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Teachers: 150+ Brilliant Quotes for You!

Teachers! During the hustle and bustle of your everyday schedule, it’s quite natural to feel discouraged or stressed. However, there’s always a quick fix! We at Teacherr therefore present an array of quotations to help you regain your motivation!

The following 160 quotes will help you understand your noble profession in a new light. Gear up, because you’ve got some serious encouragement waiting for you!

For Some Much-Needed Monday Motivation

“Teachers who put relationships first don’t just have students for one year; they have students who view them as ‘their’ teacher for life.” – Educator Justin Tarte

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

“Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything.” – A. J. Julian

“The whole purpose of education is to turn minds into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris

“Don’t struggle to be a better teacher than everybody else. Simple be a better teacher than you ever thought you could be.” – Robert John Meehan

“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” – Ivan Welton Fitzwater

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexander K. Trenfor

“The way you see a child is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they will become.” – Elder Robbins

“When one teaches, two learn.” – Robert Heinlein

“Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement.” – Robert John Meehan

For A Bit Of Tuesday Inspiration

“Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot be all things to all students. But sometimes, just sometimes, you will be the right teacher at the right time. You will be the exact teacher that one child needed more than anything.” – Paul F. C. Mundy

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

“The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest things about being a teacher is that it matters everyday.” – Todd Whitaker

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not to join their chaos.” – I. R. Knost

“All kids need a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.” – Magic Johnson

“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, 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

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

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

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

For Some Serious Wednesday Determination

“Education is what survives when what learned has been forgotten.” – B. F. Skinner

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

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” – Loris Malaguzzi

“It is greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the world, than to rule a state.” – William Ellery Channing

“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams

“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” – Alice Wellington Rolling

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

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

“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 Monessori

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

For Overcoming Those Thursday Troubles

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

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

“What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future.” – Steve Maraboli

“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

“Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.” – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

“Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.” – Frank Herbert

“Teachers, you don’t teach a subject. You teach a child.” – Deepa Bhushan

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” – Scott Hayden

“What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less.” – Marva Collins

To Enjoy A Fantastic Friday

“We must become what we wish to teach.” – Nathaniel Branden

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott

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

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

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.” – Sidney J. Harris

“In an effective classroom, students should know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” – Harry Wong

“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

“The need for imagination, as a sense of truth, and as a feeling of responsibility. These are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.” – Rudolf Steiner

“The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way.” – John Warren

To Celebrate Your Wonderful Saturdays

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzun

“The greatest use of a life is to send it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

“Teachers, who educate children deserve more honour than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensured a good life.” – Aristotle

“What greater joy can a teacher feel than to witness a child’s success?” – Michelle L. Graham

“The best education is not given to students; it is drawn out of them.” – Gerald Belcher

“Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.” – William Glasser

“A pro is someone who can do great work when he doesn’t feel like it.” – Alasstair Cook

“Education…is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning…by praise, but above all, by example.” – John Ruskin

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Bazrun

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.” – Haim Ginott

For Some Love Before Your Sunday Siesta

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

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

“Teaching is the perpetual end and office of all things. Teaching, instruction is the main design that shines through the sky and earth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcom Forbes

“Teaching is truth meditated by personality.” – Phyllis Brooks

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

“Any genuine teaching, will result, if successful, in someone’s knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier.” – John Dewey

“Education is much more than a matter of imparting the knowledge and skills by which narrow goals are achieved. It is also about opening the child’s eyes to the eeeds and rights of others.” – Dalai Lama

“No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.” – Althea Gibson

“Kids don’t remember what you teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

Feeling a Little Blue?

