Happy Teachers' Day (2024) - 70+ Best Teacher Appreciation Quotes & Sayings

Best Teacher Appreciation Quotes to Express Your Gratitude on This Teachers’ Day

With so many schools closed because of the pandemic, most parents around the world are appreciating their children’s teachers more than ever! Teachers have always played an important role in a student’s life since they help encourage and mould them on a daily basis. Teachers around the world are trying to do everything they can to keep their students engaged, from sharing their lesson plans over email to teaching classes online, and even having fun, online get-togethers with the students. Therefore, show your appreciation and gratitude for everything they have done during these tough times by sending your child’s teacher one of these quotes or even asking your child to make a cute greeting card with the quote.

70+ Beautiful Appreciation Quotes and Sayings for a Teacher

Express your gratitude and admiration for teachers with this collection of beautiful teacher appreciation quotes and sayings.

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  1. “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama
  2. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe
  3. “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” – GK Chesterton
  4. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
  5. “To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.” – Maria Montessori
  6. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy.” – Robert Lumsden
  8. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden
  9. “The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” – Michel Legrand
  10. “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” – Andy Rooney
  11. “Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” – William Prince
  12. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor
  13. “Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future.” – Thomas Mckinnon
  14. “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin
  15. “I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.” – James Levine
  16. A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – D. Martin
  17. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – C.S. Lewis
  18. “Students don’t know how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell
  19. “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” – Horace Mann
  20. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz
  21. “When we strive to become better teachers than we are, everyone in our classroom becomes better too.” – Robert John Meehan
  22. “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.” – Khalil Gibran
  23. “The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that’s because you’re a teacher.” – Aaron Bacall
  25. “What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” – Marcus T. Cicero
  26. “Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission.” – Dr. Ralph Tyler
  27. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of the individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” – APJ Abdul Kalam
  28. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert
  29. “A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  30. “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” – Sidney Hook
  31. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
  32. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” – Carl Jung
  33. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” – Ever Garrison
  34. “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
  35. “Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” – Ann Liberman
  36. “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck
  37. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori
  38. “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
  39. “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
  40. “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
  41. “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” – Maria Montessori
  42. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.” – Brad Henry Love
  43. “A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” – Patricia Neal
  44. “I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son.” – Thomas Wolfe
  45. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer
  46. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams
  47. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
  48. “Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.” – Haim Ginott
  49. “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influences.” – Amos Alcott
  50. “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” – Charles Kuralt
  51. “Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don’t know.” – R. Verdi
  52. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius
  53. “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” – Joseph Addison
  54. “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
  55. “One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie
  56. “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewy
  57. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki
  58. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  59. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire
  60. “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – Robert M. Hutchins
  61. “It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
  62. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  63. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
  64. “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson
  65. “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin
  66. “If we could say, ‘We are respectful and courteous in our dealing with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves’, we should have mastered a great educational principle and be setting an example of good education.” – Maria Montessori
  67. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun
  68. “To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher.” – Maria Montessori
  69. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris
  70. “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.  We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” – Thurgood Marshall
  71. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
  72. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  73. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox
  74. “To teach is to learn twice.” – Joseph Joubert
  75. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

The teaching profession requires a lot of understanding, patience, and a lifetime of dedication. With these beautiful teacher appreciation day quotes and ‘thank you, teacher’ quotes, you are definitely going to let them know how much you admire them!

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