Because we weren’t taught how to love or how to teach with love, here are ten quotes related to education and love from J. Krishnamurti’s Education & the Significance of Life:
“… to understand our responsibility, there must be love in our hearts, not mere learning and knowledge.”
To teach is to love.
“If there is love and freedom in the hearts of teachers themselves, they will approach each student mindful of his needs and difficulties; and then they will not be mere automatons, operating according to methods and formulas, but spontaneous human beings, ever alert and watchful.”
Love is the essence of education.
“Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealist pattern.”
Love is not an ideal, a mental concept. Love is a feeling.
“If he loves the child, he observes him, he studies his tendencies, his moods and peculiarities. It is only when one feels no love for the child that one imposes upon him an ideal, for then one’s ambitions are trying to fulfill themselves in him, wanting him to become this or that. If one loves, not the ideal, but the child, then there is a possibility of helping him to understand himself as he is.”
Love is discovered in self-knowledge.
“… do what we will, without self-knowledge and the love that is inherent in it, our problems will ever expand and multiply. Whereas, if we apply our minds and hearts to the task of knowing ourselves, we shall undoubtedly solve our many conflicts and sorrows.”
Love is not ambitious. To love is not to discipline. Love is of the heart.
“In the love of the child, right education is implied. But most of us do not love our children; we are ambitious for them – which means that we are ambitious for ourselves. Unfortunately, we are so busy with the occupations of the mind that we have little time for promptings of the heart. After all, discipline implies resistance; and will resistance ever bring love?”
Love is efficient. Love is understanding. Love integrates.
“There is an efficiency inspired by love which goes far beyond and is much greater than the efficiency of ambition; and without love, which brings an integrated understanding of life, efficiency breeds ruthlessness.”
Love is intelligence.
“The intellect is satisfied with theories and explanations, but intelligence is not; and for the understanding of total process of existence, there must be an integration of the mind and heart in action. Intelligence is not separate from love.”
Love is in relationship.
“In our relationship with children and young people, we are not dealing with mechanical devices that can be quickly repaired, but with living beings who are impressionable, volatile, sensitive, afraid, affectionate; and to deal with them, we have to have great understanding, the strength of patience and love.”
Love is essential.
“Love is not a matter of training or of time… What is essential in education, as in every other field, is to have people who are understanding and affectionate, whose hearts are not filled with empty phrases, with the things of the mind.”