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50 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Updated on March 8, 2012

This is a collection of inspirational quotes for teachers and for those who are students of life.

Words of wisdom...Points to Ponder...Inspirational Quotes...we all need it every now and then. Including teachers, especially teachers who serve the needs of students.  Well, these inspirational quotes sometimes leap out of the page from a newspaper, or a book or calendar, or emails or even text messages in our cell phones. At certain times, they are just exactly what we need to hear; or they may just be the push that can change our lives by making us see a different perspective to things.

As a person managing a preschool, I have come to see the work of a teacher inside and out.  And I know that it takes a lot of heart and mind to do the stuff teachers do.  They have to be okay inside because who they are is what they give.  This collection of inspirational quotes thereby addresses different aspects to teaching - may it be how a teacher perceives education, the learning style or students, fostering their natural curiosity or how a teacher should take care and nourish oneself.  Enjoy these collection of inspirational quotes for teachers.

I honor you teachers all over the world. Keep on sharing your light.

"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzakis

"Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers." -- Richard Bach

"A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Thought flows in terms of stories -- stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories." -- Frank Smith

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." -- Goethe

Helen Keller
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"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins

"In education it isn't how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it's knowing how to use the information you get." --William Feather

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." -- Horace Mann

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve

"Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny." -- Frank Outlaw

"If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly." - Buddhist proverb

"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others." -- Tyron Edwards

"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." --Josef Albers

John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation." -- John F. Kennedy

"Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners." --Ken Blanchard

"If you want to live more, you must master the art of appreciating the little everyday blessings of life. This is not altogether a golden world but there are countless gleams of gold to be discovered in it." --Henry Alfred Porter

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." -- Mary Kay Ash

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done." -- Marie Curie

"Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three." --Confucius

"Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." -- George Bernard Shaw

"No matter how he may think himself accomplished, when he sets out to learn a new language, science or the bicycle, he has entered a new realm as truly as if he were a child newly born into the world." -- Frances Willard

"We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them." -- Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." -- John Gardner

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." -- Kahlil Gibran

"A very wise old teacher once said: "I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh." He meant that when people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, jailer and prisoners. They become a single group of human beings enjoying its existence." -- Gilbert Highet

"To ensure that your work is also a play, I recommend that you develop a personal mission statement. This will help you find what it is to enjoy so much that you lose track of time when you're doing it." -- Ken Blanchard

"Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered. It is something molded." -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." -Linda Conway

"The greatest sign of a success for a to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." -- Maria Montessori

"There is in every child a painstaking teacher so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one teaches them anything." --Maria Montessori

"We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction." -- Malcom Gladwell

"You must train the children to their studies in a playful manner and without any air of constraint with the further object of discerning more readily the natural bent of their respective characters." -- Plato

"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." -- Mary Hemingway

"As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works." -- John C. Maxwell

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in." --Rachel Carlson

"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre." -- Gail Goldwin

"No one but us ourselves-no one can and no one way. We ourselves must walk the path, teachers merely show the way." -- Nancy Wilson Ross

"There are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." -- Indira Gandhi

"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 material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung

"Every time you wake up and ask yourself, "What good things am I going to do today?," remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it." --Indian proverb

"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it." -- William Haley

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

Mother Teresa
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"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired." -- Mother Theresa

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

"I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk." -- Anthony Robbins

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." -- Forest Witcraft

Keep sharing your light.

--Michelle Simtoco

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      Goringe Accountants 3 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub! :)

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      Sarah Forester 4 years ago from Australia

      Love the Hub!

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      Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

      4:16pm Sunday 21 July 2013

      Dear Ripplemaker,

      So wonderful is your article .

      Thank you.


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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are awesome quotes. I have many friends who are teachers and would find these enlightening. Great hub!

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      S. N. Tiwary, Director 4 years ago

      Teacher touches life and transforms into a very happy, healthy and prosperous life.

      S. N. Tiwary, Director

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      zexbrurne 5 years ago

      When i used to receive on top of living yet of late We have piled up any amount of resistance.

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      Vidhya L 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Excellent quotes, thank you!

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      Vidhya L 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great quotes. Will share it with my friends.

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      Jony 5 years ago

      Superb,need more interesting beat spicy he he he.....

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      chikku 5 years ago

      really very useful quotes

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      samantha 5 years ago

      nice qoutes ..... :)

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      avantitexan 5 years ago

      Wonderful quotes, thanks for sharing!

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      shakil ghadiali 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot...!!!

      Its help me a lot...!!!

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      ANRIO 5 years ago


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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

      I've always liked this quote from Einstein.

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      amelia 5 years ago

      thanks, it helped......just when i was ready to give up teaching....

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      jnebur 5 years ago

      The video "the heart of teacher" is truly awesome. It become my conscience. Thank you very much and GLORY BE TO GOD ALMIGHTY!

