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Happy American Education Week! A special thanks to the National Education Association for supporting this event and for all their hard word the other 51 weeks in the year.
To celebrate, we have selected some of our favorite quotes about education and teaching. (To see more check out 112 inspirational quotes for teachers) Below are 5 that we hope might inspire others.

  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. “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” Ertha Kitt
  5. “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” Thomas Carruthers
  6. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
  7. “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a days work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for 20 years.” Jacques Barzun
  8. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” Ever Garrison
  9. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward
  10. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James
  11. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren
  12. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” Unknown
  13. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb
  14. “What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Karl Menninger
  15. “A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” Unknown
  16. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Ray LeBlond
  17. “Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.” Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health
  18. “He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana
  19. “Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.” Helen Peters
  20. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” Colleen Wilcox
  21. “A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher…awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal
  22. “To teach is to learn twice.” Joseph Joubert
  23. “Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” Author Unknown
  24. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
  25. “All the world is a laboratory for the inquiring mind.” Martin H. Fischer
  26. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teachers for living well.” Alexander the Great
  27. “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
  28. A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the the way for others.” Author Unknown
  29. “The job of a teacher is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” Joseph Campbell
  30. “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

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