Best Collection of Anne Sullivan Quotes

Anne Sullivan, American Educator ( April 14, 1866 - October 20, 1936 )

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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.~Anne Sullivan

Children Parenting Great

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.~Anne Sullivan

Children Sympathy Guidance

Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.~Anne Sullivan

World Free Renaissance

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.~Anne Sullivan

Education Knowledge Light

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise, I am not perplexed or doubtful. I know how to meet them.~Anne Sullivan

I Am Know Difficulties

We are afraid of ideas, of experimenting, of change. We shrink from thinking a problem through to a logical conclusion.~Anne Sullivan

Change Thinking Problem

The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice.~Anne Sullivan

Education Future Truth

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.~Anne Sullivan

Time Beginning Purpose

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.~Anne Sullivan

Success People Success Is

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.~Anne Sullivan

Imagination Selfish Escape

If the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself.~Anne Sullivan

Child Better Think

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!~Anne Sullivan

Teacher Morning Light

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.~Anne Sullivan

Life Education Teacher

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.~Anne Sullivan

Love Knowledge Great

It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine.~Anne Sullivan

Growth Mind Living

A strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.~Anne Sullivan

People Effort Young

It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!~Anne Sullivan

Experience People Advice

Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.~Anne Sullivan

History Light World

The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.~Anne Sullivan

Truth Enough Wonderful

Yes, I am proud, and very humble too.~Anne Sullivan

I Am Humble Proud

We are bothered a good deal by people who assume the responsibility of the world when God is neglectful.~Anne Sullivan

Good God Responsibility

Our material eye cannot see that a stupid chauvinism is driving us from one noisy, destructive, futile agitation to another.~Anne Sullivan

Eye Stupid Driving

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.~Anne Sullivan

Teacher Child Everything

The Great War proved how confused the world is. Depression is proving it again.~Anne Sullivan

War Depression Great

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.~Anne Sullivan

Sad Nothing Nice

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.~Anne Sullivan

Education Beginning I Am