Top 887 Teachers Quotes

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“The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“The music of the Clovers and Spaniels and the rest was like candy to me. I couldn’t get enough; my teachers probably thought I had attention deficit disorder.”

― Aaron Neville

“I was already in a band, and the teachers called my mum in and said: ‘Abbey’s so clever, it’s a total waste if she follows her dream’. But I never wanted to do a job I didn’t love, and I’d always wanted to be a model or an actress or a singer.”

― Abbey Clancy

“Like it or not, there are a lot of dance teachers in this country who respect me, whether they personally like me or not.”

― Abby Lee Miller

“I’m a big fan of teachers.”

― Abigail Spencer

“On TV, teachers are comedically jaded. That’s not how I saw them.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I started with ballet and then my cousin Sarah introduced me to her tap teachers.”

― Adam Garcia

“I had teachers in high school to point me in the direction of the University of Indiana School of Music, and after IU, I went on to study at the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia. I graduated in 2006.”

― Ailyn Perez

“I’m a student. I want to do better, and I want directors who can find the actress in me and be my teachers. I’m interested in the whole process of editing, post-production and direction.”

― Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

“Mayo College, where I got my grounding, is a private boarding school. It is a traditional school with brilliant teachers including some from overseas.”

― Ajay Mehta

“Teachers need to feel they are trusted. They must be allowed some leeway to use their imagination; otherwise, teaching loses all sense of wonder and excitement.”

― Alan Bennett

“I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano, but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.”

― Alan Hovhaness

“I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.”

― Alan Kay

“Very often we developed a better grasp of the subjects than the over worked teachers.”

― Albert Bandura

“Instead of unfairly demonizing teachers, we should be working with them to find solutions to the problems in our schools and make sure every child gets an outstanding public education.”

― Albio Sires

“I was one of those weird kids who didn’t really speak or smile. I remember my teachers would call home and ask if everything was fine at home because I would never smile. Then I got into this phase, from maybe fourth to eighth grade, where my personality just did a 180.”

― Alessia Cara

“It is hardly an exaggeration to say that oral teachers and sign teachers found it difficult to sit down in the same room without quarreling, and there was intolerance upon both sides. To say ‘oral method’ to a sign teacher was like waving a red flag in the face of a bull, and to say ‘sign language’ to an oralist aroused the deepest resentment.”

― Alexander Graham Bell

“Writing was something I have always been interested in. I’ve grown up in a household full of books, with both my parents English teachers and very booky.”

― Alexandra Adornetto

“Teachers want to teach you theory, and that’s fine, but when it comes to rock and roll, you only need three chords. There’s something comforting about that.”

― Alice Ripley

“When you’re 20 and you’re in acting school and your teachers tell you that 95 percent of actors are unemployed for twenty years, you think it doesn’t apply to you. But it does take twenty years to become real, because that’s what you have to do to be an interesting actor.”

― Alice Ripley

“We all need to know how to cook. I can buy a chicken and have many meals come from it. Is it affordable? Yes. Cheap? No. I want to pay the farmers the right price for food. They deserve it. They are the most important people in the country besides our teachers.”

― Alice Waters

“I hated my teachers because I knew they didn’t care, and I knew they had no control over me, so I hated them even more.”

― Alison Goldfrapp

“Uber is hardly the first company to exploit the financial vulnerability of teachers – and the desperation of public schools more broadly – to score PR points. Amazon, Boeing, Bank of America, and other corporations have played the part of school benefactor, offering everything from reward programs to school supplies.”

― Alissa Quart

“Vocal study before age 20 is likely to be injurious, though some survive it in the hands of very careful and understanding teachers.”

― Alma Gluck

“I feel that each and every one of us as individuals has a responsibility to one another. None of us would be here without the help of someone else – whether it be guardians, teachers, parents, relatives, etc. – someone contributed to your well being as a person. We’re all connected in so many different ways.”

― Alonzo Mourning

“I was the daughter of teachers, so school was always very important. I liked it.”

― Amy Poehler

“I think hidden underneath a lot of teachers are very sexy women.”

― Andie MacDowell

“In preparing my thesis, I have had the pleasure of collecting testimonies from colleagues such as Placido Domingo but also from singing teachers and musicologists. The entire course of study has confirmed what I already thought, that the value and meaning of opera singing, at the beginning of the third millennium, remain intact.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I get wonderful letters from kids and teachers. I must have the best readers in the world.”

― Andrew Clements

“I think, being an actor, part of it is also being a teacher. I think that’s one of the most rewarding things you can do – pass on the knowledge you’ve learned from other teachers.”

― Andrew Keenan-Bolger

“I’d never been a teacher before, and here I was starting my first day with these eager students. There was a shortage of teachers, and they had been without a math teacher for six months. They were so excited to learn math.”

― Andrew Shue

“The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you’re a teenager you’ve probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you’re going to.”

― Andrew Shue

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”

― Andy Rooney

“Grittier students are more likely to earn their diplomas; grittier teachers are more effective in the classroom. Grittier soldiers are more likely to complete their training, and grittier salespeople are more likely to keep their jobs. The more challenging the domain, the more grit seems to matter.”

― Angela Duckworth

“Most teachers, when surveyed, say that it is part of their job to help students develop things like grit. This is especially true at the elementary and middle school levels. They feel it’s part of their vocation to teach other things that are not formally academic content.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I was cast in commercials, music videos, and booked a lot of modeling jobs. But my acting career never took off because I was holding myself back. I was acting across from male partners who didn’t know that I am trans. I was being taught by teachers who didn’t know.”

― Angelica Ross

“I’m lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.”

― Ann Bancroft

“I wanted to be a teacher, but I was a lousy student, one of the slowest readers. It was a tremendous struggle. But I’m lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.”

― Ann Bancroft

“I had three brilliant English teachers at secondary school. They found the writer in me.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“America does not need gorgeous halls and concert rooms for its musical development, but music schools with competent teachers, and many, very many, free scholarships for talented young disciples who are unable to pay the expense of study.”

― Anton Seidl

“There are teachers’ unions around the country realizing they want to improve standards of the profession, improve the quality of their profession, and ultimately attract the best and the brightest to their profession. The vast majority of teachers are dedicated and committed.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“I have come across both inspiring teachers of history and deplorable ones over the years, so one cannot generalise, except perhaps to observe that the profession seems to encourage anti-militarist sentiments.”

― Antony Beevor

“I started in the kitchen of a Holiday Inn in Birmingham. I wanted to be a sponge, wanted to learn and progress. I knew I didn’t want to work in a hotel forever, but I had some good teachers there.”

