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40 Quotes On Teacher Motivation



Now that the classroom setup has ultimately changed because of the pandemic, online classes became the norm. While it may have its advantages, this setup also introduces a lot of cons for both students and teachers. More often than not, teachers are painted as the “villains” here, however, this shouldn’t be what people think of. Teachers are also human and can feel depleted from this new setup. Which is why we’ve compiled motivational quotes that might just uplift them! Send these quotes if you know a teacher to brighten up their day.

40 Quotes On Teacher Motivation

“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson

“The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one’s own accord – it feels great – but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.”
― Criss Jami
“A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the child’s mind, he does not understand teaching.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”
― Deng Ming-Dao

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
― William Arthur Ward

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.”
― Amos Bronson Alcott
“Teach them the quiet words of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds. Let your spirit move through them softly.”
― Pat Conroy

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
― Aristotle

“That’s what education should be,” I said, “the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way.”
― Plato
“Formal education teaches how to stand, but to see the rainbow you must come out and walk many steps on your own.”
― Amit Ray

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

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
― John Dewey
“A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.”
― Jane Smiley

“True 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 their
― Nikos Kazantzakis

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
― Stephen King

“The expression ‘Those who can’t do, teach’ is a curious one, because if you look at the world , you’ll see that teachers aren’t particularly worse at doing things than anyone else, so perhaps the expression might be better worded as ‘nobody can do anything”
― Lemony Snicket

“To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.”
― Henri Frederic Amiel
“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
― Galileo

“An exceedingly confident student would in theory make a terrible student. Why would he take school seriously when he feels that he can outwit his teachers?”
― Criss Jami
“But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world.”
― Umberto Eco

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

“When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
― Jacques Barzun

“Learning is finding out what you 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, teachers.”
― Richard Bach,

“The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves”
― Joseph Campbell

“Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. ”
― Eberhard Arnold

“A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.”
― Ruth Beechick

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s [children’s] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.”
― Cicero

“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.”
― Seymour Simon
“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being “with it,” yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.”
― Ivan Illich
“When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.”
― William Glasser
“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.”
― Paulo Coelho
“You can’t really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.”
― Dave Cullen
“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.”
― Lee Iacocca
“part of the art of teaching is the ability to rearrange the world for students – to force them to see things in a new way. i’ve known too many stupid intellectuals to believe that education and wisdom come as a package deal along with facts, it’s your perspective that counts – your ability to see differently, not just to see a lot.”
― Sunny Decker
“What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future.”
― Steve Maraboli
“The difference between a beginning teacher and an experienced one is that the beginning teacher asks, “How am I doing?” and the experienced teacher asks, How are the children doing?”
― Esme Raji Codell
Teaching is an art and not everybody has the talent and wisdom to teach. Read more motivational quotes on reaching your dreams here. 

I'm Nikos Alepidis, blogger at motivirus. I'm passioned for all things related to motivation & personal development. My goal is to help and inspire people to become better.

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