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Words of Wisdom on Teachers

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.
~ Donald Quinn

Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
~ John F. Kennedy

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
~ Anonymous

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.
~ Anonymous

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
~ Robert M. Hutchins

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
~ John F. Kennedy

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

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
~ Aristotle

Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.
~ Cato

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

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~ William A. Ward

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
~ Malcolm Forbes

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

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

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
~ Haim Ginott

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody (a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns) bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
~ Thurgood Marshall

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.
~ Marva Collins

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
~ Patricia Cross

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
~ John C. Dana

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.
~ The Talmud

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.
~ Bob Talbert

A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
~ Thomas Carruthers

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

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
~ Anonymous

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

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

We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude.
~ Anonymous student

The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.
~ Joseph Campbell

To teach is to learn twice.
~ Joseph Joubert

When asked what learning was the most necessary, he said, "Not to unlearn what you have learned!"
~ Diogenes Laertius

Education ... beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men―the balance wheel of the social machinery ... It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
~ Horace Mann

The critical factor is not class size but rather the nature of the teaching as it affects learning.
~ C.B. Neblette

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
~ K. Patricia Cross

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
~ Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.
~ Author Unknown

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
~ Colleen Wilcox

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