― April Bloomfield

“I was accorded the opportunity to learn by failing – albeit at the cost of a few honourable teachers’ sanity – and now I realise what a rare and incredible luxury that is.”

― Arabella Weir

“When I ask teachers why they teach, they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children.”

― Arne Duncan

“Teachers say their schools of education did not adequately prepare them for the classroom. They would have welcomed more mentoring and feedback in their early years.”

― Arne Duncan

“Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.”

― Arne Duncan

“To encourage more top-caliber students to choose teaching, teachers should be paid a lot more, with starting salaries more in the range of $60,000 and potential earnings of as much as $150,000.”

― Arne Duncan

“I am a big believer in education, because when I grew up in Austria – when I grew up in Austria I had a great education. I had great teachers.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“California is the highest-tax state in the nation and has been for a long time. It has the highest-paid teachers in the nation, by far – $400 a month more than New Jersey – and yet California is the third lowest state on test scores for fourth and eighth grade English and math in the nation, and has been at the low level for a long, long time.”

― Arthur Laffer

“I was born in St. Lucia on January 23, 1915. My parents, who were both school teachers, had immigrated there from Antigua about a dozen years before.”

― Arthur Lewis

“Good teachers have joined Presidency from different parts of the country and even abroad. We have got idealistic teachers, and we are relying on their idealism. But state universities pay their teachers less than the central ones. If salary is not on a par with central institutes, teachers would tend to leave for those places.”

― Ashoke Sen

“I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers.”

― Avi

“I am deeply concerned with the diminution of the teaching strength of the country as a result of the disproportionately low salaries that are paid to teachers throughout the country.”

― Bainbridge Colby

“I was a good kid, but I was just very chatty. Teachers were rarely entertained, but occasionally a child was, which was enough for me. Everything was so urgent. I needed to say it immediately.”

― Barbara Park

“As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world – most of its food, productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers. A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world’s poor.”

― Barry Commoner

“Teaching needs an ecosystem that supports evidence-based practice. It will need better systems to disseminate the results of research more widely, but also a better understanding of research, so that teachers can be critical consumers of evidence.”

― Ben Goldacre

“I was always performing, doing silly voices. The teachers realized I could go one of two ways: be creative or destructive.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“I didn’t blend well with my classmates or my teachers.”

― Benjamin Clementine

“Whatever may be the merits of a religious system, its effects upon the mass of mankind must depend in an important degree upon its teachers. All instruction and all truth, except simple mathematical truth, is modified by the medium through which it is conveyed.”

― Benjamin Robbins Curtis

“There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.”

― Berenice Abbott

“So one of the things that happened with integration in the South is they found that the black teachers were much more educated than the white teachers.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“I was always being told off at school. The teachers would say: ‘Everyone’s talking, but you’re the one I can hear.’”

― Beth Ditto

“Teaching is hard. It takes a lot of skill. Not everyone who tries can do it well. We need to admit that and act accordingly. We should reward and respect great teachers by paying them more, and we should stop rewarding seniority over effectiveness.”

― Betsy DeVos

“You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching.”

― Betsy DeVos

“Teachers deserve more respect than many give them, and more opportunities than the system affords them today.”

― Betsy DeVos

“President-elect Trump and I know it won’t be Washington, D.C., that unlocks our nation’s potential, nor a bigger bureaucracy, tougher mandates, or a federal agency. The answer is local control and listening to parents, students, and teachers.”

― Betsy DeVos

“Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.”

― Beverly Cleary

“In 50 years, the world has changed, especially for kids, but kids’ needs haven’t changed. They still need to feel safe, be close to their families, like their teachers, and have friends to play with.”

― Beverly Cleary

“I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children.”

― Beverly Cleary

“Indians do not like Indian teachers; they prefer foreigners, but there is a huge demand for Indian teachers around the world.”

― Bikram Choudhury

“When I was in high school at Northeast Catholic in Philadelphia in the late ’30s, I found that drawing caricatures of the teachers and satirizing the events in the school, then having them published in our school magazine, got me some notoriety.”

― Bil Keane

“By the time I was 14, I had become self-motivated. Whatever raced inside me was more demanding than any pressure applied by parents or teachers.”

― Bill Bradley

“After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. ‘Let’s install metal detectors and give guns to teachers’ Let’s crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let’s buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.’”

― Bill Dedman

“Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students.”

― Bill Gates

“Our teachers deserve better feedback.”

― Bill Gates

“As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and ever since then I’ve thought everyone is a teacher.”

― Bill Moyers

“If you look back on all the teachers that you liked, I am sure you will find they were very entertaining.”

― Bill Nye

“I could always improvise. Some of my teachers remember me standing in front of the class with a flower on my head, talking about photosynthesis. I’d stop and say, ‘Is this working for any of you?’ The kids were like, ‘What is he doing?’”

― Billy Crystal

“Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.”

― Bob Beauprez

“Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom.”

― Bob Beauprez

“We have seen that, in another unfunded mandate, the so-called No Child Left Behind Act, which created tougher standards, and we all support that, but Congress did not provide the money to attract and hire the best teachers.”

― Bob Filner

“Latino patriots have served and fought in every war. They are artists, dancers, singers, poets and journalists, teachers and scientists. More and more Latinos are becoming entrepreneurs and businesspeople, contributing to the wealth and economic well-being of the nation.”

― Bob Menendez

“There are some good teachers out there, but the only one who is a genius at diagnosing my swing is my mom. She took up golf late, when she was 39, but in her younger days, she was an amazing athlete. She never read an instruction book or took lessons, but she has a remarkable eye for motion.”

― Boo Weekley

“We don’t take care of our teachers and our cops and our firemen. They should be at the top of our list.”

― Brad Garrett

“We must continue to invest at the local level to help cities, towns, and villages retain teachers, police, firefighters, and other community-enhancing service providers.”

― Brad Schneider

“We are having trouble finding teachers to teach STEM. We also need to make sure schools have the resources. Some communities have multiple computers for each student in their schools. Other schools don’t have textbooks, let alone computers.”

― Brad Schneider

“We need to make sure we have in every school teachers trained and qualified to make sure every child, including children with different learning styles, succeed.”

― Brad Schneider

“Inexperienced personal development teachers always tell you to visualize, but often in a tragically limited way. They tell you to visualize nothing but victory. But high-achievers know that it’s even more important to visualize themselves at the point where they want to quit, and then see themselves working through the struggle.”

― Brendon Burchard

“I wasn’t good at examinations, but I went to a very good secondary school – Bolton-on-Dearne – with wonderful teachers, who taught me drama and encouraged me in every way.”

