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Bel Kaufman Quotes

Bel Kaufman Quote: “Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money-in that order; it is a process, a never-ending one.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy. You can’t laugh and be angry, you can’t laugh and feel sad, you can’t laugh and feel envious.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Never mind the cream; it will always rise to the top. It’s the skim milk that needs good teachers.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Children are the true connoisseurs. What’s precious to them has no price, only value.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “And that’s it; that’s why I want to teach; that’s the one and only compensation: to make a permanent difference in the life of a child.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I’ll never retire as long as I live – that’s like retiring from life! I’ll never stop writing, teaching, lecturing. If you’re in good health, living is exciting on its own.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Education can’t make us all leaders, but it can teach us which leader to follow.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “To the young, cliches seem freshly minted.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Time collapses and expands like an erratic accordion...”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Learning is a process of mutual discovery for teacher and pupil. Keep an open mind to their unexpected responses.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “The preciousness of every moment is emphasized with every tick of the clock. Isn’t it a magnificent day today?”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I so enjoy being old because for the first time I don’t have to do anything-work, teach, study. I feel very good about myself-and at my age I can say no to anything now if I don’t want to do it. What a liberating word.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “But if there is such a thing as social commitment in literature, I think it must manifest itself in a reader’s awareness of the human condition, in the writer’s touching some common nerve ending. I think this kind of social commitment, like a lady’s slip, should be there but it must not show.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I want to point the way to something that should forever lure them, when the TV set is broken and the movie is over and the school bell has rung for the last time.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Appreciation is appreciated.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Love is the ultimate giving, an expression of one’s best self.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I had used my sense of humor; I had called it proportion, perspective. But perspective is distance.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “A teacher is frequently the only adult in the pupil’s environment who treats him with respect.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “The heart has its reasons; it’s the mind that’s suspect.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I am writing this during my lunch period, because I need to reach towards the outside world of sanity, because I am overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the clerical work still to be done, and because at this hour of the morning normal ladies are still sleeping.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I feel no different than I felt at 99, 98 or 97. Just because you live a long time, you get all this attention. Just because you survived? Of course, I survived a lot.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “If a teacher wants to know something why doesn’t she look it up herself instead of making we students do it? We benefit ourselves more by listening to her, after all she’s the teacher!”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “And if this wasn’t the happiness she had once so fiercely demanded, at least she had come to terms with life. That was probably as close to happiness as you could get.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Teachers try to make us feel lower than themselves, maybe because this is because they feel lower than outside people. One teacher told me to get out of the room and never come back, which I did.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “The books we are required to teach frequently have nothing to do with anything except the fact that they have always been taught, or that there is an oversupply of them, or that some committee or other was asked to come up with some titles.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I like the word OLD. Not senior, that’s for proms. Older? Older than whom? ‘Old’ is honorable and ripe.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Recently at a party I saw a man rise from his seat each time a woman entered the room. I smiled my encouragement: “You were well brought up,” I said. “No,” he replied, “I learned by myself.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “That I was a writer was further proof of God’s far-sightedness; she was convinced that by some magic of propinquity she would acquire a mastery of the English language.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Funny, how once you touched off a memory, it was like pulling out a stitch – all the others kept unraveling.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Mythology is studied in the school system because most of us come from it.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “The Bible says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Without love, the art of love is mere acrobatics. Without love, the art of giving is mere etiquette.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “I don’t lose time playing verbal games, trying to remember what I forgot. “I don’t remember your name,” says one octogenarian to another. “Tell me what it is.” The second one pauses: “How soon do you have to know?” he asks.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “In August they had a bad fright. Her lawyer had suggested that – in view of the circumstances – they drop the divorce. This filled them both with profound dread; at the thought of staying married, of sinking back into the deadly boredom of their pre-divorce days, they felt nothing but horror. They realized more than ever that marriage for them was unthinkable.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Mr. Philpotts, did you enjoy your life?” “Why, no, I wouldn’t say – ” “How then,” asked the chief, “do you expect to enjoy your afterlife? What do you know of happiness? What experience have you had in that line?”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “There is a need for closeness, yet we can’t get too close. The teacher-pupil relationship is a kind of tightrope to be walked. I know how carefully I must choose a word, a gesture. I understand the delicate balance between friendliness and familiarity, dignity and aloofness.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “After the prescribed length of time and number of meals consumed and digested in unison, they felt they had sufficient community of interests to marry.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “People ate bread made of the shells of peas because there was no flour.”
Bel Kaufman Quote: “Her disappointment was minor compared to her astonishment. “Again I didn’t win? But last year I didn’t win also!”
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