This page is dedicated to all teachers around the world on a world teachers' day October 5th 2001. Thank You for doing important work.


To live a single day and hear a good teaching is better than to live a hundred years without knowing such teaching.
- Buddha

Learning and teaching are two of the most important functions in life; just as loving and being loved are important.
- Omer Baybars Tek

In the schoolhouse, we have the heart of the whole society.
- Henry Golden

The schools of the country are its future in miniature.
- Tehyi Hsieh

The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad [...] I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.
- Ivan Welton Fitzwater

What's done to children, they will do to society.
- Dr. Karl Menninger

To teach is to learn.
- Chinese proverb

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
- Chinese proverb

To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner.
- Søren Kierkegaard

To teach is to learn twice.
- Joseph Joubert

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
- Jessamyn West

Thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself.
- Tryon Adams

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
- Latin proverb

Three things give the student the possibility of surpassing his teacher: ask a lot of questions, remember the answers, teach.
- Jan Amos Coménius

Any man who has been a teacher retains something of a student within him.
- Alfred de Vigny

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford

A learned man always keeps his riches within him.
- Caius Lulius Phaedrus

Young people do not learn only in school. Their surroundings and the times in which they live have as much, if not more, influence on them than teachers.
- Paul Valéry

The position as master or mistress in the classroom should be recognized by society and should be given the necessary authority and suitable resources.
- Jacques Delors

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
- Haim G. Ginot

A teacher is like a candle which lights others in consuming itself.
- Giovani Ruffini

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

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
- Horace Mann

One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges.
- Rudyard Kipling

We have lots of heroes today - sportsmen, supermodels, media personalities. They come, they have their 15 minutes of fame, and they go. But the influence of good teachers stays with us. They are the people who really shape our life.
- Jonathan Sacks

We need teachers - a heroine in every classroom.
- Anonymous

The classroom - not the trench - is the frontier of freedom now and forevermore.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Teachers don't just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves.
- Charles Platt

Teachers open our eyes to the world. They give us curiosity and confidence. They teach us to ask questions. They connect us to our past and future. They are the guardians of our social heritage. [...] Life without a teacher is simply not a life.
- Jonathan Sacks

The education of a child has to be a total development of the personality and this means that the human dimension of development is crucial. This is something which can only be done by teachers.
- Colin N. Power

One looks 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 Gustav Jung

The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods.
- Margaret Mead

Everyone who remembers his own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods and techniques.
- Sidney Hook

Learning I think is the least part of education.
- John Locke

The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best.
- Edmund Burke

A teacher must always teach to doubt his teaching.
- José Ortega y Gasset

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
- John Dewey

We can only teach that which we are.
- Jean Jaurès

The whole point of education is to teach by example.
- Jacques Turgot

A good teacher is one who helps you become who you feel yourself to be. A good teacher is also one who says something you won't understand until ten years later.
- Julius Lester

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.
- Dan Rather

There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher'. My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.
- Pat Conroy

Thank you for answering the call to be a teacher. Thank you for the enduring impression you've made in the lives you have touched. Every community needs people like you. Your contributions are permanent. You improve our world. You are so important.
- Donna Fargo

If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Chinese proverb

Education is light, lack of it is darkness.
- Russian proverb

Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing seamless process.
- Bartlett Giamatti

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

From the time a child enters a school to the time an adult finishes the last of their education, the teacher is there helping, guiding instructing. But above all inspiring individuals to learn. Without them we have no education.
- Bill Ratteree

To question is to teach.
- Xenophon

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
- Eugene Ionesco Decouvertes

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

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

What is the duty of the teacher if not to inspire?
- Bharati Mukherjee

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
- Mark Van Doren

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
- Elbert Hubbard

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.
- Ray L. Wilbur

When the uncapped potential of a student meets the liberating art of a teacher, a miracle unfolds.
- Mary Hatwood Futrell

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
- George Bernard Shaw

Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all!
- Ivan Welton Fitzwater

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

I beg of you to stop apologizing for being a member of the most important profession of the world.
- William G. Carr

Teaching is the world's most important job.
- UNESCO/EI-IE

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.
- Lee Iacocca

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
- Lee Iacocca

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.
- Bob Talbert

Be all that you can be. Find your future - as a teacher.
- Madeline Fuchs Holzer

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
- Japanese proverb

More is to be got from one teacher than from two books.
- German proverb

What greater and better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and to instruct our young?
- Cicero

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The war against prejudice, greed and ignorance is eternal, and those who dedicate themselves to it give their lives no less because they may live to see some fraction of their battle won.
- James Hilton

Teachers are more than any other the guardians of civilization.
- Bertrand Russel

Teachers are nation builders.
- Daljit Taneja

As teachers, we must constantly try to improve schools and we must keep working at changing and experimenting and trying until we have developed ways of reaching every child.
- Albert Shanker

Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn.
- Frank A. Clark

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.
- Helen Caldicott

Teachers have been, are and will be the essential pillars of education and therefore of our future.
- Federico Mayor

I touch the future. I teach.
- Christa McAuliffe

To teach is to touch lives forever.
- Anonymous

The best teacher is one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
- Anonymous

When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket.
- Dan Snow

To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
- Tryon Edwards

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
- Derek Bok

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell when his influence stops.
- Henry Brooks Adams

To be a teacher is to be forever an optimist.
- Philip Bigler

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?
- Harriet Martineau

We cannot enter a learning society, an education age, without giving teachers the recognition they deserve.
- Federico Mayor

Teachers have an enormous role to play in the education of not only the students but the education of the nation. They are surrogate mothers. They're social workers, lawyers, doctors. They're practically everything in the community.
- Ruth Limerick

The importance of the role of the teacher as an agent of change, promoting understanding and tolerance, has never been more obvious today. It is likely to become even more critical in the twenty-first century.
- Jacques Delors

As we look at the 21st century, we recognize that societies all around the world are changing dramatically, and therefore I think teachers will make a tremendous difference in the lives of individuals, the lives of communities, and the lives of nations.
- Mary Hatwood Futrell

The 21st century must be the century of education and the century of the teacher.
- Bill Clinton

One of the prime challenges of the 21st century will be to implement the standards of democracy, human rights and education for all - to complete the unfinished business of the 20th century.
- Fred van Leeuwen

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
- Kahlil Gibran

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Education is painful and not gained with playing games or being average.
- Marva Collins

An education is like a crumbling building that needs constant upkeep with repairs and additions.
- Edith Wharton

It is only the ignorant who despise education.
- Publius Syrus

Root of honesty and virtue lie in the felicity of lighting on good education.
- Plutarch

Teachers who offer you the ultimate answers do not possess the ultimate answers, for if they did, they would know that the ultimate answers cannot be given, they can only be received.
- Tom Robbins

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
- Gail Goodwin

To teach is to hold a mirror in your hands and see the future.
- Em Del Sordo

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