Teacher Inspirational Sayings and Quotes

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

To teach is to learn twice.     

Joseph Joubert

A teacher is one who helps others and influences lives forever.     

Catherine Pulsifer

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.     

John Wooden

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.     

William Arthur Ward

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.     

Fred Rogers

A great teacher never strives to explain his vision. He simply invites you to stand beside him and see for yourself.     

Bobby Ray Inman

Teaching is the profession that teaches all of the other professions.     


A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.     

Martin H. Fischer

What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.     

Paulo Coelho

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

Robert Brault

All teachers teach history to those who will make history.     

Greg Henry Quinn

Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.     


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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Solomon Ortiz

A very wise old teacher once said: I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh.     

Gilbert Highet

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.     

George Bernard Shaw

There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that's what is unique about them.     

Robert Sternberg

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

John Henrik Clarke

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.     

Colleen Wilcox

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.     

Malala Yousafzai

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.     

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.     

William Butler Yeats

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

Ever Garrison

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Joyce Meyer

If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.     

Barbara Colorose

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.     

Tryon Edwards

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

Henry Adams

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.     

Mark Van Doren