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70 Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes of All Time

Teaching is one of the hardest, yet interesting things to do. It calls for one’s wisdom, dedication and knowledge to impart knowledge and brighten one’s future, but we cannot run from the mere factor that it can be exhausting. It is for this reason that we have compiled this comprehensive list of teacher quotes that will inspire, uplift and motivate them to do their best in their field. You may check out inspirational quotes for college students to inspire school kids. See also Words of encouragement on the site for yourself and your loved ones.

Showing teachers that they are highly recognized and appreciated will warm their hearts. Without any further ado, allow the following quotes of all times to help you express your  gratitude to your teacher. Teachers can also inspire their students with inspirational quotes for students. Also check out final week quotes for motivation. 

Teacher Appreciation Quotes

Teachers do important work in shaping the future of kids. It is for that reason that they should be appreciated for their dedication and wisdom. Use the following teacher appreciation week quotes to express your gratitude to your teacher.

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

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  1. “Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees.” –Author Unknown

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

  3. “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” –Fred Rogers

  4. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” –John C. Dana

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  1. “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.” –The Talmud

  2. “What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.” –Author Unknown

  3. “Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” –Ann Lieberman

  4. “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

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

Thank You Teacher Quotes

It warms the heart of every teacher to receive a short email or a handwritten note recognizing and appreciating their hard work and dedication from their students. Pick one from the following short teacher quotes to brighten your teeacher’s day.

  1. Teacher, you always had faith in me even when I didn’t. Thank you for helping me through this year of school. I couldn’t have done it without you.

  2. Teachers are our second parents, friends and confidantes. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me this year. I hope we stay in touch for a long time to come.

  3. Your patience is second to none! I had so much trouble with some of the difficult parts of class this year, but you stuck by me and had faith that I’ll get there in the end. Thank you!

  4. This is a little note to let you know just how helpful you have been. You’re such an amazing teacher and I hope you know that! Thank you! 

Good Teacher Quotes

A good teacher is characterized by their ability to yield the best results. The well-being of a student comes first to a good teacher and they make sure that the students are always happy. Check out our special collection of good teacher inspirational quotes. 

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

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  1. “Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” –Shah Rukh Khan

  2. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –William Arthur Ward

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

  4. “So a good teacher always makes you do something a little bit more than you thought that you could do.” –John B. Goodenough

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

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

  2. “A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” –Eliphas Levi

Quotes About Teaching Children

Students take everything you say to them to heart so it is very imperative that teachers use powerful, positive and inspirational words when teaching. Take time from your busy day and dive into the following inspirational teacher quotes that will ensure that you have a good impact to your students.

  1. “We try so hard to instruct our children in all the right things―teaching good from bad, explaining choices and consequences―when in reality most lessons are learned through observation and experience. Perhaps we’d be better off training our youth to be highly observant.”― Richelle E. Goodrich

  2. “Children nurtured in kindness learn the value of understanding. Children taught to be self-sufficient, to respect others, to value education and to build life up rather than to tear it down will become adults capable of leading us to a brighter future. For (as Karl Menninger noted) what’s done to children, they will do to society.” ― Steve Goodier

  3. “The only thing you have to do to help children is restore their ability to create their own universe.” ― Meir Ezra

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  1. “You never really know something until you teach it to someone else.” ― John C. Maxwell

  2. “If we want to survive this economic collapse, new mandatory school subjects should be eCommerce, Chinese, spirituality and aesthetics.” ― Robin Sacredfire

  3. “The best way to teach a child is live an exemplary life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita,

  4. “Life has always been an open-book exam” ― Jose A. Bowen

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  1. “My parents spent countless hours teaching me to read and write. My mother was an English teacher who patiently taught me where to put my periods and commas, and my father, who loves books more than anyone I know, taught me from an early age that books are precious and should be handled gently , “like butterflies.” ― Jessi Klein

  2. “My reading is dead!’ Pilar gasped. The little girl held the fourth grade reading book, rigid as a stillborn, across her open palms as if pleading with the pretty gringa teacher to take the burden away.” ― Janiece Hopper

