Heart touching Teaching Quotes

Teaching is conceptual and intelligent, abstract and concrete, creative, and persistent. It”s about people but framed through ideas. It”s about content, hearts, minds, the past, the future–whatever we can imagine, Teaching and learning are both causes and effects.

With that in mind, we’ve collected some of the more famous quotes about Teaching, doing our best to include a wide range of perspectives, cultures, nationalities, races, spiritualities–many of the things that make “us” different, we tried to use somehow to curate the quotes. Some will be sourced from old sayings, etc.

  1. “Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” –W.B. Yeats
  2. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” –Jacques Barzun
  3. “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” –Thomas Carruthers
  4. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” –Robert Frost
  5. “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” –Albert Einstein
  6. “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” –Aristotle
  7. “When one teaches, two learn.” –Robert Heinlein
  8. “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry Adams
  9. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” –Socrates
  10. “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” –Aristotle
  11. “Teachers teach someone something, in that order.” –Samuel Natale
  12. “I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am.” –Paulo Freire
  13. “The true teacher defends his pupils against his influence.” –Amos Bronson Alcott
  14. “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest would have to settle for something else.” –Lee Iacocca
  15. “The mediocre teacher says. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward
  16. “The best teachers are the ones that change their minds.” –Terry Heick
  17. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” –Robert Frost
  18. “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” –Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  19. “Proper Teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.” –Frank Herbert
  20. “A great teacher can teach Calculus with a paper clip and literature in an empty field. Technology is just another tool, not a destination.” –Unknown
  21. “You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” –Aristophanes
  22. “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”Unknown
  23. “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” –Horace Mann
  24. “Your worst enemy is your best teacher.” –Buddha
  25. “The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.” –Joseph Campbell
  26. “All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life.” –Ming-Dao Deng
  27. “The word “education” comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil”s soul.” –Muriel Spark
  28. “Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” –Paulo Coelho



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