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Best Teacher Quotes – Inspirational Quotes, Funny and Retirement Quotes for Teachers

Updated on January 17, 2014

I’ve compiled the best quotes for teachers in this hub. Famous quotes for teachers that are very inspirational and motivational. Funny quotes for teachers, thank you quotes and retirement quotes. All sayings and quotations are for teachers.

Quotes for Teachers

My mom is a teacher and so was my grandma. Teaching may be the greatest profession because teachers don’t only teach us concepts and lessons within the four-walled classroom. They also mold us into a better person. The best teachers teach both the right knowledge and right values. This hub is a tribute for all the hardworking teachers in the world.

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Inspirational quotes for teachers


“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada


"What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation." - Marcus Tullius Cicero


"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. " - Bill Gates


"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. " - Lily Tomlin


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


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


"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well." - Aristotle


"By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand."
- Latin Proverb


"Nine-tenths of education is encouragement." - Anatole France


"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth". - Dan Rather


"Teachers should be the highest paid employees on earth" - Tbelle

Funny quotes for teachers


"Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions." - Author Unknown


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

“We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” - Phyllis Diller


“Teachers are those who help us in resolving problems which, without them, we wouldn't have” - Author Unknown



"If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure. " - Bill Gates


"I'm an unemployed teacher right now and I'm looking for a place to teach. " - Bobby Knight


"Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. " - Gracie Allen


"But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much. " - Clay Aiken


"There are three good reasons to be a teacher - June, July, and August." - Author Unknown

"I may forget my first crush in second grade but never my favorite teacher." - Fehl Dungo


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Thank you quotes for teachers


"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." - Alexander of Macedon


"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom." - Author Unknown


"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." - Tom Brokaw


"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo


"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." - William Shakespeare


Retirement quotes for teachers


"There's one thing I've always wanted to do before I quit: Retire." Groucho Marx


"The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off." - Abe Lemons



"I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension!" - Author Unknown


"Old teachers never die; they just grade away."  – Author Unknown


"The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money." – Author Unknown


"Life begins at retirement." - Author Unknown


"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it." - Bernard Baruch


"Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home - forever." - Gene Perret


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      ankigarg87 6 years ago

      Oh! These QUOTES are hilarious and mood refreshing

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have had very bad teachers in my life and a few really good ones.Fortunately it is the good ones I remember.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A great teacher doesn't know how to use a book,a gracious hub twentyfive!;)

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      I like this one and always believe it : “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada

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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Hello Fehl, I really loved the quotes. Some goodies here, even on by you. Ha. Cute. Well I am bookmarking this, because I will want to re-read this page. Take care moi friend. XX

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      @ankigarg - thanks for stopping over :)

      @dahoglund - I do remember the bad ones I had too. The good ones will always be a good memory :)

      @Prof. A - I am pretty sure you don't hold a book when you discuss in a class :) You're an ace teacher. I seriously want to sit in one of your science class :)

      @Ingenira - thanks for sharing that thoughtful quote. I concur :)

      @Astra - hahah yeah I inserted one from me. Thanks for always reading. Take care XO

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      I love these quotes!

      Thank you for this tribute to teachers. I feel honored because I am a teacher, a newly retired one.

      God bless!

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      amorea13 6 years ago

      Twentyfive I loved this - thank you - there are so many great quotes here but I think I will highlight Estrada's, Lily Tomlin's and Phyllis Diller's as being most resonant with me as I was once a teacher!! Long ago.

      Thank you for this Twentyfive and for finding my words so I could find yours.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      @Jill - hi! :) Glad you loved them. Honored to meet a very good Filipino teacher here :) I hope you're enjoying your retirement. God bless :)

      @Amorea - Hello! :) I thought of compiling these inspirational and lovely quotes for teachers. Teachers' day is so close in here and it seems these quotes could add more inspiration. Wow, another lovely teacher here! How wonderful is that :) Cheers!

      God bless :)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the best teacher quotes funny and retirement both alike are nice to have on hand. Peace :)

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hello Katie! These quotes are perfect for teacher's day and a poem for teachers would be a perfect match :) Thanks for stopping over.

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      Leslie Patton 6 years ago from Texas

      Good stuff, I really enjoyed the quotes. Great hub!

