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Art, Music and Words around The Coffee Table

“Those Who CAN, DO. Those who CAN’T, TEACH.”

This is a saying I don’t agree with at ALL (especially being a teacher, and a good one).  However this is a very popular sentiment in America, where success in business is most admired.

Madame Monet


February 11, 2008 - Posted by | culture, life, Proverbs and Sayings


  1. As a teacher myself (and also an actual artist) I would probably change that to:

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, criticise.

    Comment by iondanu | February 12, 2008

  2. Strangely, this saying was used in a TV ad to recruit teachers in the UK. I find it odd; why would I want someone who can’t do something to teach me anything? I much prefer Danu’s re-writing of it!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 12, 2008

  3. This is indeed such an odd saying! In fact AWFUL!
    Never heard it, in any language. I can’t imagine it has its equivalent in France or Germany, where we deeply respect and admire our teachers!

    Comment by Miki | February 12, 2008

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