“What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” – Cicero

“To me the sole purpose of human salvation lies in teaching.” – George Bernard Shaw

“At the desk where I sit I have learned a great truth. The answer for all our national problems – the answer for all the problems of the world – comes to a single word. That word is education.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” – Robert John Meehan

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank… but the world may be a beter place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” – Forest Witchcraft

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” – Patricia Neal

“As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.” – Unknown

“A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils.” – Bill Bowerman

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

For That Extra Boost Of Encouragement

“A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – D. Martin

“A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every children’s eyes.” – Unknown Author

“Being a new teacher is like trying to fly a plane while building it.” – Rick Smith

“Being a teacher is a very colourful job.” – Heidi McDonald

“Don’t be overwhelmed by the pyramid of work that is in front of you. Just remember to take one step at a time.” – Heidi McDonald

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindolls

“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavour ought to be to set off that spark in one another.” – Kenny Ausubel

“Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson

“Every teacher is a reflection of his or her students.” – Chris Walker

“Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own.” – Unknown

To Fight All Your Teaching Worries

“Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” – Ann Lieberman

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

“If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you without hesitation: I was born to be a teacher.” – Roberts john Meehan

“I am not just a teacher, I am the manager of the world’s greatest resource: children!” – Unknown

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” – Margaret Fuller

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

“I’m changing the world one day at a time. I teach.” – Unknown Author

“If you’re not having fun, you’re not being the best teacher you can be.” – Unknown author

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

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

To Feel Absolutely Unstoppable

“A teacher is one who helps others and influences lives forever.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Each of my teachers made a great impression on me, but a few in particular touched my mind and changed my life.” – Richard Nixon

“A great student is what the teacher hopes to be.” – Wookiee Hunt

“A teacher is never a giver of truth – he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.” – Bruce Lee

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

“If kids come to educators and teachers from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” – Barbara Colorose

“A mother is a child’s first teacher. We are raising the people who will grow up to influence society and the world.” – Marie Osmond

“….the best teachers educate young people for life, not school.” – Ira Socol

“Teaching our kids to become intelligent citizens is one of life’s most esteemed callings.” – Steve Fadie

“Highly effective teachers are worth their weight in diamonds because that’s what they are. They sparkle, dazzle, and amaze us with their artistry.” –  James L. Casale

For Some Irreplaceable Lessons

“If someone were to analyze every single decision a teacher needs to make during a full school year, many of the most important ones would relate to how students will spend their instructional time – the time devoted to learning what they’re supposed to learn.” – James Popham

“When teaching, light a fire, don’t fill a bucket.” – Dan Snow

“Gradually I got used to the silence and darkness that surrounded me and forgot that it had ever been different, until she came – my teacher – who was to set my spirit free.” – Helen Keller

“A teacher is no longer just a teacher, but a tutor, therapist, guru, nurse practitioner, Dutch uncle, minister without portfolio and cop on the beat.” – David McCullough

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb

“Thankfully, Jesus is God, so he is the greatest teacher the world has ever known, and if his students have the patience to wait for it, they will learn the lesson the teacher intends.” – Christopher Greer

“Successful teaching is about shaping the information flow so that the student experiences it – moment by moment – at the right level of difficulty.” – Fiona McPherson

“Teaching is a profession where you treat each child as you would treat your own – you teach them with their best interest in mind.” – Hycinth Mottley

“All teachers teach history to those who will make history.” – Greg Henry Quinn

“Teaching is a little like weaving a piece of fabric. A weaver must have certain equipment and materials in order to create the desired design and color.” – Delia Halverson

To Feel Proud About Being A Teacher

“A teacher is better than two books.” – German Proverb

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” – Thurgood Marshall

“Those who are entrusted with teaching and coaching our children need to understand just how much impact they have on their students. That impact can be positive or negative.” – Nola Peacock

“And yet, being such an unhappy student made me that much more grateful for those teachers who treated me with kindness and respect, or who showed me that I had value.” – Tim Gunn

“Teaching is the achievement of shared meaning.” – B. D Gowin

“The amount of good values that students learn in school depends on how good of a role model their teachers are.” – Aiden Safawi

“One way of showing appreciation to your children’s teacher is by physically helping out as much as you can in their school.” – Fhilcar Faunillan

“Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don’t know.” – R. Verdi

“I once had a teacher tell me, ‘Students are taught what to think, but not how to think.’ Fortunately, for me, I went to a high school that focused on teaching students critical thinking skills.” – Jason Scotts

