Motivational Quotes to Inspire Educators

14 Teacher Motivational Quotes

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Unrealistic expectations at work. Bored students. Lack of support and resources. Toxic relationships between parents and children. These are just some of the mounting challenges faced by educators daily.

Below are 14 motivational quotes about overcoming challenges and the value of great teaching.


  • It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men. –Frederick Douglass


  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education. –Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. –Confucius


  • If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. –Jim Rohn


  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin


  • Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything! –George Carlin


  • My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. –Maya Angelou


  • Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. –Malcolm X


  • Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. — Malcolm Forbes


  • Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. — George Evans


  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. –Bruce Lee


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


  • If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. –John Dewey


  • Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.–Robert M. Hutchins