Teaching Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Teaching quotes and Teaching sayings, and Teaching proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Ideal teachers are those who 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."

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

"Do not train children to learning by force and 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."

"In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years."

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

"When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style."

"Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three."

"The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity."

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

"There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other."

"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."

"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre."

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."

"A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions."

"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions."

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

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron."

"There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies."

"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."

"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.’"

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted."

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

"If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important."

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

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."

"Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts."

"The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator."

"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind."

"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer."

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