275 Teacher & Teaching Quotes For The Godly Masters


Teaching Quotes: Inspirational Teacher Quotes To Thank The Godly Masters


“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”

– Aristotle

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Inspirational Teacher And Teaching Quotes For Students & Educators: Teachers play a crucial role in society as they prepare the younger generation to face the future with courage and knowledge. A teacher is such an important creature in the life of a student, who through his knowledge, patience, and love gives a strong shape to a student’s whole life.

A teacher shares academic knowledge, and ethical values and assimilates moral values that help us shape our personality as better human beings. The major role of a teacher is to support learners in their quest for new knowledge on a specified set of subjects. This applies to students of all ages, from preschool to post-graduate learners.

Teachers are key role models, who can influence the attitudes, values, and behaviors of their pupils. A positive role model serves as an example–inspiring children to live meaningful lives. Teachers are a constant presence in a child’s life. They influence children as much as—if not even more than—parents do.

Since the role of a good teacher in building a great society is beyond expression we are sharing these inspirational teacher quotes and quotes about teaching that’ll help you to realize their contribution.


No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding. The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.

And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither. For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man. And even as each one of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.

– Kahlil Gibran

The effects you will have on your students are infinite and currently unknown; you will possibly shape the way they proceed in their careers, the way they will vote, the way they will behave as partners and spouses, and the way they will raise their kids.

– Donna Quesada

If a country is to be corruption-free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother, and the teacher.

– A.P.J Abdul Kalam

I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.

– Paul Wellstone

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

We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.

– Maria Montessori

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

– William Arthur Ward

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

– Horace Mann

A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.

– John Henrik Clarke

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to catch fish and you feed him for the rest of his life.

– Chinese Proverb, Misattributed to Lao-Tzu, Maimonides, Anne Isabella Thackeray, Italian Adage

The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned with it, teachers and taught.

– Henry Adams

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

– Albert Einstein

To this end, the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher.

– John Strachan

A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops.

– Henry Brooks Adams

I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.

– Jack Welch

A teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

– Chinese Proverb

If the teacher be corrupt, the world will be corrupt.

– Persian Proverb

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

– William Hazlitt


Best Teaching Quotes To Thank The Inspirational Educators

In large part, we are teachers precisely because we remember what it was like to be a student. Someone inspired us, someone influenced us or someone hurt us. And we’ve channeled that joy (or pain) into our own unique philosophies on life and learning and we’re always looking for an opportunity to share them—with each other, our students, our parents, or in our communities.

– Tucker Elliot

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching, we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.

– Peter Drucker

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, and teach them to think straight, if possible.

– Robert M. Hutchins

Teaching is a wonderful profession. Teachers help educate people to become good citizens so that citizens can then go create wealth. But they don’t create the wealth themselves.

– Rush Limbaugh

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?

– Harriet Martineau

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

Natural ability is by far the best, but many men have succeeded in winning high renown by skill that is the fruit of teaching.

– Pindar

Seldom was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.

– Bishop Hall

I am a teacher. If my teaching is capable enough then I myself will create emperors who nurture me.

– Chanakya

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

– James Baldwin

Good teaching is more a giving of the right questions than a giving of the right answers.

– Josef Albers

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

– Colleen Wilcox

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

– Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

I think teaching should be an exalted profession, not a picked-on profession.

– Charles Schumer

Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.

– Haim Ginott

One of the exclusive signs of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

– Aristotle

You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

– Mark Van Doren

It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

– Anonymous


Short Teacher Quotes That Will Inspire A Love of Learning

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, and contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

– Socrates

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 better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.

– Forest Witcraft

The teacher must derive not only the capacity but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.

– Maria Montessori

A true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.

– Amos Bronson Alcott

Teach love, generosity, and good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.

– Roger Moore

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

– Clay P. Bedford

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can’t relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he’ll never be a competent teacher.

– William Glasser

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

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

When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.

– William Glasser

I have always believed that 98% of a student’s progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher.

– John Philip Sousa

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact on the lives of their students.

– Solomon Ortiz

Tell me and I’ll not forget; show me and I may remember — but involve me and I’ll understand.

– Xun Kuang, Misattributed to Benjamin Franklin, Confucius, Chinese Proverb

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

– Edward Morgan Foster

You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.

– Jerome David Salinger

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

– William Wordsworth

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.

