Looking for the best teacher quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 70 quotes and sayings on this topic.

Top 70 Teacher Quotes


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“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry


69

“No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.” – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster


68

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai


67

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox


66

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl A. Menninger


65

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei


64

“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” – Unknown


63

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin


62

“The teachers who get “burned out” are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.” – Frank Martin


61

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Unknown


60

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw

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59

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert


58

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren


57

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams


56

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey


55

“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” – Michael Morpurgo


54

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey


53

“To this end the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher.” – John Strachan


52

“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


51

“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


50

“A teacher is a person who never says anything once.” – Howard Nemerov

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49

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


48

“We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.” – Donald Norman


47

“If you are a lousy teacher, you should be fired.” – Geoffrey Canada


46

“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki


45

“The best teacher is an entertainer.” – Bob Keeshan


44

“A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.” – Thomas Szasz


43

“Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.” – Bodhidharma


42

“The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.” – Simone Weil


41

“If you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.” – Oscar Hammerstein II


40

“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato

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39

“Teaching is a profession in which capacity building should occur at every stage of the career – novices working with accomplished colleagues, skillful teachers sharing their craft, and opportunities for teacher leadership.” – Randi Weingarten


38

“As a teacher, my strategy is to encourage questioning. I’m the least authoritarian professor you’ll ever meet.” – Niall Ferguson


37

“A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.” – Amos Bronson Alcott


36

“I wanted to be a Teacher with a big T: teach the whole planet. It led me into writing and speaking to large groups.” – Jack Canfield


35

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” – Charles Kuralt


34

“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” – Eliphas Levi


33

“A great teacher who is full of excitement and love for her students can make all the difference in their lives.” – Deval Patrick


32

“A teacher should have a creative mind.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


31

“The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.” – Elbert Hubbard


30

“There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them.” – Robert Sternberg

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29

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


28

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” – Dr. Seuss


27

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin


26

“I am a teacher born and bred, and I believe in the advocacy of teachers. It’s a calling. We want our students to feel impassioned and empowered.” – Erin Gruwell


25

“I touch the future. I teach.” – Christa McAuliffe


24

“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


23

“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie


22

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward


21

“Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.” – Maggie Gallagher


20

“A child’s first teacher is its mother.” – Peng Liyuan

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19

“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.” – Dorothea Dix


18

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Khalil Gibran


17

“If you don’t have a teacher you can’t have a disciple.” – Dallas Willard


16

“A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrik Clarke


15

“I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test.” – Erin Gruwell


14

“Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.” – Adora Svitak


13

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.” – Temple Grandin


12

“So what does a good teacher do? Create tension – but just the right amount.” – Donald Norman


11

“A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.” – Martin H. Fischer


10

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

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9

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz


8

“A good teacher is a determined person.” – Gilbert Highet


7

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer


6

“One time, the teacher was the storehouse of knowledge. That will no longer be so. So what would a teacher do? A very good teacher will play the role of augmenter. Also, the teacher will be located anywhere and helping students.” – Shiv Nadar


5

“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.” – Oscar Wilde


4

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton


3

“I’ve never had the patience of a teacher.” – Josh Turner


2

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar


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“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.” – Lee Iacocca