The Very Best Quotes for Educators

My passion for learning and teaching began when I was five, maybe younger.

Discovering something new, making the pieces fit together so they made sense, is to this day at once exciting and intoxicating.

Being able to do something that I thought I could never do is electrifying. I only hope that I provided enough of those moments for the children I taught through the years.

I felt I was born to teach...little did I know I would learn far more than I ever would teach.

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A good teacher is one who helps you become who you feel yourself to be.

— Julius Lester
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We are all educators.

ej-oo-keyt...educate means: to develop the faculties and powers (of a person) by instruction, teaching, or schooling.

The oriigin is:
"1580–90; < Latin ēducātus brought up, taught (past participle of ēducāre ), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -duc- lead + -ātus" (dictionary.com)

Those we know who have chosen to make teaching their life's work are often unique, idealistic individuals with a gift for leading others to knowledge. They have that special ability to see the strengths in others that even they may be unaware that they possess. These teachers. educators, then encourage their students to use that untapped resource that is just waiting to be discovered.

A collection of quotes about educators and education are provided for your consideration.

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

— G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton said it so well......"the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next." How powerful that is.

And it certainly behooves each one of us to be certain we are teaching what is worthy of such power in lives.

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A child gave this to me one year...I was so humbled ...he had struggled all year but due to his persistence, he is now a successful high school senior.
A child gave this to me one year...I was so humbled ...he had struggled all year but due to his persistence, he is now a successful high school senior. | Source

Mr. Holmes, O, I would love to have sat in one of his discussion groups and listened and learned. Learned to stretch my mind so it did not ever go back to its tiny self again.


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Sometimes a person's mind is stretched by a new idea and never does go back to its old dimensions.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Carol has shared quotes too that you will definitely want to read

Carol 7777 has a collection of sayings and quotes that you will wish to read and reread.

http://carol7777.hubpages.com/hub/My-Favorite-Sayings-and-Quotes-Part-2

Antatole was prolific and so wise ...so I think, 'who am I to try to change or improve his words?" Maybe because I was always taught that writing is always, always a work in progress. Changing, improving, evolving as we go.

I think that I would like to change a smidge his remark...I hope I am forgiven...

I would like to remove the word young and insert the word all so that it reads this way..

".....awakening the natural curiosity of all minds..."

To remain curious and grow our whole life keeps us young.

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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

— Anatole France
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Child, give me your hand that I may walk in the light of your faith in me.

— Hannah Kahn

Hannah Kahn's quote leaves me a bit breathless...to walk in the light of the faith a young child has in us takes our connection to the child to a whole new level.

Carefully, wisely, judiciously, we guide each child to find their destiny, their place in the whole scheme of things. Knowing that faith in us will lead them to that place they need to be.

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Five

Every person is gifted in some area. We just have to find out what.

---Evelyn Blose Holman

Find a way to help each one find their talent, their way of discovering and exploring the world. No greater gift can we give to those in search of their unique talents


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Six

Knowledge--like the sky--is never private property. Teaching is the art of sharing.

---Abraham Joshua Heschel

Sharing what we know is giving that which we know to someone else to use and perhaps transform and enlarge.

Are there times when knowledge should be private property?


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Seven

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.

---Joseph Addison

Mr. Addison prolific and one who found his giftedness chose words that illustrate so vividly what education really is all about.

Shaping, molding, alowing to transfrom...


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Eight

We teach more by what we are than by what we teach.

---Will Durant

The old adage....actions speak louder than words...is so apropos.

If the mind is ever wandering when someone is endeavoring to teach us, perhaps it is because we cannot hear them because their actions are getting in the way of our learning.

If you profess that anger, out of control, enraged is counterproductive, destructive even, then bridling such anger must occur. I cannot hear you say, "control your anger" when you are screaming at me.

Nine

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

---Patricia Neal

Awakening our own expectations is fundamental. We are what we think we are. And being lead by a teacher who enables us to find our mission, our purpose, is like leading the proverbial horse to water and seeing him drink, at last.

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Ten

I am not a teacher--only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I point ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you.

---George Bernard Shaw

Mr. Shaw penned these words not knowing that they would fall into the hands of someone years later who would shoud AMEN when she came across them.

Not a teacher at all. Instead rather..a traveler who is pointing the way ahead for you and for me...Aiming us in the direction that will direct us to our purpose.

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Eleven

To teach is to learn twice.

--Joseph Joubert

Did Mr. Joubert realize how well his words captured this idea of what teaching is?

