Quotes to Help Celebrate World Teachers' Day

Spread Joy With These Happy Teachers' Day Quotes

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A good teacher plays the role of an educator, guide, inspirational guru, and a friend. They gently nudge the "slow learners" to climb a steep learning curve, and they engage with the "bright minds" to delve deeper into concepts and thereby meet their need to be ahead of others.

Teachers tap the fertile mind of young children and plant the seed of curiosity in them. This inculcates the values of self-learning, exploration, and philosophical inquiry. Many young children take the spark of imagination to unimaginable heights. Little origami enthusiasts grow up to become engineers of cutting-edge technology. Kids suffering from dyslexia grow up and became famous surgeons.

What Is World Teachers' Day?

Also known as International Teachers Day, World Teachers' Day is held officially each year on October 5 in Canada and more than 100 countries worldwide, but in the United States, it’s held on the first Tuesday of the first full week in May. According to UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), it’s a special day to remind the world that education is a fundamental right that requires qualified teachers — who by the way — are always in demand, especially in remote, rural areas of the world.

The day marks the beginning of set standards for teachers and their commitment to the profession to help improve the lives of children. The following quotes are from some famous people in honor of teachers and the lofty profession of teaching: American historians (Henry Brooks Adams, Jacques Barzun); American author (Ken Blanchard); American operatic tenor (Robert Brault); Australian physician (Helen Caldicott); theoretical physicist (Albert Einstein); writers (Johann Wolfgang von Goeth, Nikos Kazantzakis, Dan Rather), Boy Scout administrator (Forest Witcraft); and Irish poet (William Butler Yeats).

Henry Brooks Adams

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

Jacques Barzun

"In teaching, you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years."

Ken Blanchard

"Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners."

Robert Brault

"The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity."

Helen Caldicott

"Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth."

Albert Einstein

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form."

Nikos Kazantzakis

"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own."

Dan Rather

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."

Forest Witcraft

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child."

William Butler Yeats

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