145 Great Teacher Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of great teacher quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about good teacher.

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The Most Famous Great Teacher Quotes (Best in 2024)

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When you see a great teacher, you are seeing a work of art. — Geoffrey Canada

Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but higher expectations for themselves. — Todd Whitaker

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. — Temple Grandin

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

As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and ever since then I've thought everyone is a teacher. — Bill Moyers

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

A good teacher is like a good artist. They go right to the most difficult part of whatever's going on. — Bruce Nauman

What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows. — Paulo Coelho

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

A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Short Great Teacher Quotes

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  • A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. — Albert Einstein
  • Success is its own reward, but failure is a great teacher too, and not to be feared. — Sonia Sotomayor
  • When you learn, teach, when you get, give. — Maya Angelou
  • Learning is never done without errors and defeat. — Vladimir Lenin
  • Music can change the world. — Ludwig van Beethoven
  • One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. — Malala Yousafzai
  • Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. — Margaret Mead
  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. — Vern Law
  • How did it get so late so soon? — Dr. Seuss

Top 10 Great Teacher Quotes

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That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends. My teacher was Ferruccio CusinatiMaria Callas

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. — Albert Einstein

Success is its own reward, but failure is a great teacher too, and not to be feared. — Sonia Sotomayor

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. — B. F. Skinner

When you learn, teach, when you get, give. — Maya Angelou

Learning is never done without errors and defeat. — Vladimir Lenin

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Music can change the world. — Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Great Teacher Image Quotes

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Great teacher quote by Ludwig van Beethoven

Music can change the world. — Ludwig van Beethoven

Great teacher quote by Malala Yousafzai

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

Great teacher quote by H. G. Wells

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. — H. G. Wells

Great teacher quote Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a less
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.

Wonderful Teacher Quotes

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Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth. — Helen Caldicott

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. — Stevie Wonder

I had a wonderful teacher about animal behavior - my dog Rusty. He taught me that animals have personalities, minds, and feelings. — Jane Goodall

Great teacher quote The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demo
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

I hoped to get instruction in Yoga, expected wonderful teachings, but what the teacher did was mainly to force me to face the darkness within myself and it almost killed me.... I was beaten down in every sense until I had to come to terms with that in me which I kept rejecting all my life. — Irina Tweedie

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot. — Joseph Conrad

Casino gambling with a system where you have the edge is a wonderful teacher for elementary money management. — Edward O. Thorp

Great teacher quote The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demo
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder. — John Garrett

The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful. — H. L. Mencken

Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. — Ronald Reagan

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 Sharma

Good Teacher Quotes

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It is difficult for a student to pick a good teacher, but it is more difficult for a teacher to pick a good student. — Yip Man

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If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. — John Dewey

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

Great teacher quote Great teachers engineer learning experiences that put students in the driver's s
Great teachers engineer learning experiences that put students in the driver's seat and then get out of the way.

If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them. — R. Buckminster Fuller

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard. — Eliphas Levi

Grades don't measure anything other than your relevant obedience to a manager. — John Taylor Gatto

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

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. — Marva Collins

The teachers I've learned the most from, didn't think they were teaching me; they just thought we were friends. — Bob Goff

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. — Roald Dahl

Perfect Teacher Quotes

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When I was in school the teachers told me practice makes perfect; then they told me nobody’s perfect so I stopped practicing. — Steven Wright

There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything! — Maria Montessori

My teacher once told me – ”No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers.” — Mahesh Bhatt

The great want of our race is perfect educators to train new-born minds, who are infallible teachers of what is right and true. — Catharine Beecher

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder. — John Ruskin

Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies. Learn to cheat! — Jiri Kylian

Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion. — Gautama Buddha

If you sit with an enlightened teacher and silent your mind as they go into nirvana, suchness, the pure power of their aura will bring you on a journey into the world of perfection. — Frederick Lenz

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we go. — Pema Chodron

I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers. She had a zeal not so much for perfection as for steady betterment-she demanded not excellence so much as integrity. — Edward R. Murrow

Inspirational Teacher Quotes

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Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. — Walt Disney

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If I remained silent and you remained silent, then who will teach the ignorant? — Ibn Taymiyyah

