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Top 12 Teaching Quotes

Patty Murray

With the new school year just around the corner, here are 12 inspiring and insightful education-related quotes to help spark motivation and enthusiasm as you head back to the classroom.


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

 ~Nelson Mandela

 

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  "Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task."

~Haim G. Ginott

 

 

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."

~Alexander the Great



 “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 

 

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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

~William A. Ward

 

 

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

~Henry Brooks Adams

 

 

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

~Albert Einstein

 

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“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary  people.” 

~Patricia Cross

 

 

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

~Malcolm Forbes

 

 

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."

~John F. Kennedy

 

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

~Jacques Barzun

 

 

"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

 

What is your favorite education-related quote? Share in the comments section!