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.

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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.

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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.

So if you haven’t already said thank you to your “school parents,” here are 20 teacher quotes that will help you show your appreciation toward them.

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A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.

— Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.

— Charles Kuralt

The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.

— F. Sionil Jose

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Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our nation for tomorrow.

— Solomon Ortiz

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

— Sidney Hook

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.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.

– Henry Brooks Adams

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

– William A. Ward

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

Albert Einstein

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

– Amos Bronson Alcott

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

– Helen Caldicott

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.

— Aristotle

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

If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.

— Guy Kawasaki

The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.

— Ally Carter

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.

― Jeannette Walls

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

— Donald Norman

The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.

— Dorothea Dix

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

I will venture to maintain that where the teacher is not pleasing to the pupil, there is no education.

— Xenophon


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