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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales: 101 Inspirational Stories from Great Teachers and Appreciative Students is a great book for teachers of all grade levels. I highly recommend it as as a summer reading.

Each story begins with a quote related to the story. I would like to share a few of those quotes with others. Hopefully they are enjoyable and useful.

50 Quotes for Educators

  1. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
  2. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” Unknown
  3. “Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.” Unknown
  4. “What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Karl Menninger
  5. “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
  6. “All I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” Abraham Lincoln
  7. “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.” Elbert Hubbard
  8. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb
  9. “Teaching is leaving a vestige of oneself in the development of another. Ans surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.” Eugene P. Bertin
  10. “It doesn’t matter. You can still fly, there’s other ways to get around it if you dream.” Kathy Ronci
  11. “Music is the universal language of mankind. “ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  12. “The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Colette
  14. “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you., who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.” Dan Rather
  15. “Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.” Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health 1981
  16. “Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” Phyllis Theroux
  17. “Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” Michael Burke
  18. “Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts.” Janice Maeditere
  19. “There can never be enough said of virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh.” Francoise Sagan
  20. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” William Feather
  21. “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” Mary Manin Morrissey
  22. “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” Ertha Kitt
  23. “Words can sometimes, in moments of grace of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” Eli Wiesel
  24. “The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.” Will Smith
  25. “He who dares must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana
  26. “A child can ask questions a wise man cannot answer.” Author Unknown
  27. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren
  28. “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
  29. “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
  30. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike
  31. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Ray LeBlond
  32. “To teach is to learn twice.” Joseph Joubert
  33. “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever.” Elizabeth Lawrence
  34. ‘If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will each have an apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us has two ideas.” George Bernard Shaw
  35. “Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level to make change.” Doug E. Fresh
  36. “Man is harder than a rock and more fragile than an egg.” Yugoslavian Proverb
  37. “Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” Author Unknown
  38. “Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” Author Unknown
  39. “Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.” John McNaughton
  40. “All the world is a laboratory for the inquiring mind.” Martin H. Fischer
  41. “If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big.” Donald Trump
  42. “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift
  43. “The giving of love is an education in itself.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  44. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teachers for living well.” Alexander the Great
  45. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” Jacques Barzun
  46. “He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher
  47. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli
  48. “Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” William Prince
  49. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” Gail Devers, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist
  50. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams