Teaching and Teachers

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles William Eliot

Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

Barbara W. Tuchman

If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your stuff, then you deserve it.

Frank Zappa

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Annie Proulx

Teaching and Teachers

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.

Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life

I am not a teacher, but an awakener.

Robert Frost

There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Flannery O’Connor

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

Dr. Seuss

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn fast. William Nicholson, Shadowlands
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.


What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.

Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

All I could think of was that the teachers must’ve found the illegal stash of candy I’d been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they’d realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

The best teachers impart knowledge through sleight of hand, like a magician.

Kate Betts

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

Henry Adams

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

Pema Chödrön

It was like when you’re a little kid and you run into your teacher or librarian at the grocery store or Wal-mart and it’s just so startling, because it never occurred to you they existed outside of school.

Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

Most schools have a loud system of loud bells, which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems.

Lemony Snicket

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. Barbara W. Tuchman
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross.

Nikos Kazantzakis

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. Friedrich

Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him..

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth.

Elie Wiesel

We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. In learning to write, the pupil goes over with his pen what the teacher has outlined in pencil: so in reading; the greater part of the work of thought is already done for us. This is why it relieves us to take up a book after being occupied with our own thoughts. And in reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts. So it comes about that if anyone spends almost the whole day in reading, and by way of relaxation devotes the intervals to some thoughtless pastime, he gradually loses the capacity for thinking; just as the man who always rides, at last forgets how to walk. This is the case with many learned persons: they have read themselves stupid.

Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.

Ronald Reagan

Growing up, I took so many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave. They were my teachers and my advisers.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I picked up one of the books and flipped through it. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading. But some books should come with warning labels: Caution: contains characters and plots guaranteed to induce sleepiness.

Laurie Halse Anderson, Twisted

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual.
There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Swami Vivekananda

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.

Mahatma Gandhi

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history.

Carl Sagan, Cosmos

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.

Heather Brewer, Eighth Grade Bites

I hated how it was all just a game of trying to figure out what the teacher wanted to hear and then saying it. I’m in class, so teach me.

John Green, Looking for Alaska

Time is not the great teacher. Experience is. A man may live a whole life, but if he never leaves his home to experience that life, he dies knowing nothing. A mere child who has suffered and lived can be the wiser of the two.

Lynsay Sands, Love Bites

I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

Haim G. Ginott

There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. From now on I am your teacher.

Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.


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

Dyslexic, Albert Einstein

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.

Bruce Lee

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.

C.G. Jung

All adversity teaches us a lesson… Never regret your past. Accept it as the teacher that it is. Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.

Elbert Hubbard

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

Dalai Lama XIV

There is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Choice is a divine teacher, for when we choose we learn that nothing is ever put in our path without a reason.

Iyanla Vanzant

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

Bill Gates

Experience is the best teacher. Penelope Douglas, Bully
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

Alexander the Great

When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.

William Glasser

Being a teacher is meaningful.

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

I used my brains to outsmart teachers—and that wasn’t very smart at all.

L.J. Smith, Night World, No. 1

One’s enemy is often the best teacher of tolerance. Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Quest
Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

Ruth Beechick, An Easy Start in Arithmetic, Grades K-3

You know how teachers tell you the magic word is ‘please’? That’s not true. The magic word is ‘puke’. It will get you out of class faster than anything else.

Rick Riordan, The Demigod Files

I accidentally vaporize my pre-algebra teacher Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
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

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl A. Menninger

You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it. J.D.

Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.

Woody Allen

Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention.

Sonia Rumzi

Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.

Deepak Chopra

Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill.

Ray Bradbury

The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.

Ally Carter, Out of Sight, Out of Time

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.

William Wordsworth

Great teachers have lived in obscurity. Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation
To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher. James Joyce, Ulysses
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

Alexandra K.Trenfor

I think so,’ said Professor McGonagall dryly, ‘we teachers are rather good at magic, you know. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Denis Waitley

Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon ‘in service,’ which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.

Neal Shusterman, Bruiser

The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.

Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change

The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.


This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero! Sivananda Saraswati
Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.

Zig Ziglar

Teachers are the one and only people who save nations.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. Amit

Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught. The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don’t have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself.

Ray Bradbury

To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

I got to thinking that the world would be a better place if they gave medals to great teachers rather than just soldiers who kill their enemies in wars.

Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

I taught you everything you know. But I didn’t teach you everything I know. Orson

Scott Card, Ender’s Game

A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the child’s mind, he does not understand teaching.

Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students.

Hector Berlioz

Failure is a greater teacher than success

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

As in everything, nature is the best instructor.

Adolf Hitler

A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Experience is the teacher of all things.

Gaius Julius Caesar

Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.

Lorraine Anderson

They say that time is a great teacher but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

Time is an unkind teacher, delivering lessons that we learn far too late for them to be useful. Years after I could have benefited from them, the insights come to me.

Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin

Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.

Robin S. Sharma

Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.

Chris Hadfield

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.

Maria Montessori

When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.

Lao Tzu

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.

Scott Hayden

My teacher said once that every man faces seven enemies in his lifetime. Sickness, hunger, betrayal, envy, greed, old age, and then death…

Osamu Tezuka

The educator has the duty of not being neutral.

Paulo Freire

A Student is the most important person ever in this school…in person, on the telephone, or by mail.
A Student is not dependent on us…we are dependent on the Student.
A Student is not an interruption of our work..the Studenti s the purpose of it. We are not doing a favor by serving the Student…the Student is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.
A Student is a person who brings us his or her desire to learn. It is our job to handle each Student in a manner which is beneficial to the Student and ourselves.

William W. Purkey, Becoming an Invitational Leader

As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.

Robert G. Ingersoll

In order to be a teacher you’ve got to be a student first

Gary L. Francione

You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.

Rudolf Steiner

Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Arthur Koestler

Teachers and education can only remind us of what we already know.

Chuck Palahniuk

No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks, when the teacher rings the bell, drop your books and run like hell

Stephen Chbosky

The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.
…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)

Mark Nepo

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
I don’t care who the student is, teachers should never be condescending. That should be the first rule in the teacher handbook.

Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

It’s strange how teachers can go off to college for all those years to learn to become teachers, but some of them never learn the easy stuff. Like making kids laugh. And making sure they know that you love them.

Matthew Dicks, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

To remind me, pain is the best teacher

Holly Black, White Cat

A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.

Christopher Pike, Sati

All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.

George Whitman

An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected.

Thomas Moore

One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them.

Alan Bennett, The History Boys

Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young. They wait for it, and in time, it comes.

Darren Shan, Vampire Mountain

Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.

Polly Berrien Berends

Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books

Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

The same old dumb teachers teaching the same old dumb subjects in the same old dumb school. I seem to be kind of losing interest in everything. At first I thought high school would be fun but it’s just dull. Everything’s dull. Maybe it’s because I’m growing up and life is becoming more blase.

Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

The main reason I became a teacher is that I like being the first one to introduce kids to words and music and people and numbers and concepts and idea that they have never heard about or thought about before. I like being the first one to tell them about Long John Silver and negative numbers and Beethoven and alliteration and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and similes and right angles and Ebenezer Scrooge. . . Just think about what you know today. You read. You write. You work with numbers. You solve problems. We take all these things for granted. But of course you haven’t always read. You haven’t always known how to write. You weren’t born knowing how to subtract 199 from 600. Someone showed you. There was a moment when you moved from not knowing to knowing, from not understanding to understanding. That’s why I became a teacher.

Phillip Done, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching

Loss is the hardest thing, I said. But it’s also the teacher that’s the most difficult to ignore.

Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

Parents, teachers, government – they all teach you how to live the dreary , deadening life of a slave, but nobody teaches you how to live normally.

Ryū Murakami, In the Miso Soup

Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world, and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills.

Charles Platt

Success is a poor teacher

Robert T. Kiyosaki

I’m a teacher! A teacher, Potter! How dare yeh threaten ter break down my door!” “I’m sorry, sir,” said Harry, emphasizing the last word.
Hagrid looked stunned. “Since when have yeh called me ‘sir’?”
“Since when have you called me ‘Potter’?

J.K. Rowling

Man is a pupil, pain is his teacher.

Alfred de Musset

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

Lily Tomlin

Teaching is a calling too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy – angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.

Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

A teacher isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.

Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

Can teachers successfully educate children to think for themselves if teachers are not treated as professionals who think for themselves?

Diane Ravitch

There is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do, how not to be.

J.K. Rowling

The function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.

W.E.B. Du Bois

Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child’s coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself.

Louis L’Amour

What teachers and the administration in that era never seemed to see was that the mental work of what they called daydreaming often required more effort and concentration than it would have taken simply to listen in class. Laziness is not the issue. It is just not the work dictated by the administration.

David Foster Wallace, Oblivion

It’s the student who makes the teacher, not the other way around.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

A warrior’s greatest enemy can also be his greatest teacher.

Taran Matharu, The Novice

I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. I guess a big part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves. Since an ineluctable part of being a human self is suffering, part of what we humans come to art for is an experience of suffering, necessarily a vicarious experience, more like a sort of “generalization” of suffering. Does this make sense? We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.

