Teachers' Day quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of anniversary, teachers' day, teachers, teacher.

Best teachers' day quotes

Malala Yousafzai photo

„One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.“

—  Malala Yousafzai Pakistani children's education activist 1997

UN speech, June 2013
Context: So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.

John Dewey photo

„If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

Tamora Pierce photo

„As long as there's life, there's hope.“

—  Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954

John Dewey photo

„Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

This is a paraphrase of an idea that Dewey expressed using other words in My Pedagogic Creed (1897) and Democracy and Education (1916); it is widely misattributed to Dewey as a quotation.
Cf. James William Norman, A Comparison of Tendencies in Secondary Education in England and the United States (New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1922), [//books.google.com/books?id=qrmgAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA140 p. 140] (emphasis added): "...there has for years been a strong and growing tendency in the United States under the leadership of Dewey, and more recently of Kilpatrick, to find an educational method correlative of democracy in society with the belief that education is life itself rather than a mere preparation for life, and that practice in democratic living is the best preparation for democracy."
Misattributed
Variant: Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.

John Cotton Dana photo

„Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.“

—  John Cotton Dana American librarian and museum director 1856 - 1929

In 1912 Dana was asked to supply a Latin quotation suitable for inscription on a new building at Newark State College (now Kean College). Unable to find an appropriate quotation, Dana composed what became the college motto. The New York Times Book Review, March 5, 1967, p. 55.

Victor Hugo photo

„He who opens a school, closes a prison“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Also cited as Opening a school is closing a prison
This quotation has been attributed to Victor Hugo since the nineteenth century, but the earliest citations attribute the saying instead to French education minister Victor Duruy:
Déjà M. Duruy avait posé en fait, quouvrir une école, c'est fermer une prison (1865)
English translation: M. Duruy had already suggested that opening a school is closing a prison
Disputed
Source: Journal des Economistes, March 1865, p. 489 http://hdl.handle.net/2027/nyp.33433022399574?urlappend=%3Bseq=495

Henry Adams photo

„A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.“

—  Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918

The Education of Henry Adams (1907)

Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Variant: Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.

Aristotle photo

„The roots of education … are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers

Aristotle photo

„Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

This and many similar quotes with the same general meaning are misattributed to Aristotle as a result of Twitter attribution decay. The original source of the quote remains anonymous. The oldest reference resides in the works of George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903): "Maxims for Revolutionists", where he claims that “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”. However, the related quote, "Those who can, do. Those who understand, teach" likely originates from Lee Shulman in his explanation of Aristotlean views on professional mastery: Source: Shulman, L. S. (1986). Those who understand: Knowledge growth in teaching. Educational Researcher, 15(2), 4 - 14. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1175860
Misattributed
Variant: Those who can, do, those who cannot, teach.

All teachers' day quotes

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Aristotle photo
Eric Hoffer photo

„The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Section 172
Reflections on the Human Condition (1973)

W.B. Yeats photo
Phil Collins photo
Margaret Mead photo
Robert Frost photo
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Bram Stoker photo

„There is a reason why all things are as they are.“

—  Bram Stoker, book Dracula

Source: Dracula

Paulo Coelho photo
Oscar Wilde photo

„You are Beautiful when you are happy“

—  Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

Source: An Ideal Husband

Jeannette Walls photo
Bruce Coville photo
Jacques Barzun photo

„Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.“

—  Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012

Teacher in America (1945)

Lily Tomlin photo

„I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework“

—  Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939

Contributions of Jane Wagner, As Edith Ann

Amos Bronson Alcott photo

„The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.“

—  Amos Bronson Alcott American teacher and writer 1799 - 1888

LXXX. TEACHER
Orphic Sayings
Context: The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. A noble artist, he has visions of excellence and revelations of beauty, which he has neither impersonated in character, nor embodied in words. His life and teachings are but studies for yet nobler ideals.

