Good Teacher Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old good teacher quotes, good teacher sayings, and good teacher 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

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

Eliphas Levi

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

Albert Einstein

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask which he finds it hard to answer.     

Alice Wellington Rollins

Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensured a good life.     


The best education is not given to students; it is drawn out of them.     

Gerald Belcher

Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.     


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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.     

Bruce Lee

When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.     

Marva Collins

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.     

Marva Collins

A good teacher sees the commonality of all human beings and helps each individual find his uniqueness.     

T. K. V. Desikachar

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

Louis A. Berman

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

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

A teacher is no longer just a teacher, but a tutor, therapist, guru, nurse practitioner, Dutch uncle, minister without portfolio and cop on the beat.     

David McCullough Jr.

Our job is obvious: We need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.     

Seth Godin

Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.     

George Carlin

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

Minna Antrim

The best teachers don't give you the answers. They just point the way and let you make your own choices, your own mistakes. That way you get all the glory. And you deserve it.     

Mr. Schuester

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.     


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


A good teacher offers practice, a bad one offers theories.     

Anthony De Mello

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

Philip Wylie

A good teacher is a good student first. By repeating his lessons, he acquires excellence.     

M. K. Soni

Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know.     

R. Verdi