Teachers work hard to educate our children and help them grow into successful adults.

That’s why it’s important to show our teachers how much we appreciate them! One way to do that is by sharing some of the best teacher quotes. They can be used when sending special cards or when customizing gifts for your teaching staff.

These quotes for teachers will inspire and motivate your educators and remind them just how important their job is.

The best teacher quotes ever

Browse this outstanding list of teaching quotes to use any way you want! We’d be happy to print your favorite quote on special gifts for your staff, retired educators, newly hired teachers or college students working toward teaching degrees.

Teacher inspirational quotes

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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Brooks Adams

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.” — Temple Grandin

“It takes a big heart to shape little minds.”

“To teach is to learn twice.” — Joseph Joubert

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

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” — Aristotle

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” — Gail Godwin

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

To teach is to touch lives forever.

Richard L. Evans

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” — John Wooden

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” — Joyce Meyer

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” — Robyn G. Riley

“The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.” — Elbert Hubbard

“If you have the ability to inspire others, you have one of the greatest gifts anyone can possess.” — Tony Dungy

“Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.”

“To teach is to touch lives forever.” — Richard L. Evans

“Teach. Love. Inspire.”

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — John C. Maxwell

“Teachers are the backbone of our society. They shape our future by molding the minds of our youth.”

“The future of the world is in my classroom today.”

Teaching is a work of heart.

“Teachers plant seeds that grow forever.”

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” — Anatole France

“Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” — W.B. Yeats

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

“Teaching is a work of heart.”

“2 teach is 2 touch lives 4 ever.”

“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” — Judy Blume

“Good teachers think like a student, look like a parent and behave like a boss.”

“The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.”

Funny teacher quotes

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“Nacho average teacher”

“Chaos Coordinator”

“It takes a big heart and a large cup of coffee to shape little minds.”

“I’m not a teacher. I’m an educational rockstar.”

“You can’t scare me. I’m a teacher.”

“4 out of 3 people struggle with math.”

“Teacher Squad”

“Math: The only subject that counts.”

“Nicest mean teacher ever.”

“Because I’m the teacher.”

Born to teach. Forced to grade.

“Alexa, grade my papers.”

“June and July lasted 4 seconds.”

“My dog ate my lesson plan.”

“Don’t make me use my teacher voice.”

“Despite the look on my face, you’re still talking.”

“Everything I say will be on the exam.”

“I’m a teacher. Let’s just assume I know everything.”

“Born to teach, forced to grade.”

“I can only explain it to you. I can’t understand it for you.”

“Snow days. Proof that God loves teachers.”

“I teach wild things.”

Thank-you teacher quotes

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“If you can read this, thank a teacher.” — American Proverb

“Thanks for giving out little ones big dreams.”

“Thanks for teaching our little star how to shine.”

“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”

“It’s not always easy. It’s not always fun. Thanks for teaching our little one.”

“Thanks a lot for taking care of our munchkin.”

“Teachers like you paint bright futures.”

“Hands down you’re the best teacher around.”

“Your words are the sparks that light up our children’s futures.”

When is a great teacher quote needed?

Anytime is a great time to share a teacher quote with your favorite educators! Here are a few opportunities to share your sentiments:

  • National Teacher Appreciation Day: Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
  • The last day of school
  • Final exam week
  • Christmas/spring break
  • Graduation week

Teacher appreciation gifts that make the grade

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Teachers really enjoy getting gifts from school officials and parent clubs. However, some of the gifts they receive are appreciated more than others. (Nix the homemade jam, please!)

To help you acknowledge the best teachers at your school, take a look at these practical gift ideas. Each item can be personalized with your favorite quote for teachers:

Our expert sales team will be happy to help you get your teacher quote on any of these high-quality items!

Shop Totally Promotional’s entire selection of promotional products for additional teacher gift ideas.

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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