― Brian Blessed

“What many teachers observe as violent behavior is often really just playful aggression.”

― Brian Sutton-Smith

“I was always keen to get involved in the school drama productions and was a member of the school choir. I was lucky to have attended schools that took music and drama very seriously and the teachers were just brilliant.”

― Bronagh Gallagher

“Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it’s also up to engineering to make itself more interesting.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“Polls that have been taken by kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers indicate that 30 percent of the kids have been deprived in some way so that they are physically unable to keep up with the class.”

― C. Everett Koop

“My father was a teacher, and there were teachers all around, his friends, they were working for the Government and their behaviour was within strictly limited areas.”

― C. L. R. James

“I didn’t only have a perceptual problem, I was also so nervous and so upset. The process just didn’t work. I lost enthusiasm for school and I flunked second grade. The teachers said I was lazy.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“I’ve seen a lot of teachers come and go, and you do three or four years, and it’s exhausting.”

― Cameron Britton

“Sometimes the most difficult, horrific things can be the greatest spiritual teachers.”

― Cameron Mathison

“Education is a way of empowering people; it opens up so many doors and is fundamental to everybody. And teachers are not often appreciated in the way that they should be.”

― Camila Alves

“If you think about it, all of us have one or more teachers who were instrumental.”

― Camila Alves

“I’ve always felt that the obligation of teachers is to have a huge, broad overview and to provide a foundation course to the students. The long view of history is absolutely crucial.”

― Camille Paglia

“Let’s be clear about what Common Core is. It spells out what students should know at the end of each grade. The goal is to ensure that our students are sound in math and literacy and that our schools have some basic consistency nationwide. But the standards do not dictate a national curriculum, and teachers are not told how or what to teach.”

― Campbell Brown

“By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers’ unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum.”

― Campbell Brown

“Heartless zealotry, whether from the religious right or from the teachers’ union on the left, is always troubling.”

― Campbell Brown

“Voters have demonstrated time and again that candidates who buck the teachers’ union are rewarded.”

― Campbell Brown

“Perhaps there is no greater evidence that the teachers’ union has swung too far out of the mainstream that they both have been a target of near-constant criticism from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.”

― Campbell Brown

“More and more parents and voters have rejected the teachers’ union antiquated, top down, one-size-fits-all approach to education and continue to elect candidates who embrace reform that celebrates students and empowers parents.”

― Campbell Brown

“Put together, what we want is a system that supports, protects, and properly pays good teachers and makes it possible in a responsible and fair way to remove teachers judged to be incompetent or abusive – that’s it.”

― Campbell Brown

“It’s the way tenure works, together with dismissal protections that tenured teachers have, that no other public employee has, which makes it almost impossible to remove a grossly ineffective and incompetent teacher or, in some cases, even an abusive teacher.”

― Campbell Brown

“I didn’t learn much about writing at Sarah Lawrence, but I learned a lot about the sources of poems – dreams, myth, history – from the really great teachers, Joseph Campbell, Charles Trinkhaus, Bert Loewenberg, and a young Australian anthropologist named Harry Hawthorne.”

― Carolyn Kizer

“I learned from master teachers at the University of Evansville, at Juilliard, at Shakespeare festivals all over the country, eventually landing at Shakespeare in the Park in N.Y.C. That show transferred, so I got to make my Broadway debut doing ‘The Tempest’ with Patrick Stewart.”

― Carrie Preston

“The great want of our race is perfect educators to train new-born minds, who are infallible teachers of what is right and true.”

― Catharine Beecher

“We need to tap the resource of current and retiring science and math professionals that have both content mastery and the practical experience to serve as effective teachers.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“How much more must this be so in my own case for I am conscious not only of the great names and achievements of those who have preceded me, but also of the living presence of many of my masters and teachers.”

― Cecil Frank Powell

“I had a hole in my voice. I still do. We call it a hole, but it’s an area in the voice where it’s air. And my classical teachers were just so frustrated with me because I would have these deep, low notes that were really strong, and the higher register was strong, but right in the middle area, it was really hard.”

― Cecile McLorin Salvant

“All across the country, the Women’s March inspired doctors and teachers and mothers to become activists and organizers and, yes, candidates for office.”

― Cecile Richards

“I was fortunate to have many teachers who encouraged me – one of the first was Dianne Derrick, my 5th grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary. She challenged us to write creatively and praised my work, but most importantly, she treated writing like it was important.”

― Celeste Ng

“My husband’s parents were both English teachers for decades.”

― Celeste Ng

“I was always kind of a loudmouth to the point where I annoyed my teachers and friends.”

― Cenk Uygur

“Our economic future rests on the extent to which all students, especially those who represent America’s growing majority, have access to rigorous, college-preparatory classes and excellent teachers.”

― Chaka Fattah

“We’ve long believed teachers know best what their students need to succeed, and that includes the creation of healthy, supportive school communities.”

― Charles Best

“Hardworking, passionate teachers know their students’ needs better than anyone else in the school environment. If we can tap into their needs, we can unleash smarter solutions and empower those people on the front lines.”

― Charles Best

“Every day, teachers across the country excite their students with new opportunities and experiences.”

― Charles Best

“Teachers are heroes.”

― Charles Best

“At, we believe that teachers are unsung heroes.”

― Charles Best

“Our only political stance is this: listen to these teachers.”

― Charles Best

“At, we believe that classroom teachers often know their students better than anybody else in the system and that their front-line experience gives them a special kind of wisdom.”

― Charles Best

“At, we’ve seen what technology can do for a classroom. We make it easy for teachers to request the materials they need most for their classrooms and for donors to make a meaningful contribution to education.”

― Charles Best

“Within a single school, teachers often encounter differences in poverty levels, parent involvement, and student readiness.”

― Charles Best

“Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit to violins for a school recital to microscope slides for a biology class.”

― Charles Best

“Committed teachers know their students’ needs better than anyone in the system. Traditionally, however, teachers have little control over the purchase of student materials.”

― Charles Best

“Teachers know how to improve education, but they are a voice that is consistently overlooked or ignored.”

― Charles Best

“If anything, we hope that is going to be a prompt, a nudge in the side of the public school system to improve and to start delivering these materials and experiences that students need and to make it easier for teachers to innovate.”

― Charles Best

“Well, just as in the quality of public schools, there is massive disparity and the compensation given to the public school teachers.”

― Charles Best

“We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students.”

― Charles Best

“Teachers know how to improve education.”

― Charles Best

“We aren’t prescribing anything. We’re not claiming to be the experts. We aren’t advocating for or against any program. We are going to create a platform that says very explicitly what it is that teachers experience in their classrooms.”

