"The unknown energy that can help humanity is that which lies hidden in the child.”
“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.”
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”
“The child becomes a person through work.”
“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”
“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”
In order to understand Montessori, we need to understand that it is the tendencies of man that govern his development, and that these tendencies must be realized and catered for, if there is to be any real change in the structure and content of education, with a consequent answer to the problem facing us today
The child is a worker and a producer. Although he cannot share in the work of adults, he has his own difficult and important task to perform-that of producing a man….But this tiny child eventually grows into an adult and if the latter’s intelligence has become enriched through his psychic conquests and become resplendent with a spiritual lights, this is due to the child that he once was.