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Inspiration for Teachers

Updated on September 29, 2015

Inspiration for Teachers

Teachers play a major role in the development of our society. They inspire, motivate and pass on knowledge. It's important to remember that each and everyone of us is a teacher. Each day we learn and teach one another whether this be in a class room, at work, or at home. No matter what, there are always lessons to be learnt and practiced.

Inspirational Teacher Quotes

Here is a collection of some inspirational teacher quotes.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge

~More Albert Einstein Quotes

I am not a teacher but an awakener

~Robert Frost Quotes

The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.

~More Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.

~Henry Adams Quotes

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.

~Latin Proverb

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.

~Ben Sweetland Quotes

Seldom was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.

~Bishop Hall Quotes

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn

~John Lubbock Quotes

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

~Malcom S. Forbes Quotes

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

~Buddhist Proverb

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.


Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.

~Marva Collins

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

~John Cotton Dana

Watch this beautiful Flash Presentation

Make A Difference Movie - The Teddy Stallard Story

This a beautiful and inspirational flash movie about how one teacher can make a difference. In my opinion, this presentation is exceptional and will most definitely impact all those who watch it. It is a story that will touch your heart and I am sure that you will watch many times over. Bookmark and email this page to all your friends encouraging them to watch this movie.

Be sure to watch both versions. Start with the short version first.

View "Teddy Stallard Movie" at Make A

Who I Am Makes A Difference Movie - The Blue Ribbon Story

If you liked the Teddy Stallard Movie then you'll love this one as well. Based on a true story about a teacher who honored her students with a blue ribbon by telling them the difference that each of them made. She then asked each student in turn to honor another person by doing the same. This action profoundly altered a 14 year-old boy's life.

Click here to watch The Blue Ribbon Story.

Letter To A Teacher

Inspirational Letter Written by Abraham Lincoln

Read the inspiring letter written by Abraham Lincoln which was sent to the headmaster of a school where his son was attending.

A must read for all teachers.


Letter To A Teacher

by Abraham Lincoln

He will have to learn, I know,

that all men are not just,all men are not true.

But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;

that for every selfish Politician,there is a dedicated leader

Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,if you can,

teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick

Teach him, if you can,the wonder of books

But also give him quiet time

to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,

bees in the sun,and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him

it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat

Teach him to have faith in his own ideas,

even if everyone tells him they are wrong

Teach him to be gentle with gentle people,

and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd

when everyone is getting on the band wagon

Teach him to listen to all men

but teach him also to filter

all he hears on a screen of truth,

and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can,how to laugh when he is sad

Teach him there is no shame in tears,

Teach him to scoff at cynics

and to beware of too much sweetness

Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders

but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob

and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.

Treat him gently,but do not cuddle him,

because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient

let him have the patience to be brave.

Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,

because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,but see what you can do

He is such a fine little fellow,my son!

Top 10 Inspirational Teacher Movies

Here is a list of 10 inspirational teacher movies that you should watch.

1- Dead Poet's Society

2- Mr. Holland's Opus

3- Freedom Writer's

Motivating and inspiring movie featuring Hilary Swank as Erin Gruwell. This is actually based on a true story about a young teacher who connects with her troubled students by giving them an assignment to create a diary of their life using Ann Frank as a role model.

4- To Sir With Love

5- Stand and Deliver

6- Lean on Me

7- Music of the Heart

8- Dangerous Minds

9- My Fair Lady

10- Take The Lead

Inspirational Teacher Movies on Amazon

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    • opatoday profile image

      opatoday 4 years ago

      Great Lens thanks for sharing

    • TheCandle LM profile image

      TheCandle LM 4 years ago

      I am a teacher. Thanks for the inspiration. I am constantly in need of it!

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Teachers need those! With all the stress the student give them, they all deserve those.

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      ResearchAddict 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens to inspire teachers. They need all the help they can get.

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      lucia1990 5 years ago

      My math teacher big inspiration in my life.....

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      Quille, thank you for this really cool lens. I have found that while teaching is very rewarding, teachers really need this type of inspiration. There is an old saying which applies to teaching: "You don't plant a shade tree for yourself". I also have a lens which is empowering for teachers - it's all about great classroom discipline and I'd be honored if you gave it a read. Either way, thank you again for your contributions here!

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      karen550 lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I wish everyone took time to read it.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Lovely quotes and so true. I love being a teacher and hope I make a difference along the way. Thanks.

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      ilovetoquote 5 years ago

      I still remember how inspiration my history teacher is. That's why i ace all my history paper

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      Todayhaspower LM 5 years ago

      Teachers are such an important part of our society! My wife has taught for 14 years, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate them! :)

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      profilesincolor 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Thanks! :-)

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens.Most of us do not appreciate our teachers when we are young but when we become older, we realize how much they have helped us into becoming a better person.

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      newteacherhelp 6 years ago

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      teachers are so important..they mold and shape our future..thank you teachers!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens and good advice, lensrolled and liked

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      mikesmarto 7 years ago

      @nomoboss: Great Stuff for a teacher i hope they get lot more inspiration

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      what a great lens...5*..

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Great stuff. Enjoyed the lens.

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      nomoboss 7 years ago

      School Teacher made an extra $500 LAST MONTH!

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      jamaica-real-estate-guide 8 years ago

      Love this lens! One of my favorites that show how difficult a teacher's job can be is:

      If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.

      Donald D. Quinn

      I also have a collection going, so far 60 Inspirational quotes for and about teachers. You can check it out here: 60 Inspirational Teacher Quotes

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Teacher's and teaching is certainly undervalued, and this lens containing inspirational teacher quotes does a good job of redressing the balance. :-)

      I've also collected some inspirational teacher quotes at my self-help site, too.


      PS On a personal note, I'd love to be a teacher teaching the under-10s. But it just looks like such a thankless task, with so much paperwork (in the UK, anyway), and you're not allowed to touch the children, especially as a man, and... These possible misconceptions just put me off...

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      SerenityPrayerG 8 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Thank you for sharing! :-)

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      icjackson 8 years ago

      Great lens - I lensrolled it, too!

      Wonderful resource for teachers of all types.