In case you want all the quotes in one place!

Teaching quotes:


  • “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.”  -Josef Albers
  • “Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance.”  -Sir Claus Moser
  • “Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is a process.  Working together is a success.”  -Henry Ford
  • “Every truth has four corners:  as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”  -Confucius
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower.”  -Steve Jobs
  • “It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.”  -Linda Conway
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”  -William Butler Yeats
  • “We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.”  -Malcolm Gladwell
  • “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.”  -Gail Goldwin
  • “No one but us ourselves-no one can and no one way.  We ourselves must walk the path, teachers merely show the way.”  -Nancy Wilson Ross
  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”  -Benjamin Franklin
  • “I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece.  I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”  -Anthony Robbins
  • “The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.”  -Anonymous
  • “By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.”  -Latin Proverb
  • “There are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit.  Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”  -Indira Gandhi
  • “Every time you wake up and ask yourself, “What good things am I going to do today?,” remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it.”  -Indian proverb
  • “Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”  -William Haley
  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  -Albert Einstein
  • “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  -Dan Rather
  • “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”  -Jacques Barzun
  • “Teaching creates all other professions.”  -Author unknown
  • “If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.”  -Donald D. Quinn
  • “Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.”  -John F. Kennedy
  • “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”  -Horace Mann
  • “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”  -Margaret Fuller
  • “A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.”  -Louis A. Berman
  • “A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”  -Author unknown
  • “We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family, then we expect them to educate our children.”  -John Sculley
  • “A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.”  -D. Martin

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