25+ Favorite Quotes for Educators
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25+ Favorite Quotes for Educators

Written by 7 August 2012

25+ Favorite Quotes for Educators

There are so many great quotes related to education out there, and they can really be helpful when you (or your students) are looking for a little bit of inspiration or motivation.

My favorites tend to change over time and I always like to have a couple around my desk or home.

One of my recent favorites is...

"Dreams don't work unless you do." - John C. Maxwell

I was curious about what your favorites were, so I posted a discussion thread inside the Teacher Learning Community forums.

(view the entire discussion thread here)

This is what you've been saying so far...

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

"Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin to Pooh

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana

"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." - Albert Einstein

"The formulation of the problem is often more essential than the solution." Albert Einstein

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending" - Carl Bard

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being." - Goethe

"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

"The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss

"A person's a person no matter how small"- Dr. Seuss

"Today was good, Today was fun, Tomorrow is another one." - Dr. Seuss

"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try." - JFK

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." ~ Japanese Proverb

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"Of all the questions about the future of leadership that we can raise for ourselves, we can be certain in our answer to only one: 'Who will lead us?' The answer, of course, is that we will be lead by those we have taught, and they will lead us as we have shown them they should." - William C. Richardson, CEO W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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

"Those who live passionately teach us how to love. Those who love passionately teach us how to live!" - Sarah Ban Breathnac

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our students of tomorrow." - John Dewey

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

"In the race of excellence there is no finish line" - H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Henry David Thoreau

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  • Mary Lou Corder said:

    “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C. S. Lewis

  • Rodney Wells said:

    “Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics”—Siméon Poisson

  • Homeschool Curriculum said:

    Nice stuff!