Albert Einstein photo
Confucius photo

„Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

John Lennon photo

„There are no problems, only solutions.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

"Watching the Wheels"
Lyrics, Double Fantasy (1980)

Anatole France photo
Anatole France photo

„The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.“

—  Anatole France, book The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

L'art d'enseigner n'est que l'art d'éveiller la curiosité des jeunes âmes pour la satisfaire ensuite.
Pt. II, ch. 4
The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan photo

„Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day.“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975

His suggestion to the students who wanted to commemorate his birthday in: Rupal Jain How to be a Good Teacher http://books.google.co.in/books?id=zNCDF7wm8R4C&pg=PA138, Pustak Mahal, p.138.

Bram van Velde photo

„The more you know, the less you are.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

Alfred P. Sloan photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Alfred P. Sloan American businessman 1875 - 1966

Widely attributed to Milton Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Mahatma Gandhi photo

„Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.“

—  Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948

Variant on aphorism "Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow" pre-dating Gandhi, variously attributed to Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 636), in FPA Book of Quotations (1952) by Franklin Pierce Adams, to Edmund Rich (1175–1240) in American Journal of Education (1877), or to Alain de Lille in Samuel Smiles's Duty https://books.google.com/books?id=33UzAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA363&dq=live+die+tomorrow+learn+forever&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjd3s_2m57MAhWFMGMKHe-sAl8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=live%20die%20tomorrow%20learn%20forever&f=false (1881).
The 1995 book "The good boatman: a portrait of Gandhi," states that Gandhi subscribed "to the view that a man should live thinking he might die tomorrow but learn as if he would live forever."
In his 2010 Boyer lecture Glyn Davis (Professor of Political Science and Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University) attributes the quote to Desiderius Erasmus. "He [Erasmus] reworked Pliny to urge 'live as if you are to die tomorrow, study as if you were to live forever'. Many students obey the first clause - the best heed both."
There is a similar quote by Johann Gottfried Herder: "Mensch, genieße dein Leben, als müssest morgen du weggehn; Schone dein Leben, als ob ewig du weiletest hier." ["Man, enjoy your life as if you were to depart tomorrow; spare your life as if you were to linger here forever."] (Zerstreute Blätter, 1785).
Disputed

Horace Mann photo

„Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.“

—  Horace Mann American politician 1796 - 1859

As quoted in The Quotable Teacher (2006) by Randy Howe, p. 67

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe photo

„A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.“

—  Martin H. Fischer American university teacher (1879-1962) 1879 - 1962

Fischerisms (1944)

Milton Friedman photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006

Widely attributed to Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Joseph Addison photo

„What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719

No. 215 (6 November 1711).
The Spectator (1711–1714)

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„There is no knowledge that is not power.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Old Age
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870)

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury photo

„Earth and Sky, Woods and Fields, Lakes and Rivers, the Mountain and the Sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.“

—  John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury British banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath 1834 - 1913

The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation

Marcus Aurelius photo

„But that which is useful is the better.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

III, 6
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book III

John Wooden photo

„Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow.“

—  John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010

They Call Me Coach (1972)

John le Carré photo

„The friends of my friends are my friends.“

—  John le Carré, book The Mission Song

The Mission Song (2006)

„A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.“

—  Hans Hofmann American artist 1880 - 1966

Henry Brooks Adams, in The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
Misattributed

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam photo

„If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.“

—  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 11th President of India, scientist and science administrator 1931 - 2015

Arvind Gupta, Mukul Chaturvedi, Akshay Joshi (2004) Security and Diplomacy: Essential Documents. p. 144.

Barack Obama photo

„If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

Campaign speech http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia, Roanoke, Virginia, , quoted in
2012
Context: There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn't — look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, "well, it must be because I was just so smart." There are a lot of smart people out there. "It must be because I worked harder than everybody else." Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges; if you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Edward Everett photo

„Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.“

—  Edward Everett American politician, orator, statesman 1794 - 1865

As quoted in The Common School Journal and Educational Reformer (1852), edited by William B. Fowle, p. 28.
Context: Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant.

Marcel Proust photo
Khalil Gibran photo