World Teacher’s Day: 15 Inspiring Quotes for Teachers, Educators and Mentors

Held every year, World Teacher’s Day is observed and celebrated worldwide. According to UNESCO, this year’s theme is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) started World Teacher’s Day in 1994 to celebrate educators all over the world. UNESCO hands out the Hamdan Prize awards every year in Paris during the celebration.

As my way of tribute to all the teachers, educators and mentors around the world, I have compiled this 15 Inspiring Quotes which I hope would make you reflect on your important role in the lives of the children, youth, and students that are within your sphere of influence. God bless and thank you for all you do!

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

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come. Ellen White

We are what we believe we are. C.S. Lewis

Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults. Abraham Lincoln

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

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him? Charlotte Mason

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. Chinese Proverb

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

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Anonymous

“The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad… Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.”
–Ivan Welton Fitzwater

Happy World Teacher’s Day!


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