David Foster Wallace

Great teachers had great personalities and that the greatest teachers had outrageous personalities. I did not like decorum or rectitude in a classroom; I preferred a highly oxygenated atmosphere, a climate of intemperance, rhetoric, and feverish melodrama. And I wanted my teachers to make me smart. A great teacher is my adversary, my conqueror, commissioned to chastise me. He leaves me tame and grateful for the new language he has purloined from other kings whose granaries are filled and whose libraries are famous. He tells me that teaching is the art of theft: of knowing what to steal and from whom. Bad teachers do not touch me; the great ones never leave me. They ride with me during all my days, and I pass on to others what they have imparted to me. I exchange their handy gifts with strangers on trains, and I pretend the gifts are mine. I steal from the great teachers. And the truly wonderful thing about them is they would applaud my theft, laugh at the thought of it, realizing they had taught me their larcenous skills well.

Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

An exceedingly confident student would in theory make a terrible student. Why would he take school seriously when he feels that he can outwit his teachers?

Criss Jami, Killosophy

Teachers can be a living example to their students. Not that teachers should look for students to idealize them. One who is worth idealizing does not care whether others idealize them or not. Everyone needs to see that you not only teach human values but you live them. It is unavoidable sometimes you will be idealized — it is better for children to have a role model, or goal, because then the worshipful quality in them can dawn.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

While parents possess the original key to their offspring’s experience, teachers have a spare key. They, too, can open or close the minds and hearts of children.

Haim G. Ginott

You know that I don’t believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone. I question that efficacy of teaching. The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn. And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.

Carl R. Rogers

Homeschooling and public schooling are as opposite as two sides of a coin. In a homeschooling environment, the teacher need not be certified, but the child MUST learn. In a public school environment, the teacher MUST be certified, but the child need NOT learn.

Gene Royer

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic-it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.

John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education

From tender youth we are told by father and teacher that betrayal is the most heinous offence imaginable. But what is betrayal?…Betrayal means breaking ranks and breaking off into the
unknown. Sabina knew of nothing more magnificent than going off into the unknown.

Milan Kundera

You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. Ajahn Chah
Our actions are guaranteed to affect others. Because we are not alone in this world, much of our learning about ourselves comes from our interaction with others. Our relationships are our teachers. We learn from each other.

Tae Yun Kim, Seven Steps to Inner Power

Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect … Your have to be your own teacher and your own disciple. You have to question everything that man has accepted as valuable, as necessary.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Behind the parents stands the school, and behind the teacher the home.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.

Vladimir Nabokov

The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free.

Chuck Palahniuk

When one does a thing, it appears good, otherwise one would not write it. Only later comes reflection, and one discards or accepts the thing. Time is the best censor, and patience a most excellent teacher.

Frédéric Chopin

A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.

Alan M. Dershowitz

If this was a movie, she’d be the young, ambitious teacher who shows up at the inner city school and inspires the fuckups, and suddenly everyone’s putting down their AKs and picking up their pencils, and the end credits scroll up to announce how all the kids got into Harvard or some shit. Instant Oscar for Hilary Swank.

Elle Kennedy

I have noticed that teachers get exciting confused with boring a lot. Sara Pennypacker, The Talented Clementine
Good teachers make it possible for people to change their positions without shame.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

A lecture has been well described as the process whereby the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the mind of either.

Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

Teachers wondered why I didn’t speak up more in class. Why would I when I knew how precarious words could be, how betraying they were, how vulnerable they made you?

Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

If I know that the teacher is wrong, and say nothing, then I remain the only one who knows, and that gives me an advantage over those who believe the teacher.

Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Shadow

Experience is the hardest teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.

Aurora Rose Reynolds, Until Lilly

There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father.

Amit Ray

As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.

Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words so they wouldn’t sound dumb, and I hated how it was all just a game of trying to figure out what the teacher wanted to hear and then saying it. I’m in a class, so teach me.

John Green, Looking for Alaska

Teachers knew every one of the students, their secrets, their grades, their home situations. And all the students knew the teachers. It was like teachers were people who finally were the most popular at school.

Victoria Kahler, Their Friend Scarlet

The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

Suffering is one of life’s great teachers.

Bryant McGill

My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.

Woody Allen

Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. . . . Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense.” –Sam Seaborne, West Wing

Aaron Sorkin

A game master or teacher who was primarily concerned with being close enough to the “innermost meaning” would be a very bad teacher. To be candid, I myself, for example, have never in my life said a word to my pupils about the “meaning” of music; if there is one it does not need my explanations. On the other hand I have always made a great point of having my pupils count their eighths and sixteenths nicely. Whatever you become, teacher, scholar, or musician, have respect for the “meaning” but do not imagine that it can be taught.

Hermann Hesse

What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less.

Marva Collins

A teacher cannot give you the truth The truth is already in you
You only need to open yourself – body, mind and heart-
so that his or her teachings
will penetrate your own seeds
of understanding and enlightenment If you let the words enter you,
the soil and the seeds
will do the rest of the work

Thich Nhat Hanh

Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress.

Willard Scott

You don’t have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

J.D. Salinger

When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.

