These quotes are ideal for motivating teachers to keep offering students their best day after day.
Henry Brooks Adams: A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
A. Bartlett Giamatti A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
Nikos Kazantzakis: 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.
Gail Godwin Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
Richard Bach: Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
John W. Gardner Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin] I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Frank Smith: Thought flows in terms of stories — stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories.
(Louis) Hector Berlioz Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils
Marva Collins: Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
R. Verdi Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know.
Horace Mann: A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Vernon Law Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
Carol Buchner: They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Chinese Proverb Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
Buddhist Proverb: If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly.
Josef Albers: Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
Confucius: Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.
Kahlil Gibran: The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Henry B. Adams: A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Mark Twain: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Plato: 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.
Eliphas Levi: A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.
Maria Montessori: The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."
Rachel Carson: If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in.
Albert Einstein: It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Benjamin Franklin: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
"Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark." - Anatole France
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Brooks Adams
"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers
" A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron." - Horace Mann (1796-1859)
"Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." - Sir Claus Moser
"Education...is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning,... by praise, but above all -- by example." - John Ruskin
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm Forbes
"Education should turn out the pupil with something he knows well and something he can do well." - Alfred North Whitehead
"Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively." - R.D. Clyde
"Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime." - Chinese Proverb
"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
"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." - Josef Albers
"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates
"If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns" - Rita Dunn
"If what you're doing isn't working, try something else!" - NLP adage
"I may have said the same thing before... but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different." - Oscar Wilde
"I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son." - Thomas Wolfe
"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it." - J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
"Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers" - Richard Bach
"Men learn while they teach." - Lucius A. Seneca
"No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education." - John Carolus S. J.
"People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives." - Thomas Mann
"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its values only to its scarcity." - Samuel Johnson
"Spoonfeeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon" - E. M. Forster
"Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating." - C.B. Neblette
"Teach your children by what you are, not just by what you say" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn." - Cicero
"The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know." - Carl Rogers
"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves." - Joseph Campbell
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." - Plutarch
"There are no difficult students - just students who don't want to do it your way" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
" 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
"To define is to destroy, to suggest is to create." - Stephane Mallarme
"To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching." - George Bernard Shaw
"To teach is to learn twice." - Joseph Joubert
"Try to present at least three options. One is no choice at all. Two creates a dilemma. With three you begin to have real choice and flexibility" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"We think too much about effective methods of teaching and not enough about effective methods of learning." - John Carolus S. J.
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." - George Bernard Shaw
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." - Galielo Galilei
"You can't direct the wind but you can adjust the sails." - Anonymous
This is part of my 50 quotes series: 50 Quotes About Knowledge, 50 Quotes About Learning, 50 Quotes About Failure
“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon” ~ E. M. Forster
“The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.” ~ Anonymous
“We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience.” ~ Sasha Azevedo
“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” ~ Thomas Carruthers
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” ~Lily Tomlin as Edith Ann
“To teach is to learn twice over.”~ Joseph Joubert
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.~ Albert Einstein
“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Adams
“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
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~ Mark van Doren
“I’m m not a teacher but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost
“Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.” ~ Marva Collins
When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.” ~ Marva Collins
“There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.” ~ Lola May
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.” ~ Robert Brault
“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” ~ Author Unknown
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Brooks Adams
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since youcannot make yourself as you wish to be.” ~ Thomas A. Kempis
“The true aim of every one who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions,but to kindle minds.” ~ F. W. Robertson
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.” ~ Plutarch
“To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel
“You can pay people to teach, But you can’t pay them to care.” ~ Marva Collins
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Brooks Adams
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ Richard Henry Dann
“You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” ~ Aristophenes
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~ Albert Einstein
“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
“Sometimes one man with courage is a majority.” ~ Andrew Jackson
“Thought flows in terms of stories – stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories.” ~ Frank Smith
“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” ~ Josef Albers
“To teach is to learn twice.” ~ Joseph Joubert
“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” ~ Louis Hector Berlioz
“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” ~ Author Unknown
“Ye great teachers: listen to what you say!” ~ Goethe
“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” ~ Author Unknown
“A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.” ~ Buddha
“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
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” ~ Goethe
“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” ~ Author Unknown
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” ~ Horace Mann
“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb
“The teachers who get “burned out” are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.” ~ Frank Smith
“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.” ~ Amos Bronson Alcott
“Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating.” ~ C.B. Neblette
“For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don’t want to learn much.” ~ W.C. Stellar
“The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher’s actions.” ~ Steven Brookfield
“You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.” ~ Anonymous
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein
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