Our Favourite Maria Montessori Quotes

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

Maria Montessori


montessori-quote-the-child-is-truly-a-miraculous-being-and“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future… Let us treat them with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them.”
“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”
“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.”
“The child, making use of all that he finds around him, shapes himself for the future.”
“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself–that is the first duty of the educator.” montessori-quote
“Whoever touches the life of a child, touches the most sensitive part of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”
“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
montessori-quote-education“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration.”
“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.”
“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.”
“Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole, which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”
“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge.  He has the power to teach himself.”montessori-quote-the-child-is-both-a-hope-and-a-promise-for
“The child has a different relation to his environment from ours… the child absorbs it.  The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul.  He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear.”
“There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life.  He does it in virtue of an unconscious power that exists in childhood…”
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
“If salvation and help are to come, it is through the child ; for the child is the constructor of man.”