Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.
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 D. 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
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
Amos Bronson Alcott
A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.
Louis A. Berman
We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.
Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.
A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who she’s looking at.
Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902
Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.
Eugene P. Bertin
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.
Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.