60 Inspirational Teacher’s Quotes

Teacher’s Week is usually celebrated in the first full week of May. In 2009, it falls on May 3rd to May 9th. We sometimes forget to let our teachers know how much we appreciate them for taking care of our precious little ones. Teachers of course have played a significant role in shaping who we are today too.

Below are some inspirational quotes for teachers that can be used in greeting cards, gifts or in speeches to let our teachers know how much they mean to us.

1. Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
Marva Collins

2. Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.
William Prince

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

4. If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.
Donald D. Quinn

5. A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Horace Mann

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

7. The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.
Tyron Edwards

8. He that teaches us anything which we knew not
before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master.
Samuel Johnson

9. What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

10. Be careful to leave your sons well
instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed are better
than the wealth of the ignorant.

11. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
K. Patricia Cross

12. 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

13. Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

14. 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

15. One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes
change a delinquent into a solid citizen.

Philip Wylie

16. 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

17. 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 Witchcraft

18. Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
Josef Albers

19. What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?

Harriet Martineau

20. Natural ability is by far the best, but many men have succeeded in winning high renown by skill that is the fruit of teaching.


21. Thought flows in terms of stories — stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories.
Frank Smith

22. We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

23. Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life,
those the art of living well.


teacher appreciation quotes

24. A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

25. Education is the transmission of civilization.
Will Durant

26. Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
Richard Bach

27. By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand.
Latin Proverb

28. You must train the children to their studies in a playful manner and without any air of constraint with the further object of discerning more readily the natural bent of their respective characters.

29. No one but us ourselves-no one can and no one way. We ourselves must walk the path, teachers merely show the way.
Nancy Wilson Ross

30. The most effective teacher will always be biased,
for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.
Joyce Cary

31. He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo

32. Education is the mother of leadership.
Wendell L. Willkie

33. Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation.
John F. Kennedy

34. If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
Tryon Edwards

35. It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.
Linda Conway

36. Education is the guardian genius of democracy.
It is the only dictator that free men recognize,
and the only ruler that free men require.
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

37. There is in every child a painstaking teacher so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one teaches them anything.
Maria Montessori

38. 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 material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Carl Jung

39. I touch the future. I teach.
Christa McAuliffe

40. Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

41. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

42. 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

43. A child miseducated is a child lost.
John F. Kennedy

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

45. To teach is to learn twice over.
Joseph Joubert

46. 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

47. To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.
Henri Frederic Amiel

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

49. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert M. Hutchins

Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
John F. Kennedy

51. I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well
Alexander the Great

52. The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

53. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
Jacques Barzun

54. Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
Haim Ginott

55. When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

The Talmud

56. A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.

57. In education it isn’t how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it’s knowing how to use the information you get.
William Feather

58. A teacher affects eternity:
he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Adams

59. A very wise old teacher once said: “I consider a day’s teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh.” He meant that when people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, jailer and prisoners. They become a single group of human beings enjoying its existence.
Gilbert Highet

60. A master can tell you what he expects of you.

A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

As we celebrate teacher’s week, let us take the time to tell a teacher how much we appreciate him or her.

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