Teachers may do most of the inspiring, but even they need some inspiration every now and then. The following 25 quotes are for the everyday heroes in the classroom making a difference, one student at a time.
Teachers ask questions and help students find answers. Yet learning isn’t only about finding the right answer, but also creating the road that leads to the answer. Learning with every step is the true sign of progress.
- Benjamin Franklin
Memories fade with time and lessons are forgotten, but experiences shape a human being and leave a lasting mark. Teachers have the privilege of guiding early experiences and discoveries.
- Colleen Wilcox
In the face of disrespect, misbehavior, and lack of student enthusiasm, teachers are the believers. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and they lead step by step—truly the greatest act of optimism.
- Chinese Proverb
Knowledge is food for thought, and while food is perishable, thoughts persist. Teachers feed the whole world, many times over.
- John Dewey
Learning may begin in the classroom, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Teachers set up the signs for the road ahead that is life itself. They inspire students to learn wherever life may take them.
- Joseph Addison
The carving and chipping away to create a masterpiece take years of dedication. Teachers help students discover their interests, passions, and ultimately themselves.
Teachers give us comic artists, filmmakers, astronauts, architects, and entrepreneurs. Without teachers, we wouldn’t have Superman, the Eiffel Tower, or the internet. Ultimately, it is the teachers who have the greatest superpower: creating superheroes.
Knowledge empowers leaders, drives breakthroughs, and inspires discoveries. With every milestone reached, sights are set beyond the horizon, bringing hope and peace for the journey ahead.
- Jim Rohn
Maybe detention isn’t always the solution. For kids who can’t tell right from left or wrong from right, pointing them in the right direction may be more effective. For teachers, that means teaching life lessons that aren’t necessarily common knowledge.
- Dan Rather
Sometimes, the truth hurts. Students are taught to respect those who lead with a firm—and often stern—hand because they know that the teachers are rooting for them.
- Mark Van Doren
The atom, gravity, and elements of the earth’s core have been discovered by scientists, but students are on their own journeys, discovering for themselves. What their journey looks like begins with their teachers.
- Karl Meninger
We give what we have, but how we give is up to us. The knowledge teachers share will always be shaped by who they are, and students will remember how teachers made them feel as they were learning.
- Rita Pierson
They say winners are made, not born. But who makes them? The instructors, the trainers, and the teachers—the ones who are there at the beginning, during failures, and after successes. The reason champions don’t give up is because their teachers didn’t give up on them.
- William A. Ward
It only takes a flicker to ignite the fire of inspiration. In the classroom, teachers bring ideas to life not just by sharing—but by encouraging imagination. And there’s no telling what a child’s mind can imagine.
- Japanese Proverb
Learning from a truly great teacher is discovery—not studying. And a thousand days seem like one day for the inspired pupil.
- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
A generous salary, benefits, and paid vacation days are nice, but the joy of sacrificial giving is priceless. Teachers may experience the struggle of perseverance but know the results of their efforts can never be truly rewarded.
- William Butler Yeats
Teachers work with what they have. Their time and resources may be limited, but a young mind is limitless. Student passion for learning is all that is necessary for teachers to do their job.
- William Arthur Ward
One plus one may equal two, but the results of the equation don’t end there. Like a mathematical formula, knowledge is useful, but if the knowledge is not applied and does not inspire change, then it will be forgotten. True understanding is a catalyst for action.
- Margaret Mead
Laws, theories, and facts may change, but a logical thought process is what keeps us moving forward. Teachers may focus on teaching standards, administering tests, and grading projects, but they must never lose sight of how they are shaping young minds to think for themselves.
- Clay P. Bedford
A curious mind cannot be satisfied. It wants to see, feel, and learn every day. What better place for a curious child than the classroom? Teachers who encourage curiosity in their students will know that they made an impact that will last a lifetime.
- Barbara Colorose
Is it the clothes they are wearing or their school supplies that speak the loudest? Students may be influenced by their families and upbringing, but it is up to teachers to bring out the best in each one. Treating each student as unique and worthy of being taught is an everyday challenge that requires teachers to set aside personal biases and preconceptions.
- George Bernard Shaw
A desire to learn must be nurtured—not forced. A teacher’s job is made easier when a student demonstrates a desire to learn, but students who need a bit of encouragement produce the most rewarding results.
Being the smartest person in the room doesn’t guarantee respect, and kindness is not dependent on words or knowledge. Caring is shown through actions, motives and personal sacrifice.
A big heart isn’t bent on seeking power, status, or recognition for itself. A big heart cares for the needs of the weak and the small. Maybe that’s why not everyone is called to be a teacher.
- Nelson Mandela
Historically, education was reserved for the wealthy and privileged to ensure power stayed with the elite. However, times have changed and change has been created by people from all walks of life. The thread weaving the change-makers together? Education.