60 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers – EduLearn2Change (2023)



09 March 2022/ By Zineb DJOUB

Teaching is a hard job, that’s why we need some inspiration to re-energize and get motivated. Listening to podcasts, watching TED talks, reading books, and also quotes can refresh our love of teaching and passion to do well. Here are my 60 top inspirational quotes for teachers.

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The Goal of Education

  1. “The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” —Jean Piaget
  2. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” —John Dewey
  3. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. –Albert Einstein
  4. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ―S. Lewis
  5. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ―B. Yeats

The Keys of Success

  1. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It is quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” —Thomas J. Watson.
  2. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein
  3. “When we build on our strengths and daily successes—instead of focusing on failures—we simply learn more.”—Tom Rath
  4. “Don’t stop until you’re proud of yourself”. ―Rachel Wolchin
  5. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.”—Marilyn Vos Savant
  7. “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them. “—Richard Branson
  8. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” —S. Eliot.
  9. “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. “—Mark Twain.
  10. “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. “—Alan Lakein
  11. “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all the brains that I can borrow. “ — Woodrow Wilson
  12. “It’s easy to say “no!” when you have a bigger “yes!” burning inside.” —Stephen Covey.
  13. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things”. —Denis Diderot

The Power of Learning

  1. “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action”. —John Dewey
  2. “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”—Albert Einstein
  3. “We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us”. —Marcel Proust
  4. “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” — William Pollard
  5. “The only source of knowledge is experience.”—Albert Einstein
  6. “We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves.”—Stephen Downes
  7. “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” — Abigail Adams.
  8. “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward”. —Oscar Wilde

The Need to Bring Change and Innovate

  1. “Vision without execution is hallucination.”— Thomas Edison
  2. “Information is abundant; it’s common. What’s uncommon, and desperately needed in today’s education systems, is the innovator’s mindset.” — George Couros
  3. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” —Confucius
  4. “What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.” — Walter Pater
  5. “Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?” — Jimmy Johnson.
  6. “The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” —Thomas Henry Huxley.

Teacher Inspiration

  1. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” —Brad Henry
  2. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”— Henry Adams
  3. “Effective teachers are not just “gifted educators.” They work hard to plan meaningful lessons. They work hard to connect with their students and inspire them. Their level of commitment always matters. — Danny Steele
  4. Inspiration does not need to be a fleeting feeling. I think an inspired teacher is a teacher who comes to work every day mindful of their true purpose. And that ultimate purpose is not found in their lesson; it is found in the students they are teaching.” — Danny Steele
  5. A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil to learn is hammering on a cold iron. — Horace Mann
  6. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”—Alexandra K. Trenfor

Creating Engaging Lessons

  1. “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”— Scott Hayden
  2. “A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention. Then he can teach his lesson.” — Hendrik John Clarke
  3. “I learned that when I made people laugh, they liked me. This is a lesson I’ll never forget.” — Art Buchwald.
  4. “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” — Plato
  5. “Instead of wondering if someone is smart, they wonder in what way that person is smart.” — Liz Wiseman et al.
  6. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”—Hans Hofmann
  7. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”— Maya Angelo
  8. “Provide an uncommon experience for your students and they will reward you with an uncommon effort and attitude.” — Dave Burgess.

Technology Integration

  1. “Learners are the driver, and technology is the accelerator.” – George Couros
  2. “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates
  3. The strength of technology is the ability for teachers to differentiate instruction.” – Tom Lindly
  4. “Technology will never replace great teachers, but in the hands of great teachers, it’s transformational.” – George Couros
  5. “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewingit as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” –Heidi-Hayes Jacobs
  6. If we marry educational technology with quality, enriching content, that’s a circle of win”. –Levar Burton


  1. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
  2. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. — Peter Drucker
  3. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”— Lao Tzu
  4. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.” — Douglas MacArthur
  5. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity”. — General George Patton
  6. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand”. — General Colin Powell
  7. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader”. —John Quincy Adams

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