Teacher Quotes

Lucy at Ashmolean Museum Oxford, UK

These positive teacher quotes can be useful if you are looking for inspirational words to write in a card for a teacher, although the quotes also cover other aspects of teaching too.

The quotes on this page are all from known sources, there are few more words of wisdom on the Teacher Sayings page that are from unknown sources.

Although we generally think of ‘Teachers’ as the adults who instruct children in schools, we are all teachers as we travel through life. Those who become parents take on the greatest ‘teaching’ role with their every thought, word and deed shaping the character and future of their child. And of course, our own children can teach us an abundance of guidance on the more important aspects of life, if we are open to receiving their teachings.

Teacher quotes are listed alphabetically on authors surname

A Teacher Quotes

Once your mind is healed it radiates health, and thereby teaches healing.
A Course In Miracles

Teach only love, for that is what you are.
A Course In Miracles

There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach.
A Course In Miracles

To have peace, teach peace to learn it.
A Course In Miracles

The most important thing that you can teach your children is that Well-Being abounds. And that Well-Being is naturally flowing to them.
Abraham-Hicks

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

Henry Brooks Adams 1838 – 1918

I think being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in the world. If my career stopped, it’s what I’d do.
Adele 1988

Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow in deep gratitude.
Eric Allen

We are like children, who stand in need of Masters to enlighten us and direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing His angels to be our teachers and guides.
St Thomas Aquinas 1225 – 1274

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

Those that know.. Do. Those that understand.. Teach.
Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

The great heroes and heroines of our society are of course the teachers, and in particular the teachers of kids in their first years. Once a child has been shown what the natural world is, it will live with them forever.
David Attenborough 1926

B Teacher Quotes

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Bible

Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.
W. E. B. Du Bois 1868 – 1963

The average teacher explains complexity. The gifted teacher reveals simplicity.
Robert Brault

The trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher.
Robert Brault

Angels are my best friends, my companions and my teachers.
Lorna Byrne 1953

C Teacher Quotes

Don’t just teach your children to read.
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach then to question everything.
George Carlin 1937 – 2008

The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past.
Arthur C. Clarke 1917 – 2008

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
Paulo Coelho 1947

D Teacher Quotes

It is the supreme art of the teacher to Awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Charles M. Dickinson

The art of teaching is.. The art of assisting discovery.
Mark van Doren 1894 – 1972

Try viewing everyone who comes into your life as a teacher.
Wayne Dyer 1940 – 2015

E Teacher Quotes

Those who trust us educate us.
George Eliot 1819 – 1880

The years teach us much the days never knew.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

F Teacher Quotes

A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.
Martin Henry Fischer 1879 – 1962

Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.
Anatole France 1844 – 1924

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 1844 – 1924

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790

I am not a teacher.. But an Awakener.
Robert Frost 1874 – 1963

The National Science Foundation asked the great ‘breakthrough’ scientists what they felt to be the most dominantly favourable factor in their educational experience. The answer was almost uniformly: Intimate association with a great, inspiring teacher.
Buckminster Fuller 1895 – 1983

G Teacher Quotes

Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion: these are the things my mom taught me.
Lady Gaga 1986

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it within himself.
Galileo 1564 – 1642

Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.
Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils.
Ever Garrison

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.
Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931

H Teacher Quotes

What is of importance in channelling is that the person contacts a higher level of creative thought. This enables more advanced teachings and philosophies to be offered to the planet.
HA-Tony Neate

As mamas, papas, grandparents, teachers and caregivers we have a responsibility to protect these little Earth warriors. It’s our job to protect and nurture their love, their innocence, their spirits, their imagination, their gifts, their health, and wellbeing, their spirituality, their confidence, their character, their freedom of thought, their instincts, their wildness, and their magic! There is nothing we can do in this lifetime that will compare to the importance of this work. These little ones are our future. Guard them well!
Brooke Hampton

