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32 Thank You Quotes for Teachers

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There is no profession that is more important, yet under appreciated than teaching.

Whether it’s teacher appreciation day, or you’re just grateful for a caring professor, here are some great quotes to help show how thankful you are.

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.William A. Ward

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

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One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.Carl Jung

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.Unknown

Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.Margaret Riel

Give your thanks to the needle that stuck in your finger, to wooden beam that you hit your head, to bee that stung you on your hand, because they taught you something!Mehmet Murat ildan

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

To the world you may just be a teacher, but to your students you are a HERO.Unknown

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.Alexander the Great

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

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 ownNikos Kazantzakis

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

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.Tom Brokaw

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

Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.Helen Peters

The influence of a great teacher can never be erased.Unknown

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.Alfred North Whitehead

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

Schooldays are the best days of your life.Traditional Saying

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

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

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 mindKahlil Gibran

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.Vietnamese Proverb

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.Thurgood Marshall

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.Victor Hugo

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.Benjamin Franklin

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.Colleen Wilcox

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