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Powerful Quotes for Teachers (Printer Friendly Version)

Jill Hare | Editor, Teaching

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Quote #1:

If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

-Barbara Colorose

Quote #2:

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.

Henry Brooks Adams

Quote #3:

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

—Jacques Barzun

Quote #4:

The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote #5:

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.


Quote #6:

Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.

- Haim Ginott

Quote #7:

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.

-Alice Wellington Rollins

Quote #8:

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

-Bob Talbert

Quote #9:

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.”

Shel Silverstein

Quote #10:

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

-William A. Ward

Quote #11:

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

-William Butler Yeats

Quote #12:

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

John Dewey

Quote #13:

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.


Quote #14:

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

Albert Einstein

Quote #15:

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

James Baldwin

Quote #16:

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.

—Robert M. Hutchins

Quote #17:

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

Quote #18:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

- Aristotle

Quote #19:

As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.


Quote #20:

Never do anything for a student that he he is capable of doing for himself. If you do you, you’ll make him an educational cripple…a pedagogical paraplegic.

-Howard Hendricks

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