Inspiring Teacher Quotes

inspire students, inspirational teacher quotesSome of history's greatest discoveries were made when people challenged the status quo. Teachers constantly have to question what they're teaching their students, and how. They also have to teach their students how to ask good questions. Below are some inspiring teacher quotes that convey the importance of asking questions in learning and teaching.


“Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
– Winston Churchill

“What happens to the rat that stops running the maze? / The doctors think it’s dumb when it’s just disappointed.”
– Mark Eitzel

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, bare-foot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known but to question it.”
– Jacob Bronowski

“All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are “sides,” and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot. As people mature they cease to believe in sides or in headmasters or in highly ornamental pots.”
Virginia Woolf

“A sobering thought… What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?”
Jane Wagner

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SOURCE:  “Sunbeams.” The Sun Magazine, May 2015: 48. Print.