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Famous Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

Updated on March 27, 2012

The following text includes 66 most famous quotes on knowledge, learning and teaching, speaking languages, life experience, wisdom, talents and hard work.

These quotes are the thoughts of great men and women with great accomplishments in life. Famous people gave answers to questions often asked by any living human being, and they are a 100% true!!!

"The truth is out there? Anyone know the URL?" (Unknown author)

Isn't it true that in today's world the greatest source of information is the Internet?


''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, Greek philosopher)


''In teaching others we teach ourselves.'' (Proverb)


''He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.'' (Unknown author)


''One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.'' (Carl Gustav Young, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist)


''It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.'' (Albert Einstein, scientist)


''The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.'' (Aristotle, Greek philosopher)


''The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.'' (Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer)


''To teach is to learn twice.'' (Joseph Joubert, French moralist)


''The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.'' (Unknown author)


''To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble.'' (Mark Twain, U.S. humorist, writer and lecturer)


''What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.'' (George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer)


''He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil.'' (German proverb)


''A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.'' (Horace Mann, U.S. educator)


''Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.'' (Aristotle, Greek philosopher, scientist and physician)


''Never offer to teach a fish to swim.'' (Proverb)


''Instruction does not prevent wasted time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.'' (James Anthony Froude, English historian, novelist and editor of the Fraser's Magazine )


''The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.'' (Tom Bodett, American author, voice actor and radio host)


''Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I may understand.'' (Chinese proverb)


''Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.'' (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist)


''Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.'' (Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and master of the modern short story)


''Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.'' (Sandra Carey, American politician)


''Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.'' (Tao The Ching, Chinese classic text)


''Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.'' (George Bernard Shaw, Irish literary critic, playwright and essayist, Nobel Prize for literature [1925])


''Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.'' (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist)


''Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.'' (Napoleon Hill, American author, journalist, attorney, lecturer)


''Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom.'' (Unknown author)


''PATIENCE IS THE COMPANION OF WISDOM'' (Saint Augustine, Ancient Roman Christian Theologian and Bishop)


''Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. (William Saroyan, american writer known for his stories celebrating the joy of living inspite of poverty)


''Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.'' (Dale E. Turner, U.S. actor)


''To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom one must observe.'' (Marylin vos Savant, American journalist and columnist of Ask Marylin. Billed as the person with the highest IQ (228) ever recorded b.1946)


''Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.'' (Proverb)


''Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…(Bob Marley, Jamaican singer, composer and guitarist)


''Experience: the most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.'' (C.S. Lewis, British scholar and novelist)


''We can teach from our experience, but we can't teach experience.'' (Sasha Azevedo, American actress, Athlete and Model)


''The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." (John Powell, British statesman)


''The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.'' (Marcel Proust, French novelist)


''The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.'' (William Arthur Ward, American writer)


''Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.'' (Dr. Haim Ginott, teacher, child psychologist and psychoterapist)


''While we teach, we learn.'' (Seneca, Roman stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist and humorist)



''It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.'' (Franklin P. Jones, American satirist)


''A different language is a different vision of life.'' (Federico Fellini, Italian film director )


''Learn a new language and get a new soul.'' (Czech Proverb)


''There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.'' (Unknown author)


''The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high.'' (Japanese proverb)


''I believe that every person is born with talent.'' (Maya Angelou, American autobiographer and poet)



''Talent is only the starting point.'' (Irving Berlin, American composer and lyricist)


''Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.'' (H. Jackson Brown Jr., American writer)


''A people without a language of its own, is only half a nation.'' (Thomas Osborne Davis, Irish writer)


''I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.'' (Albert Einstein, scientist)


''Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.'' (Sydney Smith,The way to succeed, W.M. Thayer)


''Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.'' (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist)


''All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.'' (John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of U.S.A.)


''Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.'' (Michael Jeffrey Jordan, retired American basketball player)


''I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.'' (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America and the principal author of the Declaration of Indipendence [1776])


''If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.'' (Lane Kirkland, US labor union leader, served as AFL-CIO president)


''Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it.'' (Charles Lazarus, business leader)


''I learned the value of hard work by working hard.'' (Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, unknown biography )


''Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.'' (Nadia Elena Comăneci, Romanian gymnast and best.known gymnast in the world)


''Hard work certainly goes a long way. These days a lot of people work hard, so you have to make sure you work even harder and really dedicate yourself to what you are doing and setting out to achieve.'' (Lakshmi Mittal, Indian born industrialist in U.K.)


''Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. (Rita Mae Brown, American writer)


''I've always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got.'' (Alan Bond, Australian businessman)


''Behind every technological breakthrough there lies a dream. Behind every new product there lies a dream. Dreams create realities – through hard work." (Rolf Jensen, Copenhagen Institute for future studies)


''You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.'' (Brian Tracy, self-help author from Canada/California)


''Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.'' (Indian proverb)


The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose. (Thornton Wilder, American playwright and novelist)


''Hard work brings prosperity, playing around brings poverty.'' (Bible)


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      Jasmine 2 years ago

      Hi Kenneth! Thank you very much for your interest in this hub and for commenting. I'm glad you loved these quotes :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jasmine,

      This piece can be described in the following adjectives: Powerful; Involved; Witty; Sharp-minded and Creative. Loved it and voted up and all of the choices.

      Keep up the great work. Please put me in that LONG list of people whose lives you have touched.

      Your New Friend, Kenneth

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      ShyeAnne 6 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the good read.

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      @Thanks for commenting everybody! I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes :)

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      annieloulaurel 6 years ago

      I agree most of it especially #66

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      Simon.Ackland 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      What a great hub. I really like #36 & #37. Thanks for your effort vox. =)

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      Rose Kolowinski 7 years ago

      #18 is my favorite and it is so true! The Chinese proverbs get right to the heart of the matter in very few words.