Montessori quotes


►“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

►“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”

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


►“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.”

►“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

►“Little children, from the moment they are weaned are making their way toward independence.”

►“The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step.”

►“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”

►“The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”


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

►“To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”

►“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”

►“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.”

►“We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.”

►“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

►“We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”

►“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.”

►“The child’s parents are not his makers but his guardians.”

►" Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves. "

►"A man is not what he is because of the teachers he has had, but because of what he has done. "