― Charles Best

“My colleagues and I were always having the same conversation in the teachers lunchroom about books we wanted our students to read, a field trip we knew would really bring a subject matter to life… And most of us would go into our own pockets to buy just paper and pencils.”

― Charles Best

“We really are based on this idea that teachers have all this pent-up classroom expertise and that if we could just empower them to come up with micro-solutions, they’re going to come up with smarter ideas than anybody would at the top.”

― Charles Best

“I’d love to become a place where teachers can post innovative, out-of-the-box projects that they can’t get funding for traditionally.”

― Charles Best

“Ideally, wouldn’t be necessary for basic supplies, but I hope we’ll always be a platform for teachers to request resources that would bring the learning experience of their students to the next level.”

― Charles Best

“Whenever there are changes to school budgets, we know teachers feel it first.”

― Charles Best

“Our name is not great. It doesn’t evoke anything about school or teachers. It doesn’t roll off the tongue or stick in your head.”

― Charles Best

“One thing that gets missed a lot is that DonorsChoose is merely a place where teachers post wish lists. That doesn’t do justice to the level of innovation that we see taking place on our site.”

― Charles Best

“I believe if we can crowdsource educational solutions to teachers on the front lines, who often know their kids better than anyone, we will unearth and generate better-targeted, smarter ideas.”

― Charles Best

“We evaluate all business decisions based on how we can best serve public school teachers and their students.”

― Charles Best

“My colleagues and I would spend a lot of our own money on copy, paper, and pencils. I just figured there are people out there who would want to help teachers like us if they could see exactly where their money was going.”

― Charles Best

“DonorsChoose enables teachers not just to go public with learning needs in classrooms but also to unleash their imaginations about the best ideas to help students learn.”

― Charles Best

“A really large number of teachers contact us offline testifying how valuable iPads are for their students.”

― Charles Best

“We’re thrilled to be a part of PNC’s longstanding commitment to early childhood learning. Their generosity will help us expand the platform to serve Head Start classrooms nationwide, ensuring that many more pre-K teachers have resources they need to give their students a solid educational foundation.”

― Charles Best

“When it comes to our public services, decentralisation means giving power back to those on the front line – our doctors, nurses, teachers and physiotherapists, and our locally elected officials.”

― Charles Kennedy

“We should have high expectations of our children, but politicians should not tell teachers how to meet them.”

― Charles Kennedy

“Speaking to numerous teachers and nurses, I am consistently struck by the sense of mission they have about their work.”

― Charles Kennedy

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”

― Charles Kuralt

“I do not see any reason why they should not be given the means to give their teachers just as high an education as is secured by attendance at the Protestant schools.”

― Charles Tupper

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

― Charles William Eliot

“Both of my parents are actually music teachers.”

― Charlie Day

“Changing laws and changing the political dialogue, while necessary, is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops; to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“It is a different genre – a show about something other than doctors, lawyers and cops. Teachers are something completely different. I think it makes for very interesting television.”

― Chi McBride

“Teachers are out there with a very difficult job, which they pursue with tireless dedication.”

― Chi McBride

“My natural tendency is to write about zombie bunnies, but one of my first writing teachers got incorporated into my writing superego, and I keep hearing his admonition to make things feel more real the weirder they get.”

― Chris Adrian

“I am not going to make any commitments to the teachers union to do anything until they do something that’s other than in their own self- interest. And everything they have done so far is in their self-interests, and that’s it.”

― Chris Christie

“If we are to stop bullying in schools, we have to start with teachers and administrators. If we want to stop it, we have to stop it.”

― Chris Crutcher

“I can legitimately say without being arrogant that there’s probably a stretch where I was one of the better teachers of improv in the country.”

― Chris Gethard

“Any child may go through periods during which they become less outspoken with their parents or teachers. But girls, like boys, live in many different worlds – they have their friends and their classroom and their parents – and within these different domains, they may have different levels of expressiveness.”

― Christina Hoff Sommers

“I was probably the one who tattled on the class clown. To get in good with the teachers.”

― Christine Lavin

“Misdirected focus on paperwork, on procedures, and on bureaucracy frustrates teachers and fails to give children the education they need.”

― Christopher Bond

“Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of ‘like’ has spread through the idiom of the young. And it’s true that in some cases the term has become simultaneously a crutch and a tic, driving out the rest of the vocabulary as candy expels vegetables.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“What we have done with No Child Left Behind is squeeze the creativity out of the classroom because teachers have begun to just teaching to the test.”

― Claire McCaskill

“Teachers didn’t like me very much. They thought I was just this punk kid and they always wanted to kick me out.”

― Clea Duvall

“Schools shouldn’t have to choose between serving a student with special needs or cutting an art class, laying off teachers or using outdated textbooks. But these are the positions that far too many schools have been placed in, and only a meaningful acknowledgment of the problem can begin the process of getting them out.”

― Clint Smith

“’A Talk to Teachers’ is emblematic of Baldwin’s proclivity for candor over political appeasement and, like much of his work, focusses on history and the American consciousness.”

― Clint Smith

“Too often we act – ask our schools to be truant officers, our teachers to be truant officers, because we’re giving them children who have, you know, they’re not ready to learn. And if they’re not ready to learn by the third grade, they know they’re behind.”

― Colin Powell

“Unionized teachers have destroyed much of the state school system.”

― Conrad Black

“Comedy prepared me for drama. There are a couple techniques you can think of. One of my acting teachers said that comedy is like ping-pong, and drama is tennis. You take things a bit slower, so you do get to breathe more and take some more time.”

― Craig Robinson

“I mean, a lot of my family are teachers.”

― Craig T. Nelson

“My grandmother lived under Japanese colonial rule until she was nine. Korea, still united and whole, was colonized in 1910. During this period of forced occupation, Japanese teachers taught Korean students how to view the world through their imperialist language, their history, their foreign tongue.”

― Crystal Hana Kim

“Teachers shape so much of what a kid’s upbringing can be.”

― Curtis Granderson

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”

― Dan Quayle

“I got picked on a lot, even by teachers too. I liked to listen to musicals and bake, and my homeroom teacher found out and mocked me in front of the whole class for baking.”

― Dan Savage

“At 13, in my first year of Tonbridge, I went up for the part of Macbeth. I was up against the 17- and 18-year-olds, but for some reason I got the part. It made me incredibly unpopular with my peers, but it was the English and drama teachers who stepped in to save me when others wanted me kicked out of the school.”

― Dan Stevens

“We passed a bill in 1997, signed by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, which created a pilot program for a novel experiment called Florida Virtual School. The notion of children using a computer for a classroom and reporting to virtual teachers wasn’t exactly mainstream thinking in those days.”

