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    If education is protection to life, you will realize that it is necessary that education accompany life during its whole course.
    — Maria Montessori
    How can any one paint who cannot grade colors? How can any one write poetry who has not learnt to hear and see?
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: poetry  write 
     
    It is not true that I invented what is called the Montessori Method... I have studied the child; I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  true  child 
     
    The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: world  harmony 
     
    The child's mind is not the type of mind we adults possess. If we call our type of mind the conscious type, that of the child is an unconscious mind. Now an unconscious mind does not mean an inferior mind. An unconscious mind can be full of intelligence. One will find this type of intelligence in every being, and every insect has it.
    — Maria Montessori
    At three years of age, the child has already laid the foundations of the human personality and needs the special help of education in the school. The acquisitions he has made are such that we can say the child who enters school at three is an old man.
    — Maria Montessori
    If intelligence is the triumph of life, the spoken word is the marvellous means by which this intelligence is manifested.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: intelligence 
     
    The consciousness of knowing how to make oneself useful, how to help mankind in many ways, fills the soul with noble confidence, almost religious dignity.
    — Maria Montessori
    Observation, very general and wide-spread, has shown that small children are endowed with a special psychic nature. This shows us a new way of imparting education!
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  nature  child 
     
    Woman was always the custodian of human sentiment, morality and honour, and in these respects, man always has yielded woman the palm.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: men  women  morality  human  respect 
     
    The selfsame procedure which zoology, a branch of the natural sciences, applies to the study of animals, anthropology must apply to the study of man; and by doing so, it enrolls itself as a science in the field of nature.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: animals  nature 
     
    The child, merely by going on with his life, learns to speak the language belonging to his race. It is like a mental chemistry that takes place in the child.
    — Maria Montessori
    Indeed there are powers in the small child that are far greater than is generally realized, because it is in this period that the construction, the building-up, of man takes place, for at birth, psychically speaking, there is nothing at all - zero!
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  men  power  child  birth 
     
    The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.
    — Maria Montessori
    In the first three years of life, the foundations of physical and also of psychic health are laid. In these years, the child not only increases in size but passes through great transformations. This is the age in which language and movement develop. The child must be safeguarded in order that these activities may develop freely.
    — Maria Montessori
    I have for many years interested myself in the study of children from three years upwards. Many have urged me to continue my studies on the same lines with older children. But what I have felt to be most vital is the need for more careful and particularized study of the tiny child.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  child  year 
     
    It is fortunate, I think, that nature is not bounded by human reason and by laboratory work and experimentation, for by the laws of pure reason and by microscopic investigation, it might easily have been proved, long before this, that children could not be born.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  nature  work  human  law  child 
     
    The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.
    — Maria Montessori
    All the movements of our body are not merely those dictated by impulse or weariness; they are the correct expression of what we consider decorous. Without impulses, we could take no part in social life; on the other hand, without inhibitions, we could not correct, direct, and utilize our impulses.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: body 
     
    Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted. It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for, and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions. Because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.
    — Maria Montessori
    Noble ideas, great sentiments have always existed and have always been transmitted, but wars have never ceased.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: war  ideas  noble 
     
    Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: human 
     
    Education is a work of self-organization by which man adapts himself to the conditions of life.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: men  work  education 
     
    If the whole of mankind is to be united into one brotherhood, all obstacles must be removed so that men, all over the surface of the globe, should be as children playing in a garden.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  men  mankind  child  garden 
     
    It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as a revelation.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: men  oneself  age 
     
    The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  value  child 
     
    The respect and protection of woman and of maternity should be raised to the position of an inalienable social duty and should become one of the principles of human morality.
    — Maria Montessori
    The child is not an empty being who owes whatever he knows to us who have filled him up with it. No, the child is the builder of man. There is no man existing who has not been formed by the child he once was.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  men  child 
     
    Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.
    — Maria Montessori
    When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education.
    — Maria Montessori
    Books are mute as far as sound is concerned. It follows that reading aloud is a combination of two distinct operations, of two 'languages.' It is something far more complex than speaking and reading taken separately by themselves.
    — Maria Montessori
    The social relations which are the basis of the reproduction of the species are founded upon the continuous union of parents in marriage.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: marriage  parent 
     
    It would be so simple to allow children, when tired of sitting, to rise, and when tired of writing, to desist, and then their bones would not be twisted.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: children  child  writing 
     
    Speech is one of the marvels that characterize man, and also one of the most difficult spontaneous creations that have been accomplished by nature.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: nature  men  creation  speech 
     
    Dependence is not patriotism. A man does not love his mother if he hangs about her to the point of burdening her with a weak, feckless son.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: men  patriotism  mother  son 
     
    If the ways of the Almighty are not humanly logical, it is not the fault of the Almighty but of the limitations of human logic.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: human  logic 
     
    To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, the inner spark of vision does the rest.
    — Maria Montessori
    tags: soul  eyes  gift  vision 
     
    There can be no 'graduated exercises in drawing' leading up to an artistic creation. That goal can be attained only through the development of mechanical technique and through the freedom of the spirit.
    — Maria Montessori
    It is by developing the individual that he is prepared for that wonderful manifestation of the human intelligence, which drawing constitutes. The ability to see reality in form, in color, in proportion, to be master of the movements of one's own hand - that is what is necessary.
    — Maria Montessori
    Travel stories teach geography; insect stories lead the child into natural science; and so on. The teacher, in short, can use reading to introduce her pupils to the most varied subjects; and the moment they have been thus started, they can go on to any limit guided by the single passion for reading.
    — Maria Montessori
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