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Korczak, Janusz

  • A hundred children, a hundred individuals who are people--not people-to-be, not people of tomorrow, but people now, right now--today.

  • Life bites like a dog, and when least expected.

  • Children, being small and weak, have little market value.

  • Don't try to become a teacher overnight with psychological bookkeeping in your heart and educational theory in your head.

  • I am a butterfly drunk with life. I don't know where to soar, but I won't allow life to clip my beautiful wings.

  • I am well versed in reading the pages of war.

  • If I had means, I would like to spend half a year in Palestine in order to contemplate what has been, and half a year in Poland in order to preserve what remains.

  • Life is a circus ring, with some moments more spectacular than others.

  • Life never gives more than partial liberation. Achievement can never be more than fragmentary.

  • Man feels and ponders death as though it were the end, when in fact death is merely the continuation of life. It is another life. You may not believe in the existence of the soul, yet you must acknowledge that your body will live on as green grass, and as a cloud. For you are, after all, water and dust.

  • The child--a skilled actor with a hundred masks: a different one for his mother, father, grandmother or grandfather, for a stern or lenient teacher, for the cook or maid, for his own friends, for the rich and poor. Naive and cunning, humble and haughty, gentle and vengeful, well behaved and willful, he disguises himself so well that he can lead us by the nose.

  • The court does not fly off the handle. It does not shout abuse. When it abuses it speaks calmly.

  • The lives of great men are like legends--difficult but beautiful.

  • When does the loneliness of old age begin?