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Quotes of the Day for 14 March 2003 – Teaching

The outpouring of sympathetic notes from QOTD readers has been heart warming. Some have sent simple and short condolences, others have shared experiences with their own parents, a few have even complimented me on my eloquence. Your reaction tells me I can get away with one more set of quotes dedicated to my father's memory. The reality of life for most musicians is that a steady income comes from teaching rather than performing. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and Jim rose to the challenge. Many students remember him with great fondness, and when he looked back and relived his proudest moments, most of them were of students who had grown in talent and given joy to others with musical gifts Jim had helped instill. (His most frustrating moments were always the students who simply wouldn't practice between lessons!) So here are a few quotes on Teaching.

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The quotes:

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.
     - Dan Rather

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
     - Henry Adams

To teach is to learn twice.
     - Joseph Joubert, 1754 - 1824

If [a teacher] is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
     - Kahlil Gibran, 1883 - 1931

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
     - Lido Anthony Iacocca

If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.
     - James Matthew Barrie, 1860 - 1937


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