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Inspire educators with these back-to-school quotes for teachers. 

Use these uplifting phrases during professional development, as daily teacher affirmations, or write them on cards as notes of appreciation. 

Back-to-School Quotes for Teachers

  • “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
  • “In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” – Harry Wong
  • “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle 
  • “I am not a teacher but an awakener.” – Robert Frost
  • “All students can learn and succeed, but not in the same way and not in the same day.” – William G. Spady
  • “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada
  • “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” – Aristotle
  • “They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel.” – Carl Buechner
  • “Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.” – Dr. Seuss 
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin 
  • “It is not what is poured into the student but what is planted that counts.” – E. P. Bertin
  •  “You are responsible not only by what you say but also by what you don’t say.” – Martin Luther
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” –  William Butler Yeats
  • “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “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
  • “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” – Helen Keller 
  • “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin
  • “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” – Clay P. Bedford
  • “Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” – Chinese proverb
  • “The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward 
  • “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids to work together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”- Bill Gates
  • “If you really want to know about the future, don’t ask a technologist, a scientist, a physicist. If you want to know what society’s going to be like in 20 years, ask a kindergarten teacher.” –  Clifford Stoll 
  • “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead
  • “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  • “What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” – Chuck Grassley
  • “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
  • “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • “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
  • “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz
  • “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese Proverb

Funny Back-to-School Quotes for Educators

  • “Football players have the Super Bowl. Runners have the Olympics. Teachers have Back-to-School. Armed with new ideas, fresh views, a stapler, and glue. Game on!” – Anonymous
  • “A policeman pulled me over and asked me for my papers.  I gladly gave him all of my students’ essays to grade and drove off.”
  • “Being a teacher is a lot like being a rock star: you work hard to keep the attention of a distracted crowd, your fans freak out when they see you in public, groupies line up to follow you everywhere, you hear your name being called out all the time.”
  • “Sometimes the greatest PD is the teacher down the hall.” – Brian Aspinall 
  • “Cheers to all of the teachers who give out pencils every single day know that they’ll never get them back.”
  • “A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6.  I replied, ‘Kindergarten.’.”

These back-to-school quotes for educators work well for various purposes. For whichever occasion you use them, you’ll spark a positive mindset for teachers.

So start the school year strong with a handful of these funny and inspirational quotes for teachers. 


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