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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Teachers cultivate the young minds who are responsible for the future. ~Keith Wynn, @moon_descending

I was a classroom teacher myself before I chickened out and went to library school. ~Gerald Raftery, "Confer with sages here!," in The Wilson Library Bulletin, September 1961

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

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 is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. ~Gail Godwin

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

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. A noble artist, he has visions of excellence and revelations of beauty, which he has neither impersonated in character, nor embodied in words. His life and teachings are but studies for yet nobler ideals. ~A. Bronson Alcott, "Orphic Sayings," in The Dial, January 1841

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid. ~Tracy Kidder

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

A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

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

When every detail of what you taught has been forgotten, enthusiasm, encouragement and kindness will remain. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995,

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

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. ~Bob Talbert

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

Any fellow gets mad if he is called "teacher's pet," even if he is teacher's pet. ~Ellis Parker Butler, "Teacher's Pet," 1915

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~Karl Menninger

Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. ~Author Unknown

A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who she's looking at.  ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902

Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~Eugene P. Bertin

Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. ~Author Unknown

Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them. ~Author Unknown

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

I pushed by Miss Allen and went to my seat, and when the tardy bell rang she went up front and stood a minute waiting for us to quiet down. Then she began to talk to us. It was a pretty sad sort of talk. She told us how she loved us all, and how she had tried to be easy with us and had hoped we would appreciate it, and that she still hoped we did. Then she told us she hoped always to be a teacher and that she did not want to be a tartar one, but that the work was hard and that nothing soured a teacher so quick as ungratefulness... [S]he said there were always some pupils that refused to be good, but that there were others that made up for this and made a teacher's life bearable. ~Ellis Parker Butler, "Teacher's Pet," 1915

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. ~Carl Jung

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

What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased. ~Author Unknown

She has been teaching now for thirty years —
Has watched each passing generation grow
And leave her and go on to high careers
That she will never know.
When they come back she sees them children yet,
And smiles to think that others call them men
Who once were bothered by the alphabet...
~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Old Teacher," c.1943

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. ~Khalil Gibran

Discover wildlife: be a teacher! ~Author Unknown

Other people have nightmares about crocodiles or getting lost. For the poor teachers, it's parents. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995,

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. ~K. Patricia Cross

[S]he went to her desk very quickly and dropped into her chair and put her arms on the desk lid and her head in her arms, and I guess she cried... About every so soften teachers have a spell of reddish eyes... ~Ellis Parker Butler, "Teacher's Pet," 1915  [a little altered —tg]

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son. ~The Talmud

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. ~Author Unknown

The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity. ~Robert Brault,

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. ~Author Unknown

2  Teach is
2  Touch lives
4  Ever
~Author Unknown

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. ~John Cotton Dana

There are three good reasons to be a teacher — June, July, and August. ~Author Unknown

A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes. ~Author Unknown

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power. ~Thomas Szasz

To teach is to learn twice. ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning. ~Author Unknown

Teachers touch the future. ~Author Unknown

Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed. ~Marva Collins

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. ~Elbert Hubbard

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the "naturals," the ones who somehow know how to teach. ~Peter Drucker

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

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

Quotations By Teachers:

The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is because it helps me to forgive their children. ~Louis Johannot

If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home. ~Anonymous Teacher

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