What do you say to your teacher on Teacher’s Day? Are there words that can adequately express the impact they have on your life? These Teacher’s Day quotes are a great place to start if you are trying to find the perfect message for a special teacher in your life. Teachers have had an especially rough time during the pandemic, but they rose to the occasion like the heroes they are.
Mrs. Hawk, my English teacher in high school (for like three years because she kept switching what grade she taught) shaped who I became as an adult. I had a traumatic childhood, and she was the mother I wished I had.
Sadly, far too many kids in this world feel more love from their teachers than they do their parents. Teachers know this, and they step up to fill the void. Mrs. Hawk and I spoke about writing, literature, friends, and even the boy I had a crush on.
She was there to help me be a better writer and hugged me when I cried tears of unrequited love. I’m dedicating these Teacher’s Day quotes to her. What special teacher will you thank on May 4?
Don’t forget to also check out these teaching quotes all educators need to hear.
Happy Teachers Day Quotes
1. “Thank you for guiding us in every chapter of life. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
2. “You deserve extra marks for being a great human first. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
3. “ Because you have made me learn to take that first step. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
4. “You gave the sense of color and I color the lives of others through my paintings. Happy Teacher’s Day to my Art Teacher.” ― Unknown
5. “You are like water to my sapling. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
6. “You made learning fun! Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
7. “Thank you for all the life lessons. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
8. “Music has made me rise and shine as a singer, mainly because you taught me the right notes. Happy Teacher’s Day to my Music Teacher.” ― Unknown
9. “To the one who always corrects you when you’re wrong. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
10. “The stars I got in class helped me through hard times. Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
11. “Today I am building houses because of the elements of force that you literally forced me to study! Happy Teacher’s Day to my Physics Teacher.” ― Unknown
12. “All the efforts and hard work you’ve invested to bring out the best in us can never be repaid in mere words. We can only feel grateful for having a teacher like you! Happy Teacher’s Day.” ― Unknown
13. “You taught us like a teacher, protected us like our parents, and guided us like a mentor. You truly deserve this day so much. Happy teachers’ day to my most beloved teacher!”― Unknown
14. “You have a very special power of inspiring young people like me. We need more teachers like you in our schools and colleges. Happy teachers’ day to you!” ― Unknown
15. “Dear Teacher, I would not be where I am in life right now, had it not been for your guidance and wisdom. I owe you all of my success. Thank you! And a Happy Teachers’ Day!” ― Unknown
16. “Teachers have to lead by example, and you have always been an excellent example to follow. As a student, I feel very grateful to have such a great mentor in my life. Happy Teachers’ Day!” ― Unknown
Teacher’s Day quotes and inspirational words of thanks
17. “Your best teacher is your last mistake.” ― Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
18. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
19. “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” ― Colleen Wilcox
20. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ― John Dewey
21. “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” ― Joseph Addison
22. “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” ―Socrates
23. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” ― Confucius (Kong Qui)
24. “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” ― Jim Rohn
25. “The main objective of teaching is not to give explanations, but to knock at the doors of the mind.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
26. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” ― Chinese Proverb
27. “A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” ― Unknown
Teacher’s Day quotes and sayings to remind us how important our educators are
28. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honor for me.” ― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
29. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression & knowledge.” ― Albert Einstein
30. “I have always felt that the true textbook for the pupil is his teacher.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
31. “Teachers are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” ― Helen Caldicott
32. “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ― Bill Gates
33. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
34. “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.” ― Barack Obama
35. “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ― Dan Rather
36. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ― Henry Brooks Adams
37. “One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” ― Philip Wylie
38. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.”― Solomon Ortiz
Good quotes for Teachers Day
39. “The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” ― Dr. Sarvepali Radhakrishnan
40. “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 own.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis
41. “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” ― Charles Kuralt
42. “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 mind.” ― Kahlil Gibran
43. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” ― Alexandra K. Trenfor
44. “The Master said, A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.” ― Confucius
45. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward
46. “The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” ― Unknown
47. “A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.” ― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
48. “The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” ―Maria Montessori
49. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” ― Unknown
50. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” ― Brad Henry
Which of these Teacher’s Day quotes and sayings resonated with you best?
Students come to teachers with different backgrounds, lifestyles, and ambitions, and they meet them on their level. However, those special teachers can change a student’s world.
My son didn’t enjoy school from the moment he entered kindergarten. His teachers were kind and tried to be helpful, but they never really bonded. I would tell them how he was bored and being a 6, 7, or 8-year-old boy, it was hard to get him to sit as still and follow the rules they wanted him to.
I always had their backs and made sure my son knew what they expected of him. But I worried about how school would look for him in the future. Then he met his third-grade teacher, Mr. Richmond.
Mr. Richmond was his first male teacher, and they seemed to truly understand one another. Suddenly, my son started saying things like, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up.” Mr. Richmond kept him busy and challenged him academically.
In the fifth grade, they awarded my son the “Be the change,” award. Because of the pandemic, the principal, his teacher, and counselor drove to our house to deliver it in person. The principal, Mr. Niemeyer, whose office I was in nearly every day when we first moved here, always believed in my son and tried to foster as many opportunities for him as he could.
Now, my son is in middle school. He is a straight-A student and gets excited when he co-hosts zooms. He loves all his teachers and no longer cries about how much he hates school. Thank you, Mr. Richmond and Mr. Niemeyer!
Which of these Teacher’s Day quotes and sayings is your favorite? Share your stories about the amazing teachers in your life, and leave them a shout-out of thanks in the comment section below.
April 19, 2021 7:00 AM EST