81 Positive and Heart Touching Quotes for Teachers

Hear Touching Quotes for Teachers

I work with and know some of the best teachers! While I’m at work peeking at classroom posters or at home scrolling through my phone, I often find myself pausing to read inspirational quotes.  A simple quote can quickly change you mindset and mood. Especially positive ones. The teachers I hold dear to my heart put so much hard work and energy into their jobs.   Check out these deserving heart warming quotes for teachers. 

Teacher’s deserve to be recognized with heart touching quotes and emotional thank you quotes. Teacher life seems like a great calendar schedule, but if you were to step into the week or month of a great teacher, you’d wish for more breaks for him or her!  

I’ve always had so much respect for administrators and educators.  Working in the schools has increased my awareness to the hard work and dedication that occurs throughout the school year.  And the exhaustion that comes with it!

Living with an administrator and talking with my sisters who are both teachers has opened my eyes even more to what’s involved in the teaching profession.  

It sounds like a lovely job with great hours and holidays.  But when you look at the daily duties of a teacher, the amount of work put in, it’s really a 12 month job crammed into 10 months.

However, a great teacher can handle this all with such grace.  The daily grind is worth it because good teaching requires heart and soul.  The best teachers are truly there for the children.  I see it often.

It is absolutely amazing and inspiring.  

So here’s to all those wonderful teachers… 

Emotional Thank You Quotes for Teachers 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  Share these quotes with teachers you know who are good role models not only for children but in society!

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” ~ Brad Henry

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

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

“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

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

“People are attracted to teaching because they want to make a real impact. The teachers who are making the greatest difference go far beyond meeting standardised test measures. They aspire to truly level the playing field for their students, which means inspiring a love of learning, fostering the highest levels of critical thinking, building perseverance in working towards academic excellence, and so on.” ~ Wendy Kopp

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” -Mark Van Doren 

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~ Albert Einstein 

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ~ Anatole France

“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” ~ Jean Piaget

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” -Dr. Seuss

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -Mark Van Doren

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela 

Emotional Thank You Quotes for Teachers

Heart Touching Quotes for Teachers

These heart-touching quotes for teachers show the power and influence that a good teacher has on students.  Many times, teachers make a lifelong impact on young lives.  

“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” -Michael Morpurgo 

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” -Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ~ Scott Hayden

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewey

“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. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” -John Steinbeck

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” -Colleen Wilcox

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” -Bob Talbert

“Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits.” -Dorothea Dix 

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney

“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!”    -Dr. Seuss

“Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” -Henry David Thoreau

“If we want to reach real peace in this world, we should start educating children.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.” -Malala Yousafzai

Kindness Quotes for Teachers

I see many teachers who place a great emphasis on teaching kids kindness.  

Instead of focusing on the negative behaviors (bullying) it’s easier to just teach kids to be kind.  And to show them how to be kind and how to respect each other.  Leading by example is the best thing a teacher can do for students. 

A teacher’s influence is powerful when learning how to get along and treat peers in a classroom.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama

“Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much!” -Unknown

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Let your energy be used to build, not destroy.” -Payansh Jain

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” -Arthur Rubinstein

“What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.” -St. Therese of Lisieux

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” -Charles Glassman

“Happiness is actually an art of living, which is in us.” -Unknown

Christopher Robin to Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” -Yogi Bhajan

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”   -Mahatma Gandhi

“Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.” -Confucius

Mindfulness Quotes for Teachers

Teachers have the power to share a positive mindset and attitude for students and for other professionals.  Positivity, strength, and perseverance are important practices for adults and children.  

“If you can’t find the light, be your own light.” -Ernest Hammel

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Mark Van Doren

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles R. Swindoll

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”  -Scott Hamilton

“Happiness is a mood. Positivity is a mindset.” -Unknown

“Knowledge is power, but wisdom is knowing how to use it.” -Mark Van Doren

“Things turn out best for those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” -Art Linkletter

“Everything can be taken from a person but one thing…the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”  -Victor Frankl

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” -Buddha

“The day I stopped complaining I started enjoying.” -Saurabh Kalra

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”  -Carlos Castaneda

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” -Henry Ford

“In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.”  -Henry David Thoreau

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” -Maya Angelou

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” -Hans F. Hansen

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson  

“With the new day comes strength and new thoughts.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” -Nora Roberts  

Heart Touching Quotes for Teachers

Positive Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Teachers often motivate students, but with challenges, pressure, and never-ending changes and expectations, teachers also need motivation and positivity for themselves and each other!  

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and out.” -Robert Collier

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them.  Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” -Unknown

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”  -Louis Pasteur  

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” -Tobias Wolff 

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert F. Kennedy

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right.” -Tony Robbins

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” -Stephen Hawking

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” -Thomas Fuller

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” -William James

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” -William Arthur Ward

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott

“If you’re going through hell, keep going?” -Winston Churchill (Why stop in the middle?)

“The best way out is always through.” -Robert Frost

“In the midst of darkness, light persists.” -Mahatma Gandhi 

“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” -Richard Evans

“Often times, the brightest rainbows follow the darkest rainstorms.” -Janice Dean

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.” -Paulo Coelho

Share Your Positivity and Appreciation for Teachers

To all of you wonderful teachers, happy teacher’s day every day! 

Share this post with your favorite teacher (or teachers!)  And also share it with non-educators who love quotes!  These daily reminders can be powerful for our mindset, no matter what we are doing or working through.  

Share YOUR favorite positive, inspirational, or heart touching quotes in the comment section below!

“Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all.” 

                                  -Emily Dickinson 

For related content, check out:

Why Teachers Are Amazing – Top 7 Best Qualities 

How to Help Children with Behavior Problems at School

One Simple Way to Increase Memory and Focus in Children


Editor’s note: This post has been updated for a better reader experience.  

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School-Based OT

Amy Hathaway MOT, OTR/L, CIMI-2 is a licensed and registered occupational therapist.  She is the founder of Develop Learn Grow. 

Amy has 22 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist.   She enjoys collaborating with teachers, parents, therapists, administrators, and support staff in preschools & schools, as well as coaching and guiding parents of infants and toddlers in their homes.

She is married and has three children.  Click to read Amy’s bio.  

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