“No one sees a broader picture of healthy and unhealthy families. And no one sees a more long-term picture. Not only do teachers watch a child develop through the course of a year, but often they’ve taught more than one child from the same family.” – Dr. Ray Guarendi

To Be The Best Role Model You Possibly Can

“We honestly believe that people go into teaching because they want to make a difference in students’ lives.” – Mira Halpert

“No matter how much you protest the actions of a teacher or school corporation, if you haven’t provided the guidance at home to teach your child right from wrong, someone else has to do it.” – Rose Marie Whiteside

“Life’s lessons take a lifetime to learn, that’s just how it is in life’s classroom. But as we learn, we teach others. We are all teachers in the school of life.” – Olive Steele

“The teacher is assumed to always have the right answers, while the student is just there to absorb the information, as opposed to a coaching relationship where the answers are discovered interactively.” – Brian Cageneey

“A great teacher is someone who knows their subject and knows how to teach it.” – Gill Betman

“God designed the family as the place where children learn and grow. That means that imperfect parents are the teachers.” – Scott Turansky

“Yep, we can all learn plenty from each other – even those we think don’t know as much as we do – if we can just set our egos aside. There’s no shortage of lessons. We’re all each other’s’ students and teachers.” – John Penberthy

“… teachers need to ask fewer questions. They also need to answer fewer questions, and the questions they do ask must move beyond “When did Christopher Columbus sail the ocean blue?” to “Why did he sail?” and “Where would the world be today, if he hadn’t made the journey?” – Starr Sackstein

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

“For thousands of years, life has been teaching us the same lessons over and over. Through war and peace; rags and riches; through stories of hope and of despair; through tragedies and failure that end in triumph and success…” – Mauricio Chaves-Mesen

To Show Your Students A New World

“To make their learning as rewarding as possible children need to be praised for their effort and achievement.” – C. F. Crist

“The teacher, I mean the one who is worth his salt, is the one who moulds and shapes and inspires the mind – provided there be a mind who could be so shaped and moulded.” – Joseph Bercovici

“I’ve always been a great believer in that whatever the subject, if a good teacher can inspire you and hold your attention, then you’ll learn!” – Mathew Harper

“So the good news is that we already know that our kids have the capacity to learn from us and that we have the ability to teach them; teaching our kids how to be kind online is completely within all of our skill sets.” – Galit Breen

“Teachers who learn to balance their inner and outer lives are able to better regulate their emotional reactivity and reduce emotional exhaustion and burnout.” – Linda Lantieri

“Over the course of my over forty years as an educator and researcher, I’ve discovered that teachers are often incredibly benevolent and committed to making a positive difference in children’s lives.” – Doris J. Barnes

A little something extra for your students

“Failing at some things on our way to success humbles us and teaches us lessons we need to learn.” – Joyce Meyer

“Teachers manage an incredible array of roles and responsibilities including planning and teaching lessons, communicating with parents, collaborating with colleagues, and staying current on educational trends and new legal policies.” – Mike Anderson

“Your best teacher is your last mistake.” – Ralph Nader

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.” – K. Patricia Cross

For The Strength To Keep Improving

“Jesus proclaims the arrival of God’s reign in his teaching and acts of power.” – Jo Swinney

“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

“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

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

“Some have the gift of song and some possess the gift of silver speech, some have the gift of leadership and some the ways of life can teach.” – Edgar A. Guest

 “I have come to realize that life can be one of the most ultimate teachers…” – Stephenie Williams

“Walking among three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it.” – Confucius

“When you wrote essays in high school, your teacher taught you to write great topic sentences to start the essay. The same principle applies when you are setting out to communicate about your goal.” – Eric Davenport

“Although by nature teachers are caring and nurturing souls, those who can put the concerns of the day behind them and recharge their batteries are happier and far more effective than those who take their work home with them and bleed for the job.” – Michael Linsin

“While you can’t teach someone to be more talented, you can teach someone to act and write to the best of their ability.” – Stephen Kaplan

That was a lot!

Have these proven themselves to be useful? Also, what other quotations do you use to motivate yourself? Let us know in the comments below! Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our article on quotes for students, which will help you lend some extra support to them!

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