- A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The Education of Henry Adams (1907) ch. 20 1838–1918 American historian:
- There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
The Schoolmaster (1570) bk. 1 1515–68 English scholar, writer, and courtier:
- Be a governess! Better be a slave at once!
Shirley (1849) ch. 13 1816–55 English novelist:
- That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means: great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
Kenneth Harris Talking To (1971) ‘Maria Callas’ 1923–77 American-born operatic soprano:
- A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others.
bc Chinese philosopher: Analects ch. 2, v. 11, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan (K'ung Fu-tzu) 551–479
- C-l-e-a-n, clean, verb active, to make bright, to scour. W-i-n, win, d-e-r, der, winder, a casement. When the boy knows this out of the book, he goes and does it.
Nicholas Nickleby (1839) ch. 8 1812–70 English novelist:
- Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Independent on Sunday 12 October 1997 1955– American computer entrepreneur: in
- It is no matter what you teach them [children] first, any more than what leg you shall put into your breeches first.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 26 July 1763 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- I touch the future. I teach.
Washington Post 29 January 1986 1948–86 American teacher, died in the Challenger disaster: speech to teachers, summer 1985, in
- We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
The Absorbent Mind (1949) 1870–1952 Italian educationist:
- Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
An Essay on Criticism (1711) l. 574 1688–1744 English poet:
- Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
Discourses on Art 11 December 1769 1723–92 English painter:
- Homines dum docent discunt.
Even while they teach, men learn.
c.4 bc–ad 65 Roman philosopher and poet: Epistulae Morales Letters to Lucilius no. 7, sect. 8
- He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: Education’ 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.
The Second Sin (1973) ‘Education’ 1920–2012 Hungarian-born psychiatrist:
- Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot.
The Seasons (1746) ‘Spring’ l. 1152 1700–48 Scottish poet:
- Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed into it.
The Privilege of Being a Physicist (1989) 1908–2002 American physicist: