"We only have to look at civilization to realize the greatness of which man is capable.


But we are focused on his errors and mistakes, not on his greatness. The fault lies with us. Think how many things man has created… Look around at all we have -- small, great, or beautiful -- whatever it is, it has been created by man. But while asking for more and more of these marvelous inventions, we never think of the man that created them. We do not consider him at all. Although we try to do everything we can to enhance our comfort, we do not consider the greatness of man, we only consider his defects. We do not consider man, the creator. Therefore, I say we must refocus our hearts. We must put the creations of man at the center, and not his defects."

--Maria Montessori, 1946