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Some great quotes about teachers and cheers for sharing them.

      I also did a little tap dance over your keys

      because I love quotes and particularly these!

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      giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

      I like quotes!!!!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hi Leslie! Yup some great quotes for teachers here. Thanks :)

      Hello Richtwf! Thanks for loving this hub.

      Hi Giwgos12! Likewise :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I loved these quotes and thank you for sharing this hub as it was such a refreshing read.

      I think one of my favourite quotes was by Phyllis Diller:

      "We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and Shut up."

      Take care

      twentyfive.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hello Eiddwen! Love them, too. Thanks for sharing your quote. It's funny but makes sense ;) TC Cheers!

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      Front License Plates 6 years ago

      Love those inspirational quotes for teachers. Makes me miss my favorite teacher in preschool, I really adore her contagious smile. Thanks for sharing this quotes, I'll have these compiled and put on a scrapbook for a Christmas present for my favorite teacher.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Yup, school days and teachers make us miss 'em :) Wow, what a thoughtful way of giving her a scrapbook of quotes. That's so sweet! God bless :)

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      WLWC 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Love this hub - love great quotes! Sure wish I had found this inspiration BEFORE I wrote my speech for my graduation ceremony... I have had some really awesome teachers, instructors and professors in my 26 years of educational experience. I may have to follow Front License Plates' lead and pass these on to some of my favorite educators. IF I can find them - they are all around the world by now. Thanks again for a great hub!

      WLWC

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Wish I had found all of these lovely quotes in my schooldays too. So cute to thank great teachers with these. A scrapbook would be so sweet. Thanks for visiting WLWC. God bless :)

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      ellacor 6 years ago

      What a great hub and a brilliant idea. Must have taken a lot of research.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hell ellacor! :) Made this one in celebration of teacher's day ;)

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      Cirurgia Plástica 6 years ago

      You know as I read your quotes, it makes me remind of my favorite math teacher in high school. I like her not because she is single and beautiful that time but because she makes me love my most hated subject.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Math was one of my favorite subjects. You're right, a subject will be interesting if the teacher is interesting LOL Glad you loved moi teacher quotes :) Thanks a lot for dropping by.

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Great quotes twentyfive. Thanks for the smiles :)

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Thanks Carrie :)

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      tbelle2 6 years ago from Alabama

      Quotes are great. I appreciate them for my sister, teacher for 25 years. Could you add what my mom always said: "Teachers should be the highest paid employees on earth"

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      hello Tbelle! :) Ok request granted. I added your quote :) I absolutely agree, teachers must receive the highest compensation for a very tough job they do. :) Cheers!

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      nanetteparker 6 years ago

      great quotes for teachers.. thanks for posting this..i found one perfect for my mom who is a teacher.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Thanks Nanette :) My mom is a teacher, too. Say hi to your mom :)

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      SunnyMom24 6 years ago from Virginia

      My husband is an elementary school teacher. I really enjoyed these quotes and some of them he will love! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all of these together!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Teaching is the greatest profession I'd say. Glad you enjoyed these quotes. You're always welcome to my quotes-hubs here SunnyMom :) Thank you.

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      Zulfiqar 6 years ago

      A££ the quotes are really awesome...i am in love with my english teacher and am here to find some thing for her....

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      tbelle2 6 years ago from Alabama

      Thx for adding mom's famous quote. She will be proud. Raised 4 kids and guess she knew what teachers were dealing with and should be well compensated.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      @Zulfizar - thanks for commenting. hope you found anything for her.

      @tbelle- pleasure :) My mom is a teacher and she's got four of us, too. It's the greatest profession I think.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      The sign of a great quote about teaching/educating: Makes the teacher eager to get back into the classroom. That's how some of these affected me. I've been out a couple of years, but hope to get back soon. Thanks for a beautiful, FUN hub.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      It's a pleasure to be receiving comments from a great teacher like you. Thanks Betty :)

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      janellelk 5 years ago

      Oh I love these! Completely brightened my mood today! I love the humor and gratitude in them. They definitely made me check myself this morning and everything I am thankful for! Number one the education and wise people who have helped me along my learning experience aka life!