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      sukumar maity 6 years ago

      indira gandhi's quote is the reality

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      maan 6 years ago

      well said qoutes..

      thanks for the senior educators who impart their knowledge with us...

      future educators...

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      Princess 64 6 years ago

      These are really wonderful quotes. I would like to include some of them at the bottom of our daily plans to inspire other teachers. Is this allowed or would there be a copyright issue? Thanks

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      Truth Revealer 6 years ago

      Great collections............i really appreciate it

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      Shipra chatterje 6 years ago

      Oh! owesome. Myself being a teacher liked it very much

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      Catalina Bonus 6 years ago

      It is really inspiring... it touched my heart..children are best one to serve..God bless you

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      shreeya 6 years ago

      teachers are just like angels which make me forward to my dream to my success.

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      GodwinPrabu 6 years ago

      Ispirational quotes... Teachers are change makers

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      Roshni 6 years ago

      A bunch of inspirational quotes..proud to be a teacher

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      syra bartolome 6 years ago

      that's the reason y i choose to become a teacher...

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      humna 6 years ago

      thank u for lovely quotes

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      cspiller00 6 years ago

      Teaching requires the help of families. Teachers need parents and grandparents to care about what they are learning and be an active part of the process.

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      Kiara 6 years ago

      I am in my first year of a teaching degree :) I couldn't be more happier! All of the work and stress of assignments is made smaller with the knowledge that I will guide many children into a love of learning :)

      I stumbled across this page while looking for quotes to include in an oral presentation in 2 days. I am so glad I did! Thankyou!

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      H P Singh 6 years ago

      Inspiring quotes.

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      aj 6 years ago

      a wonderful video.reminds me of the importance of

      the task i have undertaken.

      thank you

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      gbtan 6 years ago

      very touching video..i hope more teachers will see this and relate to themselves how important their task is in making this world a better world to live by molding them with LOVE!

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      sir.jayvyn 6 years ago

      teaching most of the time requires ardent effort, more often than not, it is on our topnotcher in our stressors list. but i still love teaching 'coz in every morning i get off my bed, the Lord gives me reasons to live and work harder for the revelation that my profession paves a better pathway for the future generations...

      thankyou for giving us the reasons to love what we do ripple maker...God Bless

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sending a loving prayer today to all the teachers and educators who come to this page. I added a video I found in youtube...heart of a teacher. The words are so heartwarming I just had to share it here. Blessings and love to each one of you. Take care...

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      rishav kant 6 years ago

      good quotes

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      sahar naveed 6 years ago

      superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! outstanding quotes

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      sara 6 years ago

      excellent quotations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think teachers shuld be given such a respect

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      anthony 6 years ago

      Mother theresa rocks

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      Muthu Ganapathy 6 years ago

      Great!!! Today this things are really needed for college lecturers and teachers. They are really Pouring the facts, not planting. As quoted above.

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      adnan safdar 6 years ago

      well its a great plateform for teachers inspiration. I really like it. :-)

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      shreya yallurkar 6 years ago

      i really had fun with these quots and was very happy to know such things about teachers. i with heart thaaaaaaak the athour

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      daniellagrl91 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this. It is very inspirational and now I can't wait until I begin to teach.

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      sabahat 6 years ago

      oh mama brilliant zabrdast i like it

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      Aymi 6 years ago

      hey Guys i want t0 give autograph to my teacher .. but i dont know what t0 write in start :( plzz help me

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      joelie anne nono 6 years ago

      i was amaze and inspired of your quotes...keep up the good work

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      Niserg pandya 6 years ago

      the best ever i have seen in my life

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      mitali 6 years ago

      nice line

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      shehzadi 6 years ago

      good quotes

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      iman fatima 6 years ago

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      SweetiePie Level 6 Commenter 3 years ago

      A nice collection of quotes.

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      Nivah Vallar 6 years ago

      I'm proud im a capable of molding future professionals..

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      future teacher-jyoti maurya 6 years ago

      a teacher is d one who burns hrself nd gives d lightning to d others...

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      mohan 6 years ago

      real good thoughts

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      Geraldine D. Rodriguez 6 years ago

      Those are perfect reminders to keep the fire burning in my heart -as a teacher. This is the first time I come across the site but truly this made me feel intensely inspired...

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      Sandra 6 years ago

      These quotes are amazing and im sure that when a teacher reads there they feel so much better. Good job on putting these all together!!!!!!

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      komal 6 years ago

      wow a great collection of words which cannot be spoken

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      Oby Akaegbobi 6 years ago

      I'm thrilled to see quotes of this nature for teachers. Most importantly, I feel elated discovering that the impact of teachers are felt. I've longed to be a teacher since my childhood days. I'm glad I'm one now. These quotes will really fan my zeal into flame. My students' faces will continually beam with joy whenever it's my time to teach them. Thank you very immensely. Just wish I'll see you one day. My e mail is

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      Nixon 6 years ago

      Dear RippleMaker,

      You are really creating the waves. We are also working for children...kindly let us know if YOU can help us.


