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"There is no alibi in being."
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted."
– Albert Einstein

"The key is curiosity, and its curiosity, not answers that we model."
- Vivian Paley
“Meaning, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.”
– Woody Allen
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
– ascribed to Voltaire
"When my (teaching) intention was limited to announcing my own point of view, communication came to a halt. My voice drowned out the children’s. However, when they said things that surprised me, exposed ideas I did not imagine they held, my excitement mounted."
– Vivian Paley
"Relation in education is one of pure dialogue."
- Martin Buber
"In education equality and freedom is the chief thing."
- Leo Tolstoy
“In essence [monologism] knows only a single mode of cognitive interaction among consciousnesses: someone who knows and possesses the truth instructs someone who is ignorant of it and in error; that is, it is the interaction of a teacher and a pupil, which, it follows, can only be a pedagogical dialogue.”
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Monologism, at its extreme, denies the existence outside itself of another consciousness with equal rights and equal responsibilities, another I with equal rights (thou)."
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"The dialogic nature of consciousness, the dialogic nature of human life itself. The single adequate form for verbally expressing authentic human life is the open-ended dialogue. Life by its very nature is dialogic."
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Thought becomes clear for oneself only in the process of making it clear for another person."
- Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“Humans do not converse because they have inner thoughts to express, but they have thoughts because they are able to converse.”
– Michael Billig
“To be means communicate dialogically. When dialogue ends, everything ends.”
- Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“In the beginning was the word, the underlying principle is conversation."
- Erasmus of Rotterdam
“An utterance is never just a reflection or an expression of something already existing and outside it that is given and final. It always creates something that never existed before, something absolutely new and unrepeatable, and, moreover, it always has some relation to value (the true, the good, the beautiful, and so forth.)”
- Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Culture does not have its own internal territory. Culture exists only where two cultures present. Culture exists on the border of two cultures."
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“The human act is a potential text and it can be understood (as a human act and not as a physical action) only in a dialogic context of its own [historic] time (as a dialogic response, as a semiotic position, as a system of motives).”
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“Dialogue … is not the threshold to action, it is the action itself”
- Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“Reading and writing the word, to read and write the world”
– Paulo Freire
“Dialogic relationships are reducible neither to logical relationships nor to relationships oriented semantically toward their referential object, relationships in and of themselves devoid of any dialogic element. They must clothe themselves in discourse, become utterances, become the positions of various subjects expressed in discourse, in order that dialogic relationships might arise among them”
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
“Definition of voice… includes height, range, timbre, aesthetic category (lyric, dramatic, etc.). It also includes a person’s worldview and fate. A person enters into dialogue as an integral voice. He participates in it not only with his thoughts, but with his fate and with entire individuality."
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Teacher should be not an expert #1 in the class but a learner #1 with and from the students."
– Eugene Matusov
We lack the power of guessing
How lives our word in another’s mind, -
And gift of sympathy in life
Is given to us as a holy blessing.

- Fyodor I. Tutchev
27 February 1869 Translated from Russian by Tatiana Sazonova
“In a relationship to another human being, love, hate, pity, touchingness, and in general any emotion, are always dialogic to some degree”
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Each utterance of a dialogue is to some degree monologic (as utterance of one person) and every monologue is to some degree a dialogic turn because it belongs to the context of discussion or issue and implicates audience and past polemics, and so on. "
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"Both excessive dialogism and excessive monologism fight with voices of others. In this sense, they are not in opposition to each other. But while excessive dialogism fights with voices of others dialogically by responding to their hostile replies, excessive monologism tries to suppress the existence of other voices altogether. This solitude of excessive monologism is kin to the solitude of excessive dialogism. Both are born from insensitive power. Excessive monologism is solitude of the powerful and excessive dialogism is solitude of the powerless."
– Eugene Matusov
“Take a dialogue and remove the voices (the partitioning of the voices), remove the intonations (emotional and individual ones), carve out abstract concepts and judgments from living words and responses, cram everything into one abstract [monologic and monolithic] consciousness – and that’s how you get [Hegelian] dialectics.”
– Mikhail M. Bakhtin
"'How does it feel to be a problem?'… After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, — a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,— an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."
– W.E.B. Du Bois
"In each thou we address the eternal thou."
– Martin Buber
"Dialogue is not something we do or use, it is a relation that we enter into."
– Martin Buber
"… many educators embrace the notion of dialogue without attempting the paradigm shifting associated with this notion. No matter how much one values dialogue, it remains a means toward some other end, one does not really understand what dialogue is."
- Alexander Sidorkin
"Dialogue that is being used for something ceases to be dialogue… No rules can guarantee that dialogue really happens, and dialogue may occur despite gravely monologic forms of communication. Once dialogue begins, no one can channel it, or manage it, or transform it, even for the noble aims of education."
– Alexander Sidorkin
"I want to make education revolve around dialogical. For this purpose, the life of an entire school should be treated as a whole… The life of any school is inevitably monological, but it nonetheless can be more or less accommodating, more or less movable, and more or less breakable for dialogue to occur."
– Alexander Sidorkin
"The secret of dialogue rests not where almost everyone may be looking for it. The secret of dialogue is not in the dialogue itself. It is in the surrounding realities of everyday school life. The dialogical is a direct relation, but the road to it may only be indirect."
– Alexander Sidorkin
"But the dialogue is when you suddenly relate to another human being directly and fully. Dialogue is when such a relation takes you completely out of your regular life."
– Alexander Sidorkin