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Top Quotes About Teaching

Quotes for Teachers


Head teacher with school children (14-19) in school corridor, portrait
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These quotes were written for and about teachers and education. Enjoy!
  1. "Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater." ~Gail Godwin
  2. "If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others." ~Tryon Edwards
  3. "A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron." ~Horace Mann
  4. "When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble." ~Mark Twain
  5. "Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man...." ~Horace Mann
  6. "A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." ~Patricia Neal
  7. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~William Arthur Ward
  8. "A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." ~Thomas Carruthers
  9. "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." ~Socrates
  10. "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." ~Mark Van Doren
  11. "Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." ~Samuel Johnson
  12. "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." ~Carl Rogers
  13. "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." ~Derek Bok

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