As we teach, we learn once again. It is so true. The light of understanding presents itself each time we share some bit of knowledge we have. It awakens within us wisdom which may have lain dormant waiting to be shared.

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Discver, Explore, Learn

My grandbaby reads and rereads this book ...filled with pictures and words.
My grandbaby reads and rereads this book ...filled with pictures and words. | Source

Twelve

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.

---Abbé Dimnet

What a gift...to allow children to discover and find knowledge on their own is crucial to real learning. Provide the tools and allow them to escape into their own world of discovery.

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Thirteen

Teaching is selflessness in the service of others.

---Berlie J. Fallon

Some words when gathered together in one continuous thought express an idea so well that there is no need for any further comment.

This is one of those.

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Fourteen

That's what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.

---Doris Lessing

Every day this happens to me. Having an ah-ha moment every day, rediscovering the old, transforming it into the new.

A brand new moment awaits each of us as we explore the avenues of knowledge.

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Fifteen

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

---Johann Von Goethe

Thinking about these words of Goethe takes me back to each time I had the opportunity to interact with another person. Each time we do as is suggested by these words, we are lighting the pathway to self discovery for someone whose talents may have gone unrecognized, undiscovered.

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Sixteen

Until the student knows how much you care, he won't care how much you know.

----author unknown

Caring is after all a part of the teaching-learning process. If we are to be the mentor, the facilitator of learning, we must first connect with those who are asking for guidance so they know we sincerely do care. When that happens, the mind will open and the consideration of what we espouse can begin.


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Education is learning what you didn't even know what you didn't know.


---Daniel J. Boorstin

It is in identifying yourself with the hopes, dreams, fears and longings of others that you may understand them and help them.

---Wilfred A. Peterson

Learning what we didn't know we didn't know....Maybe ..sometimes we do know we don't know and don't want to admit we don't know....hummm, I wonder???

Whoever it is that teaches, whether in the classroom or in day to day settings, anyone who enables another to learn will discover that Mr. Peterson's words hold much credence.

A Little More to Consider...

  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. Mark Twain
  • What sculpture is to a block of marble, eduction is to a human soul. Joseph Addison

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The Promise of Teaching

by Kathy Wagoner


And, so we know many educators. They are not all within the walls of schools or colleges. Those who teach us are those wtih whom we come in contact throughout our lives. We too are educators as we pass along what we know to others.

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Amanda. Yes, leading children to the place where they can figure out how to do a skill or learn a way to problem solve is really one of the most important ways teachers touch lives.

This was a very insightful comment.

Sending you Angels this morning. :) ps


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stuff4kids 3 years ago

I wish there was a 'wise' option to tick along with 'interesting' 'awesome' 'useful' etc. !

That is a wonderful collection of quotations rich with inspiration. I wish everyone who has responsibility for educating, either at home or in school, could read this hub. I couldn't possibly choose a favorite from among these as they are all wonderful.

I like your explanation of the word 'education' and its Latin root in the verb 'educare' That verb also meant 'to draw out' in the sense of water from a well. It isn't that a child is an empty vessel that needs filling up with information but first and foremost, that a child is a deep well of curiosity and ambition from whom we have to draw out the natural love of learning. Once that happens, everything else is relatively easy. If that sounds idealistic, it's not; it's my experience home-educating four kids!

I think, on balance, I probably spent more time supporting them in understanding and developing 'how to learn' skills than any traditional teaching (although there was plenty of that, too) and the rest they took on responsibly without even realizing it.

Of course, I have to be honest, we had difficult days, too - just on balance. And I so agree with you that the teacher always learns from the student. I learned that me and the kids were learning together, rather than me high up looking down at them and telling them things. After all, I didn't know most of what I 'taught' them before we found it out !

Sorry if this comment is too long - I'm enthusiastic about this and loved this hub so much!

Bless you. :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Rosika, for your visit.

For forty years I was a classroom teacher and now I am a teacher to my grand boys. The teaching and learning never ends that is for certain. I appreciate your votes and all. Sending you Angels this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for your visit, Celeste. I know. That particular one spoke to me as well...I think of it not only with the school children who touched my life over 40 years but also about my grand boys who look to me for answers and have such faith in me. It is so humbling.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for your visit, Celeste. I know. That particular one spoke to me as well...I think of it not only with the school children who touched my life over 40 years but also about my grand boys who look to me for answers and have such faith in me. It is so humbling.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps


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rosika 3 years ago

What an interesting hub.......Loved all of the quotes and your explanation of them.......Voted up and am going to share!


