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Great Education Quotes

Nothing is more inspiring than a great quote from a historical figure or someone else you admire. When it comes to teaching, an applicable quote from someone your students relate to can liven up an otherwise dreary lesson, while having your own armoury of quotes can keep you inspired on a day when you would rather stay in bed.

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

When you are looking for a dogma to teach by, these quotes may be just what you need to get through a difficult term, or deal with a difficult student:

  • The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William A. Ward
  • Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. – Plato
  • Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. – Fawn M. Brodie
  • I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. – Socrates
  • We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. – Robert H. Shaffer
  • To teach is to learn twice. – Joseph Joubert

Amusing Teaching Quotes

Sometimes no matter how hard you try the life of being a teacher can really get you down. Perhaps these funny quotes will help to lift your spirits:

Historical Quotes

If you are a history teacher, incorporating these quotes from famous historical figures can capture your student's imagination and help them make a connection with the material:

Inspirational Quotes for Students

A teacher's first goal is to inspire their students to enjoy learning, and to recognize that an education is a valuable resource. Now you can inspire your students with the following quotes:

  • In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. – Mark Twain
  • Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. – Gail Godwin
  • Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. – Fawn M. Brodie
  • Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. – Aristotle
    • A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. – Margaret Thatcher
    • Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it. – Lyndon B. Johnson
    • History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. – Napoleon Bonaparte
    • If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. – John F. Kennedy
    • This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. – Neil Armstrong
      • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius
      • Accomplishment is easiest when we work the hardest, and it is hardest when we work the easiest. – Source Unknown
      • The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune. – Plutarch
      • Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
      • Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. – Robert Frost
      • Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. – George Washington Carver

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