Lev Vygotsky Quotes

Why should I know Lev Vygotsky?

Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky was a Soviet psychologist, specifically known for his work with children in Russia.

Born November 17, 1896
Died June 11, 1934

Books by Lev Vygotsky


Best 16 Quotes by Lev Vygotsky

“A child’s greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action.”

Lev Vygotsky

“Any human act that gives rise to something new is referred to as a creative act, regardless of whether what is created is a physical object or some mental or emotional construct that lives within the person who created it and is known only to him.”

Lev Vygotsky

“Language is the tool of the tools.”

Lev Vygotsky

“Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is the acquisition of many specialized abilities for thinking about a variety of things.”

Lev Vygotsky

“People with great passions, people who accomplish great deeds, people who possess strong feelings, even people with great minds and a strong personality, rarely come out of good little boys and girls.”

Lev Vygotsky

“The individual becomes for himself what he is in himself through what he manifests for others.”

Lev Vygotsky

“The teacher must adopt the role of facilitator not content provider.”

Lev Vygotsky

“The true direction of the development of thinking is not from the individual to the social, but from the social to the individual.”

Lev Vygotsky

“We are conscious of ourselves because we are conscious of others; and in an analogous manner, we are conscious of others because in our relationship to ourselves we are the same as others in their relationship to us. I am aware of myself only to the extent that I am as another for myself.”

Lev Vygotsky

“What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow.”

Lev Vygotsky

"Mind in Society" Quotes

“By giving our students practice in talking with others, we give them frames for thinking on their own.

Lev Vygotsky
Mind in Society

"Play and its Role in the Mental Development of the Child" Quotes

“In play, the child is always behaving beyond his age, above his usual everyday behaviour; in play he is, as it were, a head above himself. Play contains in a concentrated form, as in the focus of a magnifying glass, all developmental tendencies; it is as if the child tries to jump above his usual level.”

Lev Vygotsky
Play and its Role in the Mental Development of the Child

“Internal and external action are inseparable: imagination, interpretation, and will are internal processes in external action.”

Lev Vygotsky
Play and its Role in the Mental Development of the Child

“Play continually creates demands on the child to act against immediate impulse, i.e., to act according to the line of greatest resistance.”

Lev Vygotsky
Play and its Role in the Mental Development of the Child

"The History of the Development of Higher Mental Functions" Quotes

“Through others we become ourselves.”

Lev Vygotsky
The History of the Development of Higher Mental Functions

"Thought and Language" Quotes

“A word devoid of thought is a dead thing, and a thought unembodied in words remains a shadow.”

Lev Vygotsky
Thought and Language