Feeling the need for a little inspiration?

Listed below are some of my favorite inspirational quotes for teachers to use for themselves or in the classroom to motivate their students.


"Today you may be the only light in a child's life." ~Unknown

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well." ~Aristotle

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." ~Winston Churchill

"Children have more need of models than critics" ~Joseph Joubert

"Enthusiasm is the engine of success." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone expects of you - NEVER excuse yourself." ~Henry Word Beecher

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." ~Old Chinese Proverb 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are we doing for others," ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
 “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

"Success doesn't come to you - you go to it." ~Marva Collins

"The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose." ~Unknown

"Nine-tenths of education is encouragement" ~Anatole France

"We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start" ~Unknown  

"That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." ~Steve Jobs 

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why it's called the present." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep.” ~Walt Disney

"Children make you want to start life over." ~Muhammad Ali 

"A teacher effects eternity. He/she never knows where his/her influence will stop." ~Henry B. Adams

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney

"Children are one-third of our population and ALL of our future." ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it." ~Harold Hulbert

“Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”  ~Steve Jobs

"Three Rules of Work: out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" ~Albert Einstein

"The best form of motivation is self reflection" ~Unknown

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." ~Walt Streightiff

"The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old." ~Joan Kerr

"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse." ~Walt Disney

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice. An most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." ~Steve Jobs

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results." ~Albert Einstein

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." ~Carol Buchner

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." ~Mary Kay Ash

"Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three." ~Confucius

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” ~Walt Disney

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." ~Linda Conway

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

"Every time you wake up and ask yourself, 'What good things am I going to do today?,' remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it." ~Indian proverb

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." ~Forest Witcraft

"Whether you say you can't or you can, you're right." ~Walt Disney

"Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals to the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge." ~Mark Twain 

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others - it is the only means." ~Albert Einstein 

"While we try to teach our children about life - our children teach us what life is all about." ~Angela Schwindt 

"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." ~Unknown

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~Walt Disney

"It isn't about where you came from; it's where you're going that counts." ~Ella Fitzgerald

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~Albert Einstein  

"I touch the future. I teach." ~Christa McAuliffe 

 "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." ~Albert Einstein

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