The many (too many) problems of the school have already been widely debated. But in the school, there are also excellences, teachers, of every order and degree, who have spent and continue to spend their existence and their energies with intelligence and passion in this difficult, tiring and wonderful world that is teaching.

On the occasion of October 5, World Teacher’s Day, I propose a selection of phrases, quotes and aphorisms on teachers and teaching. Related articles also include Phrases, quotes and aphorisms about school and in favour of the school,  Phrases, quotes, aphorisms and funny jokes about school and against the school, Phrases, quotes and aphorisms on studying and studying and  Phrases, quotes and aphorisms on learning and learning.

In teaching, you cannot see the fruit of a working day. It is invisible and remains so, perhaps for twenty years.

(Jacques Barzun)


A teacher takes you by the hand, touches your mind, opens your heart.



To teach is to touch a life forever



Perhaps it is this teaching: to make sure that the time of awakening strikes at each lesson.

(Daniel Pennac)


It is the supreme art of the teacher: to awaken the joy of creativity and knowledge.

(Albert Einstein)


Ideal teachers are those who offer themselves as bridges to knowledge and invite their students to use them to make the crossing; then, after crossing, they retire satisfied, encouraging them to build new bridges by themselves.

(Nikos Kazantzakis)


I am led to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are few, just like few great artists are.

In fact, teaching is – without perhaps – the greatest of the arts because the mediators are the human mind and spirit.

(John Steinbeck)


Teaching is leaving a trace of themselves in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.

(Eugene P. Bertin)


Teaching creates all other professions.



Modern cynics and skeptics … see nothing wrong with giving those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a salary lower than that paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.

(John F. Kennedy)


What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.



The most difficult jobs by far are in order for the parent, the teacher and the psychologist.

(Sigmund Freud)


Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

(Colleen Wilcox)


In a completely rational society, the best of us should aspire to become teachers and the rest of us should adapt to something less because transmitting civilization from one generation to the next should be the highest honor and the highest responsibility that anyone can ever have.

(Lee Iacocca)


The purpose for the new school year: that the educational dialogue is such, a comparison of voices, a choreography of minds, not a monologue.

(orporick, Twitter)


A teacher who tries to teach without inspiring the pupil’s desire to learn is hammering cold iron.

(Horace Mann)


A teacher strikes for eternity; you can never tell where its influence stops.

(Henry Brooks Adams)


I have never taught my students; I just tried to provide them with the conditions in which they can learn.

(Albert Einstein)


You don’t make many happy by running them before they learn to walk.

(John Fowles)


I like a teacher who gives you something to think about to take home in addition to the usual homework.

(Lily Tomlin)


The teacher is the person to whom a parent entrusts the most precious thing his child has: the brain. He entrusts it to him to transform it into a thinking object. But the teacher is also the person to whom the state entrusts its most precious thing: the collectivity of brains so that they become tomorrow’s country.

(Piero Angela)


If you teach, it also teaches you to doubt what you teach.

(José Ortega y Gasset)


The mediocre teacher says. The good teacher explains. The top teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

(William Arthur Ward)


If I don’t learn the way you teach, teach me the way I learn.



The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who pulls and pushes you and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes hitting you with a pointed stick called “truth”.

(Dan Rather)


A good teacher is like a candle – it is consumed to light the way for others.

(Turkish proverb)

He who is a school teacher can change the face of the world.

(Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz)


A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.

(Louis A. Berman)


Good teachers are expensive, but bad teachers cost more.

(Bob Talbert)


A good teacher is one who progressively makes himself superfluous.

(Thomas Carruthers)


Good teaching is a fourth preparation and three-quarters theatre.

(Gail Godwin)


The best masters are the ones who tell you where to look, but they don’t tell you what to see.

(Alexandra K. Trenfor)


The most beautiful gift that can be given to a student is doubt.

(orporick, Twitter)


The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatize and inspires in his listener the desire to teach himself.