― Dan Webster

“The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they’re the least remembered people.”

― Daniel Berrigan

“Teachers need to be comfortable talking about feelings. This is part of teaching emotional literacy – a set of skills we can all develop, including the ability to read, understand, and respond appropriately to one’s own emotions and the emotions of others.”

― Daniel Goleman

“Teachers need to be comfortable talking about feelings.”

― Daniel Goleman

“I became a cognitive psychologist because I met a bunch of teachers I really liked.”

― Daniel Levitin

“One of my great teachers was the late Jean-Claude Vrinat of Taillevent in Paris.”

― Danny Meyer

“Culturally, I have always been part of the proletariat. I lived side by side with the sons of glassblowers, fishermen and smugglers. The stories they told were shaper satires about the hypocrisy of authority and the middle classes, the two-facedness of teachers and lawyers and politicians. I was born politicized.”

― Dario Fo

“We knew the people in Natick and knew the teachers that would be teaching our children. It was important for us to be involved in the Natick community because we think so highly of it.”

― Darren Flutie

“I think sometimes parents and teachers can push children away from reading by telling them it’s something they must do, the same way they must eat their greens and must pass their exams in school. Poppycock! Read or don’t read – that’s your call.”

― Darren Shan

“I trust Colorado families and teachers way more than I trust D.C. central planners who think they know better than parents do.”

― Darryl Glenn

“You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time.”

― Dave Eggers

“High school teachers who want to get reluctant readers turned around need to give the students some say in the reading list. Make it collaborative: The students will feel ownership, and everyone will dig in.”

― Dave Eggers

“While I agree completely that attracting good teachers is difficult, and we need to spend more time doing that – in part by paying them more money – I don’t think there’s any evidence for the idea that somehow tenure attracts good teachers. In fact, I think the evidence is to the contrary.”

― David Boies

“In any profession, whether it’s teachers or doctors or lawyers, the more we say we’re not going to evaluate those people on the merits, I think that’s when the profession goes into decline.”

― David Boies

“As a complete product of Issaquah public schools, there is absolutely no way I would be here if I didn’t have well-funded arts programs and some great teachers who were constantly pushing me intellectually and personally.”

― David Call

“I think the real heroic teachers are the ones who work with kids, like my mom and my sister do.”

― David Duchovny

“I was always the classroom clown, and the teachers allowed me a certain latitude. The assemblies were good, and the headmaster used to tell little stories; I loved the idea of communal storytelling.”

― David Harewood

“I mean, Britain is a country of successful Muslim businesspeople, teachers and educators, journalists. So, we have to say very strongly that the two million plus Muslims in Britain, the vast bulk of them make a huge contribution to our society, and they actually make it the vibrant society it is.”

― David Miliband

“As a practicing Jew, I have studied with Christian teachers whom I respect for who they are and what they are, including their positive concern with Jews and Judaism.”

― David Novak

“High school music teachers… nobody makes a living off it.”

― David Ogden Stiers

“I think what should be celebrated about our campaign is we have over 3 million people who have contributed to our campaign – teachers, firefighters, nurses, retirees. They’re making up the backbone of this field organization in the country.”

― David Plouffe

“The American people know the economy is too weak. Too many of them are suffering. So the question for Washington is, are we going to continue to play political games and – and – or are we going to say, we can do something right now to create jobs, to put money in the pockets of the middle-class, hire construction workers, teachers, veterans?”

― David Plouffe

“And so whether it’s failing to move forward on the Dream Act, failing to move forward on putting teachers back to work, failing to do all the things we could do right now to help the economy and middle class, this Congress is just saying no.”

― David Plouffe

“The most important thing I think teachers can do for young people is to make them inquiring, is to ensure that they know how to gather information, that they check information and they take their information from a multiplicity of sources.”

― David Puttnam

“We have to provide good teachers, good environment, community involvement with schools.”

― David Selby

“When my kids started preschool, the teachers had to take away all the fake bananas because all the boys would pick them up and pretend that they were guns. Boys find sticks to play swords and anything that looks like a gun to shoot. It’s just inside of them. It’s who they are.”

― Dean Norris

“Our teachers at the public school level are the most underpaid for the importance of their job in America.”

― Dean Smith

“I’m dyslexic, although they didn’t have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had ‘word blindness.’”

― Debbie Macomber

“I’m indebted to the teachers who shaped me – from the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Croix Catholic elementary to the monks of St. John’s in Minnesota to my professors at Georgetown.”

― Denis McDonough

“I don’t need to see the old school to remember it and the teachers there. They changed the way that I’ve always looked at life and learning.”

― Dennis Farina

“Most blacks want school vouchers, but most liberals vehemently oppose them. Why? Because what is good for teachers’ unions is of more importance to the Left than what is good for blacks. Who, then, is racist? By their own admission, and by the policies they pursue, the answer is the people who call themselves progressive.”

― Dennis Prager

“I think the reality is that there’s a role for everybody to play in the work of social justice and that we have to organize everybody. That means that Silicon Valley has to be organized, the fashion industry has to be organized, the formerly incarcerated have to be organized, the teachers.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“Teaching methods are often inadequate for the goals faculties are trying to achieve. Important courses such as expository writing and foreign languages are frequently taught by untrained graduate students and underpaid adjunct teachers.”

― Derek Bok

“My dedication to trying to be a poet started very, very young, and I was very well encouraged by good teachers and by older friends and so on, so I think it is a benediction, and I also think it is a calling, a duty.”

― Derek Walcott

“My first trip abroad was to do a TV version of ‘Les Miserables’ in France with Anthony Perkins. There I was at 12 acting with the guy from ‘Psycho.’ My parents were teachers, and it was hard for them to relate to that world.”

― Dexter Fletcher

“You don’t have to burn books, you don’t have to rebel against teachers to rebel; to rebel is to truly own your own self.”

― Dhani Harrison

“I know I wouldn’t have made the callback for ‘Ma’ if my father’s house had not burned down because I would have been in finals. My teachers would not have been chill with me leaving in the middle of my Medieval Magic final.”

― Diana Silvers

“I spoke French a bit, and I could speak a bit of this and that, and when you were taught those things by people who couldn’t really do it, you can do some pretty wonderfully, imaginative horrific things to teachers.”

― Diane Cilento

“I judge preschool teachers and actresses shamelessly. The first five minutes I meet them.”

― Diane Farr

“I had really great art classes. Really great art teachers. Arts played a very important role in having a place to express yourself uniquely.”

