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41 Famous Quotes on Teachers

Inside: 41 famous quotes on teachers to inspire you for teacher appreciation week and every day! 

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our society, tirelessly working to shape the minds of the next generation. They inspire us, challenge us, and motivate us to become the best versions of ourselves. Throughout history, there have been countless teachers who have left a lasting impact on their students and on the world. Their wisdom and insight have been passed down through the ages in the form of my favorite teacher quotes, which continue to inspire and guide us today.

In honor of all the inspiring teachers out there, I am sharing some of the most famous quotes on teachers!

stack of books & school supplies in front of a chalkboard- 41 Famous Quotes on Teachers

Famous Quotes On Teachers

  • “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
  • “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
  • “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
  • “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert
"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best." - Bob Talbert 41 Famous Quotes on Teachers
  • “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor
  • “In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.” – Phil Collins
  • “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck
  • “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.” – Amos Bronson Alcott
"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence." - Amos Bronson Alcott 41 Famous Quotes on Teachers
  • “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” – Unknown
  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
  • “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott
  • “A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” – Unknown
  • “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  • “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” – Ever Garrison
"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." - Ever Garrison 41 Famous Quotes On Teachers
  • “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C. S. Lewis
  • “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.” – Robert John Meehan
  • “A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – D. Martin
  • “Teachers are the pillars of society that will never crumble.” – Sal Martinek
  • “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” – Unknown
  • “Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion.” – Unknown
  • “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz
  • “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” – Horace
  • “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” – Lee Iacocca
"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else." - Lee Iacocca 41 Famous Quotes on Teachers
  • “The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” – Joseph Campbell
  • “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost
  • “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates
  • “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun
  • “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
  • “Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places they could not imagine.” – Yawar Baig
  • “Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.” – Sidney J. Harris
  • “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
  • “A teacher’s day is half bureaucracy, half crisis, half monotony, and one-eighth epiphany. Never mind the arithmetic.” – Susan Ohanian
"A teacher's day is half bureaucracy, half crisis, half monotony, and one-eighth epiphany. Never mind the arithmetic." - Susan Ohanian 41 Famous Quotes on Teachers
  • “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

These famous quotes on teachers show us the power of education and the importance of great teaching. and if you want more inspiration and, maybe a laugh check, out my favorite teacher quotes and memes blog post.

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