Quotes by Anne Sullivan
- Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
- Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy.
- I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.
- I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.
- I need a teacher quite as much as Helen. I know the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it.
- It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
- My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!
- No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.
- 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.
- We all like stories that make us cry. It's so nice to feel sad when you've nothing in particular to feel sad about.
- We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy that can lift us out of our difficulties.
- We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.