20 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

20 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

By Megan Habel , Sep 6th 2016

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Take note of these inspirational quotes for teachers!

Everyone needs some inspiration now and again. But no one needs it quite the way teachers need it as they approach a new school year. At BookPal we believe that teachers are some of the most amazing and important people, as they ignite a flame for learning in children that will last a lifetime. To help remind educators just how vital their role is, here are a few of our favorite inspirational quotes for teachers to get the school year off to an encouraging start:


1. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” - Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet

2. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” - Robert Frost

Suggested Reading: Robert Frost's Poems

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

Suggested Reading: On a Beam of Light

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

Suggested Reading: Mr. Rogers: Young Friend and Neighbor

5. “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.

Suggested Reading: Martin's Big Words

6. “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” - Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

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

Suggested Reading: Blues All Around Me

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

Suggested Reading: Long Walk to Freedom

9. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

Suggested Reading: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

10. “Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” - William Yeats, author of Collected Poems

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11. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - Dr. Seuss, author of Oh the Places You'll Go

12. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist

13. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” – Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun

14. “Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings

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15. "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." - Carl Jung

Suggested Reading: Jung the Mystic

16. "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." - Mark Van Doren, author of Shakespeare

17. "Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren't able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don't just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills." - Charles Platt, author of Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Vol. 1

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18. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala

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

Suggested Reading: Alexander the Great

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

Suggested Reading: The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert

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This post was written by Sydney Moorhead, the product specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene.

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