Ten Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Inspiration is a great motivator, and with spring break still a long way off, plenty of teachers are looking for that extra something to get them through to the next holiday. If you need a dose of classroom inspiration, check out some of these fantastic inspirational quotes from some memorable historical figures. All of them are education related, but many can be applied on a larger scale as well, both in and out of the classroom. Take them to heart, and go forth and teach!

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese proverb

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” – Horace Mann

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.” – Richard Bach

“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carol Buchner

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers

“It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.” – Linda Conway

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