Skip to main content

Best Teacher Quotes – Inspirational Quotes, Funny and Retirement Quotes for Teachers

I’ve compiled the best quotes for teachers in this hub. Famous quotes for teachers that are very inspirational and motivational. Funny quotes for teachers, thank you quotes and retirement quotes. All sayings and quotations are for teachers.

Quotes for Teachers

My mom is a teacher and so was my grandma. Teaching may be the greatest profession because teachers don’t only teach us concepts and lessons within the four-walled classroom. They also mold us into a better person. The best teachers teach both the right knowledge and right values. This hub is a tribute for all the hardworking teachers in the world.

photo courtesy of photobucket

photo courtesy of photobucket

Inspirational quotes for teachers

“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada

"What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. " - Bill Gates

"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. " - Lily Tomlin

"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." - Ben Sweetland

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

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well." - Aristotle

"By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand."
- Latin Proverb

Scroll to Continue

"Nine-tenths of education is encouragement." - Anatole France

"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 should be the highest paid employees on earth" - Tbelle

Funny quotes for teachers

"Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions." - Author Unknown

"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

“We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” - Phyllis Diller

“Teachers are those who help us in resolving problems which, without them, we wouldn't have” - Author Unknown

"If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure. " - Bill Gates

"I'm an unemployed teacher right now and I'm looking for a place to teach. " - Bobby Knight

"Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. " - Gracie Allen

"But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much. " - Clay Aiken

"There are three good reasons to be a teacher - June, July, and August." - Author Unknown

"I may forget my first crush in second grade but never my favorite teacher." - Fehl Dungo

teacher quotes

teacher quotes

Thank you quotes for teachers

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." - Alexander of Macedon

"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom." - Author Unknown

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." - Tom Brokaw

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." - William Shakespeare

Retirement quotes for teachers

"There's one thing I've always wanted to do before I quit: Retire." Groucho Marx

"The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off." - Abe Lemons

"I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension!" - Author Unknown

"Old teachers never die; they just grade away."  – Author Unknown

"The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money." – Author Unknown

"Life begins at retirement." - Author Unknown

"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it." - Bernard Baruch

"Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home - forever." - Gene Perret


Sakshi on June 08, 2015:

I am enjoying my summer vacations right now....

But these quotes made me remember my favorite teachers who are just like my maa and paa.......

Loved all quotes:-)

Saba on December 30, 2014:

Truly awesome quotes. It reminded of the good old days, I think my teachers could use one of those :D! Especially this one, "I'm retired - goodbye tension, hello pension". Anyway, if your interested in more, awesome quotes you should read this article

johnsutsengaung on February 28, 2014:

These are the good notes...I love it...

twentyfive (author) on August 29, 2012:

School time again so these quotes for teachers can make them smile :)

Pratikshya on June 07, 2012:

ya really niceeeeeeeee

twentyfive (author) on May 30, 2012:

Cheers for all the teachers! :)

emily 123 on May 29, 2012:

i think the teacher quotes are very nice a very well though very good job you guys !!!!

John on May 19, 2012:

Someone needs to correct Clay Aiken's statement from "to" to "too." It is just the teacher in me.

Dianna Mendez on March 28, 2012:

You have my vote up on this hub topic! As a teacher, I appreciate the humorous quotes as well as the inspirational sayings. I had a good laugh today, thanks!

twentyfive (author) on March 26, 2012:

thank you :) God bless

shradha on March 12, 2012:

i like it..........

twentyfive (author) on March 09, 2012:

thank you guys :) glad you loved the best teacher quotes

maya on February 25, 2012:

good one weldone..........

fahim on February 01, 2012:

YUP!! its a great quotes......... i loves this quotes..........:) its cooooolllllllllll............

tara kissoon on January 30, 2012:

fantastic i love all the comments

mamamama on January 23, 2012:

wow really nice poems

well done GUYS

mwaura on January 20, 2012:

i was so inspired by the quotes. am a teacher in a remote village school in kenya. from today i will be a different teacher because my hands hold a future.

ANNAMAY FLORES on January 20, 2012:

i am an applicant for this noblest profession - TEACHER... the quotations above: they are all LIE ON TRUTH!!!! Love It!!!!!!

twentyfive (author) on January 05, 2012:

you can add more anytime here :) thank you so much :)

ZaqKim on January 05, 2012:

i love this quotes!!

I wish to add some more quotes twentyfive!

its COOL

somya on November 12, 2011:


carlo on November 06, 2011:

give me an examples of real matematical sayings!

twentyfive (author) on November 06, 2011:

I hope you guys would have a blast. :) Cheers! Teachers rock!

girliegirl on November 05, 2011:

I loved the quotes I will have to share them with my classmates so we can finish our teachers retirement party, **tear, tear**... again I loved the quotes.

