20 quotes to inspire teachers and would-be teachers

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Teaching is one of the noblest professions since the beginning of time. Teachers are the curators of knowledge and the caretakers of the transfer of the same. Without teachers, engineers wouldn’t be able to get as far as sending a massive space station into orbit, nor would scientists have been able to write inventive scientific works. Teaching is one of the noblest professions since the beginning of time.

Teachers are the curators of knowledge and the caretakers of the transfer of the same. Without teachers, engineers wouldn’t be able to get as far as sending a massive space station into orbit, nor would scientists have been able to write inventive scientific works.

Teaching as a practice transcends every other profession you could imagine. Think about the burden that is placed on the shoulders of teachers by society, not only to mould children intellectually but to mould their characters and shape their outlook for the future.

A teacher has to carry the weight of not just one student, but of the thousands that will pass through their grasps throughout their lifetimes.

Teachers have to constantly remind themselves that there is always hope even for those students that seem lost. And it is this eternal optimism that sets teachers apart from the rest of society; carrying the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of innocent little minds and hearts who have no other option but to see their dreams come to life.

While they may not have all the glam associated with your favorite rock star, or enjoy the lights and globetrotting that are the perks of being a global executive in charge of a Fortune 500 company, they are no doubt the silent engines of these machines.

They keep the flame burning and fan the fires by not only discerning and disseminating information, but also fuelling passion and providing direction. They nurture talent, build confidence and help students to create, imagine and discover.

Great men of old such as Plato and Aristotle were teachers who bore the direction of the world and illuminated both our past and our present with the candour of their thinking; from the flat Earth, Einstein’s relativity, to the futuristic world we live in today. Teachers and educators are seldom celebrated as the very guardians and citadels of knowledge of the entire human species and everything that surrounds it.Teachers are an entire community of builders. The bonds that teachers forge are essentially the covalence that holds society together.

Imagine a world where everyone was too ambitious and selfish to pass knowledge on to others or a world in which everyone was too impatient to keep up with the learning curves of others.
Teaching is a burden that very few people are willing to bear.

A class does not need to have a chalkboard and students do not need to be wearing uniforms. Likewise, educators aren’t necessarily those that parade themselves in schools. Anyone that bears the brunt of having the knowledge and being forced by their hearts to pass on that knowledge in a way that any simpler mind can understand is worthy of being called a teacher. This burden is what inspires a student to achieve more and be better; to chart the unknown and to see the world as a canvas that should be discovered and filled.  So, if you are a teacher or have considered a career as one, here are a few quotes to keep you thoroughly motivated:

20 Quotes to Keep Teachers Motivated

1. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism”- Colleen Wilcox

2. “The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”- Dan Rather

3. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”- Mark Van Doren

4. “I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.” -Tupac Shakur

5. “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

6. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

7. “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”- Ancient Chinese Proverb

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

9. “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”- Anonymous

10. “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”- Karl Menninger

11. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” – Anonymous

12. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”- Confucius

13. “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.”- Lee Iacocca

14. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”- Khalil Gibran

15. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”- Robert Frost

16. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”- John Quincy Adams, U.S President

17. “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” – Joseph Campbell

18. “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

19. “The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.”- Todd Whitaker

20. “A teacher affects eternity; He can never tell where his influence stops.”- Henry B. Adams

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