"My father was a schoolteacher and my mother came from a teacher's family."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."Simon van der Meer on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."Simon van der Meer on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."Simon van der Meer on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."Simon van der Meer on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Simon van der Meer on John Steinbeck
"Under these conditions it is not astonishing that learning was highly prized in fact, my parents made sacrifices to be able to give their children a good education."