Thank you!!!!

twentyfive (author) on October 28, 2011:

thank you for visiting and enjoying the teacher's quotes. bless ya!

awesomeness on October 20, 2011:

haha i wanna be a teacher some dayy :))

ShonEjai from California on October 10, 2011:

i'm a special ed teacher. thanks for the hub.

twentyfive (author) on October 04, 2011:

Happy Teacher's Day :)

twentyfive (author) on September 28, 2011:

So heartfelt and true :) Thank you.

sana rafiq on September 28, 2011:

such the heart touching sayings , i just luv all this.

twentyfive (author) on September 11, 2011:

Pleasure. It's World's Teacher's Day :)

farnaz on September 04, 2011:

hul ...........

shreya on September 03, 2011:

these quotes r amaizing nd mood freshning....and had expressed hare beautifully,,,,,,,

twentyfive (author) on September 02, 2011:

I love these teacher quotes so much. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

mahak handa on September 02, 2011:

these quotes were like my feelings....what i feel has been expresed through hilarious words...

twentyfive (author) on August 22, 2011:

Thanks guys! You are all awesome! Thanks for sharing your quotes and more.. :) Bless ya!

Travel Chef from Manila on August 18, 2011:

Really nice qoutes you got there made me feel happy and inspired as well. Getting enough of this everyday can make us feel at ease for sure.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on May 25, 2011:

Loved the quotes. My daughter got accepted to Georgetown (accepted - we couldn't afford to send her!) with an essay of her favorite quotes. It's a great way to learn what is important to a person. Loved nine tenths of education is encouragement!

KidsPartyFavors on May 13, 2011:

I am loving my college teacher!

twentyfive (author) on April 23, 2011:

Thanks a lot for sharing your lovely quotes The PracticalMommy :) God bless.

Teachers are more than parents..Thanks for dropping by Tracey :) Bless you.

traceykrska from Ohio on April 21, 2011:

It's great to see teachers honored for the sacrifices they make.

Marissa from United States on April 14, 2011:

As a teacher, I thank you for the hub. We've been getting such a bad rap lately. The quotes are great. One of my favorites is : "A teacher affects eternity:

he can never tell where his influence stops."~Henry Adams

Nice job!

twentyfive (author) on April 12, 2011:

Glad these brightened your day Janelle :) Thanks for dropping by :) God bless!

janellelk on April 12, 2011:

Oh I love these! Completely brightened my mood today! I love the humor and gratitude in them. They definitely made me check myself this morning and everything I am thankful for! Number one the education and wise people who have helped me along my learning experience aka life!

twentyfive (author) on January 22, 2011:

It's a pleasure to be receiving comments from a great teacher like you. Thanks Betty :)

Betty Johansen on January 21, 2011:

The sign of a great quote about teaching/educating: Makes the teacher eager to get back into the classroom. That's how some of these affected me. I've been out a couple of years, but hope to get back soon. Thanks for a beautiful, FUN hub.

twentyfive (author) on January 04, 2011:

@Zulfizar - thanks for commenting. hope you found anything for her.

@tbelle- pleasure :) My mom is a teacher and she's got four of us, too. It's the greatest profession I think.

tbelle2 from Alabama on December 31, 2010:

Thx for adding mom's famous quote. She will be proud. Raised 4 kids and guess she knew what teachers were dealing with and should be well compensated.

Zulfiqar on December 30, 2010:

A££ the quotes are really awesome...i am in love with my english teacher and am here to find some thing for her....

twentyfive (author) on December 13, 2010:

Teaching is the greatest profession I'd say. Glad you enjoyed these quotes. You're always welcome to my quotes-hubs here SunnyMom :) Thank you.

SunnyMom24 from Virginia on December 13, 2010:

My husband is an elementary school teacher. I really enjoyed these quotes and some of them he will love! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all of these together!

twentyfive (author) on December 06, 2010:

Thanks Nanette :) My mom is a teacher, too. Say hi to your mom :)

nanetteparker on December 01, 2010:

great quotes for teachers.. thanks for posting this..i found one perfect for my mom who is a teacher.

twentyfive (author) on November 30, 2010:

hello Tbelle! :) Ok request granted. I added your quote :) I absolutely agree, teachers must receive the highest compensation for a very tough job they do. :) Cheers!

tbelle2 from Alabama on November 30, 2010:

Quotes are great. I appreciate them for my sister, teacher for 25 years. Could you add what my mom always said: "Teachers should be the highest paid employees on earth"

twentyfive (author) on November 21, 2010:

Thanks Carrie :)

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on November 21, 2010:

Great quotes twentyfive. Thanks for the smiles :)

twentyfive (author) on November 21, 2010:

Math was one of my favorite subjects. You're right, a subject will be interesting if the teacher is interesting LOL Glad you loved moi teacher quotes :) Thanks a lot for dropping by.

