Teaching Sayings and Quotes

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

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.     

Unknown Author

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.     


Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.     

Josef Albers

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

Gail Goldwin

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.     


A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.     

Thomas Caruthers

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.     

Benjamin Franklin

A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.     

Unknown Author

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

William Arthur Ward

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

Horace Mann

A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.     

Forest Witcraft

It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.     

Linda Conway

When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.     

William Glaser

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

Robert Brault

There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other.     

Paulo Freire

Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.     


In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.      

Jacques Barzun

To teach is to learn twice over.     

Joseph Joubert

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.     


The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.     

Elbert Hubbard

Teaching like any truly human activity emerges from one's inwardness.     

Parker J. Palmer

We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience.     

Sasha Azevedo

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.     


Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.     

Albert Einstein

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change.     

William Arthur Ward

Teaching is the canny art of intellectual temptation     

Jerome Bruner

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.     

Richard Henry Dann