  3. “But somehow, without me noticing it happening, I became someone who after every failure, rejection and mistake can pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again. That life skill, the first one you need, came from my mother. So thanks to her, despite the rest of my upbringing and my awkward personality, I’ve survived.” ― Viv Albertine

  4. “My grandma, Mrs Grace Ayorkor Acquah said ‘Educating the child is everybody’s business.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

  5. “Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage–” ― Harper Lee

  6. “What if you started acting like what you do for kids is more important than anything else you do.” ― Reggie Joine

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Dance Teacher Quotes

Inspiring your dancers with powerful quotes and words of encouragement is the wisest thing a dance teacher can do. Check out these quotes that will give your dancers the kick they need to perform at their best.

  1. It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer. – Shanna LeFleur

  2. There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.

  3. Don’t let people discourage you. Just fluff out your tutu and dance away.

  4. Dance is the hidden language of the soul. – Martha Graham

  5. Take more chances, dance more dances.

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  1. Get up off of that thing. Dance and you’ll feel better. – James Brown

  2. If you stumble, make it part of the dance.

  3. When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. – Wayne Dyer

  4. One who expresses one’s self through dance is a dancer. One who expresses one’s self through a dancer is a dance teacher.

  5. Dance is a language beyond words, expressing that for which we have no words. – Jennifer De Leon

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Music Teacher Quotes

Are you a music teacher looking for quotes to use while teaching? Relax, we’ve got you. Dig into our interesting quotes that will see to it that you get encouragement to be the best music teacher, and get your students motivated.

  1. “We’ve been given two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak.” –Greek proverb

  2. “I never teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” –Socrates

  3. “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” –Albert Einstein

  4. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” –Mark VanDoren

  5. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats

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  1. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –William Ward

  2. “Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – M. Forster

  3. “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

  4. “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

  5. “What a child digs for becomes his own possession.” –Charlotte Mason

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Bad Teacher Quotes

  1. “There is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do, how not to be.” – K. Rowling

  2. “One or two bad teachers is a problem with the teachers. A school with many bad teachers is a problem of leadership.” –Andy Hargreaves

  3. “The American audience has really opened up to women being A.) funny and B.) kinda crude. ‘Bridesmaids’ is R-rated, and I think it was a major coup for women to have an R-rated comedy that did really well. Same as ‘Bad Teacher.’” –Chris Pratt

  4. “If children are apparently unable to learn, we should assume that we have not as yet found the right way to teach them.” –Marie Clay

  5. “The best learners… often make the worst teachers. They are, in a very real sense, perceptually challenged. They cannot imagine what it must be like to struggle to learn something that comes so naturally to them.” –Stephen Brookfield

  6. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” –Bill Gates

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  1. “Its my belief that you can take everyone down a logical path if you take them slowly enough, and the trouble is that mathematical brains can get scrambled a little bit on the way. You get a bad teacher, it messes you up for the rest of the journey.” –Marcus du Sautoy

New Teacher Quotes

Children are fragile little beings that need special care and attention from their teachers. Here are some teacher quotes to help inspire new teachers to give teaching their best shot and produce quality students.

  1. You cannot be all things to students. But sometimes you just, sometimes you will be the right teacher at the right time. You will be the exact teacher that one student needed more than anything.

  2. Give the students something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” –John Dewey

  3. Students don’t need a perfect picture. Students needs a happy teacher, who’s gonna make them excited to come to school and grow the love for learning.

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  1. We expect teachers to reach unattainable goals with inadequate resources.

  2. A good “teacher voice” is a very effective classroom management tool. But nothing scarce students more than when you get very quiet and just stare at them.

  3. “You may be the only positive adult interaction that a student experiences on any given day.”

  4. …the fact is that kids learn to make decisions by making decisions not by following directions.” –Alfie Kohn

  5. If you don’t have time to do it right. When will you have time to do it over?

Teachers need serious inspiration for them to be productive. We believe our collection of teacher quotes were of great help to you. 

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