Teaching Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old teaching quotes, teaching sayings, and teaching proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Unknown Author
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. Confucius
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. Josef Albers
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George Bernard Shaw
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre. Gail Goldwin
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Thomas Caruthers
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin
A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. Unknown Author
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding. William Arthur Ward
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. Horace Mann
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. Forest Witcraft
It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted. Linda Conway
When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style. William Glaser
The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity. Robert Brault
There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other. Paulo Freire
Ideal 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 bridges of their own. Nikos Kazantzakis
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P. Bedford
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. Jacques Barzun
To teach is to learn twice over. Joseph Joubert
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. Cicero
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. Elbert Hubbard
Teaching like any truly human activity emerges from one's inwardness. Parker J. Palmer
We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience. Sasha Azevedo
Teaching is the highest form of understanding. Aristotle
Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. Albert Einstein
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. William Arthur Ward
Teaching is the canny art of intellectual temptation Jerome Bruner
He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. Richard Henry Dann