― Dianne Reeves

“Early on, I started with classical voice and had that wonderful foundation. For where I wanted to go at that time, there were no teachers to teach it, so I came up with all kinds of different ways to develop the sound of my voice.”

― Dianne Reeves

“Being the offspring of English teachers is a mixed blessing. When the film star says to you, on the air, ‘It was a perfect script for she and I,’ inside your head you hear, in the sarcastic voice of your late father, ‘Perfect for she, eh? And perfect for I, also?’”

― Dick Cavett

“My teachers encouraged me to audition for some professional work during our summer vacation. I landed my first job. It was for the National Theatre Company’s Mimika Pantomime troupe. I ended up touring with them for the next two years.”

― Didi Conn

“Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn’t, and they ain’t eating.”

― Dizzy Dean

“When I was in middle school, and teachers lectured about World War II, the conflict seemed impossibly distant and irrelevant. And it had only happened 15 years earlier.”

― Don Kardong

“I’ll get boxes full of books and objects from perfect strangers in the oddest places. Teachers will send me students’ drawings, etc. It’s hard to sift through it all.”

― Donald Baechler

“Most of my school friends and even a few of my teachers called me ‘Duck.’”

― Donald Dunn

“We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.”

― Donald Norman

“Due process policies such as tenure are put in place to protect good teachers from being fired without cause. They aren’t there to protect ‘bad’ teachers.”

― Donna Brazile

“Over the years, I’ve worked for and alongside the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. That’s because I am proud of our public school teachers – including my niece who teaches down in Louisiana – just as I am proud of our nation’s education system.”

― Donna Brazile

“We know the parental support, community support, makes a difference. It’s not just the metrics of testing and putting pressure on the schools and on the teachers.”

― Donna Shalala

“I was taught by teachers, and if it’s one thing I have it’s a basketball mind and I try to pass it on and pay it forward.”

― Doug Collins

“We should empower teachers to do their job by cutting wasteful spending and crippling bureaucracy, not classroom resources our educators and students need.”

― Doug Ducey

“Every dollar spent on education should go toward helping our teachers teach and our students learn.”

― Doug Ducey

“Our teachers are valuable, and our public policy should reflect that.”

― Doug Ducey

“Too often, I hear stories of teachers and parents spending part of their paychecks to ensure there are supplies in the classroom – even basic necessities like pens, pencils and paper. This is unacceptable.”

― Doug Ducey

“I worship teachers. They can’t be paid enough. It depresses me that society sees them as somehow expendable.”

― Douglas Coupland

“The people who go the craziest when they hear the name ‘Hemingway’ are my English teachers!”

― Dree Hemingway

“I learned life from some good teachers.”

― Eddie Murray

“It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners, teachers, and others. The country hasn’t got enough money to do so.”

― Eduard Shevardnadze

“I had the two best teachers in the world. That was my family.”

― Edward Albert

“If you put one model in a show or in an ad campaign, that doesn’t solve the problem. We need teachers in universities. We need internships. We need people of different ethnic backgrounds in all parts of the industry. That really is the solution: you have to change it from the inside.”

― Edward Enninful

“Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.”

― Edward Gibbon

“I miss my former teachers, John Hersey and James Alan McPherson. I would love to see either or both and ask what I could do to improve, to deepen my writing.”

― Eileen Pollack

“I vote far-left. I am frequently angered by corporate greed and think education ought to be free and teachers paid well.”

― Eleanor Catton

“Managers are responsible for setting workplace policies under which teachers can succeed. Managers are responsible for negotiating contracts that create the conditions under which teachers can succeed.”

― Eli Broad

“In high school, I would drive my teachers batty. They would make a statement, and I would say, ‘Why is that?’ They didn’t want to be questioned.”

― Eli Broad

“It’s critical that states improve how teachers are trained, recruited, evaluated, compensated, advanced, and retained.”

― Eli Broad

“I was running to catch a train when one of my teachers saw me. He thought I was fast, time me, and later gave me my first instructions in sprinting. I happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

― Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz

“I was trained by Method acting teachers and we were taught that aside from whatever gift you may or may not have or the level of that gift, that you were obliged to know how to build a table. It’s a craft. It’s like being a ballerina or a violinist.”

― Ellen Barkin

“I studied acting for 10 years before I went for an audition. I studied with Lee Strasberg and Actors Studio teachers, and went to the High School of Performing Arts.”

― Ellen Barkin

“I was always drawn to teachers who made class interesting. In high school, I enjoyed my American and English literature classes because my teachers, Jeanne Dorsey and Dani Barton, created an environment where interaction was important.”

― Ellen Ochoa

“My first architectural project I did, I must have been fifteen, was for neighbors across the street, a couple of school teachers, and I designed a house for them. I didn’t know anything about Le Corbusier or anything like that, but it ended up being a very cubistic kind of house. I always wanted to be an architect.”

― Emilio Ambasz

“Teachers do not need to be armed with guns to protect their classes; they need to be armed with a solid education in order to teach their classes.”

― Emma Gonzalez

“I was a very bad student. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to go farther in school. I hated school and was always the bad one; I was always insulting the teachers.”

― Emmanuelle Beart

“Most of my teachers probably found I made less trouble if they let me read.”

― Eric Allin Cornell

“We need to make sure teachers are in schools and that children have teachers.”

― Eric Garcetti

“At Tenafly High, I was lucky to have some dedicated teachers; I’m especially indebted to my calculus instructor, Francis Piersa, who opened my eyes to the striking beauty of mathematics.”

― Eric Maskin

“Poetry is the language we speak in the most terrifying or ecstatic passages of our lives. But the very word poetry scares people. They think of their grade school teachers reciting ‘Hiawatha’ and they groan.”

― Erica Jong

“Some teachers feel that if they ask for emotional help, they’re a failure. But teaching is a team sport.”

― Erin Gruwell

“I was going to show my kids that no matter what happened with their parents, parole officers and other teachers, I wouldn’t give up on them. I let them know it matters to me that you come to class, it matters to me that you try, it matters to me when you succeed.”

― Erin Gruwell

“I think a lot of teachers feel like they’re teaching to a test. Our response is you teach to a student, you really teach to the kid.”

― Erin Gruwell

“In the 21st century when few of us stay in the same job all our lives, I would like to think there was flexibility so teachers could become social workers, or foster carers become teachers.”

― Estelle Morris

“There is a shortage of teachers but the January 2001 schools census showed that teacher numbers were at their highest level than at any time since 1984 – and 11,000 higher than 1997.”

― Estelle Morris

“I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure.”

― Estelle Morris

“I am confident that the vast majority of teachers will work with us towards achieving that goal.”

