67 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

67 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

Everyone has had a teacher at some point; read these quotes to remind you how wonderful their job is

67 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

Teachers do not only work in schools, but they can also be anywhere. They teach not only what is in the books, but also their personal knowledge. We have all had a teacher at some point, someone who has shown us something, so we need to value what they are giving us, as it is something we are going to keep with us for life.

These inspirational quotes for teachers won’t only inspire them, but anyone who reads them.

1"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

William Arthur Ward

2"Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system."

Sidney Hook

3"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism."

Colleen Wilcox

4"There is no failure. Only feedback."

Robert Allen

5"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

Mark Van Doren

6"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

John Dewey

7"We learn geology the morning after the earthquake."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

8"One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world."

Malala Yousafzai

9"Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults."

Abraham Lincoln

10"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

Henry Adams

11"I am not a teacher, but an awakener."

Robert Frost

12"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."

Albert Einstein

13"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."

Alexandra K. Trenfor

14"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best."

Bob Talbert

15"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions."


16"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."

Lily Tomlin

17"What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches."

Karl Meninger

18"If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow."

John Dewey

19"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."


20"A great teacher who is full of excitement and love for her students can make all the difference in their lives."

Deval Patrick

21"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

22"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."

George Bernard Shaw

23"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."

C.S. Lewis

24"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."

William Butler Yeats

25"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."

Phil Collins

26"Children must be taught how to think; not what to think."

Margaret Mead

27"Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!"

George Carlin

28"If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes."

Guy Kawasaki

29"We never know which lives we influence, or when or why."

Stephen King

30"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."

Bill Gates

31"A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard."

Eliphas Levi

32"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me."

Fred Rogers

33"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

34"To teach is to learn twice over."

Joseph Joubert

35"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges."

Joyce Meyer

36"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

37"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life."


38"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

39"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace."


40"There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that's what is unique about them."

Robert Sternberg

41"The greatest gift I've ever received is being a teacher."

Alyssa Edwards

42"Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents."

Roger Moore

43"That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends."

Maria Callas

44"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. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."

John Steinbeck

45"The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching."


46"My dad was such a great story-teller, a good teacher."

Grace Poe

47"Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the 'naturals', the ones who somehow know how to teach."

Peter Drucker

48"The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character."

Dorothea Dix

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

Horace Mann

50"The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn."

Bertolt Brecht

51"I will venture to maintain that where the teacher is not pleasing to the pupil, there is no education."


52"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."


53"Sometimes, it only takes a single teacher to turn a child’s life around. Some children will come to school today because of that teacher. Be that teacher, every day."


54"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater."

Gail Godwin

55"The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way."

John Warren

56"Teachers are people who start things they never see finished, and for which they never get thanks until it is too late."

Max Forman

57"What greater joy can a teacher feel than to witness a child’s success?"

Michelle L. Graham

58"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers."

Josef Albers

59"It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts… it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves."

Robert Hutchins

60"Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is."

William Glasser

61"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."

Jacques Barzun

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

Haim Ginott

63"The best teacher is an entertainer."

Bob Keeshan

64"I have been a teacher myself all my life. I have an intense passion to share with people. Our only salvation is in knowledge, in learning."

Leo Buscaglia

65"You never stop learning. If you have a teacher, you never stop being a student."

Elisabeth Rohm

66"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."

Anatole France

67"Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help."