“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”


Teachers are called many things: Educators, mentors, instructors, and sometimes the accidental mom. Everyone can recall that one special teacher that has profoundly impacted their life. Teachers are the awe-inspiring, rock stars of education. They work tirelessly to enrich the lives of the next generation. Their devotion, hard work, and eternal positivity never goes unnoticed. Whether it's teacher appreciation day or you just know a teacher that could use an extra pep in their step this week, these inspirational teacher quotes are sure to give encouragement to all of the educators out there. From funny to inspirational, we hope these words will spread some appreciation and maybe provide a laugh or two.


Inspirational Teacher Quotes

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

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” –Colleen Wilcox

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” –Anatole France

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” –Mark Van Doren

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

“To teach is to learn twice over.” –Joseph Joubert

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” –Malcom X

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

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

“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” –Michael Morpurgo

“I touch the future. I teach.” –Christa Mcauliffe

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

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

“The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike.” –H. L. Mencken

“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

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

Teacher Appreciation Quotes

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” –Lady Bird Johnson

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” –Brad Henry

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

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

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

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry B. Adams

“A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.” –Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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


Funny Teacher Quotes

“Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own.” –Unknown

“Educators are the only people who lose sleep over other people’s kids.” –Nicholas A. Ferroni

“Teaching: the only profession where you steal things from home and bring them to work.” –Unknown

“I can’t believe I just saw my teacher at the grocery store! I thought she lived in her classroom! –Heidi McDonald

“There are three good reasons to be a teacher –June, July, and August.” –Unknown

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

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