150 Inspirational Teacher Quotes

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

— Khalil Gibran

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

— Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

— Helen Keller

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

— Oscar Wilde

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

Those who know how to think need no teachers.

— Mahatma Gandhi

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

— Bill Gates

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

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

— Aristotle

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

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill 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

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

— Albert Camus

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

— Elbert Hubbard

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

— Woody Allen

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

— Brad Henry

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

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.

— Warren Buffett

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

— Horace Mann

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

We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.

— Phyllis Diller

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.

— Harry S. Truman

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

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

— Lily Tomlin

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

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

— Thomas Carlyle

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.

— Howard Nemerov

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

— Alexander the Great

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

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

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.

— Lady Gaga

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

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.

— W. H. Auden

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

— Warren G. Bennis

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.

— Temple Grandin

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

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

— John Henrik Clarke

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.

— Bodhidharma

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.

— Carter G. Woodson

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.

— H. G. Wells

Police and firefighters are great, but they don’t create wealth. They protect it. That’s crucial. 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

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

— P. J. O’Rourke

Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.

— Steve Harvey

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

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

Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.

— William Hazlitt

In America the schools have become too permissive, the kids now are controlling the schools, the tail is wagging the dog. We’ve got to make a change there and get it back to where the teachers have control of the classrooms.

— Chuck Norris

A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Adams

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.

— Glenn Beck

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

— Solomon Ortiz

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.

— Eric Hoffer

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

— Ralph Nader

Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.

— Joyce Meyer

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

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

— Baltasar Gracian

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

— Simone Weil

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

For the longest time, you just sound like a broken record, but you have to be consistent when teaching kids.

— Heidi Klum

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

I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

— Henny Youngman

Suffering is one of life’s great teachers.

— Bryant H. McGill

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

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

— Sylvester Stallone

History is Philosophy teaching by example.

— Thucydides

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

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

— Gilbert Highet

I never had to learn English, French and German because I was brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher before I even went to school. That helped a lot.

— Karl Lagerfeld

The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.

— Bruce Barton

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

— James S. Coleman

A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health care benefit premiums over her lifetime.

— Chris Christie

I wanted to be a teacher, but I was a lousy student, one of the slowest readers. It was a tremendous struggle. But I’m lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.

— Ann Bancroft

One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.

— Philip Wylie

TV is bigger than any story it reports. It’s the greatest teaching tool since the printing press.

— Fred W. Friendly

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

Nearly everyone I met, worked with, or read about was my teacher, one way or another.

— Loretta Young

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

— Charles Schumer

We know the parental support, community support, makes a difference. It’s not just the metrics of testing and putting pressure on the schools and on the teachers.

— Donna Shalala

That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.

— Maria Callas

The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.

— Michael Porter

If I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I think that’s better than being a teacher.

— Dave Chappelle

I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.

— Scott Hamilton

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.

— Thomas Szasz

You never stop learning. If you have a teacher, you never stop being a student.

— Elisabeth Rohm

Catholic schools in our Nation’s education have been paramount in teaching the values that we as parents seek to instill in our children.

— Joe Baca

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

— John Strachan

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

— Bainbridge Colby

I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.

— James Levine

It’s not the teaching, it’s the learning.

— Sly Stone

I have an education degree from the University of Minnesota, and I was a teacher for about a minute.

— Loni Anderson

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

— Paul Twitchell

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

A hallmark of the Latino community is to help one another, if students are interested in a way to give back and help their communities, becoming a teacher is probably one of the very best ways of doing that.

— Ellen Ochoa

We should not run away from religious teachings. We should run to them.

— James Carville

It was God who made me so beautiful. If I weren’t, then I’d be a teacher.

— Linda Evangelista

You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day.

— Jay Mohr

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

— Donald Norman

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

— Sidney Hook

Some of my high school teachers did remind me that I had an excellent imagination when it came to making up excuses.

— David E. Kelley

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

— Mark Van Doren

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

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

— Minna Antrim

The impending teacher shortage is the most critical education issue we will face in the next decade.

— David E. Price

Everybody’s a teacher if you listen.

— Doris Roberts

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 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.

— Abdul Kalam

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

— Dalai Lama

Love is a better teacher than duty.

— Albert Einstein

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

— Bill Gates

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

— William Wordsworth

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

— William Arthur Ward

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

— Elbert Hubbard

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

— Denis Waitley

Experience is the teacher of all things.

— Julius Caesar

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

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

I’m glad I was a teacher.

— John Wooden

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.

— Beau Bridges

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.

— Stevie Wonder

Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

— Flannery O’Connor

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

— Vernon Law

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.

— John Ruskin

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

— Walt Whitman

The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.

— William Jennings Bryan

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness it teaches industry and thrift above all it teaches entire trust.

— Gertrude Jekyll

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.

— Woodrow Wilson

I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: ‘Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.

— Neale Donald Walsch

I wanted to be a teacher. I love children, so I wanted to deal with children. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian. But by the age of ten or eleven, when I opened my mouth and said, ‘Oh, God, what’s this?’ I kind of knew teaching and being a veterinarian were gonna have to wait.

— Whitney Houston

I wanted to be a teacher.

— Kim Kardashian

Every single major push in education has made it worse and right now it’s really bad because everything we’ve done is de-humanizing education. It’s destroying the possibility of the teacher and the student having a warm, friendly, intellectual relationship.

— William Glasser

I think once you’re in the public eye, whether you’re a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you’re automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question.

— Talib Kweli

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

— Jack Welch

Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.

— Shahrukh Khan

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

Students never think it can be the teacher’s fault and so I thought I was stupid. I was frustrated and would come home and cry because I couldn’t do it. Then we got a new teacher who made math accessible. That made all the difference and I learned that it’s how you present it that makes it scary or friendly.

— Danica McKellar

I’m embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye, because we ask them to do so much for so little.

— Phil McGraw

You can’t tell a woman who is called by God to teach that she cannot teach the Word of God… So I think the distinction is that there’s a difference between the authority of a pastor and a Bible teacher.

— Charles Stanley

In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: ‘We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.’

— Jimmy Carter

Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.

— Harry Callahan

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

— Horace Mann

In high school, a teacher once suggested that I be a math major in college. I thought, ‘Me? You’ve got to be joking!’ I mean, in junior high, I used to come home and cry because I was so afraid of my math homework. Seriously, I was terrified of math.

— Danica McKellar

I had people in my life who didn’t give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.

— Temple Grandin

Teacher unions are an interest group that acts in defense of their own interests, which means the union bosses’ interests, not the members.

— Peter Brimelow

I could undertake to be an efficient pupil if it were possible to find an efficient teacher.

— Gertrude Stein

Many of these inspirational teacher quotes are the result of a collection from various sources; such as newspapers, magazines, bible, other speakers, write-ups, seminars, articles and websites and every effort has been made to give credit where it is due for the material contained herein.

Most of these inspirational teacher quotes’ meanings are straight forward and easy to understand probably due to their simplicity or nature of their authors, and other inspirational teacher quotes may sound like parables or proverbs which might be difficult to understand their meanings. When you come across difficult inspirational teacher quotes, Please read the quote more than once or repeatedly until you get the meaning.

For some inspirational teacher quotes, you must think deeply and apply wisdom before you can get their meanings. I believe you will learn and apply the lessons contained in some of these inspirational teacher quotes in your life because some of these quotes have already influenced many peoples’ decisions and actions.

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