Quotes About Teaching

The importance of teaching in society may not be universally recognized around the world but it certainly is by philosophers, authors and other observers, as these quotes about teaching would indicate. The quotes about teaching below position teachers as a vital element of success not just for individuals but for society as a whole. Chances are high that you'll read these quotes and think about at least one teacher from your past. A few of the nicer quotes about teaching: 

  1. "Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee." This quote about teaching is from author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived 1803 to 1882. Emerson's best known essays were published in a period of three years in the 1840s. These include "Self Reliance" and "Experience." Emerson's works are studied across the globe.
  2. "Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me, and I'll understand." This teaching quote comes from a Chinese proverb. Youth in China have a 99 percent literacy rate, a sign of the value that Chinese society puts on education.
  3. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward, who provided this teaching quote, was a 20th century author and newspaper columnist. Ward's work was found frequently in the Reader's Digest magazine.
  4. "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Himself a product of good teaching, the speaker of this quote about teaching is Albert Einstein. Einstein, born in Germany, is credited with discovering the theory of relativity and is regarded as the father of modern theory on physics.
  5. "Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life; those, the art of living well." Artistotle's quote would probably be considered controversial in today's society. The Greek philosopher wrote on everything from physics to zoology.
  6. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." This quote about teaching is from  journalist Henry Ward, who created a stir in the early 20th century with his critiques on teaching. His book, "The Education of Henry Adams," spotlighted what Adams considered to be failures in the education system.
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