The Most Famous Teacher 
in the world:

China’s Great Teachers, 

The below quotes or sayings are 
adapted from: The Quote Garden

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about 
besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and 

pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with
a sharp stick called "truth."  ~Dan Rather

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.  It is invisible and 

remains so, maybe for twenty years.  ~Jacques Barzun

Teaching creates all other professions.  ~Author Unknown

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, 

all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be 
there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, 
without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence 
for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom
teacher's job.  ~Donald D. Quinn

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom

they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid 
to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.  
~John F. Kennedy

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. 

~Thomas Carruthers

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  

~Gail Godwin

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with 

a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.  ~Horace Mann

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or

choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a
great deal of autonomy inside the classroom.  To a degree shared
by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education
rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom
of the institutional pyramid.  ~Tracy Kidder

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

~Henry Brooks Adams

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way

for others.  ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.  

~Margaret Fuller

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

  He inspires self-distrust.  He guides their eyes from himself to the
spirit that quickens him.  He will have no disciple.  ~Amos Bronson Alcott

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism. 

~Louis A. Berman

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, 

and the failings of the family.  Then we expect them to educate
our children.  ~John Sculley

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

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The 

superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. 
~William Arthur Ward

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, 

and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. 
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but

to develop students who can create their own image.  
~Author Unknown

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.  

~Karl Menninger

Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. 

~Author Unknown

A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order

than any other, because the pupils do not know who she's looking at.
~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and
edited by John R. Kemble, 1902

Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another.  

And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most
precious treasures.  ~Eugene P. Berti

 Teachers who inspire know
that teaching is like cultivating 
a garden, and those who would
have nothing to do with thorns
must never attempt to gather
flowers.  ~Author Unknown

Teachers who inspire realize 

there will always be rocks in
the road ahead of us.  They
will be stumbling blocks or 
stepping stones; it all
depends on how
we use them.  ~Author Unknown


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

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

A teacher's job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are 

well-grounded.  ~D. Martin

What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased. 

~Author Unknown

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house 

of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
  ~Kahlil Gibran

Discover wildlife:  be a teacher!  ~Author Unknown

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary"

people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying 
winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  
~K. Patricia Cross

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.  ~The Talmud

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  

~Author Unknown

The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals

simplicity.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. 

That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.  ~Author Unknown

2  Teach is
2  Touch lives
4  Ever
~Author Unknown

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  ~John Cotton Dana

A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every 

child's eyes.  ~Author Unknown

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power. 

~Thomas Szaz

To teach is to learn twice.  ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what

you just learned this morning.  ~Author Unknown

Teachers touch the future.  ~Author Unknown

Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first.  The good teacher 

makes the poor student good and the good student superior.  When
our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.  ~Marva Collins

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without

his teacher.  ~Elbert Hubbard

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not 

yet developed tools that make an average person capable of
competence and performance.  In teaching we rely on the "naturals,"
the ones who somehow know how to teach.  ~Peter Drucker

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate

tools.  The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible
task.  ~Haim G. Ginott

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

Quotations From Teachers:

The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is 

because it helps me to forgive their children.  ~Louis Johannot

If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at
school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home. 
~Anonymous Teacher