― Estelle Morris

“However, the Government has made it clear that we do not encourage the recruitment of teachers from developing nations where there may be an adverse effect on the economy.”

― Estelle Morris

“I knew more about produce from the sea than any of my schoolmates, and my reports in school, from kindergarten on, amused and shocked my classmates and teachers. I told them how we ate with chopsticks, had rice and seaweed for breakfast, raw fish, octopus, and sea urchin eggs for supper, and cakes made from sharks.”

― Eugenie Clark

“Honestly, I don’t know if I’d want to be an educator. I find teachers to have more responsibility, in a way, than being a parent. You’re molding hundreds of minds every year.”

― Eva Amurri

“One thing I’ve learned is that preschool teachers really have seen it all – and they can be a wealth of information! If you have any questions about a certain behavioral hurdle with your child or if you have a question about a certain age or phase, ask them!”

― Eva Amurri

“One of the biggest reasons that teachers have trouble with student-centered learning is that they have to give over a level of control to the kids. And, when you do that, you can have chaos, or you can have high levels of learning. Often, teachers are afraid of the chaos.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“I love working with teachers and principals; they are my heroes. They are very dedicated to children, and it’s very impactful.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“Most teachers in America could dramatically improve their teaching if they just made every second count.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“I’ve always admired teachers for their patience and purpose in choosing their profession.”

― Eve Arden

“Prison was tough on me. I saw people in prison that made me ashamed I was a human being. Some make Qaddafi and Idi Amin look like Sunday-school teachers.”

― Evel Knievel

“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape a nation’s future.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“In the Western tradition, the first writers were teachers and historians, vastly traveled, who spiced their reports with fantasies. They were also poets who sang and entertained prince and pauper.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“I have always admired teachers because teaching, like the priesthood, medicine and writing, is a vocation. You don’t become a teacher because you want wealth. It is the same with writing.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“There were no theatre facilities at the comp that I went to, but I did have amazing teachers who never stopped encouraging me.”

― Faye Marsay

“Fantasy was something I’d read as a child. And, in fact, my teachers despaired a little bit because I refused to give up Enid Blyton. Then I walked through the wardrobe with C. S. Lewis, and I don’t think I actually have returned fully from the wardrobe. So, fantasy was something that was in my life from quite young.”

― Fiona McIntosh

“I had an instinct to gravitate towards people who were smarter than I was, teachers that were nice people that were trying to do things in life that were constructive, and that’s what I gravitated to instead of what I saw and what I was in.”

― Florence Henderson

“I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn’t do well in school.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“Teachers have a million stories, but nobody consults them.”

― Frank McCourt

“In the bubble decade, making money as an end in itself boomed as a calling among students at elite universities like Harvard, siphoning off gifted undergraduates who might otherwise have been scientists, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists or inventors.”

― Frank Rich

“You can’t just pillory the teachers unions and sound the free market trumpet. We must visit the failing schools. We must talk to the mother who desperately wants more for her child and offer a constructive way out. We can’t simply lambaste… food stamps or decry dependency.”

― Frank Wolf

“I was in seventh grade at St. Matthew’s. The teachers would tell me, ‘God loves you,’ and then whack a ruler across my hand. ‘Well,’ I’d say, ‘if God loves me, can you call God? Can you ask Him if it’s all right that I didn’t do my homework? If it’s not, then let Him hit me.’”

― Freddie Prinze

“But in the life of every man there are influences of a far more real and penetrating character than those which come through the medium of schools or teachers.”

― Frederic William Farrar

“After taking my B.A. degree in 1939 I remained at the University for a further year to take an advanced course in Biochemistry, and surprised myself and my teachers by obtaining a first class examination result.”

― Frederick Sanger

“All of my music teachers gave up on me one by one because I couldn’t read music.”

― Freya Ridings

“I was fortunate to have teachers that were flexible with allowing me to miss more class than I was supposed to be able to, for the sake of being able to tour.”

― G-Eazy

“’A Course in Miracles’ has been one of my great teachers. I still study ‘The Course’ daily. It’s like a gift that keeps on giving.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“While technology and assessment can help complement the important work of our teachers, I worry that we are spending too much of our time testing.”

― Gary Herbert

“I want to tell the students to follow their heart and respect their parents and teachers as they are their ultimate gurus.”

― Geeta Phogat

“We will certainly see teachers, journalists, artists and poets in space. Whatever it takes to the be the best is what it will take to get you into space.”

― Gene Cernan

“I would hope that maybe math teachers could use ‘Prime Baby’ as a way of establishing an emotional connection between students and numbers.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“My contract with my teachers is fair, and is two pages. The union contract is 200 pages. You cannot manage your business when you cannot make any decision without going back to 200 pages worth of stuff.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“Teachers need to be paid like professionals.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.”

― George Balanchine

“Anybody who fights for human rights or to make this world a better place. Nurses, doctors, teachers: these are the people who deserve the credit these days.”

― George Michael

“I’m intrigued by people who make their modest living doing good things for others. Teachers, nonprofit workers, librarians… those are the heroes in our society.”

― George Pelecanos

“My writing of fiction comes under a very general heading of those teachers, critics, scholars who like to try their own hand once or twice in their lives.”

― George Steiner

“They’re the best critics. Workshops are good, and drama teachers are fine, but the best is the audience. And even better if they’re paying!”

― George Takei

“I studied economics with some teachers from ESADE. It’s a really good school here in Spain. They helped me to understand a little about numbers, stats, economics, etc.”

― Gerard Pique

“I had a very tough childhood. I came here from Italy in the ’70s and didn’t speak a word of English, so the kids at school tormented me. Truly, it was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it.”

― Giada De Laurentiis

“I respect public employees and school teachers. They deserve a secure retirement.”

― Gina Raimondo

“I thought I might like to farm. But I didn’t know the economics of it. Teachers basically steered me away from it.”

― Glen Taylor

“I think there’s a fallacy that’s been concocted by the music teachers’ profession, to wit: that there’s a certain sequence of events necessary in order to have the revealed truth about the way one produces a given effect on a given instrument.”

― Glenn Gould

“The United States is the only civilized country in the world to class its teachers at the bottom of the social scale.”

― Gore Vidal

“While campaigning, I got to know many high-school teachers, and let me say that the good ones are the unsung heroes of our society, and the bad ones are the gravediggers.”

― Gore Vidal

“I used to eat lunch with the teachers at school. I just remember that kids would put their legs on the seats next to them so that I wouldn’t have a place to sit.”

― Grace Phipps

“I wasn’t a happy teacher, but I also wasn’t an absolute psychopath like the teachers I portray on screen.”

