Top 10 Maria Montessori Quotes

Maria Montessori(August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator and physician, best known for creating the Montessori system, an educational method which allows children to learn naturally and make creative choices.

Here are Maria Montessori’s top ten greatest quotes:


The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.

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Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.

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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

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To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.

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The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.

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The most important period of life no the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

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Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.

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Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

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The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences. 


The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities.

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Thank you Maria Montessori!

Interesting Maria Montessori Facts:

  • She was the first woman in Italy to become a physician.
  • She was the first woman to attend an all-male technical institute.
  • In medical school, she studied psychiatry and pediatrics.
  • Some famous people who attended Montessori schools include Jeff Bezos, Beyonce, Julia Child, Larry Page, John F. Kennedy, and Prince William.

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