(Edward Bulwer-Lytton)


The purpose of a teacher is not to create students in his image, but to encourage students to create their own image.



Good teachers make us understand that there will always be stones along the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or milestones; it all depends on how we use them.



What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

(Karl Menninger)


Teaching is not a lost art, but respect for this art is a lost tradition.

(Jacques Barzun)


Teaching should be full of ideas, rather than stuffed with notions.



The teacher who is truly wise does not offer to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

(Kahlil Gibran)

A teacher is a talented miner. He has no right to extract it: he has a duty. He has the same kids in front of him, day after day. He knows where to look if he wants to. ”

(Beppe Severgnini)


Discover wildlife: become a teacher!



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



If you teach, it also teaches you to doubt what you teach.

(Josè Ortega y Gasset)


Those who dare to teach must never stop learning.

(John Cotton Dana)


To teach is to learn twice.

(Joseph Joubert)


There are no teachers, only students.

(Linus Torvald)


I can’t wait to go back to class, the solid ground of the desks, the sky of slate and chalk, the walls covered with students and questions.

(orporick, Twitter)


The secret of teaching is to show that you have known for a lifetime what you have just learned this morning.



Teaching is the only major occupation of a man for whom we do not yet have the tools that make an average person capable of developing superior skills and performance. In teaching, we rely on “natural” qualities, those which somehow nobody knows how to teach.

(Peter Drucker)


Poor quality teaching is, almost literally, an assassination and, metaphorically, a sin. He makes the student impoverished, reduces the taught subject to grey inanity. It insinuates into the sensitivity of the child or adult the most corrosive of acids, boredom, the exhalations of ennui.

(G. Steiner)


Teacher comes from the same root as “to say”, which originally meant “to indicate”. The teacher is the one who indicates what is valid within the theoretical and practical knowledge and, through this, makes the students critical, autonomous and able to choose how to continue the exploration. On the contrary, the lecturer does not indicate why, having lost his professional and personal esteem, he does not believe he has to and can report anything except his own frustration.

(Alessandro D’Avenia)

Why do we make fleas on the curriculum of politicians and that of teachers does not count for anything to differentiate their careers? Systems that ignore or do not value personal history, commitment, context, matter, deresponsibilize and flatten downwards. The manager’s «tied hands», in the face of the evident inefficiency of the teacher, make the request of normal quality useless

(Alessandro D’Avenia)

Not all superheroes have cloaks, some have teaching degrees.

(Heidi McDonald)


Good teachers are those who can challenge young minds without losing their own.



Teachers should achieve unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that sometimes they do this impossible task.

(Haim G. Ginott)


The art of teaching is the act of witnessing a discovery.

(Mark Van Doren)


Every single morning, when I enter the classroom, I am born again. Every morning is my birthday. They, my students, the gift.

(Orporick, Twitter)


Only mediocre teachers teach what they know because good teachers also teach what they don’t know. The best? They teach what nobody will ever know.

(Mauro Parrini)


I’m not crazy because I teach. I’m just crazy about my teaching.

(Heidi McDonald)


Summer: The time of year when parents roughly realize how much teachers are underpaid in reality.



The wise teacher knows that 55 minutes of work, plus 5 minutes of laughter, are worth double 60 minutes of constant work.



Creativity: take the obvious, add a cup of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and boldness, mix well and bring to a boil.

(Bernard Baruch)


If a doctor, a lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, who have different needs, and some of whom would not like to be there and therefore cause problems, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, if they were to treat everyone with professional excellence for nine months, well, you can get a picture of what a teacher’s job is.

(Donald D. Quinn)


If you really want to know the future, don’t ask a technician, a scientist or a physicist. No! And don’t even ask someone who is writing the software code. If you want to know what society will be like in 20 years, ask a school teacher.

(Clifford Stoll)


Those who teach children to learn more than they do.



If your plans are for 1 year planting rice, 20 years planting a tree, a century teaches men.

(Chinese proverb)

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