100 Teacher Appreciation Quotes To Help You Say Thank You


Educators have one of the most important but difficult jobs in the world. Although many have tried to describe the effect of teachers in teacher appreciation quotes, there are just no words to adequately describe the many hats they wear. By the time Teacher Appreciation Month rolls around, they’ve earned that summer break! Check out our list of teacher appreciation quotes to remember why you should make your teacher feel super special! If you want to say thank you, consider writing a note of gratitude and including one of these teacher appreciation quotes (a gift card or another small gift never hurts, either!).

Say Thank You With Our Favorite Teacher Appreciation Quotes

1. One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. —Malala Yousafzai

2. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. —Brad Henry

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

3. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. —Henry Brooks Adams

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. —Henry Brooks Adams- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

4. Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. —Josef Albers

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. —Josef Albers

5. A good teacher is like a candle: It consumes itself to light the way for others. —Unknown

A good teacher is like a candle: It consumes itself to light the way for others. —Unknown

6. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. —Thomas Carruthers

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. —Thomas Carruthers

7. If a teacher have any opinion which he wishes to conceal, his pupils will become as fully indoctrinated into that as into any which he publishes. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a teacher have any opinion which he wishes to conceal, his pupils will become as fully indoctrinated into that as into any which he publishes. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. —Confucius

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. —Confucius- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

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

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

10. Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

11. Everyone who remembers his own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the kingpin of the educational situation. —Sidney Hook

 Everyone who remembers his own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the kingpin of the educational situation. —Sidney Hook

12. Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. —Japanese Proverb

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. —Japanese proverb- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

13. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. —Carl Jung

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. —Carl Jung- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

14. One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. —Maria Montessori

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. —Maria Montessori

15. But as I grew, my heroes changed so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child in this life is a hero to me. —Fred Rogers

But as I grew, my heroes changed so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child in this life is a hero to me. —Fred Rogers- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

16. What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher thus transformed? It is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” —Maria Montessori

What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher thus transformed? It is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." —Maria Montessori

17. I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. —John Wooden

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. —John Wooden

18. If you can read this, thank a teacher. —American Proverb

If you can read this, thank a teacher. —American Proverb- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

19. When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. —Dalai Lama

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. —Dalai Lama

20. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. —William Arthur Ward

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. —William Arthur Ward- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

21. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. —Carl W. Buehner

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. —Carl W. Buehner- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

22. 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

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- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

23. If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn. —Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn. —Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

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

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. —APJ Abdul Kalam- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

25. Summer vacation is the time when parents realize teachers are grossly underpaid. —Unknown

Summer vacation is the time when parents realize teachers are grossly underpaid. —Unknown

26. Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission. —Dr. Ralph Tyler

Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission. —Dr. Ralph Tyler- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

27. He who opens a school door closes a prison. —Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door closes a prison. —Victor Hugo

28. If [the teacher] is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. —Kahlil Gibran

If [the teacher] is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. —Kahlil Gibran

29. Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. —Jacques Barzun

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. —Jacques Barzun- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

30. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. —Gail Godwin

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. —Gail Godwin

31. My teacher thought I was smarter than I was—so I was. —Unknown 6-year-old child

My teacher thought I was smarter than I was—so I was. —6-year-old child- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

32. Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. —Solomon Ortiz

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. —Solomon Ortiz

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

One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen. —Philip Wylie- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

34. When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. —The Talmud

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. —The Talmud

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

Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care. —Horace Mann- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

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

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

37. Not all superheroes wear capes—some have teaching degrees. —Unknown

Not all superheroes wear capes—some have teaching degrees. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

38. It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. —Unknown

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. —Unknown

39. Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. —Unknown

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

40. If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. —John Dewey

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. —John Dewey

41. Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. —Lady Bird Johnson

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. —Lady Bird Johnson

42. What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased. —Unknown

What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

43. Teaching: the only profession where you steal things from home and bring them to work. —Unknown

Teaching: the only profession where you steal things from home and bring them to work. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

44. Cheers to all of the teachers who give out pencils every single day knowing that they’ll never get them back. —Unknown

Cheers to all of the teachers who give out pencils every single day knowing that they’ll never get them back. —Unknown

45. The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. —Mark Van Doren

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. —Mark Van Doren- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

46. Don’t judge a teacher until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes. —Unknown

Don’t judge a teacher until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes. —Unknown

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

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. —Lily Tomlin- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

48. The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. —Unknown

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. —Unknown

49. It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. —Michael Morpurgo

It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. —Michael Morpurgo- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

50. The teacher … must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. —Maria Montessori

The teacher … must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. —Maria Montessori

51. In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. —Phil Collins

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. —Phil Collins- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

52. The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike. —H.L. Mencken

The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike. —H. L. Mencken

53. Without teachers, life would have no class. —Unknown

Without teachers, life would have no class. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

54. Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own. —Unknown

Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

55. A truly amazing teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget. —Unknown

A truly amazing teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget. —Unknown

56. The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character. —Dorothea Dix

The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character. —Dorothea Dix- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

57. A teacher nourishes the soul of a child for a lifetime. —Unknown

A teacher nourishes the soul of a child for a lifetime. —Unknown- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

58. A truly special teacher is very wise and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes. —Unknown

A truly special teacher is very wise and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes. —Unknown

59. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. —Colleen Wilcox

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. —Colleen Wilcox- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

60. 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

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

61. Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted. —Garrison Keillor

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted. —Garrison Keillor- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

62. Experience is the only teacher, and we get his lesson indifferently in any school. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience is the only teacher, and we get his lesson indifferently in any school. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. In spite of some bad experiences, I’m a firm believer in the trial-and-error method of learning. —Andy Rooney

In spite of some bad experiences, I'm a firm believer in the trial-and-error method of learning. —Andy Rooney

64. The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy. —Michael Porter

The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy. —Michael Porter

65. 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

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- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

66. 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

 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

67. Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers. —Joshua Reynolds

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers. —Joshua Reynolds

68. Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers. —Lloyd Alexander

Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers. —Lloyd Alexander- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

69. A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter. —Wallace Stegner

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter. —Wallace Stegner

70. Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. —Haim Ginott

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

71. Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. —Arthur Koestler

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. —Arthur Koestler

72. It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him. —Jean Rostand

 It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him. —Jean Rostand- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

73. My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher. —Simon Newcomb

My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher. —Simon Newcomb

74. The whole secret of the teacher’s force lies in the conviction that men are convertible. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The whole secret of the teacher's force lies in the conviction that men are convertible. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

75. I have always felt that the true text-book for the pupil is his teacher. —Mahatma Gandhi

I have always felt that the true text-book for the pupil is his teacher. —Mahatma Gandhi

76. Not to keep from error, is the duty of the educator of men, but to guide the erring one, even to let him swill his error out of full cups—that is the wisdom of teachers. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Not to keep from error, is the duty of the educator of men, but to guide the erring one, even to let him swill his error out of full cups—that is the wisdom of teachers. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

77. What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization. —Helen Keller

What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization. —Helen Keller

78. Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. —Confucius

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. —Confucius- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

79. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. —Nelson Mandela

 Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. —Nelson Mandela

80. Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. —Marian Wright Edelman

 Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. —Marian Wright Edelman

81. The good man is the teacher of the bad, and the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, or greatly care for the material, is greatly deluded . —Lao Tzu

The good man is the teacher of the bad, and the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, or greatly care for the material, is greatly deluded . —Lao Tzu

82. One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. —Friedrich Nietzsche

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. —Friedrich Nietzsche

83. If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. —Confucius

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. —Confucius

84. The best method for a given teacher is the one which is most familiar to the teacher. —Leo Tolstoy

The best method for a given teacher is the one which is most familiar to the teacher. —Leo Tolstoy- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

85. My studies gave me only a very superficial knowledge of philosophy but sharpened my interest in it. I benefited greatly from being a teacher—that is, from being able to spend a great deal of time reading, writing and educating myself. —Simone de Beauvoir

My studies gave me only a very superficial knowledge of philosophy but sharpened my interest in it. I benefited greatly from being a teacher—that is, from being able to spend a great deal of time reading, writing and educating myself. —Simone de Beauvoir

86. The greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries. —Lao Tzu

The greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries. —Lao Tzu- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

87. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. —Bill Gates

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. —Bill Gates

88. Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him! —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him! —Ralph Waldo Emerson

89. If you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught. —Oscar Hammerstein II

If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught. —Oscar Hammerstein II

90. Like any teenager who reads The Great Gatsby, probably, I was madly in love with the teacher who had opened it up for me. —Rob Sheffield

Like any teenager who reads The Great Gatsby, probably, I was madly in love with the teacher who had opened it up for me. —Rob Sheffield- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

91. When I was sixteen I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines. My main feedback came from my English teacher, Miss Bessie B. Billings, who said, “I can’t understand this at all, dear, so it must be good.” —Margaret Atwood

When I was sixteen I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines. My main feedback came from my English teacher, Miss Bessie B. Billings, who said, "I can't understand this at all, dear, so it must be good." —Margaret Atwood

92. The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. —Anne Michaels

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. —Anne Michaels- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

93. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. —Henry Adams

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

94. The real job of every moral teacher is to keep bringing us back to the simple principles, which we’re so anxious not to see. —C.S. Lewis

The real job of every moral teacher is to keep bringing us back to the simple principles, which we're so anxious not to see. —C.S. Lewis

95. Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few; lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small. —Albert Einstein

Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few; lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small. —Albert Einstein

96. Be versed in ancient lore, and familiarize yourself with the modern; then may you become teachers. —Confucius

Be versed in ancient lore, and familiarize yourself with the modern; then may you become teachers. —Confucius- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

97. Find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to those who appreciate him and those who don’t. Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world. —Lao Tzu

Find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to those who appreciate him and those who don't. Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world. —Lao Tzu

98. An understanding heart is everything in a teacher and cannot be esteemed highly enough. —Carl Jung

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher and cannot be esteemed highly enough. —Carl Jung

99. But remain the teacher of the young teachers. Advise and direct us, and we will be ready to learn. I will have need of you as long as I live. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau

But remain the teacher of the young teachers. Advise and direct us, and we will be ready to learn. I will have need of you as long as I live. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau- Teacher Appreciation Quotes

100. A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. —Mahatma Gandhi

A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. —Mahatma Gandhi

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