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40 Teacher Appreciation Quotes for Every Day

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The Best Teacher Appreciation Quotes to Thank Your Educators

Thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 initiated the idea of a US National Teacher Day. It is presently observed on the Tuesday in the first full week of May, and appreciation for teachers in the US is extended throughout the week.

Still, any day is the right day to recognize teachers for their hard work and to say thanks, especially for their positive life-altering influence on their students' lives. Find inspiration for heartfelt gratitude among these 40 quotes.

Thursday, May 3, 2022 is National Teacher Appreciation Day in the US.

Thursday, May 3, 2022 is National Teacher Appreciation Day in the US.

Student Testimonials

1. "My fourth-grade teacher once put her arms around me and said, 'You sure write well.' And I've had good penmanship until this day. . . That's the kind of motivation that students need." ―Andrew Young, American politician

2. "I got into acting because my teachers kept nudging me into it. The power a teacher has to influence someone is so great. I can't think of a profession I have more respect for." ―Jon Hamm, Golden Globe Award winner

3. "I had a ninth-grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be." ―Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist

4. "If it wasn't for my primary school teacher reminding me to be observant, I may not have had the inspiration to think of my invention." ―Zhou Qunfei, founder, Lens Technology Company

5. "My teacher is so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her. . . All the best of me belongs to her--there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch." ―Helen Keller, blind American author

Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate, political activist, lecturer

Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate, political activist, lecturer

Extraordinary Teachers

6. "A good teacher who can take the zero pay and help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially, is literally an angel." ―Eva Amurri

7. "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." ―Brad Henry

8. "The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask which he finds it hard to answer." ―Alice Wellington Rollins

9. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ―William Arthur Ward

10. "I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." ―John Steinbeck

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11. "The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life."― Pat Conroy

12. "True 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 their own." ―Nikos Kazantzakis

13. "The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. ―Amos Bronson Alcott

14. "The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful."H.L. Mencken

15. "Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission." ―Maria Montessori

Henry Adams,  American historian

Henry Adams, American historian

Teacher Evaluation

16. "Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well." ―Aristotle

17. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ―Henry Adams

18. "They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don't know it." ―Nicholas Sparks

19. "Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students." ―Charles Kuralt

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

Auxilary Teachers

21. "There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent." ―Gandhi

22. "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn." ―C.S. Lewis

23. "Growing up, I took so many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave. They were my teachers and my advisers." ―Neil Gaiman

24. "If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience, and understanding." ―Dalai Lama XIV

25. "Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet." ―Patrick Rothfuss

26. "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust." ―Gertrude Jekyll

27. "Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary." ―Warren Bennis

28. "There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."Malcolm X

29. "Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence." ―Deepak Chopra

30. "Your best teacher is your last mistake." ―Ralph Nader

Joint World Teachers' Day Statement (October 5, 2021) by UNESCO et al.

Joint World Teachers' Day Statement (October 5, 2021) by UNESCO et al.

Teacher Appreciation

31. "If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society's heroes." Guy Kawasaki

32. "Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention." ―Sonia Rumzi

33. “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.” ―Carl Gustav Jung

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

35. "Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher." ―Maggie Gallagher

36. "One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen."Philip Wylie

37. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." ―Alexander the Great

38. "Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young. They wait for it, and in time, it comes." ―Darren Shan

39. "Teaching is a calling too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness." ―Jeannette Walls

40. "Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives." ―Andy Rooney

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