38 Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes

Quote Graphic: The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.	Dorothea Dix

Teachers play a unique and powerful role in our lives, leaving lasting impressions that continue to shape us long after we've left their classrooms. Whether through a carefully crafted lesson plan, a word of encouragement, or a keen insight that sparks our curiosity, these educators have the ability to unlock our potential and guide us toward a life of learning and growth.

The value of an exceptional teacher cannot be overstated, as they impact not only their students but also the communities in which they serve.

By fostering a love for learning, cultivating critical thinking, and nurturing empathy, educators lay the groundwork for a brighter, more compassionate future.

As you explore this compilation of the best quotes for, about, and by teachers — we hope you'll be reminded of the remarkable educators who have crossed your path and feel inspired to share these words with others.

For teachers, these quotes serve as a testament to the meaningful work they do and the difference they make every day.

And for the rest of us, these words offer a renewed appreciation for the teachers in our lives, as well as a gentle reminder of the lessons they've imparted.

So, let's dive in and rediscover the magic that lies at the heart of education — the boundless wisdom, inspiration, and love that teachers share with their students every single day:

The Best Quotes For, By, and About Teachers

Famous Quotes

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban‍

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

 “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
— B.B. King

 “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” — B.B. King‍

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”
— Maria Montessori

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” — Maria Montessori

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
Fred Rogers

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” — Fred Rogers

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

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

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela‍

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

“It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

“Be who you needed when you were younger.”
Brad Montague

“Be who you needed when you were younger.” — Brad Montague‍

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”
— Dalai Lama

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” — Dalai Lama

Inspirational Quotes

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.”
— K. Patricia Cross

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.” — K. Patricia Cross

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”
— Nikos Kazantzakis

“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.”
— Dorothea Dix

“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.” — Dorothea Dix

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
— Khalil Gibran

“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.”
— John Dewey

“The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being.”
— Maria Montessori

“It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop.”
— Robert John Meehan

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
— Malcolm X

“The word “education” comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.”
— Muriel Spark

“The word “education” comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” — Muriel Spark

Short Quotes

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
— Phil Collins

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” — Phil Collins

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”
— Lily Tomlin

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To teach is to learn twice.”
— Joseph Joubert

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
— Margaret Mead

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss

“Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.”
— Aristotle

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

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”
— Lady Bird Johnson

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.”
— Anatole France

“To teach is to learn twice over.”
— Joseph Joubert

“To teach is to learn twice over.” — Joseph Joubert‍

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More Quotes

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”
— Michel Legrand

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” — Michel Legrand

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

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
— Robert M. Hutchins

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
— C.S. Lewis

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
— Clay P. Bedford

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” — Clay P. Bedford

“Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission.”
— Ralph Tyler

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
— Rita Pierson

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” — Rita Pierson‍

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