33 Inspiring Teacher Appreciation Quotes

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We owe so much to our teachers who help teach and mold our kids. Having the opportunity to teach my kids the last several weeks has really given me an added appreciation for teachers so, in helping express my gratitude towards these amazing teachers, I have compiled a list of the most inspiring teacher appreciation quotes. 

These teacher appreciation quotes help me to not only express my gratitude towards teachers everywhere but help inspire me to be a better teacher to my kids. If you are looking for more inspirational quotes, be sure to check out the best quotes for moms to help inspire you more!

33 Inspiring Teacher Appreciation Quotes

33 Inspiring Teacher Appreciation Quotes

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.

— Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.

— D. Martin

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

— John Dewey

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffet

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

— Henry Adams

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

— Victor Hugo

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of the individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In teaching, you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years

— Jacques Barzun

The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.

— F. Sionil Jose

Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees.

— Author Unknown

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

— William Arthur Ward

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

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

— Horace Mann

If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.

Guy Kawasaki

Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our nation for tomorrow.

— Solomon Ortiz

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.

Author Unknown

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

— Robert M. Hutchins

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

Author Unknown

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.

— Sidney Hook

Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.

Ann Lieberman

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

— Alexander the Great

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds

Author Unknown

Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that’s because you’re a teacher.

— Aaron Bacall

True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Mark Van Doren

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

— Malala Yousafzai

The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.

Maria Montessori

Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.

— Margaret Riel

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

– Albert Einstein

Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

— Bob Talbert

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

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.

— Ever Garrison

There you have it! 33 of the most inspiring teacher appreciation quotes. What quotes would you add to the list? Share in the comments! 

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