Lovable and sometimes intimidating figures, our teachers can present us with important life opportunities, inspire us to discover our vocation, and motivate and guide us along the way.
Some days we love them, other days we hate them for expecting too much from us. A teacher’s true appreciation comes with age. Too few of us understand a teacher’s value and effort while we are still students. We want to spend our time having fun, not doing tons of homework. We don’t realize yet that being good at something takes practice, but our teachers do.
It is when we mature that we truly admire these people and begin to recognize the positive difference they made in our lives. There comes a point where we start being thankful to all our teachers, good or bad, but the most memorable ones will always be the ones who believed in us when we didn’t believe in ourselves.
Here are 80 teacher quotes that will help you show your appreciation:
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
HARRY S. TRUMAN
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that’s because you’re a teacher.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.
Not all superheroes have capes, some have teaching degrees.
The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.
F. SIONIL JOSE
Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
The fact that you worry about being a good teacher, means that you already are one.
Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
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Inspiring quotes about teachers to say thank you
Teaching is a calling too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy — angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding.
WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK
Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
HENRY BROOKS ADAM
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
WILLIAM A. WARD
What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
MARCUS T. CICERO
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.
DARWIN D. MARTIN
You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
DR. SEUSS (more Dr. Seuss quotes)
Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our nation for tomorrow.
True teachers 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.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
MALCOLM X (more Malcolm X quotes)
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
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.
The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.
I will venture to maintain that where the teacher is not pleasing to the pupil, there is no education.
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.
Intelligence plus character– that is the goal of true education.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids to work together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
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
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
To teach is to learn twice.
In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
MARK VAN DOREN
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
ROBERT M. HUTCHINS
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’.
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.
Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
JOHN C. MAXWELL
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
I touch the future. I teach.
More thoughtful quotes to show your appreciation
A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.
Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.
JOHN HENRIK CLARK
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son.
Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.
A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.
Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.
A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love, and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dreams.
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.
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.
Education doesn’t just make us smarter. It makes us whole.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
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Gratitude quotes for teachers
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.
ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
The influence of a great teacher can never be erased.
Funny and cute quotes to say thank you
Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.
The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.
So what does a good teacher do? Create tension — but just the right amount.
It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.