Inspiring Quotes for Teachers

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Teachers often encourage students with motivational speeches and quotes. But what motivates the teachers? Teachers gain inspiration when they see their students' progress.

Inspiring Quotes

Amos Bronson Alcott

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence."

Maria Montessori

"We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master."

Anatole France

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterward."


"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself."

Donald Norman

"So what does a good teacher do? Create tension—but just the right amount."

Bob Talbert

"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best."

Daniel J. Boorstin

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know."

B. F. Skinner

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."

Famous Poet

William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Wendy Kaminer

"Only people who die very young learn all they really need to know in kindergarten."