Inspirational Quotes for Teachers [Quotes for Teachers Day]

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Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Teaching is a difficult job and becoming a great teacher is almost a thousand times harder. That is the simple reason why we can remember great teachers. When your job as a teacher is to inspire students, who’s going to inspire you? This article gives inspirational quotes for teachers to help teachers get through the day.

Overworked but underpaid, these great teachers view their calling as an opportunity – not as an obligation. They believe that to associate with young people is a rare privilege, to teach them is an inspiration and to lead them into a better future is a joy of the profession. Here you can find inspirational quotes for teachers to lift their spirits and appreciate what they have done for you.

 

  • “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” (Gail Goldwin)

  • “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)

  • “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” (Jacques Barzun)

  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” (William Butler Yeats)

  • “I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.” (Tupac Shakur)

  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” (John Dewey)

  • “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” (Colleen Wilcox)

  • “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” (Chinese Proverb)

  • “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (Anonymous)

  • “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)

 

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Short Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

 

Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. This post shares short inspirational quotes for teachers that are sure to lift and support any teacher.

 

  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Einstein)

  • “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • “The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson)

  • “Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” (Plato)

  • “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” (Henri Bergson)

  • “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” (Einstein)

  • “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” (Confucius)

  • “Death is not the greatest loss. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” (Tupac Shakur)

  • “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk)

  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Dr. Seuss)

  • “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada)

  • “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” (Khalil Gibran)

  • “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” (E. M. Forster)

  • “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” (John Dewey)

  • “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.” (Amos Bronson Alcott)

  • “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” (Plato)

  • “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” (Robert Frost)

 

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30 Most Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

 

We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, pinterest boards, and other blogs to find 30 of our favorite inspirational quotes for teachers.

 

  1. “There is no failure. Only feedback.” (Robert Allen)

  2. “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” (Unknown)

  3. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” (Bob Talbert)

  4. “You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” (Aristophenes)

  5. “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” (Henry Brooks Adams)

  6. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”(Jacques Barzun)

  7. “The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator.”(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  8. “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (Proverb)

  9. “Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.” (Haim Ginott)

  10. “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” (George Bernard Shaw)

  11. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” (William Ward)

  12. “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” (Socrates)

  13. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” (Zig Ziglar)

  14. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” (Bob Talbert)

  15. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” (William Butler Yeats)

     

    Inspirational Quotes for Teachers Appreciation

     

     

  16. “To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a hero.”  (Unknown)

  17. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” (Unknown)

  18. “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” (John Dewey)

  19. “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” (Unknown)

  20. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” (Albert Einstein)

  21. “A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.” (James Baldwin)

  22. “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada)

  23. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”.- (Aristotle)

  24. “As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.” (Unknown)

  25. “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” (Lily Tomlin)

  26. “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” (Karl Meninger)

  27. “Learning is not a spectator sport.” (D. Blocher)

  28. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” (Thomas Edison)

  29. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” (William A. Ward)

  30. “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” (Unknown)

 

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Best Teacher Quotes

  • A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. Brad Henry

  • Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher. Maggie Gallagher

  • Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. Solomon Ortiz

  • Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. Stevie Wonder

  • If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

  • Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

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Teacher Quotes Funny

 

Find your favorite Teachers Day Wishes

 

  • “A BMW can’t take you as far as a diploma.” (Joyce A Myers)

  • “Being a teacher is not a 9 – 5 job.” (Heidi McDonald)

  • “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” (Roald Dahl)

  • “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.” (Kid President)

  • “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” (Frank Zappa)

  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)

  • “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” (Roald Dahl)

  • “A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6. I replied, “Kindergarten.” (Author Unknown)

  • “Blessed are the weird people – – poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters and troubadours – – for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” (Jacob Nordby)

  • “Policeman pulled me over and asked me for my papers. I gladly gave him all of my students’ essays to grade and drove off.” (Heidi McDonald)

  • “A smile is the prettiest thing you’ll ever wear.” (Unknown)

  • “Cheers to all of the teachers who give out pencils every single day know that they’ll never get them back” (Unknown)

  • “A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” (D. Martin)

  • “Being a new teacher is like trying to fly an airplane while building it.” (Rick Smith)

 

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Inspirational Quotes for Teachers from Students

 

As you read through these inspirational quotes for teachers, I know you’ll find some that describe your favorite teacher.

 

  • “The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” (Dan Rather)

  • “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” (John Steinbeck)

  • “We’re trying to give the young people something that can help them, and we don’t know exactly what it ought to be.” (Wendell Berry)

  • “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.” (Lee Iacocca)

  • “It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” (Wendell Berry)

  • “There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.” (Charles F. Kettering)

  • “Thought flows in terms of stories–stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories.” (Frank Martin)

 

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Thank You Quotes for Teachers

 

  • “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  (Henry Brooks Adams)

  • “A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy.” (Robert Lumsden)

  • “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank … but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” (Forest Witcraft)

  • “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” (Fred Rodgers)

  • “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” (Voltaire)

  • “Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future.” (Thomas Mckinnon)

  • “Because my teacher believed in me, I never gave up. Now I am flying towards my dreams.” (Heidi McDonald)

  • “Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.” (Margaret Riel)

  • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

  • “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” (William Arthur Ward)

  • “Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” (Ann Lieberman)

  • “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” (Alexander the Great)

  • “Ideal 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 bridges of their own.” (Nikos Kazantzakis)

 

 

 

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