30 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers To Kick Off The New School Year

30 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers To Kick Off The School Year

Summer is coming to an end, and school is right around the corner. Whether you're teaching from home or are back in the classroom, these inspirational quotes for teachers will get you in the right headspace to start the year off on the right foot.

Students are preparing for another semester and need motivation, but so do teachers! If not for them, students wouldn’t be able to pursue their dreams. 

It might seem like things are dreary right now and it might be hard to think that things will be normal again. But don’t lose hope!

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Here are 30 inspirational quotes for teachers everywhere. 

1. “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” — Joseph Campbell

2. “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” — Bill Beattie

3. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry B. Adams

4. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” — Solomon Ortiz

5. “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” — Joyce Meyer

6. "If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work." — Richard Livingstone.

7. “The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one existed before.” — Elbert Hubbard.

"8. A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves." — Eleanor Roosevelt

9. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

10. “A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.” — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

11. “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” — Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

12. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” — Confucius

13. “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

14. “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” — Josef Albers

15. “Education...is not to reform students, or to amuse them, or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, and teach them to think straight, if possible.” — Robert M. Hutchins 

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16. “The future of the world is in my classroom today.” — Ivan Welton Fitzwater

17. "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." — Malcolm Forbes

18. "Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” — Fred Rogers

19. "If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important." — Barbara Colorose

20. "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." — Mother Teresa

21. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” — Ever Garrison

22. “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” — Joseph Addison

23. “Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” — Rita Pierson

24. “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” — Jim Rohn

25. “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.” — William Arthur Ward

26. “The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” — Jean Piaget

27. “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” — B.F. Skinner

28. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” — Phil Collins

29. “If you fell down yesterday stand up today.” — H.G. Wells 

30. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” — Robert Frost 

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Isabell Tenorio is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, love and relationship topics.