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celeste inscribed 3 years ago

'Child, give me your hand that I may walk in the light of your faith in me.' This one choked me up because it is such a huge responsibility to carry when a child put his/her trust in you. Very beautiful quotes thank you.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Sadly education has become more about paperwork and testing that about the bottom line.which is educating our children.

Thanks for stopping by

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

DDE

you are correct...

Learning is a lifelong opportunity....each day we learn new things and that enlarges our lives...thank you for your visit...

sending you many angels today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

phdast...

Thank you for the kind comments and for the visit.

Treasures are often found in the words that someone has left for us as they moved through this life. I draw inspiration from reading them.

Sending you many Angels today :) ps


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

This is a great hub, full of wonderful quotes. Many of the names I recognized of course, but those particular quotes were new to me. I do remember many wonderful teachers and I try to reproduce in my classroom the best of what they taught me. Enjoyed your Hub. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Learning never stops and you have definitely improved my knowledge here. Voted up!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Very interesting hub. I have just finished working in a school (admin support staff not teacher!). The sooner governments stop the bureaucracy the better - teachers should be allowed to do what they so best without being constantly observed and assessed - the inspiration in these quotes is still in educators but is being stifled far too often.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, rebecca

So many before us have found just the right word to say what I feel about learning and educating...a life long adventure.

Just wanted to share some with you all.

Sending you many Angels this morning...up to GA.. :) ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, pstraubie, you have really given an insightful view into imparting knowledge into the minds of our youths. I really applaud you for your depth of understanding! So voted awesome and shared!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, rajan jolly, for visiting. I am so thankful that those who have come before us were thinkers who expressed their ideas so well we would be admiring them many years later.

There are so many more that can be added to these.

Sending you Angels my Friend :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, rajan jolly, for visiting. I am so thankful that those who have come before us were thinkers who expressed their ideas so well we would be admiring them many years later.

There are so many more that can be added to these.

Sending you Angels my Friend :) ps


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Awesome quotes all, ps! It is so difficult choosing one over the other as they are all so amazing in themselves. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up & awesome.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

The sixteenth quote has special significance for me. I had struggled with math all the way through high school and into college. My senior of college I had the BEST teacher....she saw how the light had just not come for me in math. Because she cared, she lead me to that place of self discovery within me that I did not know existed. And I am so thankful as because of that experience I finally 'got it.' It also gave me a sense of what kind of teacher I wanted to be...

thank you for visiting..this hub is truly a collection of ideals and ideas I have sought as a classroom teacher and a teacher outside of the walls of a school building.

Sending you Angels this afternoon :) ps


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

All of the quotes are terrific and I love the sidebars. The quote that speaks to me the most is number 16. It's so true that the student learns so much better when they know you care about them.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

And, Martin, I imagine you are a very good teacher as well. We are all teachers ...each of us..and sharing what we knows enlarges the lives of each of us.

Glad to see you this morning...

Sending you many Angels this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi drbj

Yes I do like the Twain quote very much but have used it before in another hub. I will be adding new quotes as I go along so one day maybe I will add that one to this hub too.

Thanks for stopping by...sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

This is good! Thank you. I was fortunate to have many, many great teachers.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Every one of your quotes is cogent, Patricia. Thank you for compiling them. May I add one more - one of my favorites: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ― Mark Twain

Amen to that.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you, Pamela.

Being an educator is a lifelong passion of mine. I do believe that we are all educators as we seek to impart what we know. And in so being, we learn and grow ourselves by leaps and bounds.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :)ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is a very interesting and unique hub about education. I love all the quotes. Very nicely done.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hello, my Friend..

I do so feel the passion in the words of these quotes on so many levels. Of course you would be a fan of this particular hub..there is so much truth in these quotes...I did not need to come up with the wisdom expressed by those who have gone before me.

Glad to see you today as usual.

Sending you Angels and hugs and blessings too...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hello, my Friend..

I do so feel the passion in the words of these quotes on so many levels. Of course you would be a fan of this particular hub..there is so much truth in these quotes...I did not need to come up with the wisdom expressed by those who have gone before me.

Glad to see you today as usual.

Sending you Angels and hugs and blessings too...:) ps


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

To teach is to learn twice.....what a great quote and oh so true. I loved this hub, but of course I probably should, right? Seriously, these quotes sang to my heart. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face and reminding me once again why I loved my chosen career.

blessing and hugs coming your way

bill

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