In this post from Writers Write, your writing resource, we share a selection of our favourite quotes about teachers.
World Teachers’ Day is held on 5 October each year. Its aim is to support and recognise teachers’ organisations worldwide.
And this is the inspiration for today’s post:
The Top 12 Quotes About Teachers
- The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward
- One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen. ~Philip Wylie
- To know how to suggest is the art of teaching. ~Henri-Frédéric Amiel
- The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language. Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in Lonesome Dove and had nightmares about slavery in Beloved and walked the streets of Dublin in Ulysses and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my mother killed by a baseball in A Prayer for Owen Meany. I’ve been in ten thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English language. ~Pat Conroy
- The women I know with strong personalities, the ones who might have become generals or the heads of companies if they were men, become teachers. Teaching is a calling, too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy–angles leading their flocks out of the darkness. ~Jeannette Walls
- I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. ~John Steinbeck
- The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity. ~Robert Brault
- A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers
- One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung
- 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
- Proper teaching is recognised with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known. ~Frank Herbert
- The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. ~Elbert Hubbard
And from this teacher:
I know that I’ve learnt more from the the writers I’ve taught than I could ever have discovered on my own. They have shown me how to be a better writer and reader. I have had the privilege of teaching gifted storytellers, and their words will always have a place in my world. I have written about my teaching journey in this post: How I discovered the power of words
Teaching people to form words into stories has taken me into the real lives of policemen and paupers, stockbrokers and strippers. The common denominator? Books. As Dr Seuss says, ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
I have found truth in the courses I create. I have watched writers breathe life into a page with a pen. It’s worth everything to see it happen. Sometimes they do it against all odds. Mostly they do it because someone, usually a teacher or a mentor, cared about them and believed they could.