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If you are looking for the best 100 Teacher Appreciation Quotes then you have come to the right place!



While the Northern Hemisphere is nicely settling into their school year and looking forward to Christmas Break, here in Australia the school year comes to an end in December just in time for a sticky summer.


It’s a time where parents get to reflect on their children’s growth and progress over the school year.


And if you are lucky enough like me to have had amazing teachers for your kids, it’s a time where you also want to show your love, gratitude and sincere thanks.

Gifts are great but sometimes it's the card and your WORDS that say it the best.

I absolutely love including a special quote or two when writing my appreciation message to the teachers and over the years I have come across some great Teacher Appreciation Quotes.


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So without further ado, here are my TOP 100 TEACHER APPRECIATION QUOTES:


1 – One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

2 – Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. Unknown

3 – One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. Maria Montessori

4 – A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

5 – If you can read this, thank a teacher.  American proverb

6 – Without teacher appreciation there can’t be any student progress. Theresa Grimm

7 – The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see. Alexandra Trenfor

8 – Because my teacher believed in me, I never gave up. Now I am flying towards my dreams. Heidi McDonald

9 – A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dreams.

10 – A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.  Patricia Neal


11 – Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

12 – 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

13 – The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward.

14 – He who opens a school door closes a prison. Victor Hugo

15 – Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. Uri Bronfenbrenner

16 – A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes

17 – A teacher affects eternity – he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams

18 – Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students. Charles Kuralt

19 -The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.

20 – To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert


21 – Teachers who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.

22 – Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. Joyce Meyer

23 – 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

24 – A good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others.

25 – Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. Jack Handey

26 – What we learn with pleasure we never forget. Alfred Mercier

27 – Teachers encourage minds to think, hands to create and hearts to love.

28 – I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander The Great

29 – A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes. Author Unknown

30 – Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime.



31 – If you have to put someone on a pedestal put teachers. They are society’s heroes. Guy Kawasaki

32 – A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention then he can teach his lesson.  John Henrik Clarke

33 – Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. Chinese proverb

34 – I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin

35 – Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future. Thomas Mckinnon

36 – To teach is to touch a life forever.

37 – Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story

38 – A teacher ignites the fire that fuels a student’s thirst for knowledge, curiosity and wisdom.

39 – 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

40 – You are making a difference every day.



41 – It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein

42 – Teachers play such an enormous role in forming, not just teaching them, but forming character in our kids. We really have to thank them for what they do. They are really the core that makes our society work. Jeanine Pirro

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

44 – Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.

45 – Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. There will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones – it all depends on how we use them.

46 – Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  John C. Dana

47 – The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Dr. Maria Montessori

48 – Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.  Anatole France

49 – 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

50 – Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.  Bob Talbert



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51 – True teachers 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

52 – The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert M. Hutchins

53 – Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. Abdul Kalan

54 – I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise, of ordinary people leading ordinary lives. Tracy Chapman

55 – The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren

56 – It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

57 – The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom well into the future. F. Sionil Jose

58 – I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. Socrates.

59 – 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

60 – Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.  Rita Pierson


61 – Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.  Fred Rogers

62 – Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.  Haim Ginott

63 – It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop. Robert John Meehan

64 – I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. John Wooden

65 – He saw talent, he saw hope, he saw a future. He believed in me so much I began to believe in myself.  Danielle Glick

66 – The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. Plato

67 – Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. Colleen Wilcox

68 – Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world. Nelson Mandela

69 – Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees. Author Unknown

70 – Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.   Gail Godwin


71 – The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. C. S. Lewis

72 – Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth. Helen Caldicott

73 – Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our nation for tomorrow.  Solomon Ortiz

74 – Teachers are endless Fragrance, which lasts forever in mind of students as Knowledge.  Samar Sudha

75 – Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. Sidney Hook

76 – Even where there are no schools, there are teachers. Sharad Vivek Sagar

77 – The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.  Dorothea Dix

78 – Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten. Mary Catherine Bateson

79 – I will venture to maintain that where the teacher is not pleasing to the pupil, there is no education. Xenophon

80 – In every lesson give yourself the opportunity to learn from the class in the same way that they learn from you.


81 – Great teachers are great mentors. Lailah Gifty Akita

82 – Whoever first coined the phrase ‘you’re the wind beneath my wings’ most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher. Frank Trujillo

83 – To teach, learn. To learn, teach. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

84 – When we strive to become better teachers than we are, everyone in our classroom becomes better too.  Robert John Meehan

85 – Teachers shouldn’t make the mistake of always thinking they’re the smartest person in the room. Taylor Mali


86 – I am not a teacher but ab awakener. Robert Frost

87 – 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

88 – The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity. Robert Brault.

89 – The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. Unknown

90 – Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle.


91 – The students who challenge their teachers the most, need their teachers the most. Heidi McDonald

92 – I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test. Erin Gruwell

93 – Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

94 – Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart but that’s because you’re a teacher. Aaron Bacall

95 – No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. Althea Gibson

96 – Everybody’s a teacher if you listen. Doris Roberts

97 – A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. Horace Mann

98 – Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. Josef Albers

99 – Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten – B.K. Skinner

100 – Be the person you needed when you were younger




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