30 inspiring quotes for teachers that will get you through the day

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Your job as a teacher is to inspire your students. But, that leaves you asking one important question: who’s going to inspire you?

Well that’s where this article comes in. These quotes for teachers are here to inspire you and get you through the day. Whether you’ve had a tough week, a long semester or just want a little inspiration for the day, these thirty quotes are here to help. Without further adieu, let’s get stuck in, shall we?

01. Teaching isn’t just about knowing your topic…

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Aristotle

This is also the perfect response to that infernal, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach” quote.

02. For those days you forget why you do what you do

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Malala Yousafzai

You’ll always affect someone’s life doing what you do. And, that’s what makes it all worth it.

03. Education is a foundation for a better future

Inspiring quotes for teachers - - Abraham Lincoln

Although some parents make you question this quote altogether, don’t they?

04. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Malcolm X

And you are in charge of that preparation.

05. The true reach of your lessons

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Henry Adams

Your lessons today can be passed on for generations. You aren’t just teaching this student, but all of the people they come into contact with too.

06. The Modern Educator

Inspiring quotes for teachers - C. S. Lewis

How do you interpret this one? Let me know in the comments.

07. Because teaching isn’t just a profession…

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Pablo Picasso

You’re required to, on a daily basis, give part of yourself to your students. And that’s a true gift in itself.

08. An important realisation

Inspiring quotes for teachers - William Butler Yeats

Your job isn’t to fill their heads with knowledge; but to spark an interest and desire to learn about a subject.

09. It’s not just your students who are there to learn

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Phil Collins

In every lesson give yourself the opportunity to learn from the class in the same way that they learn from you.

10. Remember this next time you feel bad for pushing a student to work it out on their own

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Margaret Mead

You won’t be there to help them all the time; they need to understand the process of learning for themselves, too.

11. Because bad days happen

Inspiring quotes for teachers - H.G. Wells

Get up, dust yourself off and attack it from a fresh perspective.

12. A new way of looking at your job

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Robert Frost

Awaken the passion that you have for your subject – or learning – in the students in front of you. This is more powerful than any classroom session could be.

13. Think of this next time you get irritated by a question

Inspiring quotes for teachers - George Carlin

Questions lead to: inventions, discoveries, changes in the status quo and everything in between. Help your students to not accept everything they hear, or see, as fact.

14. The gift that keeps on giving

Inspiring quotes for teachers - B.B. King

The sad thing is, this applies to learning about the Kardashians and who Justin Bieber is dating; do your best to make sure the important parts of life are just as unforgettable.

15. For when it feels like you’re just not getting through to anybody

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Stephen King

Turn up every day and do what you do best. You’ll be influencing someone better than you ever imagine. You may never see them open the gift, but they will, and there is solace in that.

16. There’s no competition in the classroom

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Learning is a process: there are no winners, only the growth of that student within their own minds.

17. Learning doesn’t finish when the bell rings

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Lily Tomlin

Give your students food for thought – and opportunities – to learn outside of the classroom. Not everything in life can be found on a branded sheet of paper.

18. Lessons in life from a 16 year old

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Anne Frank

The act of making a change – to the world, a student or a school – takes no time at all, you just have to take action.

19. The recipe for a good lesson

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Joyce Meyer

A gallon of coffee can be added to the mix at your own discretion.

20. Because sometimes you just need to know how important you are

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Guy Kawasaki

You can wear a cape if you want; I won’t judge you.

21. It’s not always about the lesson plan…

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Maya Angelou

If you inspire, ignite and interact with your students’ passions, you’ll leave an impression far beyond the end of the school day.

22. …it’s about who you are as a teacher

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Jim Henson

I have a Math teacher I still talk about, because he was the only one who ever gave me a chance to learn the subject. I’ve forgotten algebra but I’ll never forget him.

23. Sometimes you have to accept this fact

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Ronald Reagan

You can’t inspire every student. You can only do your best to give them what they need in the time you work together.

24. The importance of reading outside the classroom

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Dr. Seuss

Because not all lessons are found on a syllabus.

25. For you and your students

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Thomas Edison

Whether you’re stuck with a lesson plan, feel like you’ve messed up a class or want to impart the importance of getting things wrong to your students, you’d do well to remember this quote.

26. The raw power of being a teacher

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Rita Pierson

The classroom isn’t just about math or science or english it’s about the world beyond the walls.

27. Flipping that ‘problem child’ idea on it’s head

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Barbara Colorose

If they aren’t being empowered at home do what you can to empower them at school.

28. There are smart people everywhere…

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Anonymous

…but finding the ones who care about you is the hardest part of it all. Be that teacher.

29. If in doubt, keep moving forward

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Henry David Thoreau

Know what you want to achieve. Break it down to its smallest actionable chunk. Then, go get ‘em tiger.

30. One final thought

Inspiring quotes for teachers - Robert M. Hutchins

I’ll let you think on that one yourself.

What Quote Inspires You?

Okay, you’ve seen our 30 most inspiring quotes for teachers, now I want to know what inspires you. Add your favourite quotes in the comments…

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