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.

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. John Steinbeck
None can teach admirably if not loving his task. Amos Bronson Alcott
You cannot teach a crab to walk straight. Aristophenes
Not fault of teaching spider if little spider pay more attention to catching fly than doing lesson Anne Bishop
Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle
The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. Audre Lorde
When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think. Bertrand Russell
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. Chinese Proverb
One day with a great teacher is better than a thousand days of diligent study. Chinese Proverb
With too much pride a man cannot learn a thing. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are. Criss Jami
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. E. M. Forster
Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Immanuel Kant
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. Jim Henson
The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves. Joseph Campbell
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai
Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself. Paulo Coelho
I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am. Paulo Freire
Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers. Richard Bach
If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking. Richard Buckminster Fuller
The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching. Richard DuFour
His older self had taught his younger self a language which the older self knew because the younger self, after being taught, grew up to be the older self and was, therefore, capable of teaching. Robert A. Heinlein
I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost
When one teaches, two learn. Robert Heinlein
We must teach our girls that if they speak their mind, they can create the world they want to see. Robyn Silverman
Teachers teach someone something, in that order. Samuel Natale
We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why. Stephen King
At it's highest level, the purpose of teaching is not to teach it is to inspire the desire for learning. Once a student's mind is set on fire, it will find a way to provide its own fuel. Sydney J. Harris
What you do teaches faster, and has a lasting impression, far beyond what you say. T.F. Hodge
If you want to use television to teach somebody, you must first teach them how to use television. Umberto Eco