50 Inspirational Teacher Quotes to Brighten Your Day

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Need motivation? Look no further! These inspirational teacher quotes are just the thing to remember exactly why you got into teaching in the first place. Read on for quick tidbits of love, support, and inspiration by and for teachers.

Check out our list of favorite classroom quotes too!

1. I wasn’t born to “just teach.” – Author Unknown

2. One child, one teacher, one book … – Malala

3. The teacher who is indeed wise … – Kahlil Gibran

4. When you love your class, your students just know.

5. All the small moments with your students …

6. Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them. – Gordon Neufeld

7. A great teacher is a great artist … – John Steinbeck

8. Watch a teacher with a classroom full of students … – Teresa Kwant

9. Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert

10. A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. – Helen Keller

11. A teacher affects eternity. – Henry Brooks Adams

12. Lessons on kindness are just as important.

13. If you don’t like something, change it. – Maya Angelou

14. If you love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow. – Jeffrey R. Holland

15. Every job has its ups and downs, but not every job can change a life.

16. The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. – Todd Whitaker

17. Only the brave choose to teach.

18. Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch. – Judy Blume

19. The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels

20. Sometimes the greatest PD is the teacher down the hall. – Brian Aspinall

21. The trick to having happy students is to first be happy yourself.

22. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

23. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

24. You are a great teacher.

25. Keep company mainly with teachers who uplift you. – Robert John Meehan

26. Like a boss teacher.

27. Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. – Author Unknown

28. May your coffee be strong and your students calm.

29. Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

30. Nothing can dim a light that shines from within. – Maya Angelou

31. Be the leader in a school of fish.

32. Every child needs at least one adult … – Urie Bronfenbrenner

33. Be awesome, be amazing, be you.

34. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

35. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. – Colleen Wilcox

36. It starts on the inside.

37. The world needs all kinds of minds. – Temple Grandin

38. Do what you love.

39. The world is changed by your example. – Paulo Coelho

40. Plant some beautiful seeds.

41. To your students, you are a hero.

To your students, you are a hero.

42. The best teachers are those who show you where to look.

The best teachers are those who show you where to look.

43. I’m just a teacher standing in front of my class …

I'm just a teacher standing in front of my class ...

44. You are already a good teacher.

You are already a good teacher.

45. If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s …

If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow.

46. 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.

47. Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award. – William Prince

Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.

48. In order to be an effective teacher, you have to love your students as human beings and you have to love teaching. – Maribeth Sublette

In order to be an effective teacher, you have to love your students as human beings and you have to love teaching.

49. Not all superheros wear capes—some have teaching degrees. – Author Unknown

Not all superheros wear capes—some have teaching degrees.

50. Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. – Scott Hayden

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.

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Looking for some extra motivation this year? Our list of inspirational teacher quotes will give you just the boost you need.



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