– Tryon Edwards

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

– William Walker Atkinson (14 Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism),
Misattributed to Gautama Buddha, Lao Tzu

I am not a teacher, but an awakener.

– Robert Frost


Top Quotes For Teachers To Lift You Up When You Are Down

Do not believe anything merely because you are told it is so, because others believe it, because it comes from Tradition, or because you have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect. Believe, take for your doctrine, and hold true to that, which, after serious investigation, seems to you to further the welfare of all beings.

– Jean-Yves Leloup

There is no teacher, living or past, who can give us the actual understanding of Truth. A teacher can only put our feet on the path and point the way. That is all. It is wholly dependent on the individual to make his way to Truth.

– Paul Twitchell

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

– Confucius

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.

– Robert Frost

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.

– Andy Rooney

We may have forgotten how to feel. Nobody is teaching us how to live happily ever after, as we’ve heard in fairy tales.

– Yakov Smirnoff

The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.

– Joyce Cary

Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.

– Adora Svitak

Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own.

– Anonymous

A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student.

– Henny Youngman

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.

– Soren Kierkegaard

It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.

– Michael Morpurgo

What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.

– Helen Keller

The role of a teacher is to bring creativity in children.

– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Wonderful Funny Teacher Quotes That Will Brighten Your Day

One of the first things we learn from our teachers is discernment: the ability to tell the truth from fiction, to know when we have lost our center, and how to find it again. Discernment is also one of the last things we learn when we feel our paths diverge and we must separate from our mentors in order to stay true to ourselves.

– Anne Hill

Schools and schoolmasters, as we have them today, are not popular as places of education and teachers, but rather prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them from disturbing and chaperoning their parents.

– George Bernard Shaw

The single most important thing in a child’s performance is the quality of the teacher. Making sure a child spends the maximum amount of time with inspirational teachers is the most important thing.

– Michael Gove

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

Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.

– Vladimir Nabokov

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterward.

– Anatole France

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.

– Gracie Allen

When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.

– Sylvester Stallone

Students rarely disappoint teachers who assure them in advance that they are doomed to failure.

– Sidney Hook

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

– Mark Twain

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

– Darwin D. Martin

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.

– Woody Allen

Let’s reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools – and use it on the teachers.

– P. J. O’Rourke

When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.

– Ace Antonio Hall

Never try to teach a pig to sing….it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.

– Robert Heinlein (Time Enough for Love),

Misattributed to Mark Twain, Paul Dickson

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

– Anonymous

Americanism demands loyalty to the teacher and respect for his lesson.

– Bainbridge Colby

If you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.

– Oscar Hammerstein II

Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?

– Diogenes


Heart-Touching Quotes About Teaching For Modern Teachers

In my ten years of teaching, I’ve noticed that teachers tend to have a bad habit of talking to themselves. I hypothesize that this is because we talk for a living, and we feel safe speaking our feelings aloud. Or it could be that most of us, especially the high school teacher variety, are just weird as shit.

– Phyllis Christine Cast

The teachers complain that the students today are all lazy, ignorant, and stupid. But the truth is that you’re smarter than they are. You’re not even old enough to drive and you already know that none of this matters.

– Charles Benoit

Grammar speaks; dialectics teach us the truth; rhetoric gives coloring to our speech; music sings; arithmetic numbers; geometry weighs and measures; astronomy teaches us to know the stars.

– Latin Maxim

A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed.

– Justin Trudeau

When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.

– Xun Zi

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

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

– Dorothea Dix

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

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

– Baltasar Gracian

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

– Ruth Beechick

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.

– Gilbert K. Chesterton

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

– Jacques Barzun

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.

– Ken Keyes Jr.

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.

– Howard Nemerov

Those who know how to think need no teachers.

– Mahatma Gandhi


Inspirational Quotes For Teachers With Beautiful Pictures

Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school.

– Bill Gates

Teachers knew every one of the students, their secrets, their grades, their home situations. And all the students knew the teachers. It was like teachers were people who finally were the most popular at school.

– Victoria Kahler

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.

– Gerald Jampolsky

My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!

– Anne Sullivan

If you are giving a graduate course you don’t try to impress the students with oratory, you try to challenge them, get them to question you.

– Noam Chomsky

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

– Bill Gates

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.

– Seymour Papert

A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.

– Gilbert Highet

The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.

– Elbert Hubbard

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life.