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Glad these brightened your day Janelle :) Thanks for dropping by :) God bless!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      As a teacher, I thank you for the hub. We've been getting such a bad rap lately. The quotes are great. One of my favorites is : "A teacher affects eternity:

      he can never tell where his influence stops."~Henry Adams

      Nice job!

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      traceykrska 5 years ago from Ohio

      It's great to see teachers honored for the sacrifices they make.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot for sharing your lovely quotes The PracticalMommy :) God bless.

      Teachers are more than parents..Thanks for dropping by Tracey :) Bless you.

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      KidsPartyFavors 5 years ago

      I am loving my college teacher!

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Loved the quotes. My daughter got accepted to Georgetown (accepted - we couldn't afford to send her!) with an essay of her favorite quotes. It's a great way to learn what is important to a person. Loved nine tenths of education is encouragement!

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      dredcuan 5 years ago

      Really nice qoutes you got there made me feel happy and inspired as well. Getting enough of this everyday can make us feel at ease for sure.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Thanks guys! You are all awesome! Thanks for sharing your quotes and more.. :) Bless ya!

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      mahak handa 5 years ago

      these quotes were like my feelings....what i feel has been expresed through hilarious words...

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      I love these teacher quotes so much. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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      shreya 5 years ago

      these quotes r amaizing nd mood freshning....and had expressed hare beautifully,,,,,,,

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      farnaz 5 years ago

      hul ...........

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Pleasure. It's World's Teacher's Day :)

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      sana rafiq 5 years ago

      such the heart touching sayings , i just luv all this.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      So heartfelt and true :) Thank you.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Happy Teacher's Day :)

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      ShonEjai 5 years ago from California

      i'm a special ed teacher. thanks for the hub. www.picture-speak.com

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      awesomeness 5 years ago

      haha i wanna be a teacher some dayy :))

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      thank you for visiting and enjoying the teacher's quotes. bless ya!

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      girliegirl 5 years ago

      I loved the quotes I will have to share them with my classmates so we can finish our teachers retirement party, **tear, tear**... again I loved the quotes.

      Thank you!!!!

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      I hope you guys would have a blast. :) Cheers! Teachers rock!

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      carlo 5 years ago

      give me an examples of real matematical sayings!

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      somya 5 years ago

      I REALY LOVE THIS QOUTES.

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      ZaqKim 5 years ago

      i love this quotes!!

      I wish to add some more quotes twentyfive!

      its COOL

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      you can add more anytime here :) thank you so much :)

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      ANNAMAY FLORES 5 years ago

      i am an applicant for this noblest profession - TEACHER... the quotations above: they are all LIE ON TRUTH!!!! Love It!!!!!!

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      mwaura 5 years ago

      i was so inspired by the quotes. am a teacher in a remote village school in kenya. from today i will be a different teacher because my hands hold a future.

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      mamamama 5 years ago

      wow really nice poems

      well done GUYS

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      tara kissoon 5 years ago

      fantastic i love all the comments

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      fahim 5 years ago

      YUP!! its a great quotes......... i loves this quotes..........:) its cooooolllllllllll............

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      maya 5 years ago

      good one weldone..........

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      thank you guys :) glad you loved the best teacher quotes

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      shradha 5 years ago

      i like it..........

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      thank you :) God bless

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You have my vote up on this hub topic! As a teacher, I appreciate the humorous quotes as well as the inspirational sayings. I had a good laugh today, thanks!

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      John 4 years ago

      Someone needs to correct Clay Aiken's statement from "to" to "too." It is just the teacher in me.

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      emily 123 4 years ago

      i think the teacher quotes are very nice a very well though very good job you guys !!!!

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Cheers for all the teachers! :)

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      Pratikshya 4 years ago

      ya really niceeeeeeeee

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      School time again so these quotes for teachers can make them smile :)

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      johnsutsengaung 3 years ago

      These are the good notes...I love it...

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      Saba 2 years ago

      Truly awesome quotes. It reminded of the good old days, I think my teachers could use one of those :D! Especially this one, "I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension". Anyway, if your interested in more, awesome quotes you should read this article busaff.com/people-quotes/breathtaking-quotes

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      Sakshi 21 months ago

      I am enjoying my summer vacations right now....

      But these quotes made me remember my favorite teachers who are just like my maa and paa.......

      Loved all quotes:-)

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