Ace Antonio Hall

Both teachers and learners go to sleep at their post as soon as there is no enemy in the field. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Don’t confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

Neil Gaiman, Stardust

The relationship between teacher and student is based on illusion. The teacher is under the illusion that he is teaching something, and the student is under the illusion that he is being taught. What’s important is that this shared illusion makes both teacher and student happy. Nothing good is gained by facing the truth, after all. All we’re doing is playing at education.

Keigo Higashino, Malice

Look within,
There is no difference between yourself, Self and Guru.
You are always Free.
There is no teacher, there is no student, there is no teaching.

H.W.L. Poonja

One of my teachers told me I was a nihilist. He meant it as an insult but I took it as a compliment.

Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

The only teacher that’s worth anything to you is your enemy.

Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them.

Gordon Neufeld

Great teachers will never be able to make up for bad parents, nor should they be expected to.

Taylor Mali

When we seem to have won or lost in terms of certainties, we must, as literature teachers in the classroom, remember such warnings — let literature teach us that there are no certainties, that the process is open, and that it may be altogether salutary that it is so.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Death of a Discipline

There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three — storyteller, teacher, enchanter — but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer…The three facets of the great writer — magic, story, lesson — are prone to blend in one impression of unified and unique radiance, since the magic of art may be present in the very bones of the story, in the very marrow of thought…Then with a pleasure which is both sensual and intellectual we shall watch the artist build his castle of cards and watch the castle of cards become a castle of beautiful steel and glass.

Vladimir Nabokov

As all born teachers, he was primarily a student.

Steven Pressfield

Enemies were teachers in disguise. Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi
Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.

Eric Allen

In them we find administrators and teachers and counselors and leaders and protectors. In them we find our sense of belonging, our sense of community, our very lives.

Veronica Roth

There are two types of teachers in the world: there are those who play school and teachers that teach school

Matthew Dicks

All good teachers will tell you that the most important quality they bring to their teaching is their love for the children. But what does that mean? It means that before we can teach them, we need to delight in them. Someone once said that children need one thing in order to succeed in life: someone who is crazy about them. We need to find a way to delight in all our students. We may be the only one in their lives to do so. We need to look for the best, expect the best, find something in each child that we can truly treasure…. If children recognize that we have seen their genius, who they really are, they will have the confidence and resilience to take risks in learning. I am convinced that many learning and social difficulties would disappear if we learned to see the genius in each child and then created a learning environment that encourages it to develop.

Steven Levy

Teachers and students (leadership and people), co-intent on reality, are both Subjects, not only in the task of unveiling that reality, and thereby coming to know it critically, but in the task of re-creating that knowledge. As they attain this knowledge of reality through common reflection and action, they discover themselves as its permanent re-creators.

Paulo Freire

Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers. Mahatma Gandhi, The

Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi

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

Horace Mann

Never forget that, at the most, the teacher can give you fifteen percent of the
art. The rest you have to get for yourself through practise and hard work. I can show you the path but I can not walk it for you.

Master Tan Soh Tin

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.

Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

Music is the ultimate teacher.

Wassily Kandinsky

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

Ralph Nader

Storms don’t come to teach us painful lessons, rather they were meant to wash us clean.

Shannon L. Alder

Time is an excellent teacher – unfortunately it kills all its pupils

Berlioz Hector 1803-1869 Hector

Try to let what is unfair teach you…what is unfair can be a stern but invaluable teacher…you can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard.

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Travel is the best teacher. The only way to an open mind is by taking a plane out into the open world.

C. JoyBell C.

I will have to rely on that painful teacher, experience.

Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky

Teachers shouldn’t make the mistake of always thinking they’re the smartest person in the room

Taylor Mali

The teacher must be an actor, an artist,passionately in love with his work.

Anton Chekhov

I just want to make a point that it’s not just great teachers that sometimes shape your life. Sometimes it’s the absence of great teachers that shapes your life and being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded.

Julia L. Roberts

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

Books are absent teachers.

Mortimer J. Adler

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Vernon Sanders Law

It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you. While someone could tell you that you are not your body, death shows you. While someone could remind you of the insignificance of the things that you cling to, death takes them all away in a second. While people can teach you that men and women of all races are equal and that there is no difference between the rich and the poor, death instantly makes us all the same.

Michael A. Singer

My English teacher said that a writer is the worst judge of his own work.

Ilsa J. Bick, Ashes

The function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, and adjustment which forms the secret of civilisation.

W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles William Eliot

Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but even higher expectations for themselves.

Todd Whitaker

The biggest enemy to learning is the talking teacher.

John Holt

History is an excellent teacher with few pupils.

Will Durant

No teacher has ever failed from ignorance. That is empiric professional knowledge. Teachers fail because they cannot `handle the class.’ Real education must ultimately be limited to men how INSIST on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.

Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading