30 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Inspiration comes from one individual to another. For teachers, inspiration is a daily occurrence as students become their best selves. As a teacher, it is crucial to keep that passion in the back of your mind.

If you've had a tough week, tough day, or semester, these 35 inspirational quotes will put the fire back into your teaching regime.


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


2. "Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more." - Loris Malaguzzi 


3. "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." - B.F. Skinner 


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


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


6. "Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theatre" - Gail Godwin 


7. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle 


8. "What you teach today may someday light the world" - L.W. Fox 


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


10. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” - Alfred Mercier 


11. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai 


12. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” - Hahlil Gibran 


13. “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates


14. “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 


15. "If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." - John Dewey 


16. "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein 


17. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin 


18. "Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach." - Aristotle 


19. "Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be." - EricMicha'el Leventhal 


20. "You must become what we wish to teach" - Nathaniel Branden 


21. "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X 


22. "Don't just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!" - George Carlin 


23. "We never know which lives we influence, or when or why." - Stephen King 


24. "The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." - Todd Whitaker 


25. "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." - Lily Tomlin 


26. "Gradually I got used to the silence and darkness that surrounded me and forgot that it had ever been different, until she came - my teacher - who was to set my spirit free." - Helen Keller 


27. "Walking among three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it." - Confucius


28. "Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best" - Bob Talbert 


29. "Being able to help someone learn something is a talent" - Margaret Riel


30. "Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults" Abraham Lincoln