Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To whatsoever upright mind, to whatsoever beating heart I speak, to you it is committed to educate men. By simple living, by an illimitable soul, you inspire, you correct, you instruct, you raise, you embellish all. By your own act you teach the beholder how to do the practicable. According to the depth from which you draw your life, such is the depth not only of your strenuous effort, but of your manners and presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Education," Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883, repr. 1904).

Emerson's philosophy of teaching emphasizes the character of the teacher. It is the essence of the teacher's personality and soul that determines the complexion of his or her teaching.
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