Teachers Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old teachers quotes, teachers sayings, and teachers proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Brad Henry

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

John Henrik Clarke

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.     

Charles Kuralt

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

Henry Adams

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

William A. Ward

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

He that teaches us anything which we knew not before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master.     

Samuel Johnson

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.     

Aristotle

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.     

Howard Nemerov

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.     

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.     

Victor Hugo

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

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

Philip Wylie

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

Brad Henry

The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.     

Joseph Campbell

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

Horace Mann

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can't stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.     

J.D. Salinger

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.     

Helen Caldicott

The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.     

Robert Brault

Good teachers are costly. Bad teachers cost more.     

Bob Talbert

The best teacher is very interactive.     

Bill Gates

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.     

Dr. Haim Ginott

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.     

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A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.     

Thomas Szaz

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.     

Thomas Carruthers

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.     

Louis A. Berman

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

Ever Garrison

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.     

Eliphas Levi