Cirurgia Plástica on November 19, 2010:

You know as I read your quotes, it makes me remind of my favorite math teacher in high school. I like her not because she is single and beautiful that time but because she makes me love my most hated subject.

twentyfive (author) on November 09, 2010:

Hell ellacor! :) Made this one in celebration of teacher's day ;)

ellacor on November 09, 2010:

What a great hub and a brilliant idea. Must have taken a lot of research.

twentyfive (author) on November 01, 2010:

Wish I had found all of these lovely quotes in my schooldays too. So cute to thank great teachers with these. A scrapbook would be so sweet. Thanks for visiting WLWC. God bless :)

WLWC from Arkansas on October 29, 2010:

Love this hub - love great quotes! Sure wish I had found this inspiration BEFORE I wrote my speech for my graduation ceremony... I have had some really awesome teachers, instructors and professors in my 26 years of educational experience. I may have to follow Front License Plates' lead and pass these on to some of my favorite educators. IF I can find them - they are all around the world by now. Thanks again for a great hub!


twentyfive (author) on October 28, 2010:

Yup, school days and teachers make us miss 'em :) Wow, what a thoughtful way of giving her a scrapbook of quotes. That's so sweet! God bless :)

Front License Plates on October 28, 2010:

Love those inspirational quotes for teachers. Makes me miss my favorite teacher in preschool, I really adore her contagious smile. Thanks for sharing this quotes, I'll have these compiled and put on a scrapbook for a Christmas present for my favorite teacher.

twentyfive (author) on October 23, 2010:

Hello Eiddwen! Love them, too. Thanks for sharing your quote. It's funny but makes sense ;) TC Cheers!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 23, 2010:

I loved these quotes and thank you for sharing this hub as it was such a refreshing read.

I think one of my favourite quotes was by Phyllis Diller:

"We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and Shut up."

Take care


twentyfive (author) on October 20, 2010:

Hi Leslie! Yup some great quotes for teachers here. Thanks :)

Hello Richtwf! Thanks for loving this hub.

Hi Giwgos12! Likewise :)

giwrgos12 from San Diego on October 20, 2010:

I like quotes!!!!

richtwf on October 16, 2010:

Some great quotes about teachers and cheers for sharing them.

I also did a little tap dance over your keys

because I love quotes and particularly these!

Leslie Patton from Texas on October 09, 2010:

Good stuff, I really enjoyed the quotes. Great hub!

twentyfive (author) on October 03, 2010:

Hello Katie! These quotes are perfect for teacher's day and a poem for teachers would be a perfect match :) Thanks for stopping over.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on October 03, 2010:

Thanks for the best teacher quotes funny and retirement both alike are nice to have on hand. Peace :)

twentyfive (author) on October 03, 2010:

@Jill - hi! :) Glad you loved them. Honored to meet a very good Filipino teacher here :) I hope you're enjoying your retirement. God bless :)

@Amorea - Hello! :) I thought of compiling these inspirational and lovely quotes for teachers. Teachers' day is so close in here and it seems these quotes could add more inspiration. Wow, another lovely teacher here! How wonderful is that :) Cheers!

God bless :)

amorea13 on October 01, 2010:

Twentyfive I loved this - thank you - there are so many great quotes here but I think I will highlight Estrada's, Lily Tomlin's and Phyllis Diller's as being most resonant with me as I was once a teacher!! Long ago.

Thank you for this Twentyfive and for finding my words so I could find yours.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on October 01, 2010:

I love these quotes!

Thank you for this tribute to teachers. I feel honored because I am a teacher, a newly retired one.

God bless!

twentyfive (author) on September 28, 2010:

@ankigarg - thanks for stopping over :)

@dahoglund - I do remember the bad ones I had too. The good ones will always be a good memory :)

@Prof. A - I am pretty sure you don't hold a book when you discuss in a class :) You're an ace teacher. I seriously want to sit in one of your science class :)

@Ingenira - thanks for sharing that thoughtful quote. I concur :)

@Astra - hahah yeah I inserted one from me. Thanks for always reading. Take care XO

Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on September 26, 2010:

Hello Fehl, I really loved the quotes. Some goodies here, even on by you. Ha. Cute. Well I am bookmarking this, because I will want to re-read this page. Take care moi friend. XX

Ingenira on September 26, 2010:

I like this one and always believe it : “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on September 23, 2010:

A great teacher doesn't know how to use a book,a gracious hub twentyfive!;)

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 23, 2010:

I have had very bad teachers in my life and a few really good ones.Fortunately it is the good ones I remember.

ankigarg87 on September 23, 2010:

Oh! These QUOTES are hilarious and mood refreshing

Related Articles