Need Some Inspiration? Check Out These Inspirational Quotes for Teachers


Need Some Inspiration? Check Out These Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”

Needless to say how special teachers are, an integral part of every ones lives below is a list of amazing quotes to inspire every teacher!

1. A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard. -- Eliphas Levi

2. A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching. -- A. Bartlett Giamatti

3. Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. -- Japanese Proverb

4. Do you know the secret of the true scholar? In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him; and in that I am his pupil. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. -- William Haley

6. Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. -- Rita Pierson

7. I am not a teacher, but an awakener. -- Robert Frost

8. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. -- Socrates

9. If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. -- Chinese Proverb

10. Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. -- William Arthur Ward

11. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. -- Benjamin Franklin

12. The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know. -- Carl Rogers

13. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

14. The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist. -- Maria Montessori

15. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -- William A. Ward

16. The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -- Jean Piaget

17. The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. -- Kahlil Gibran

18. What we learn with pleasure we never forget. -- Alfred Mercier

19. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. -- George Bernard Shaw

20. When you learn, teach. When you get, give. -- Maya Angelo

21. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. -- Clay P. Bedford

22. Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having. -- Ronald Reagan

23. When one teaches, two learn. -- Robert Heinlein

24. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -- Nelson Mandela

25. If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others. -- Dr. Haim Ginott

26. Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. -- Bob Talber

27. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. -- Clay P. Bedford

28. Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. -- Malcolm S. Forbes

29. Teachers, you don't teach a subject, you teach a child. -- Deepa Bhushan

30. Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. -- Malala Yousafzai

31. Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. -- George Evans

32. While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. -- Angela Schwindt

33. Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. -- Abraham Lincoln

34. Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. -- Albert Einstein

35. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. -- Albert Einstein

36. Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. -- Albert Einstein

37. The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. -- Alexandra K. Trenfor

38. The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. -- Amos Bronson Alcott

39. The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity. Education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't. -- Anatole Franc

40. Teaching is the highest form of understanding. -- Aristotle

41. To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another. -- Benjamin Jowett

42. The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think. To improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, rather than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. -- Bill Beattie

43. Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating. -- C. B. Neblette

44. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. -- Carl Jung

45. Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service and it must be thought of as a mission. -- Dr. Ralph Tyler

46. I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. -- Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]

47. Children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun. -- Glenn Doman

48. No kid is unsmart. Every kid's a genius at something. Our job is to find it. And then encourage it. -- Robin Sharma

49. Correction does much, but encouragement does more. -- Goethe

50. Teachers regularly inspire their students weather they are aware of it or not. But all of us, even those in education, struggle under the weight of doubt and anxiety sometimes. We’re human, after all.

51. I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. -- Albert Einstein

52. Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. -- Fred Rogers

53. A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. -- Ever Garrison

54. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. --Socrates

55. If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. -- Jim Rohn

56. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

57. A child mis-educated is a child lost. -- John F. Kennedy

58. A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops. -- Henry Adams

59. We should seek to be fellow students with the pupil, and should learn of, as well as with him, if we would be most helpful to him. -- Henry David Thoreau

60. If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. -- Ignacio Estrada

61. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a days work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. -- Jacques Barzun

62. Teaching is a strategic act of engagement. -- James Bellanca

63. True teaching is one that not teaches knowledge but stimulates children to gain it. -- Jill Eggleton

64. Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. -- John Cotton Dana

65. The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. -- John Lubbock

66. The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. -- Joseph Campbell

67. To teach is to learn twice. -- Joseph Joubert

68. It's not what is poured into a student, but what is planted. -- L. Conway

69. You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education. -- Marilyn Howshall

70. The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. -- Mark VanDoren

71. Training teaches how. Education teaches why. -- Nido Qubein

72. A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. -- Patricia Neal

73. Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one's inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life. Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self-knowledge--and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. -- Parker Palmer

74. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. -- Robert Maynard Hutchins

75. Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. -- Roger Lewin

76. The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit. -- Samuel Johnsons

77. Teachers teach someone something, in that order. -- Samuel M. Natale

78. I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me. -- St. Augustine

79. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. -- Thomas Carruthers

80. A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. -- Unknown

81. If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important. --Barbara Colorose

82. The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

83. Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

84. Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression. -- Haim Ginott

85. The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. --Alice Wellington Rollins

86. Those who don't know must learn from those who do. ― Plato

87. A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. -- James Baldwin

88. Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. -- Robert M. Hutchins

89. Never do anything for a student that he is capable of doing for himself. If you do you, you’ll make him an educational cripple…a pedagogical paraplegic. -- Howard Hendricks

90. True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own. -- Nikos Kazantzakis

91. A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn. -- Ruth Beechick

92. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. -- Dalai Lama XIV

93. The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. -- Elbert Hubbard

94. [Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. -- Jim Henson

95. 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

96. The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. -- Audre Lorde

97. I'm more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives. -- Seymour Simon

98. In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. -- Lee Iacocca

99. Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for self. -- Paulo Coelho

100.  Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.

         Listen to the DON’TS

         Listen to the SHOULDN’TS

         The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS

         Listen to the NEVER HAVES

         Then listen close to me-

         Anything can happen, child,

         ANYTHING can be. -- Shel Silverstein.

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