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open. — Frank Zappa

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. — Albert Einstein

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. — Carl Rogers

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

Do your practice and all is coming. — K. Pattabhi Jois

I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance. — George Balanchine

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher. — Pema Chodron

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

Effective Teacher Quotes

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The single greatest effect on student achievement is not race, it is not poverty - it is the effectiveness of the teacher. — Harry Wong

Differentiation is classroom practice that looks eyeball to eyeball with the reality that kids differ, and the most effective teachers do whatever it takes to hook the whole range of kids on learning. — Carol Ann Tomlinson

Teacher who make Physics boring are criminals — Walter Lewin

The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him accordingly. — David Ausubel

The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm. — Joyce Cary

A true teacher does not terrorize ignorant students, because a true teacher knows that it is his job to cure ignorance. — Miriam Defensor Santiago

Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of The Lion King for instance, and a teacher might say, 'Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?' The message is: I'm better at what I do, because I'm gay. — Michele Bachmann

However, the Government has made it clear that we do not encourage the recruitment of teachers from developing nations where there may be an adverse effect on the economy. — Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. — Confucius

The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher's actions. — Stephen Brookfield

Great Coach Quotes

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Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her. — Mia Hamm

Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We. — Phil Jackson

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. — Muhammad Ali

Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won. — Bill Bowerman

I'm a football coach. I'm not a doctor ... They don't call plays, I don't do surgeries. We have a great deal here. — Bill Belichick

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Pressure is something you feel when you do not know what you are doing. — Chuck Noll

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot. — Bill Russell

A good football coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback - but not necessarily in that order. — Bud Grant

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. — Ara Parseghian

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I'm busy. Thank you very much. Have a great day. — Les Miles

True Teacher Quotes

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The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves. — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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A true teacher doesn't teach you to think like him, but to think without him. — Tariq Ramadan

It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living...To live is to find out for yourself what is true. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

I believe that in this way the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer in of the true kingdom of God. — John Dewey

All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words. — Ming-Dao Deng

But following the only true and stedfast Teacher, the Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who did, through His transcendent love, become what we are, that He might bring us to be even what He is Himself. — Irenaeus of Lyons

True teachers not only impart knowledge and method but awaken the love of learning by their own reflected love. — Robert Grudin

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discovers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. — Carl Linnaeus

We need more leaders among our gente - more teachers, politicians, businesspeople, organizers, and such. Turn the energy that many young people are putting into "war" and "death" and put it into life and true justice. — Luis J. Rodriguez

The true teacher is within us. A good teacher is someone who can help you to go back and touch the true teacher within, because you already have the insight within you. — Bell Hooks

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Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life. — Carrie Fisher

John Hall, my geography teacher at school inspired me to a lifelong interest in geography and a curiosity about our world which has stayed with me through my life. Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose. — Michael Palin

Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you've got something to share. — Steve Harvey

I like to look like a person. It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great! — Emma Stone

I am a big believer in education, because when I grew up in Austria - when I grew up in Austria I had a great education. I had great teachers. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Necessity is a great teacher. — Mexican Proverbs

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. — Josef Albers

I just want to make a point that it's not just great teachers that sometimes shape your life. Sometimes it's the absence of great teachers that shapes your life and being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded. — Julia Roberts

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic on a level with a man who says he's a poached egg or else he'd be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. — C. S. Lewis

Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed. — Mary, Queen of Scots

Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed. — Mary Stuart Masterson

To improve our schools, we have to humanize them and make education personal to every student and teacher in the system. Education is always about relationships. Great teachers are not just instructors and test administrators: They are mentors, coaches, motivators, and lifelong sources of inspiration to their students. — Ken Robinson

Comparison, a great teacher once told me, is the cardinal sin of modern life. It traps us in a game that we can't win. Once we define ourselves in terms of others, we lose the freedom to shape our own lives. — James C. Collins

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. — Hector Louis Berlioz

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education. — Zhuangzi

The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. — Pat Conroy

I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure. — Estelle Morris

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou taught me that. — Oprah Winfrey

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. — Tryon Edwards

When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style. — William Glasser

There are very few real teachers. Teaching is not a job; it is a vocation. To be a great one many qualities must be combined: love of truth, knowledge, reverence, loving concern for one's students, clarity and patience. — Alice von Hildebrand

The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way. — Carlos Barrios

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

To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher. — James Joyce

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

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad. — Beau Bridges

I have been maturing as a teacher. New experiences bring new sensitivities and flexibility. — W. Howard Lester

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