Janusz Korczak Quotes


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

You will go on blundering for only he who does nothing avoids errors.

When does the loneliness of old age begin?

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

Whatever has been achieved through pressure and violence is unstable unreliable and incorrect.

There are insights that can be born only of your own pain and they are the most precious. Seek [within] the undiscovered part of yourself. (emphasis added)

Life bites like a dog.

Children being small and weak have little market value.

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.

Each person carries an entire world within himself and everything exists twice: once the way it is the other the way he perceives it with his own eyes and feelings.

The court does not fly off the handle. It does not shout abuse. It speaks calmly.

Are decent people in positions of leadership eternally condemned to Calvary?

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

The soul of a child is as complicated and full of contradictions as our soul is.

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.

Dare to dream... something will always come of it

I have signed a pact with life: we will not get in each other's way

My greatest fault is that I am no longer a child

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

Take a look at the world and laugh

If you are watching fanatically over the morality of your children you may yourself be not completely in order.

I am well versed in reading the pages of war.