Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and politician who served as the 2nd President of India from 1962 to 1967 and 1st Vice President of India from 1952 to 1962. He was also the 2nd Ambassador of India to Soviet Union from 1949 to 1952 & 4th Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University from 1939 to 1948.
One of the most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan held the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta from 1921 to 1932 and Spalding Chair of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford from 1936 to 1952.
Radhakrishnan’s philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta, reinterpreting this tradition for a contemporary understanding. He defended Hinduism against what he called “uninformed Western criticism”,contributing to the formation of contemporary Hindu identity.
He has been influential in shaping the understanding of Hinduism, in both India and the west, and earned a reputation as a bridge-builder between India and the West. Radhakrishnan was awarded several high awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963.
He was also one of the founders of Helpage India, a non profit organisation for elderly underprivileged in India. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. Since 1962, his birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September every year.
Best Quotes On Teachers’ Day:
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honor for me.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression & knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man.” – Swami Vivekananda
“I have always felt that the true text-book for the pupil is his teacher.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Teachers are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates
“The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” – Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” – Charles Kuralt
“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds to satisfy it afterward.” – Anatole France
“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead- ahead of myself as well as you.” – George Bernard Shaw
“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” – Robert Frost
“If you were successful somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.” – Barack Obama
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” – Dan Rather
“Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.”- Sydney J. Harris
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward.
“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” – Eliphas Levi.
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie.
Happy Teachers’ Day…💐🙏🏾