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By Matthew Lynch

October 15, 2019

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There were times during my K-12 and higher educationteaching career when I needed a little inspiration to keep me going. In timeslike this, I leaned on inspirationalquotes about teaching. In this article, I would like to share 60 of my all-timefavorite inspirational quotes about teaching.

  1. “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumesitself to light the way for others.” –Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  2. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, putteachers. They are society’s heroes. –Guy Kawasaki
  3. “When you study great teachers… you will learnmuch more from their caring and hard work than from their style.” –WilliamGlasser
  4. “Wherever you find something extraordinary,you’ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.” –Arne Duncan
  5. “Teachers can change lives with just the rightmix of chalk and challenges.” –Joyce Meyer
  6. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awakenjoy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein
  7. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child,and one teacher can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai
  8. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite theimagination, and instill a love of learning.” –Brad Henry
  9. “Education is the key to success in life, andteachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” –Solomon Ortiz
  10. “Technology is just a tool. In terms of gettingthe kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the mostimportant.” –Bill Gates
  11. “The dream begins with a teacher who believes inyou, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes pokingyou with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” –Dan Rather
  12. “Good teachers know how to bring out the best instudents.” –Charles Kuralt
  13. “They inspire you, they entertain you, and youend up learning a ton even when you don’t know it” –Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
  14. “I am indebted to my father for living, but tomy teacher for living well.” –Alexander the Great
  15. “The Master said, A true teacher is one who,keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.” (Analects2.11)” –Confucius
  16. “The art of teaching is the art of assistingdiscovery.” –Mark Van Doren
  17. “I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. Agood teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but isunderstanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other peoplesucceed. That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will doeventually after politics, it’ll have to do a lot with teaching.” –JustinTrudeau
  18. “The best teachers are those who show you whereto look, but don’t tell you what to see.” –Alexandra K.Trenfor
  19. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tellwhere his influence stops.” –Henry Adams
  20. “The task of the modern educator is not to cutdown jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” –C.S. Lewis
  21. “Only one person in a million becomesenlightened without a teacher’s help.” –Bodhidharma
  22. “If you don’t have a teacher you can’t have adisciple.” –Dallas Willard
  23. “Teach love, generosity, good manners and someof that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the childrenwill be educating the parents.” –Roger Moore
  24. “It’s the teacher that makes the difference, notthe classroom.” –Michael Morpurgo
  25. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacherexplains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”–William Arthur Ward
  26. “I think the teaching profession contributesmore to the future of our society than any other single profession.” –JohnWooden
  27. “I touch the future. I teach.” –ChristaMcAuliffe
  28. “Every great leader is a great teacher, and thegreatest leaders seize every opportunity to teach well.” –Albert Mohler
  29. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.Involve me and I learn. ” –Benjamin Franklin
  30. “Your best teacher is the person offering youyour greatest challenge.” –Cheryl Richardson
  31. “Let my teaching fall like rain and my wordsdescend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tenderplants.” –Deuteronomy 32:2
  32. “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will bestill wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”–Proverbs 9:9
  33. “Those that know, do. Those that understand,teach.” –Aristotle
  34. “The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge isthe power of teaching.” –Aristotle
  35. “A good teacher is like a good artist. They goright to the most difficult part of whatever’s going on.” –Bruce Nauman
  36. “A good teacher who can take the zero pay andhelp kids develop physically, emotionally, socially, is literally an angel.”–Eva Amurri
  37. “What the teacher is, is more important thanwhat he teaches.” –Karl A. Menninger
  38. “The older I got, the smarter my teachersbecame.” –Ally Carter.
  39. “Teaching is only demonstrating that it ispossible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” –Paulo Coelho
  40. “A good teacher, like a good entertainer firstmust hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” –John HenrikClarke
  41. “Great teachers emanate out of knowledge,passion and compassion.” –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  42. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teachingthem what counts is best.” –Bob Talbert.
  43. “A teacher is never too smart to learn from hispupils.” –Bill Bowerman
  44. “We must become what we wish to teach.”–Nathaniel Branden, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
  45. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”–Colleen Wilcox
  46. “Education is not the filling of a pail but thelighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats
  47. “Most of us end up with no more than five or sixpeople who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them forthe rest of their lives.”–Andy Rooney
  48. “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves asbridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitatedtheir crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of theirown.” –Nikos Kazantzakis
  49. “So what does a good teacher do? Create tension– but just the right amount.” –Donald Norman
  50. “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation andthree-fourths pure theatre.” –Gail Godwin
  51. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid youto enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of yourmind.” –Khalil Gibran
  52. “The average teacher explains complexity; thegifted teacher reveals simplicity.” –Robert Brault
  53. “Education is what survives when what has beenlearned has been forgotten.” –B. F. Skinner
  54. “It is a greater work to educate a child, in thetrue and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state”. –Dr. William ElleryChanning
  55. “Teaching is the essential profession, the onethat makes all other professions possible.” –David Haselkorn.
  56. “Teachers have three loves: love of learning,love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”–Scott Hayden
  57. “Teaching is the highest art; before the doctor,there was a teacher.” –Steve Perry
  58. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher… isto be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”–Maria Montessori
  59. “The true teacher defends his pupils against hisown personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes fromhimself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.” –AmosBronson Alcott
  60. “The test of a good teacher is not how manyquestions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how manyquestions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.”–AliceWellington Rollins,

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