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20 Quotes for World Teachers’ Day

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on September 29, 2016
This article was updated on October 3, 2016

Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day has endeavored to recognize the role teachers play in society and mobilize support for them in the future. As a way of acknowledging how teachers continually shape our world’s future, we’ve compiled a list of twenty historical quotes and proverbs on the importance of mentorship, education and learning from Victor Hugo to Khalil Gibran.


Alexander the Great

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




                                                                                                     Donna Quesada

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“The effects you will have on your students are infinite and currently unknown; you will possibly shape the way they proceed in their careers, the way they will vote, the way they will behave as partners and spouses, the way they will raise their kids.”



Eric Micha'el Leventhal

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“Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.”






                                                                                                         Henry Adam

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






Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

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



                                                                                                          Victor Hugo

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“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” 








K. Patricia Cross

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“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.” 




                                                                                                          Carl Jung

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“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.”




Tucker Elliot

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“In large part, we are teachers precisely because we remember what it was like to be a student. Someone inspired us. Someone influenced us. Or someone hurt us. And we’ve channeled that joy (or pain) into our own unique philosophies on life and learning and we’re always looking for an opportunity to share them—with each other, our students, parents, or in our communities.”



                                                                                                             Debasish Mridha

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“Like the sun, a teacher enlightens a mind with his love, warmth, and light.” 

“The ultimate purpose of a teacher is to teach students to think in a better way.” 




Rainn Wilson

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“Teachers can make such a profound impact on our lives and should be honored as heroes, I believe. They’re working for so little money, under such difficult circumstances, usually for the love of the service to the children. Many of us owe who we are to certain teachers who appeared at just the right time, in the right place, and had just the right words to propel us on our journey.” 





                                                                                                            Amit Ray

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“Education is unfolding the wings of head and heart together. The job of a teacher is to push the students out of the nest to strengthen their wings.”





John F. Kennedy

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“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”






                                                                                                             Khalil Gibran

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“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.”






Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.”







                                                                                                  Nikos Kazantzakis

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“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.” 







Jacques Barzun

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“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”





                                                                                                         Haim Ginott 

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“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.”






Nelson Mandela

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” 

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