Maria Montessori Quotes

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.

Discipline must come through liberty… We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.

The child becoming incarnate is a spiritual embryo, which needs its own special environment. Just as a physical embryo needs its mother’s womb in which to grow, so the spiritual embryo needs to be protected by an eternal environment that is warm with love and rich in nourishment, where everything is disposed to welcome, and […]

One beautiful December day. I went up on the roof-terrace with the children. I was sitting near a chimney, and said to a little five-year-old boy who sat beside me, “Draw me a picture of this chimney.” He got down obediently and made a rough sketch of the chimney. The child looked at me, smiled, […]

The child’s true constructive energy, a dynamic power, has remained unnoticed for thousands of years. Just as men have trodden the earth, and later tilled its surface, without thought for the immense wealth hidden in its depths, so the men of our day make progress after progress in civilized life, without noticing the treasures that […]