Teacher Quotes

Quotable Teacher Quotes

  • “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams
  • Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” — Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist
  • “The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” Dan Rather
  • “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” — Horace Mann
  • “Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren’t able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills.” — Charles Platt
  • “The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad… Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.” — Ivan Welton Fitzwater I
  • “There’s no word in the language I revere more than ‘teacher.’ My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I’ve honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.”  — Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  — William Arthur Ward
  • “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”  — Mark Van Doren
  •  “If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.”  — Kuan Chung
  •  “There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.”  John F. Kennedy
  • “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”  — Japanese proverb
  • “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”   Anatole France
  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  — Henry Ford

 

 

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