„Supporters of bilingual education today imply that students like me miss a great deal by not being taught in their family’s language. What they seem not to recognize is that, as a socially disadvantaged child, I considered Spanish to be a private language. What I needed to learn in school was that I had the right—and the obligation—to speak the public language of los gringos.“
— Richard Rodríguez American journalist and essayist 1944
„At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.“
— Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), p. 212.
„It was my evil star above,
Not my sweet lute, that wrought me wrong;
It was not song that taught me love,
But it was love that taught me song.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
„That was the other thing that drew me to India-the language. In high school my Latin teacher taught me Greek unofficially on Monday nights. I loved Greek; I loved the idea that there was another script. And then my Latin teacher told me there was a language that was even older and more interesting than Greek: Sanskrit. So everything started coming together-the art, the literature, the language.“
— Wendy Doniger American Indologist 1940
On the aspect of her studying Sanskrit.
„That one story taught me how to read and write because I looked at the picture of that beautiful beast, but I so desperately wanted to read about him too.“
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Context: Our education system has gone to hell. It’s my idea from now on to stop spending money educating children who are sixteen years old. We should put all that money down into kindergarten. Young children have to be taught how to read and write. If children went into the first grade knowing how to read and write, we’d be set for the future, wouldn’t we? We must not let them go into the fourth and fifth grades not knowing how to read. So we must put out books with educational pictures, or use comics to teach children how to read. When I was five years old, my aunt gave me a copy of a book of wonderful fairy tales called Once Upon a Time, and the first fairy tale in the book is “Beauty and the Beast.” That one story taught me how to read and write because I looked at the picture of that beautiful beast, but I so desperately wanted to read about him too.
— Leslie Feinberg, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue
— Richard Hamming American mathematician and information theorist 1915 - 1998
Context: Mathematics, being very different from the natural languages, has its corresponding patterns of thought. Learning these patterns is much more important than any particular result... They are learned by the constant use of the language and cannot be taught in any other fashion.
„My father taught me that one of the most important abilities in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this lesson had served me well.“
— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
— George Pope Morris American publisher 1802 - 1864
My Mother's Bible, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).