Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

A collection of inspirational quotes for teachers. Teaching can't be an easy job, I imagine patience and a sense of humour may be required, so I've thrown a few funny teacher quotes in at the end too. Hope you enjoy.

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A Top 10 List of
Inspirational Quotes for Teachers


"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 raw material,
but warmth is the vital element
for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."

- Carl Jung 1875 - 1961 : Psychologist and psychiatrist


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

- Robert Frost 1874 - 1963 : Poet


"We cannot teach people anything;
we can only help them discover it within themselves."

- Galileo Galilei 1564 - 1642 : Astronomer and physicist


"Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day.
Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life."

- Confucius 551BC - 479 BC : Founder Confucianism


"Encourage your kids
because you have no idea what they are truly capable of."

- Unknown


"This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think
and engages them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth."

- William Glasser (1925) : Psychiatrist


"The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is because it helps me to forgive their children."

- Louis Johannot


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

- Karl Menninger 1893 - 1990 : Psychiatrist


"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination,
and instill a love of learning".

- Brad Henry (1963) : Politician


"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 (1931) : Journalist

"What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero 106 BC - 43 BC : Roman statesman

(Or woman of course!)

The best of the rest...

"A student never forgets an encouraging private word,
when it is given with sincere respect and admiration."

- William Lyon Phelps 1865 - 1943 : Educator and author

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

- Mark van Doren 1894 - 1972 : Poet and writer

"90% of learning comes through encouragement."

- Kevin Thoman

Funny Teacher Quotes...

And yes, here's the funny teacher quotes just to keep your sanity intact …

"For every person who wants to teach
there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn much."

- W. C. Stellar

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say,
'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'"

- Maria Montessori 1870 - 1952 : Physician, educator, and humanitarian

"Old teachers never die; they just grade away."

- Unknown (Just as well!)

"There are three good reasons to be a teacher - June, July, and August."

- Unknown

"Children are like cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression."

- Dr. Haim Ginott

"Often when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.
That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number."

- Unknown

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