42 Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes with Images

To teachers everywhere. You’ve heard it a thousand times: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Children need years of positive influence from many adults that come into their lives to reach their full potential. Teachers are a significant portion of that positive influence. Teachers leave a lifelong impact on children, and in many cases even spend more time with children then their parents. Teachers help children grow into unique and valued members of society.

You are their guiding North star, the educator that is shaping this planet’s future. But when you’re up to your neck in papers to grade, and the espresso just ain’t helping like it used to, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. Here are a few powerful motivational quotes to help you see the beauty of your work. Keep your focus on the bigger picture and remember why you chose this in the first place. Feel free to share the images if you like.

10 of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Teachers with Images



“Teachers who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” – Author unknown

The future is in your hands now. The world gets better because of your impact.


“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” – Josh Shipp

Imagine what kind of planet we’d have if every child had someone to help them reach their untapped potential.


“Our job is to teach the students we have. Not the ones we would like to have. Not the ones we used to have. Those we have right now. All of them.” – Dr. Kevin Maxwell

Ok so not all humans are created equal, but they all have potential to do amazing things.


“We expect teachers to reach unattainable goals with inadequate resources. The miracle is this: they often do.” – Haim Ginott

You are a superhero without a cape.


“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

It seems like almost a no brainer, but we should always enforce kindness as much as grammar.


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

That teacher is you.


“You may not see the fruit of today’s work but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge.” – Author unknown

Never take for granted the little things you teach, they could impact a child for years to come. My fourth grade teacher told me to question everything I do, 20 years later I still live by this and it has made me a wiser person


“There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.” – Carlos Santana

Teachers who teach from the heart stay with people forever. Thank you!


“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” – Author Unknown

Nobody would be here reading this right now without an amazing teacher like you. From learning to read to performing heart surgery, all is possible thanks to a teacher!



“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

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More Powerful Teacher Quotes We Love

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

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

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

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

“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” – J.K. Rowling

“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden. those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” – Author unknown

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

“What is done to children, they will do to society.” – Karl Menninger

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

“There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” – Dale Carnegie

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

“A good teacher is a doctor who heals ignorance and an artist who inspires creativity” – Author unknown

“What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“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 scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butlet Yeats

“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” – Author unknown

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

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

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much your care” – Anonymous

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

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr.Seuss

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

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato

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

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

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