“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey. Here are 42 Best Teacher Quotes.

Teacher Quotes

1. “It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” – Michael Morpurgo

2. “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France

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

4. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz

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

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

7. “A good teacher is a determined person.” – Gilbert Highet

8. “I’ve never had the patience of a teacher.” – Josh Turner

9. “A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.” – Thomas Szasz

10. “I wanted to be a Teacher with a big T: teach the whole planet. It led me into writing and speaking to large groups.” – Jack Canfield

“11. The best teacher is an entertainer.” – Bob Keeshan

Teacher Quotes

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

13. “A teacher should have a creative mind.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

14. “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer

15. “I am a teacher born and bred, and I believe in the advocacy of teachers. It’s a calling. We want our students to feel impassioned and empowered.” – Erin Gruwell

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

17. “One time, the teacher was the storehouse of knowledge. That will no longer be so. So what would a teacher do? A very good teacher will play the role of augmenter. Also, the teacher will be located anywhere and helping students.” – Shiv Nadar

18. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, 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

19. “I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test.” – Erin Gruwell

20. “If you don’t have a teacher you can’t have a disciple.” – Dallas Willard

21. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

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

Teacher Quotes

23. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

24. “Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato

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

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

27. “We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.” – Donald Norman

28. “Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.” – Maggie Gallagher

29. “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.” – Temple Grandin

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

31. “Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.” – Bodhidharma

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

Teacher Quotes

33. “A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

34. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

35. “The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.” – Simone Weil

36. “Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.” – Adora Svitak

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

38. “A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrik Clarke

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

40. “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw

41. “Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.” – Oscar Wilde

42. “The teachers who get “burned out” are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.” – Frank Martin


Best Teacher Quotes

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” – Aristotle
“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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