83 Teacher Quotes about Teaching and Education

Teachers are pivotal figures in our lives, and their influence is instrumental in shaping our destinies.

They put in tremendous effort to ensure students have the necessary resources to excel in their academic journeys.

The art and science of teaching, which is conceptual, intellectual, creative and sequential, is about people, ideas and content.


It intertwines the past, present and future in the realm of learning and education.

Acknowledging this, we’ve curated a collection of 83 quotes about teaching and education that resonate with a wide range of perspectives, cultures, nationalities and spiritualities.

These quotes encapsulate the invaluable role teachers play as educators, mentors and occasionally even parental figures.

Their relentless dedication and positivity in nurturing the minds of the future generation are commendable.

This compilation of quotes, ranging from funny to inspirational to appreciative, is a testament to teachers’ profound impact and is intended to spread gratitude, inspire and possibly induce laughter among educators.

Teacher Quotes


A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~ Thomas Carruthers.


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

If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes. ~ Guy Kawasaki.

The best teachers are the ones that change their minds. ~ Terry Heick.

Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker. ~ Zig Ziglar.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. ~ Bill Gates.

Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher. ~ Ajahn Chah.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~ Lily Tomlin.

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

True 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 their own. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. ~ Ann Landers.


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~ Alfred Tennyson.

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ~ Aristotle.

Best Teacher Quotes

The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light. ~ Ram Dass.

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. ~ Solomon Ortiz.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ~ Margaret Fuller.

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. ~ C.G. Jung.


It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. ~ Unknown.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver.

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. ~ Confucius.

Everyone, in some respect, is a teacher; some just work harder to do it better. ~ Terry Heick.

I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am. ~ Paulo Freire.


The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~ Mark Van Doren.

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we go. ~ Pema Chödrön.

A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson. ~ John Henrik Clarke.

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Famous Teacher Quotes

When you get, give. When you learn, teach. ~ Maya Angelou.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. ~ Bill Gates.

I touch the future. I teach. ~ Christa McAuliffe.

When the student is ready the teacher will appear. ~ Laozi.

The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character. ~ Dorothea Dix.


A teacher should have a creative mind. ~ Abdul Kalam.

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. ~ Vern Law.

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. ~ Napoleon Hill.

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. ~ Malala Yousafzai.

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. ~ Scott Hayden.

A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded. ~ Darwin D. Martin.


He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~ Charles F. Kettering.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. ~ Sigmund Freud.

Powerful Teacher Quotes

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~ William A. Ward.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. ~ Francis Bacon.

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. ~ Les Brown.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. ~ Denis Waitley.


Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. ~ Joyce Meyer.

I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein.

It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. ~ Michael Morpurgo.

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. ~ Colleen Wilcox.

There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher. ~ Robin S. Sharma.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin.


I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ~ Robert Frost.

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin.

Wise Teacher Quotes

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. ~ Confucius.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~ Henry Adams.

The wisest and noblest teacher is nature itself. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. ~ Sidney Hook.


A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. ~ Unknown.

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ~ Jacques Barzun.

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. ~ Bob Talbert.

When you’re going through something hard and you start wondering where Allah is, just remember, the Teacher is always quiet during a test. ~ Nouman Ali Khan.

There are many things which no teacher can convey to a child of three, but a child of five can do it with ease. ~ Maria Montessori.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. ~ Jonathan Swift.


To this end, the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher. ~ John Strachan.

Teachers who love teaching teach children who love learning. ~ Unknown.

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. ~ Tony Robbins.

Top Teacher Quotes

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ~ Margaret Mead.

To teach is to learn twice over. ~ Joseph Joubert.

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Unknown.

One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen. ~ Philip Wylie.


Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students. ~ Charles Kuralt.

I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment. ~ James Levine.

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. ~ Amos Bronson.

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding. ~ William Arthur Ward.

Success is a poor teacher. We learn the most about ourselves when we fail, so don’t be afraid of failing. Failing is part of the process of success. You cannot have success without failure. ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki.


Teachers teach someone something, in that order. ~ Samuel Natale.

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. ~ John Steinbeck.

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.

If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers. ~ Bill Mollison.

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