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Feeling good about teaching: Great quotes and more

Posted on December 29, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz

There are easily as many good teacher quotes as there are educators, and that’s as it should be as every instructor creates their own legacy. I have compiled some of the best quotes that provide both inspiration and insight into what has always been a demanding job. The teaching profession is the Queen of All Subjects -- it all starts with learning.A large compilation of the best teaching quotes that provide both inspiration and insight into the education profession.

My favorite quotes follow. Feel free to email me your favorite by clicking on my name on the home page.

A good teacher is like a candle -- it consumes itself to light the way for others. -- Unknown

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

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. -- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

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

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. -- Unknown

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its values only to its scarcity. -- Samuel Johnson

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. -- E. M. Forster

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. -- Plutarch

To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching. -- George Bernard Shaw

To teach is to learn twice. -- Joseph Joubert

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

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. -- Galielo Galilei

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

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. -- Thomas Carruthers

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

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

I touch the future. I teach. -- Christa McAuliffe

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

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. -- Jacob Bronowski

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

Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

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. -- Unknown

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 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

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. -- Dali Lama

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. -- Bill Gates

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something. -- Woodrow Wilson

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. -- Marcus Cicero

I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning. -- Carl Rogers

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

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. -- Bodhidharma

A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student. -- Henry Youngman

Your best teacher is your last mistake. -- Ralph Nader

In a Glasser Quality School there is no such thing as a closed book test. Students are told to get out their notes and open their books. There is no such thing as being forbidden to ask the teacher or another student for help. -- William Glasser

I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher. -- John Philip Sousa

I'm embarrassed every time I look a teacher in the eye, because we ask them to do so much for so little. -- Phil McGraw

A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils. -- Bill Bowerman

The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. -- William James

Write in the sand the flaws of your friend. -- Pythagoras

At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems – the answer for all the problems of the world – comes to a single word. That word is education. -- Lyndon Johnson

If teaching were easy, we wouldn’t need teachers. -- Todd Whitaker

History teaches everything, even the future. -- Lamartine

Education is that which remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. -- Albert Einstein

A very wise old teacher once said: I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh. -- Gilbert Highet

It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted. -- Linda Conway

Education is the best provision for old age. -- Aristotle

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man....” -- Horace Mann

Here are some quotes about good teaching from around the world

From Indonesia:
A great teacher smiles to his/her pupils even when they screw him up.
A good teacher shows the whole wide world to the students.

From India:
One who helps his students in all respects. He makes his students able to live a better life. He teaches students to make decisions in all conditions.

From Croatia:
A really good teacher should be a child in his soul . . .

From Ireland:
It is fundamental that a teacher cares about humanity in general.

From Chile:
A good teacher is someone who can learn from his students, who can learn with them, and for them.

From Egypt:
To win their confidence should be the teacher's first aim -- though strictness has to be in its place.

From Germany:
A good teacher, of course, has to be humorous. A teacher has to enjoy what she does; has to remember how it was when he/she was a child.

From Pakistan:
A guide -- a real friend is someone who knows all about you and still he loves you. A good teacher is a good friend. Good teaching is keeping yourself in the shoes of your students.

From Malaysia:
One who doesn't 'teach' but instead is willing to 'learn' with the child and from the child.

From Mexico:
The teacher is to the students what the rain is to the field.

From Chad:
A good teacher should answer all questions, even if they are stupid.

From Jamaica:
To become a good teacher, you not only teach the children, but you also have to learn from them.

From Nigeria:
A good teacher must be prepared to be foolish if that will help his pupil attain wisdom.

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