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72 Encouraging and Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

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Inspiring Quotes for Teachers

A collection of 72 encouraging and inspirational quotes for teachers. You will find plenty of heart felt quotes as well as quotes for teachers to live by. Whether you are a teacher or are just looking to make a teachers day, you are sure to find a powerful quote to do just that. Looking to appreciate a teacher? Use these quotes in a your teacher thank you note.


1. The road to success is always under construction. – Author Unknown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The road to success is always under construction. ~Author Unknown)

2. Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. – Author Unknown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. - Author Unknown)

3. Learning is finding out what you already know. – Richard Bach

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Learning is finding out what you already know. - Richard Bach)

4. If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. – Bruce Barton

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. ~Yogi Berra)

5. The best inheritance a person can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day. – O. A. Battista

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. ~Yogi Berra)

6. If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. – Yogi Berra

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. ~Yogi Berra)

7. Shoot for the stars. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Shoot for the stars. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown)

8. Honor your commitments with integrity. – Les Brown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Honor your commitments with integrity. ~Les Brown)

9. Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. – Les Brown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality)

10. If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. – Les Brown

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. ~Les Brown)

11. It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. – Alec Bourne

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. - Alec Bourne)

12. A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others. – Buddha

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others. - Buddha)

13. The essence of education is to help you discover your uniqueness, Teach you how to develop it, and show you how to give it away. – Leo Buscaglia

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The essence of education is to help you discover your uniqueness, Teach you how to develop it, and show you how to give it away. - Leo Buscaglia)

14. You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way. – Barbara Bush

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way. - Barbara Bush)

15. The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. – Joseph Campbell

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. - Joseph Campbell

16. Blessed are the hearts that can bend; They shall never be broken. – Albert Camus

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Blessed are the hearts that can bend; They shall never be broken. - Albert Camus)

17. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. – Thomas Carruthers

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. - Thomas Carruthers

18. Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. – G. K. Chesterton

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. - G. K. Chesterton

19. Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I’ll understand.- Chinese Proverb

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand.- Chinese Proverb)

20. Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  – John Cotton Dana

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  - John Cotton Dana)

21. There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. – Deepak K. Chopra

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. - Deepak K. Chopra)

22. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. – E.E. Cummings

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - E.E. Cummings)

23. To think is to differ. – Clarence Darrow

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (To think is to differ. - Clarence Darrow)

24. Your work should be in praise of what you love.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Your work should be in praise of what you love.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

25. Only the educated are free. – Epictetus

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Only the educated are free. - Epictetus)

26. Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.  – Malcolm Forbes

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.  - Malcolm Forbes)

27. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  – Gail Godwin

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  - Gail Godwin)

28. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. – Danny Kaye

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. - Danny Kaye)

29. By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand. – Latin Proverb

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand. - Latin Proverb)

30. If you would thoroughly know anything, Teach it to others. – Tryon Edwards

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you would thoroughly know anything, Teach it to others. - Tryon Edwards)

31. It is the supreme art of the teacher To awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (It is the supreme art of the teacher To awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein)

32. If a child can’t learn the way we teach, Maybe we should teach the way they learn. – Ignacio Estrada

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If a child can't learn the way we teach, Maybe we should teach the way they learn. - Ignacio Estrada)

33. Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcolm Forbes)

34. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. – Henry Ford

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. - Henry Ford)

35. I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (I am not a teacher, but an awakener. - Robert Frost)

36. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper. – Robert Frost

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper. - Robert Frost)

37. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

38. Too often we give young people cut flowers instead of teaching them to grow their own plants. – John Gardner

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Too often we give young people cut flowers instead of teaching them to grow their own plants. - John Gardner)

39. The teacher is the chief learner in the classroom. – Donald Graves

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The teacher is the chief learner in the classroom. - Donald Graves)

40. The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better, is because it helps me to forgive their children. – Louis Johannot

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better, is because it helps me to forgive their children. - Louis Johannot)

41. To teach is to learn twice.  –  Joseph Joubert

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (To teach is to learn twice.  -  Joseph Joubert)

42. Knowledge rests not just upon truth, but upon error also. – Carl Jung

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Knowledge rests not just upon truth, but upon error also. - Carl Jung)

43. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. - B.B. King)

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

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. - Horace Mann)

45. Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating. – C.B. Neblette

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating. - C.B. Neblette)

46. The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. – Wendell Phillips

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. - Wendell Phillips)

47. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso)

48. The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The beginning is the most important part of the work. - Plato)

49. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. – Plutarch

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. - Plutarch)

50. A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. – Alexander Pope

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. - Alexander Pope}

51. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt)

52. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

53. More important than the curriculum Is the question of the methods of teaching And the spirit in which the teaching is given. – Bertrand Russell

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (More important than the curriculum Is the question of the methods of teaching And the spirit in which the teaching is given. - Bertrand Russell)

54. A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. – George Santayana

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. - George Santayana)

55. While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. – Angela Schwindt

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt)

56. The only way you can change someone, Is to first change yourself. – Barbara Shelby

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The only way you can change someone, Is to first change yourself. - Barbara Shelby

57. There is one truth to the right, and one truth to the left, The truest truth lies somewhere in the middle. – Barbara Shelby

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (There is one truth to the right, and one truth to the left, The truest truth lies somewhere in the middle. - Barbara Shelby

58. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. – Socrates

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. - Socrates)

59. Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. – Bob Talbert

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. - Bob Talbert)

60. The road to success is always under construction – Lily Tomlin

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The road to success is always under construction - Lily Tomlin)

61. When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.  – Mark Twain

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.  - Mark Twain)

62. The best way to know life is to love many things. – Vincent Van Gogh

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The best way to know life is to love many things. - Vincent Van Gogh)

63. If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job. – Donald D. Quinn

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job. - Donald D. Quinn)

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

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. - William Arthur Ward)

65. I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son… – Thomas Wolfe

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son... - Thomas Wolfe)

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

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen. - Philip Wylie)

67. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  – W. B. Yeats

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  - W. B. Yeats)

68. Education is bitter but the fruit is sweet. –  Agustin Marissa

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Education is bitter but the fruit is sweet. -  Agustin Marissa)

69. Imagination…is the elixir of life, the seed of greatness – Melowpark College

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Imagination...is the elixir of life, the seed of greatness - Melowpark College)

70. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. - Moliere)

71. We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude.  – Anonymous

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude)

72. If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home. –  Anonymous

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home)


There you have it, 72 encouraging and inspirational quotes for teachers. We hope you have found the heartfelt quote that you were looking for. Reading or sharing inspiring quotes is a great way to stay motivated and maintain a positive attitude. Share these quotes or write them on a sticky note and place them on your mirror.

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