Quotations about Teachers and Teaching

A teacher affects eternity:
he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Adams

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life,
those the art of living well.

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?
Harriet Martineau

By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand.
Latin Proverb

Education is the mother of leadership.
Wendell L. Willkie

Seldom was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
Bishop Hall

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
Tryon Edwards

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
Ben Sweetland

Grammar speaks; dialectics teach us truth; rhetoric gives colouring to our speech; music sings; arithmetic numbers; geometry weighs and measures; astronomy teaches us to know the stars.
Latin Maxim

We learn by teaching.
James Howell

Natural ability is by far the best, but many men have succeeded in winning high renown by skill that is the fruit of teaching.

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

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
Galileo Galilei

The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.
Joyce Cary

It is a luxury to learn; but the luxury of learning is not to be compared with the luxury of teaching.
Roswell D. Hitchcock

Education is the guardian genius of democracy.
It is the only dictator that free men recognize,
and the only ruler that free men require.
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

Whatever you want to teach, be brief.

To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.
Muriel Spark

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

The true aim of every one who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
F. W. Robertson

He that teaches us anything which we knew not
before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master.
Samuel Johnson

To teach is the center of to learn.
Japanses Saying

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Chinese Proverb

Be careful to leave your sons well
instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed are better
than the wealth of the ignorant.

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
Alexander of Macedon

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest: we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction anil vary the song.
Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Education is the transmission of civilization.
Will Durant

To teach is to learn twice over.
Joseph Joubert

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
Newton D. Baker

A child miseducated is a child lost.
John F. Kennedy

A master can tell you what he expects of you.
A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

And one silly quote just for fun….
Never try to teach a pig to sing….it wastes
your time and annoys the pig.


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