their own interests,
which means the union bosses' interests,
not the members.
- Peter Brimelow

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to
fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind,
and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
- Howard Crosby

We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.
- George Farquhar

No, I'm happy to go on living the life I've chosen.
I'm a university teacher and I like my job.
- Antonio Tabucchi

It is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has
not been surpassed by his students.
There has been no failure on our part in this regard
considering how far they have gone.
- Edmond H. Fischer

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
- Hector Berlioz

As a former high school teacher, I know that investing
in education is one of the most important things we can do,
not only for our children, but for the benefit of our whole community.
- Ed Pastor


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