Teacher Retirement Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Henry Brooks Adams

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.     

K. Patricia Cross

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.     

Karl Menninger

Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers too, have failed.     

Marva Collins

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead- ahead of myself as well as you.     

George Bernard Shaw

A teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.     

Elbert Hubbard

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart.     

Anne Michaels

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.     

Derek Bok

The purpose of education is to teach people how to study on their own.     

R.E. Phillips

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

Henry Adams

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.     

Carl Jung

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

William Arthur Ward

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.     

Gail Godwin

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.     

Alexander of Macedon

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 him which he finds it hard to answer.     

Alice Rollins

Old teachers never die; they just grade away     


Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.     


A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though awakens your own expectations.     

Patricia Neal

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.     

Colleen Wilcox

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.     

W.H. Auden

There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.     

Lola May

The splendid thing about education is that everyone wants it. Like influenza, you can give it away without losing any of it yourself.     

Evelyn Waugh

The teacher's life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.     

William Osler

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.     

Denis Waitley

Someone once said, “There are two good reasons to be a teacher — July and August.” In fact, there are three good reasons to be a teacher. The third reason is retirement.     


Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.     

Albert Einstein

No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.     

Bertrand Russell