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We are, each in our own way, teachers, and deserving, I suppose of an inspirational teaching quote or two.

But there is a very special group of people -- those who care enough to devote their lives to inspiring and teaching others.

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could package an inspirational teaching quote and put it into the hands of each of every teacher?  Something just to say, "Thank you.  Thank you for making me a better person."

I remember a wonderful line from the play "A Man for All Seasons", the story of Sir Thomas More.  In this scene, young Richard Rich is asking for a job from Sir Thomas (a well-paying job, no doubt).  The line reads:

Sir Thomas More:  Be a teacher, Richard.  You would be a good teacher. Perhaps a great one.

Richard:  And if I were, who would know it?

Sir Thomas More:  You, you students, God.  Not a bad public, that.

Not a bad public at all.  So, here for our wonderful teachers, an inspirational teaching quote or two.


I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.
W.H. Auden

When the student is ready, the master appears.
Buddhist Proverb

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.
Donald D. Quinn

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

Out of the public school grows the greatness of a nation.
Mark Twain

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.
Kahlil Gibran





Olivia Liron's Page


Don Hollander in Lisbon, Spain, sent in the picture of his English teacher, Mrs. Olivia Liron, along with the quotes on this page.  She must have been an excellent teacher, for his English is exceptional!


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