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.


The best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they're learning something else.     

Randy Pausch

Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.     

William Glasser

Teaching is of more importance than urging.     

Martin Luther

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

Albert Einstein

Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.     

Dr. Charlie W. Shedd

Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone's knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier.     

John Dewey

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

Tryon Edwards

True teaching is not that which gives knowledge, but that which stimulates pupils to gain it.     

John Milton Gregory

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.     

Oscar Wilde

Teaching is truth mediated by personality.     

Phyllis Brooks

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.     

Dalai Lama XIV

Experience teaches only the teachable.     

Aldous Huxley

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Teaching does not come from a political mandate ... it comes from the heart.     

Robert John Meehan

The key to fixing education is better teaching, and the key to better teaching is figuring out who can teach and who can't.     

Jonathan Alter

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.     

Galileo Galilei

To teach is to touch the heart and impel it to action.     

Louis Sullivan

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

Horace Mann

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.     

B.B. King

Teach a child how to think, not what to think.     

Sidney Sugarman

Teaching is an art, not a science, principally because it involves human beings, their emotions and their values.     

Gilbert Highet

No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.     

Peter F. Drucker

Teaching is the systematic inculcation of knowledge.     

John Milton Gregory

There is no better way to learn than to teach.     

Benjamin Whichcote

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

Lola May

Every day that you teach you have two options: be focused, passionate and caring, or to be focused, passionate and caring.     

Robert John Meehan

There should not be any particular teaching. Teaching is in each moment.     

Shunryu Suzuki

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

Gail Godwin

Teaching is unlikely to change until teachers, and all educators, recognize that it can be studied and improved.     

James W. Stigler @ James Hiebert