148 Best Quotes For Teachers & Tutors (2021)

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If there's one thing 2020 has taught us, it's that adapting to change quickly in the education industry is absolutely critical in order to survive.

However, with so much change in just one year, this has lead teachers and educators feeling burnt out, fatigued, and even the desire to give up.

Sometimes, all it takes is a quote or motivational speech to shift your mood and mindset.

We put together 148+ inspirational teaching & tutoring quotes to get you through 2020 and beyond.

Here they are:

Inspirational Quotes

#1:

‘Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.’ –W.B. Yeats

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#2:

‘I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.’ –Albert Einstein

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#3:

‘I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.’ –Socrates

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#4:

‘Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work… sacredly, secretly, silently … and those with “eyes to see and ears to hear’ will respond.’ –The Arturians

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#5:

‘The best teachers are the ones that change their minds.’ –Terry Heick

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#6:

‘You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.’ –Aristophenes

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#7:

‘Your worst enemy is your best teacher.’ –Buddha

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#8:

‘To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.’ –Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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#9:

‘You can teach a person all you know, but only experience will convince him that what you say is true.’ –Richelle E. Goodrich

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#10:

‘It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the heart…(people) respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won (their) heart, (they) will follow you anywhere.’ –Vince Lombardi

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#11:

‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’ –Albert Einstein

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#12:

‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ –William Butler Yeats

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#13:

‘Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.’ –John Steinbeck

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#14:

“It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”- Albert Einstein

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#15:

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”- Ever Garrison

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#16:

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” – Sidney Hook

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#17:

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

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#18:

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

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#19:

“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of the individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.” – APJ Abdul Kalam

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#20:

“Summer vacation is the time when parents realize teachers are grossly underpaid.”- Unknown

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#21:

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer

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#22:

“Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that’s because you’re a teacher.” – Aaron Bacall

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#23:

“What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.” – Unknown

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#24:

“Discover wildlife! Be a teacher!”- Unknown

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#25:

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

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#26:

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” – Horace Mann

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#27:

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius

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#28:

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”— Charles Kuralt

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#29:

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”- Benjamin Franklin

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#30:

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain

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#31:

“Cheers to all of the teachers who give out pencils every single day who know that they’ll never get them back.”- Unknown

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#32:

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers

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#33:

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”- Alexandra K. Trenfor

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#34:

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”- Andy Rooney

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#35:

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” – Michel Legrand

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#36:

“Without teachers, life would have no class.”- Unknown

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#37:

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”- Sydney J. Harris

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Professional Quotes

#1:

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.’ –Jacques Barzun

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#2:

‘Teaching is the highest form of understanding.’ –Aristotle

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#3:

‘Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.’ –Aristotle

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#4:

‘The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.’ –Amos Bronson Alcott

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#5:

‘A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.’ –Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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#6:

‘Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.’ —Unknown

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#7:

‘The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.’ –Joseph Campbell

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#8:

‘Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.’ –Paulo Coelho

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#9:

‘There is no failure. Only feedback.’–Robert Allen

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#10:

‘It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.’–Unknown

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#11:

‘Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.’ –Unknown

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#12:

‘Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.’ –Chinese Proverb

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#13:

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

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#14:

“Intelligence plus character– that is the goal of true education.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

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#15:

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”- William Butler Yeats

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#16:

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

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#17:

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

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#18:

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb

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#19:

“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.”- Forest Witcraft

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#20:

“Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission.”- Dr. Ralph Tyler

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#21:

“Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.”- Aristotle

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#22:

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”- Henry Adams

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#23:

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

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#24:

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.” – William Shakespeare

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#25:

“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.”- Guy Kawasaki

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#26:

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori

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#27:

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – John C. Dana

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#28:

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.”- Joseph Addison

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#29:

“The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.”- Aristotle

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#30:

“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”- Edward Everett

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#31:

“Don’t judge a teacher until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes.”- Unknown

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#32:

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”- John Wooden

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#33:

“Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.”- William Prince

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#34:

“A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy.” – Robert Lumsden

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#35:

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”- Phil Collins

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#36:

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust

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#37:

“A truly amazing teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.”- Unknown

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Life Quotes

#1:

‘A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.’ –Thomas Carruthers

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#2:

‘When one teaches, two learn.’ –Robert Heinlein

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#3:

‘Teachers teach someone something, in that order.’ –Samuel Natale

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#4:

‘In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.’ –Lee Iacocca

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#5:

‘Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.’ –Frank Herbet

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#6:

‘A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.’ –Horace Mann

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#7:

‘All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life.’ –Ming-Dao Deng

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#8:

‘I would teach how science works as much as I would teach what science knows.’ –Neil deGrasse Tyson

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#9:

‘The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ –Maria Montessori

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#10:

‘A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.’ —Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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#11:

‘The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.’ –Alexandra K. Trenfor

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#12:

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.’–Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

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#13:

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”- Dalai Lama

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#14:

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#15:

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” – Carl Jung

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#16:

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

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#17:

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

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#18:

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” – Unknown

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#19:

“Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.” – Margaret Riel

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#20:

“Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.”- Unknown

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#21:

“What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” – Marcus T. Cicero

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#22:

“Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.” – Helen Peters

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#23:

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun

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#24:

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

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#25:

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz

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#26:

“Not all superheroes wear capes, some have teaching degrees.” – Unknown

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#27:

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”- Japanese Proverb

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#28:

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”- John Dewy

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#29:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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#30:

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” – Anatole France

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#31:

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”- Lily Tomlin

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#32:

“Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future.”- Thomas Mckinnon

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#33:

“If you can read this, thank a teacher.” – American proverb

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#34:

“The teacher … must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”- Maria Montessori

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#35:

“To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”- Maria Montessori

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#36:

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”- GK Chesterton

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#37:

“A teacher nourishes the soul of a child for a lifetime.”- Unknown

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Positive Quotes

#1:

‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener.’ –Robert Frost

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#2:

‘A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.’ –Henry Adams

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#3:

‘I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am.’ –Paulo Freire

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#4:

‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’ ― William Arthur Ward

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#5:

‘A great teacher can teach Calculus with a paper clip and literature in an empty field. Technology is just another tool, not a destination.’ –Unknown

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#6:

‘Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theatre.’ –Gail Goldwin

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#7:

‘The word ‘education’ comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.’ –Muriel Spark

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#8:

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

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#9:

Ask ‘How will they learn best?’ not ‘Can they learn?’–Jaime Escalante (here’s a quick bio on Escalante if you’re not familiar with the movie based on his life, ‘Stand and Deliver’)

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#10:

‘Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.’ —Theodore Roosevelt

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#11:

‘A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.’ –Thomas Carruthers

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#12:

‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.’ –Pablo Picasso

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#13:

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry

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#14:

“Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.”- Ann Liberman

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#15:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

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#16:

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – Robert M. Hutchins

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#17:

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl Menninger

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#18:

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

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#19:

“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” – Unknown

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#20:

“The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#21:

“When we strive to become better teachers than we are, everyone in our classroom becomes better too.”- Robert John Meehan

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#22:

“He who opens a school door closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo

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#23:

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin

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#24:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

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#25:

“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie

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#26:

“I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.” – James Levine

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#27:

“Students don’t know how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell

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#28:

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

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#29:

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ― C.S. Lewis

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#30:

“A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.”- D. Martin

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#31:

“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” – Unknown

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#32:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou

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#33:

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick

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#34:

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” – Alfred Mercier

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#35:

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”- Margaret Mead

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#36:

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”- Goethe

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#37:

“A truly special teacher is very wise and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.”- Unknown

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