– John C. Maxwell

You don’t have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

– Jerome David Salinger

I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes.

– Maya Angelou

The greatest teacher I know is the job itself.

– James Cash Penney

A good teacher is a determined person.

– Gilbert Highet

Everybody is a teacher if you listen.

– Doris Roberts


Best Quotes About The Art of Teaching From Famous People

Standardized testing is at cross purposes with many of the most important purposes of public education. It doesn’t measure big-picture learning, critical thinking, perseverance, problem-solving, creativity, or curiosity, yet those are the qualities great teaching brings out in a student.

– Randi Weingarten

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also, learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants, and trees – should be your teacher.

– Morihei Ueshiba

It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.

– Henri Frederic Amiel

The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.

– Mike Krzyzewski

Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.

– Edward Gibbon

Education is the guardian genius of democracy. It is the only dictator that free men recognize, and the only ruler that free men require.

– Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.

– Ann Richards

A child’s learning is a function of more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.

– James S. Coleman

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.

– John Dewey

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.

– Galileo Galilei

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.

– Gail Godwin

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

– Bob Talbert

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.

– Walt Whitman

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.

– Simone Weil

Children learn more from who you are than what you teach.

– William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

History is Philosophy teaching by example.

– Thucydides


Great Quotes About Teachers Changing The Lives of Students

Disobedience is essentially a prideful power struggle against someone in authority over us. It can be a parent, a priesthood leader, a teacher, or ultimately God. A proud person hates the fact that someone is above him. He thinks this lowers his position.

– Ezra Taft Benson

Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

– Nikos Kazantzakis

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 hard to answer.

– Alice Wellington Rollins

When I go to bed at night, I ask God to give me another day; I ask him to keep me strong, make me a good teacher, and to keep spreading this right word.

– Richard Simmons

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

– Kahlil Gibran

The most admired teacher would be caring, kind and smart. She’d always have her student’s best interest in her heart.

– Anonymous

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

– Newton D. Baker

The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.

– Confucius, (Analects 2.11)

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

– Patricia Neal

Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.

– Heather Brewer

We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.

– Donald Norman

Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

– Robert John Meehan

The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.

– Ally Carter

To teach is the center of learning.

– Japanese Proverb


Teacher Quotes To Thank Masters For The Gift of Teaching

The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share or impart, but I didn’t know how to ask.

– Pat Conroy

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

If kids come to us 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 Coloroso

Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.

– Joe Manchin

Never do anything for a student that he is capable of doing for himself. If you do, you’ll make him an educational cripple…a pedagogical paraplegic.

– Howard Hendricks

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

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 philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

– Abraham Lincoln

Education is a weapon, whose effects depend on who holds it in his hand and at whom it is aimed.

– Joseph Stalin

Teaching: The only profession where you steal things from home and bring them to work.

– Anonymous

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

– Jim Henson

The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know.

– Carl Rogers

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.

– Elbert Hubbard

Teaching is the essential profession… one that creates all other professions.

– David Haselkorn

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

– Socrates

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

– Margaret Mead

Whatever you want to teach, be brief.

– Horace


Inspirational Teacher Quotes For Our Favorite Educators

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest us; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.

– Henri Frederic Amiel

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community, where they belong. We don’t honor them enough, we don’t pay them enough.

– Charles Kuralt

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.

– Malcolm X

Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building.

– A. Bartlett Giamatti

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

– Swami Vivekananda

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.

– Frederick William Robertson

The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.

– Elbert Hubbard

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

– Lily Tomlin

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

– John C. Maxwell

The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.

– Joseph Campbell

The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike.

– Henry Louis Mencken

A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.

– Thomas Szasz

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

– Karl A. Menninger

A teacher should have a creative mind.

– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Experience is the teacher of all things.

– Julius Caesar

We hope you have liked all these teacher quotes. Teachers have a significant impact on the achievement of most people. A teacher uses his training and skills to impart knowledge and wisdom to his/her students. A good teacher plays many roles of educator, caretaker, nurturer, and guardian.

A teacher can be a best friend, a third parent, an inspiration, a role model, a well-wisher, etc., for the students and guide them on the right path to succeed in life. A teacher not only makes every student knowledgeable but a better human being with all the moral values.

If you liked these inspirational teacher quotes, please let us know in the comments section below, and also mention some other quotes about teaching if you find them inspiring enough.

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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