Quotes on Teaching – Learning – Inspiration

Teaching quotes all educators need to hear

1. “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ― Albert Einstein

2. “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ― Aristotle

3. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. – Brad Henry

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

5. Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture. – Adora Svitak

6. Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. – Joyce Meyer

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

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

9. “The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.” ― Elbert Hubbard

10. A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions. – Martin H. Fischer

11. So what does a good teacher do? Create tension – but just the right amount. – Donald Norman

Inspirational teaching quotes

12. Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. – Henry Brooks Adams

13. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William A. Ward

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

15. “The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves” ― Joseph Campbell

16. “You can’t really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.” ― Dave Cullen

17. Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring. ― Sidney J. Harris

18. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” — Robert Frost

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

20. “The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” — John Lubbock

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

22. “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw

23. Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process. ― A. Bartlett Giamatti

24. Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensured a good life. ― Aristotle

25. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ― Jacques Barzun

26. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

27. “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

28. “The teachers who get “burned out” are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.” – Frank Martin

29. Teaching is the only major occupation…for which we have not developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the naturals, the ones who somehow know how to teach.― Peter Drucker

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

Teaching quotes to appreciate our educators

31. “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl Menninger

32. “When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.” ― William Glasser

33. “Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” ― Paulo Coelho

34. “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ― Anatole France

35. “But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world.” ― Umberto Eco

36. “Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher” – Maggie Gallagher

37. “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre” – Gail Godwin

38. “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think” – Socrates

39. “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions” – Unknown

40. “Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.”~Haim G. Ginott

Other inspirational teaching quotes

41. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great

42. “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ― Scott Hayden

43. “One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them.” ― Alan Bennett

44. “For the advice in a joke is sometimes more useful than the most serious teaching.” ― Baltasar Gracián

45. “A teacher is one who helps others and influences lives forever.” – Catherine Pulsifer

46. “Ask yourself: ‘Do I feel the need to laminate?’ Then teaching is for you.” ― Gordon Korman

47. “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 

48. “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.” – Kahlil Gibran

49. “I taught you everything you know. But I didn’t teach you everything I know.” ― Orson Scott Card

50. “Teaching is a little like weaving a piece of fabric. A weaver must have certain equipment and materials in order to create the desired design and color.” – Delia Halverson

Which are your favorite teaching quotes?

Having quality teachers is one of the most important factors in determining your success in life. They can guide you and make things easier by teaching you strong values that make one successful.

A teacher can be anyone. It could be your parents, school teachers, professors, friends, and anyone else who’s shared, taught you and had a positive impact on your life.

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Teaching is very much a leadership role – leading learners and supporting them on their journey. Here some recent quotes on leadership:

“Leadership is about helping others realize their potential and inspiring them to work with you to achieve a shared vision for the future.” – Kathy Mazzarelli, CEO, Graybar

“Ensuring that people have everything they need to achieve the missions of an organization. That’s it, all else is footnotes.” – Hans Vestburg, CEO, Verizon Communications

“Leadership is a combination of legitimacy, personality and management skills that make others want to follow someone’s direction.” – Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint Gobain

“Leadership is helping people succeed, inspiring and uniting people behind a common purpose and then being accountable.” – Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever

“A leader focuses on both the vision of the future and the possibility and the hard realities of the present and the lessons learned of the past, a person who inspires others, someone who is a walking symbol of humility.” – Bernard Tyson, Former CEO, Kaiser Permanente

“As a leader you must trust and empower your teams. Give them a clear direction, explain the purpose of the company and give them the means to do their jobs. A leader must also empower people and help them grow and build on their strengths while practicing to improve on their blind spots.” – Isabelle Kocher, CEO, Engie

“Leadership is showing up and stepping up at a time when people need you and doing the right thing, no matter how hard it is. I remember my former boss said to me that there’s a right thing to do and there’s an easy thing to do, and very rarely is the right thing to do the easy thing to do.” – Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group

“Leadership is about the ability to drive results, set the vision and share it, create an environment of success, and remove obstacles.” – Judy Marks, CEO, Otis Elevator

“A leader is someone who can think strategically, simplify the strategy so everyone in the organization can understand it and communicate that strategy simply, enthusiastically, and in a caring way.” – Ajay Banga, CEO, MasterCard

“The most basic definition of leadership is you set the destination. You come up with a strategy to get to that destination and do your best to align and supply the resources to make that happen.” – Mark Hurd, Former CEO, Oracle

“Leadership is helping believe in a better tomorrow or a better outcome than you have today.” –Marissa Mayer, Former CEO, Yahoo!

“Make setting audacious goals a fundamental belief. Do things, as John F. Kennedy famously said, “not because they are easy, because they are hard.” Leadership stands for progress, empowerment, empathy and trust. At a time of too many cynics who throw up their hands and cry, “impossible,” I employ optimism, the only free stimulus in this world.” – Bill McDermott, CEO, ServiceNow (Former CEO, SAP)

“Leadership is getting people to willingly go someplace they wouldn’t go themselves” – Tom Wilson, CEO, Allstate

“I define leadership as making a positive impact on people; employees, shareholders, customers, business partners and the public at large.” – Levent Çakiroglu, CEO, KOC Holdings