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Quotes about teachers to help say thank you and show your appreciation to the teachers and mentors in your life.

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. Albert Einstein even went so far as describing teaching as a “supreme art.” There comes a point where we’re finally thankful to 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. It can be difficult to express this gratitude, but these inspirational teacher quotes can help you find the right words to show your appreciation.

Teacher Quotes To Show Your Appreciation

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Too often, we take for granted how important teachers are; not only for us as individuals but for society as a whole. These inspirational quotes for teachers will help them feel appreciated.

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

HARRY S. TRUMAN

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

CYNTHIA OZICK

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

AARON BACALL

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.

GUY KAWASAKI

Not all superheroes have capes, some have teaching degrees.

UNKNOWN

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

SIDNEY HOOK

Quotes About The Impact Of Teachers

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It doesn’t take much thought to understand the impact teachers have on us and just how far their influence can go. These quotes about how teachers affect students illustrate their impact perfectly.

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

F. SIONIL JOSE

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.

JAPANESE PROVERB

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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The fact that you worry about being a good teacher, means that you already are one.

JODI PICOULT

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

SOLOMON ORTIZ

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

CONFUCIUS

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.

UNKNOWN

Inspiring Quotes About Teachers To Say Thank You

Inspiring quotes about teachers to say thank you

As kids, we’re taught to say “please” and “thank you” when a situation calls for it. Unfortunately, that habit is often easily forgotten when it comes to the invaluable lessons teachers provide. These inspiring teacher quotes are a great starting point to help you thank your mentors.

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

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.

CARL JUNG

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

HENRY BROOKS ADAM

What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?

MARCUS T. CICERO

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

MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK

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

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding.

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

Quotes About What It Means To Be A Great Teacher

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Anyone who has chosen to be a teacher has chosen a challenging career path. But as challenging as it may be at times, it is also one of the most fulfilling roles. The following quotes will remind you what it means to be a teacher.

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

WILLIAM A. WARD

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

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

C.S LEWIS

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

DARWIN D. MARTIN

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

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT

More Quotes About The Influence Of Teachers

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Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Most teachers realize that they are not simply sharing facts, they are molding young minds. This carries with it a great responsibility. These quotes about how influential teachers are will make any mentor feel valued.

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

MALCOLM X (more Malcolm X quotes)

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.

EVER GARRISON

I am not a teacher, but an awakener.

ROBERT FROST

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

DOROTHEA DIX

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

XENOPHON

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Inspirational Quotes About Teaching

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Photo by Felicia Buitenwerf on Unsplash

It’s not easy to find something more satisfying than a bright, young mind interested in learning something new. This is why teachers are so special and why teaching can be so rewarding.

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.

BILL GATES

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)

To teach is to learn twice.

JOSEPH JOUBERT

Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.

ARISTOTLE

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.

JOSEPH ADDISON

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

PHIL COLLINS

Quotes About How A Great Teacher Can Change You Forever

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Learning from a great teacher can be life-changing. They can be the difference between success and failure. Anyone lucky enough to have been taught by a great teacher will relate to these quotes about their influence.

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

ALBERT EINSTEIN

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

MARK VAN DOREN

A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

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.

JIM ROHN

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’.

DAN RATHER

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

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

B.B KING

More Quotes To Show Your Appreciation For Teachers

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It may be difficult to find the words, but showing your gratitude towards a good teacher is as valuable as the lessons they taught you.

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

COLLEEN WILCOX

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.

JOSEF ALBERS

I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son.

THOMAS WOLF

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.

SCOTT HAYDEN

I touch the future. I teach.

CHRISTA MCAULIFE

A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.

ARISTOTLE

A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love, and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dreams.

UNKNOWN

Thoughtful Quotes About Teachers

Helen Keller quote about a well-educated mind

Few people are as thoughtful and caring as good teachers are towards their students. Return the sentiment and let your mentors know you appreciate their efforts.

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.

HELLEN KELLER

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

JOHN C. MAXWELL

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

CHARLES KURALT

A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.

JOHN HENRIK CLARK

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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

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

BOB TALBERT

Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.

CHINESE PROVERB

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

KARL MENINGER

Gratitude Quotes For Teachers

John F Kennedy quote about expressing gratitude

A simple “thank you” can go a long way, especially to someone with such a responsibility as teaching. It’s important to express your gratitude to those who helped shape your future.

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

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

DALAI LAMA

Education doesn’t just make us smarter. It makes us whole.

JILL BIDEN

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.

ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD

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

VOLTAIRE

The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.

ALLY CARTER

The influence of a great teacher can never be erased. 

UNKNOWN

Cute Quotes To Say Thank You To Teachers

Fred Rogers quote about helping children

It’s not an exaggeration to say that teachers help build the future of society. These cute teacher quotes highlight the importance of teachers and remind us just how valuable they are.

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

FRED ROGERS

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

DONALD NORMAN

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

UNKNOWN

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.

ANATOLE FRANCE

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

UNKNOWN

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. 

LILY TOMLIN

Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.

JUDY BLUME

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.

RITA PIERSON

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