Teacher Quotes and Sayings

Humorous and thought-provoking quotes about teachers and the teaching profession are perfect for teacher gifts, greeting cards, and daily inspiration.

Teacher quotes and sayings can illuminate some thoughtful insight about a profoundly important profession, which is often very difficult or even disheartening. Humorous quotes about teaching will perhaps help a teacher get through a tough day. Inspiring quotes can motivate an instructor to forge ahead, continuing to give invaluable help to difficult students in need.

Quotes about teaching come from famous figures in history, obscure people in modern times, or a combination of both. Regardless of who said these funny and poignant proverbs, they all share one common thread: each quote has a ring of truth about it. Teachers, parents, and students can be inspired by these great words of wisdom.

Inspirational Teacher Quotes


“If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” ~Kahlil Gibran on teaching tweet


“Draw yourself up to your full height, look anybody squarely in the eye, and say, I am a teacher.” ~William G. Carr tweet


“The greatest job of teachers is to cultivate talent until it ripens for the public to reap its bounty.” ~Jascha Heifetz tweet


“If I had a child who wanted to be a teacher, I would bid him Godspeed as if he were going to a war. For indeed the war against prejudice, greed and ignorance is eternal, and those who dedicate themselves to it give their lives no less because they may live to see some fraction of the battle won.” ~James Hilton tweet


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


“It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes tweet


“I don’t see a class as one unit sitting and listening to me. There are faces showing degrees of interest or indifference. It’s the indifference that challenges me.” ~Francis (Frank) McCourt tweet


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Funny Quotes About Teaching


“The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike.” ~H. L. Mencken tweet


“A father who wants his children to get an education these days may have to pull a few wires – the television wire, the hi-fi wire and the radio wire.” ~Lavonne Mathison tweet


“This is the situation in the public schools of America: The farther you travel from the classroom the greater your financial and professional rewards.” ~Francis (Frank) McCourt tweet


“Teachers are the only professionals who have to respond to bells every forty-five minutes and come out fighting.” ~Francis (Frank) McCourt tweet


“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” ~Albert Camus tweet


“The trouble with present-day education is that it covers the ground without cultivating anything in it.” ~E. N. Ferris tweet


“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler – and less trouble.” ~Mark Twain tweet

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How to Use Teacher Quotes and Sayings

These thoughtful or funny proverbs can be used for an end of year or holiday teacher gift, or can be the inspiration for a wonderful poem or thank you letter from a student or parent to a special teacher. Teacher quotes can also be a starting point for a budding creative writer or literary artist to compose an essay on the merits (or perils) of teaching.

Another idea would be to use a thought-provoking teacher quote or two on a homemade calendar that contains meaningful, touching pictures of students throughout the school year. However these motivating quotes and sayings are used, they will surely provide a smile, an inspiration, and even perhaps some reassurance for a teacher who might need it.

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