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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, mastery, belief, education, teaching, and students

It is not enough to say that a philosophy teacher presents students with counterpoint to their customary ways of seeing things.  A teacher in philosophy is not necessarily very profoundly philosophical for that reason, nor need he or she be.  The teacher may be only a few leagues ahead of the students, and may frequently find that a superbright student will tax his or her supposed mastery of the issues.  To be honest about these relations and difficulties, I have always assumed that as a professor I was no more than an exemplary student, and "mastery" was merely a way of gaining momentum, not declaring the race was over.  Self-mastery in philosophy is how one orchestrates the energies to be able to dislodge really prodigious monolithic belief-systems.  It is by no means any kind of self-congratulation. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, human nature, education, teaching, diversity, individualism, self-mastery, and self-criticism

What we actually learn from trying to carry out the program of philosophical education or teaching in the humanities or liberal arts (no matter how it may be done or via what materials), is demonstrably a lesson in diversification:  if there is anything "universalist" or "uniformitarian" about human nature, it defies being evidenced.  Students as individuals and as groups are very differentially susceptible to learning the arts of self-mastery and self-criticism:  if every human being were equitably competent to penetrate and discompose his own illusions and delusions, not just philosophy classes but education at large would be mostly superfluous.  People in general could just sit and think for themselves. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by PiALOGUE on teacher, student, teaching, learning, learn, lesson, pitfalls, strengths, ego, transcend, ignorance, and barriers

I am at the same time both teacher and student mostly teaching myself or at least learning how to learn which may be the most important lesson of all in which case I may be my own best teacher because if I pay close enough attention to myself then I can see my own pitfalls as well as my strengths as long as I ALSO notice the times when my ego is involved and I then transcend my own ignorance and barriers to learning.

Pi Dialogue

Source: self

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, action, teaching, mastery, being, and beauty

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on teaching, longing, and management

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

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A Quote by unknown on teaching and discovery

The art of teaching is the art of assisting in discovery.


Unknown.

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Source: Daily Om

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddha, recites, sacred, texts, heedless, cowherd, cows, holy, partake, blessings, metaphor, and teaching

Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada: DHP I, 19;The Buddha's Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita,

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on teaching

How much longer are you going to be a pupil? From now on do some teaching as well.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters from a Stoic

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Shakespeare on church, divinity, good, men, and teaching

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Merchant of Venice

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Shakespeare on divinity, good, and teaching

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Merchant of Venice

Contributed by: Zaady

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