50 Inspiring Quotes for Teachers and Educators

Thanks to all the teachers. We have rounded up a few quotes just for you! We hope you enjoy!

  1. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams
  2. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
  3. “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” Plato
  4. “The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.” William Allin
  6. “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” Ertha Kitt
  7. “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” Thomas Carruthers
  8. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
  9. “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a days work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for 20 years.” Jacques Barzun
  10. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” Ever Garrison
  11. “Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.” Sir Claus Moser
  12. “When the student is ready, the master appears.” Buddhist Proverb
  13. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward
  14. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James
  15. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren
  16. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” Unknown
  17. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb
  18. “What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Karl Menninger
  19. “A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” Unknown
  20. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Ray LeBlond
  21. “Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.” Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health
  22. “He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana
  23. “Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.” Helen Peters
  24. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” Colleen Wilcox
  25. “A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher…awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal
  26. “To teach is to learn twice.” Joseph Joubert
  27. “The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” Ed Bulwer-Lytton
  28. “Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” Author Unknown
  29. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
  30. “All the world is a laboratory for the inquiring mind.” Martin H. Fischer
  31. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teachers for living well.” Alexander the Great
  32. “We need to understand that every time an elementary teacher captures the imagination of a child through the arts or music of language this nation gets a little stronger.” Richard Riley, former Secretary of Education
  33. “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the the way for others.” Author Unknown
  34. “The job of a teacher is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” Joseph Campbell
  35. “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 a child.” Carl Jung
  36. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” Vernon Law
  37. “Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.” Publilius Syrus
  38. “An education is being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” Anatole France
  39. “It’s not what is poured into a student, but what is planted.” Linda Conway
  40. “The person who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the person who can’t read.” Mark Twain
  41. “The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
  42. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn
  43. “Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn.” R.D. Clyde
  44. “Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” Henry Peter Broughan
  45. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
  46. “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” Antisthenes
  47. “Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.” Alexander Pope
  48. “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Abraham Lincoln
  49. “The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.” Mohammed
  50. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather

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