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      ishwar 6 years ago

      Education is wonderful it helps you worrry about things all over the world

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

      It is noble to teach oneself,but still nobler to teach others-and less trouble.

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      clement ese o 6 years ago

      life without a teacher is like a world without a music..... ~ clement ese o .... you gays have done wonder job you have inspired me you are wonderful.........

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      Mercy Amala 6 years ago

      "Very well said quotes never in my childhood thought becoming a tr but as a teacher i m very happy for lighting so many children spreading my knowledge and learning too." salute to all my Teachers Who Really Made Me Whom I meant too.

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      junaid irshad 6 years ago

      there are two types of peoples one who live in our heart and other live in our mind the people who live in our mind get forgotten but the people who lives in our heart not forgotten people are those who lives in our heart and don't get forgotten they still in our heart still the end of life

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      Claudia 6 years ago

      Sometimes we can forget how valuable teacher we can be, but quotes like this remind us what a beautiful job we do!!!!!!

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      Francis Yaw Ahiaye 6 years ago

      These are indeed grate quotes. It's a must read especially for teachers in Ghana.

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      vandana gourh 6 years ago

      awesome quotes.................................

      i like them all................................

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      Lugu Benjamin 6 years ago

      Wonderful!Teachers are indexed great people.i love to one

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      Ganavi 6 years ago

      ita helpfull...

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      free-browsergames 6 years ago

      Thanks so much :)

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      deeksha nair. 6 years ago

      helpd me alot.........

      fantastically outstanding!!!!!

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      ivie 6 years ago

      Awesome!Keep on Sharing...

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      alvina 6 years ago

      superb quotes fantastic but that is not my type thanks

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      annie3279 6 years ago

      They are really good. Liked them!!

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      mildred 6 years ago

      i've learned a lot ......a perfect reminder...i'm comforted

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      Raj bhalshankar 6 years ago

      Hye its just SUPERB....

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      green 6 years ago

      good one

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      gali 6 years ago

      get these quotes stamped on Jewelry as the perfect teachers gift at

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      The quotes are really great ..Thanks

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      annie3279 6 years ago

      great collection!!! helped me a lot for my work.

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      YUMI pRINCESS 6 years ago

      QOUTES FOR US BEING A TEACHER ARE SPLENDID. . awesome KEEP sharing those qoutes will inspired us more. .

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      irctcstatus 6 years ago from Ghaziabad, India

      i am also a teacher and love to read this post i think we keep on reading articles and motivational stories like this because this will make us motivated.

      I found some motivation tips over here

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      muhsin 6 years ago

      nice collections...

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      MUKESH SUTHAR 6 years ago

      nice quota

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      ashish 6 years ago

      good quotes

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      Rq 6 years ago

      Lovely words to lighten up the soul!

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      thinley 6 years ago

      awesome proverbs

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      emma ssendi 6 years ago

      wonderful. i liked every thing

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Lynda, it is an honor to meet you and I am sure your students have been inspired by you! I love that quote you have shared. Thank you so much! Blessings.

      To all who have come to this page and have expressed in such beautiful ways gratitude, hope, compassion, shared sentiments, I thank you dearly. It gives me joy knowing this compilation of quotes have benefited you in fantastic ways. Do keep on sharing your love and light to your students. :)

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      Lynda Waitakere 6 years ago

      I have been a teacher for 30+ years and the quotes above reflect what I have tried to do during that time. Only my students can tell you whether I succeeded ;) I now teach ESOL and also help students for whom English is not a first language, mostly with their homework and university projects.

      Here's my own quote:

      The best teachers are those who always remember that they are also students.

      Love to all

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      John D'souza, Mumbai 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot, Im a teacher..preparing for a day seminar to be given to teachers... I found it extremely helpful. God Bless All.

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      sweetchinks 6 years ago

      i love u no words 2 say

      uuuummmmhhhhh 2 all

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      Tom 6 years ago

      Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to make fishing equipment, and he will provide meaningful jobs and feed his entire village forever.

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      jessicacamp 6 years ago

      This is fantastic. In fact, so fantastic that I elaborated on a few of the quotes and referred to your hub on my new teacher blog! Thanks for the inspirational quotes, very enlightening :)

      Here's the post in which I linked back to your hub --

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      KT 6 years ago

      Inspirational.. That keeps the teacher going... Thank you so much.

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      Krys 6 years ago

      I like it. Cuz it's inspirational to the teachers and my mom is a teacher. Our teacher is our hero. So keep commenting or post quotes for our teacher. More power!, ripplemaker