55 of Our All-Time Favorite Teacher Quotes

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Best Inspirational Teacher Quotes

When it comes to motivation, you just can’t underestimate the power of a well-timed quote. Here are some of our all-time favorite inspirational teacher quotes.

Psst…check out our list of favorite classroom quotes, too!

1. What could be more important?

Hearts so full. 

2. Be deeply rooted. 

And ground yourself in love. 

3. Line, please!

Wait, where was I?

4. If only!

We’re talking Oprah rich.

5. Sounds simple enough. 

But some days you’d be surprised. 

6. Work that magic, girl! (or dude!)

A little kindness goes a long way. 

7. Born to inspire.

And to never give up. 

8. Sparkle on.

And throw it around like confetti. 

9. Keep this in your pocket.

And reference it often. 

10. You think this awesomeness happens on accident?


11. It’s a good sign. 

Our hopes inspire our worries. 

12. Every. day.

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, teacher-friends! I truly hope your school and community are showing you how much they appreciate you! But, look, I know that sinking feeling when you realize your admin has just gotten you a dozen donuts (when you have 40 teachers) or when everyone else got something except you, because you’re a special education teacher and no one ever remembers you. And it feels dumb and petty to be feeling sad about it! What really matters is that you are making a difference every. single. day. But we all want and need to be appreciated every once in a while. So if you’re a teacher who wasn’t shown much love today, swipe and treat yourself to a Starbucks drink ☕️ this evening or tomorrow morning. First come, first served! I will try to keep track of the card and update it here when the card is out! ❤️ Edit: Card is used up, hope you were able to get yourself a treat!

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Yes, you. 

13. Real love in real life. 

Teaching is not for the weak of heart. 

14. It starts on the inside.

And for some, it starts early in life. 


15. It’s an art. 


And we’re building artists. 

16. Setting my intention. 


17. Questions are fuel for growth.

And education helps you find your own answers. 

18. That’s what it’s all about. 

What could be more important?

19. Be kind every day. 

They’ll remember that longer than anything. 

20. Say it. Believe it. 

Every day. 

21. Your attitude’s up to you.

You’re in control. 

22. Pencil humor.

Very punny!

23. Perfection? Not even on my list. 

Progress is what it’s all about. 

24. One step at a time. 

You’ll get there. 

25. It’s worth it. 

Even with all the ups and downs. 

26. Believe in yourself. 

Your potential is unlimited!

27. Yeah, it takes an element of bad-assery. 

Be brave. 

28. Love this.  

We all need nurturing to grow. 

29. Our society has evolved. 

Make sure your teaching practice does too. 

30. Our influence is vast. 

Make it worth remembering. 

31. Not just sometimes. 

Who’s yours?

32. Follow your bliss. 

And pass it on. 


33. Self care is non-negotiable. 

Put on your own oxygen mask first. 

34. Ancient truth. 

Aristotle nailed it. 

35. Oh, the places I’ve been. 

scrolling=”no”>31.  Keep on being awesome. 

Because you’ve got this!

36. Hang with the positive peeps!

And be one yourself. 

37.  Be that teacher, every day.

Radiate hope. 

38. Meet them where they are. 

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Enough with the, “well I did…blah…and I turned out ok” and “I learned just fine when we blah, blah, blah…” Yay for you, but perhaps, if we had technology (for example) when we were learning, we’d be even more successful. I am getting tired of people sticking to old ways because “that’s the way it’s always been.” There’s a reason why things change, so let’s try to embrace it. Rejecting it is useless energy. This stems from a Humans of NY post I saw. The father was talking about his son playing video games too much and that he NEEDS to get outside more. Why? Maybe all of this gaming will lead to something. Maybe he will become a tech guru. I am not advocating sitting in front of a computer or screen ALL day…there obviously needs to be a balance, especially when it comes to communication. I can go on and on about this…but let’s stop holding onto past ways and try something new! #teacherquotes #progress #middleschoolteacher #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #school #ela #iteachtoo #iteachreading #iteachela #iteach6th #englishteacher #readingteacher #middleschool #teaching #teacher #iteach #teacherpreneur #teachersoftpt #tftpickme #classroominspirations #tpt #teacherspayteachers

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Then help them move forward. 

39. Teachers are boss. 

That’s how we do. 

40. Every day. 

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Be mindful. 

41. Investing in the future requires optimism. 

And optimism is a magnet for happiness. 

42. Let your light shine brightly. 

And watch it spread. 

43. Truth. 

So many ways. 

44. Do what you love. 

And love what you do. 

45. Be that person.

Especially when no one else is. 

46. Give them what they need. 

It’s different for everyone. 

47. Lead by example. 

Walk the talk. 

48. It’s that serious. 

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No pressure though. #morethanajob

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No pressure though.

49. Be that somebody. 

A little kindness goes a long way. 

50. Positivity gets much better results. 

Criticism shuts people down. 

51. Plant some beautiful seeds. 

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Plant those seeds! 🌱🌱

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And nurture them. 

52. Teachers are some of the biggest-hearted people I know.  

It’s what little people need. 

53. The perfect recipe. 

The dream. 

54. To your students you are a hero. 

Don’t forget it. 

55. Teach them what counts. 

And they’ll go far. 

What inspirational teacher quotes strengthen and inspire you? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. 

And if you like inspirational quotes, you’ll love these 5 Free Posters to Celebrate Teaching.

55 of Our All-Time Favorite Teacher Quotes

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Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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