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
Sidney Hook 1902 – 1989

Your children teach you so much. It’s a real mirror of yourself.
Kate Hudson 1979

J Teacher Quotes

In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way.
Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power, the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson 1743 – 1826

K Teacher Quotes

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.
Ken Keyes Jr. 1921 – 1995

Teach us to delight in simple things.
Rudyard Kipling 1865 – 1936

We cannot teach a flower how to grow, we can only learn from it.
Akiane Kramarik 1994

If you give a man a fish, he will eat once. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life. If you are thinking a year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people. By sowing the seed, you will harvest once. By planting a tree, you will harvest tenfold. By educating the people you will harvest one hundredfold.
Kuang-tsu

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
Charles Kuralt 1934 – 1997

When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the centre of the community, where they belong.
Charles Kuralt 1934 – 1997

L Teacher Quotes

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama 1935

Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.
Bruce Lee 1940 – 1973

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea.. Are excellent school masters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

M Teacher Quotes

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
Karl Menninger 1893 – 1990

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 1870 – 1952

Adults are the first and foremost teachers of love, peace, truth, tolerance, happiness and spirituality to their children. No school on Earth can ever replace them.
Robert Muller 1923 – 2010

The example of parents is the greatest teacher. Parents must stand out as models of happiness to their children.
Robert Muller 1923 – 2010

There is no greater learning process than to teach.
Robert Muller 1923 – 2010

N Teacher Quotes

The best teacher is.. Your last mistake.
Ralph Nader 1934

Our first teacher is our own heart.
Native American

P Teacher Quotes

Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.
Helen Peters

For the object of education is to teach us about beauty.
Plato 429BC – 347BC

As soft wax is apt to take the stamp of the seal, so are the minds of young children to receive the instruction imprinted on them.
Plutarch 46AD – 120AD

R Teacher Quotes

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: “So, did you learn anything today?” But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?”
Isidor Isaac Rabi 1898 – 1988

There is no teacher equal to mother.
Amit Ray 1960

Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.
Margaret Riel

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
Anthony Robbins 1960

Teaching is a creative profession, not a delivery system. Great teachers mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage.
Ken Robinson 1950

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 1919 – 2011

S Teacher Quotes

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work. But rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944

While we try to teach our children all about life.. Our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

Even while they teach.. Men learn.
Seneca 4BC – 65AD

Some of the world’s best educators are grandparents.
Charles W. Shedd 1915 – 2004

My healing gifts have been developed by invisible teachers.
Betty Shine 1929 – 2002

The world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore, nil desperandum, march forward hero.
Swami Sivananda 1887 – 1963

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.
Steven Spielberg 1946

Nature is our teacher. She unfolds her treasures to our search, unseals our eyes, illumes our minds and purifies our hearts; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.
Alfred Billings Street 1811 – 1881

T Teacher Quotes

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.
Talmud

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
Alexandra Trentor

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your greatest treasures.
Lao Tzu 600BC

W Teacher Quotes

Teach your children that they need nothing exterior to themselves to be happy – no person, place or thing – and that true happiness is found within.
Neale Donald Walsch 1943

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.
William Arthur Ward 1921 – 1994

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward 1921 – 1994

If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
Paul Wellstone 1944 – 2002

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 1944 – 2002

The first task of teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
Paul Wellstone 1944 – 2002

Watch nature, because it is your greatest teacher. It moves and flows and moves again. There is an incredible beauty out there in the mountains, in the forests, to teach you it’s silence, it’s beauty, it’s humility. Stay aligned to that.
Stuart Wilde 1946

Every parent is a teacher.. But not all parents teach.
Anthony Douglas Williams

Life is the best teacher.
Anthony Douglas Williams

Y Teacher Quotes

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book..
Can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai 1997

Z Teacher Quotes

Remind yourself that you are supported, that you are not going it alone upon this Earth. Dwell in the company of your non-physical teachers and guides.
Gary Zukav 1942

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