― Greg Davies

“My science teachers always encouraged their classes to ‘go out and discover something’ because all scientific endeavors depend on observation and experimentation. Through such pursuits, anyone can find something new to science, and if it’s truly novel, the entire edifice of science might have to be restructured.”

― Greg Graffin

“We plan to pick up another five seats in the Senate and hold the House through redistricting through 2012. And rather than negotiate with the teachers’ unions and the trial lawyers and the various leftist interest groups, we intend to break them.”

― Grover Norquist

“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.”

― Guy Kawasaki

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.”

― Haim Ginott

“The whole ‘American Idol’ way of looking at things is the antithesis of what I grew up with. There are a whole lot of kids wanting to be famous now, whereas if I’d even mentioned that word to one of my teachers, I would have got into a whole load of trouble.”

― Harry Connick, Jr.

“Whenever I meet my friends, we talk about our teachers.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers.”

― Harvey Cushing

“When I used to go to school, the teachers used to say to my mum, ‘Hector looks like he’s going to a restaurant.’ I was just that kid, I wanted to look good.”

― Hector Bellerin

“Mapping does not purport to create an idealistic vision where all teachers agree, love one another, and gather around a campfire and sing ‘Curriculum Kumbaya.’ What it can develop is a sense of place, of respect, and of new grounds for discussion, disputes, and direction.”

― Heidi Hayes Jacobs

“We often assume that all teachers within a discipline address the same curriculum. This isn’t always the case. We frequently find gaps between goals and what is actually taught, and these gaps can have a lasting impact on a child’s learning.”

― Heidi Hayes Jacobs

“Too often, teachers assume that they are introducing a book or concept to students for the first time. In fact, many units are repeated over the course of a student’s K-12 experience.”

― Heidi Hayes Jacobs

“Feeling pummeled by the outside pounding of tests and standards, a teacher can easily hide and simply turn to the immediacy of the classroom. It is not surprising that many teachers burrow in their rooms with all that they know about their students. There is no place to take the information.”

― Heidi Hayes Jacobs

“As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.”

― Helen Dunmore

“Indian-Americans are physicians, engineers, CEOs, professors, teachers, entrepreneurs. They are a vital part of the United States’ economic and social fabric. Because of this long history, the bonds among our people and our cultures will remain strong.”

― Henry Paulson

“I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there.”

― Hilary Swank

“In acting class, teachers talk about how the ‘givens’ of a situation help define a character.”

― Hill Harper

“Until fairly recently, Amish teachers would reprimand the student who raised his or her hand as being too individualistic. Calling attention to oneself, or being ‘prideful,’ is one of the cardinal Amish worries. Having your name or photo in the papers, even talking to the press, is almost a sin.”

― Howard Rheingold

“Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids can be taken into account.”

― Hugh Mackay

“Logically, taking Scripture seriously means being passionately concerned about interpreting it correctly and thus welcoming any evidence that exposes erroneous understandings of the biblical text. Unfortunately, many zealous Bible students and teachers confuse their favorite interpretations of the Bible with the Bible itself.”

― Hugh Ross

“My father and my mother were both teachers. They inculcated to us the importance of studies.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The notion that Western religions are more rigid than those of Asia is overdrawn. Ours is the most permissive society history has ever known – almost the only thing that is forbidden now is to forbid – and Asian teachers and their progeny play up to this propensity by soft-pedaling Hinduism’s, Buddhism’s, Sufism’s rules.”

― Huston Smith

“I had great English teachers in high school who first piqued my interest in Shakespeare. Each year, we read a different play – ‘Othello,’ ‘Julius Caesar,’ ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Hamlet’ – and I was the nerd in class who would memorize soliloquies just for the fun of it.”

― Ian Doescher

“It was awkward because the high school that I went to, my aunt taught at, it was this private boy’s school in D.C. There were one or two teachers that I had the hots for, but never fully expressed my feelings because my aunt was always watching.”

― Ian Harding

“When you get to 15 and most of your teachers are priests, there’s bound to be a conflict.”

― Ian Hart

“I just followed my parents’ example and advice on living, which was to leave the world a better place than you found it. They were professional do-gooders, ministers of the church, social workers, teachers, and missionaries, that sort of thing.”

― Ian Mckellen

“I think we have to get back the value of behavior that is consistent with being taught: that’s to say, respecting teachers, listening, and not always expecting your opinion to take precedence.”

― Isabelle Adjani

“When I was 16, I watched a lot of world cinema. I borrowed a lot of my personality from cinema. It has been one of my biggest teachers.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“We have become unable to think of better education except in terms of more complex schools and of teachers trained for ever longer periods.”

― Ivan Illich

“I was a class clown. At 12, I was definitely clowning. I was making all the jokes. But I was smart, so the teachers didn’t know what to do with me.”

― J. Cole

“The teacher crisis is something we are really worried about during the byelection in Mount Albert. I counted, across a month, seven teachers I identified just in my area who were all leaving – not the profession but Auckland.”

― Jacinda Ardern

“I flunked my exam for university two times before I was accepted by what was considered my city’s worst university, Hangzhou Teachers University. I was studying to be a high school English teacher. In my university, I was elected student chairman and later became chairman of the city’s Students Federation.”

― Jack Ma

“What ultimately makes ‘The Wire’ uplifting amid the heartbreak it conveys is its embodiment of a spirit that Barack Obama calls ‘the audacity of hope.’ It is filled with characters who should quit but don’t, not only the boys themselves but teachers, cops, ex-cops, and ex-cons who lose their hearts to them.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“I wrote all the time, and I had teachers who encouraged it.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“For being in a place that’s landlocked, Minnesotans have a real sense of the wider world. Teachers, friends, neighbors – everywhere I went in Minnesota, people put their heads up and looked out to the horizon.”

― Jake Sullivan

“I used to impersonate people a lot when I was very young. But the good Lord gives us teachers to make fun of first. And then, of course, by college, I eventually graduated to a more sophisticated kind of comedy more people were familiar with.”

― James Adomian

“When I was 7 years old, I plagiarized, word for word, stories from science fiction magazines so my teachers would think I was smart.”

― James Altucher

“Instruction does not prevent wasted time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.”

― James Anthony Froude

“I was the tallest guy in the school, and I was very conscious of being larger than anybody – classmates and teachers.”

― James Arness

“The fundamental problem for the teaching profession is how undervalued it is and how underpaid teachers are.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“In the end, I do have a group of friends and teachers whose opinions I respect, and so I guess I just have to be content with their feedback.”

― James Franco

“Why don’t we have enough teachers of math and science in the public schools? One answer is well, if they knew the subject well, they’d also know enough to work for Google or Goldman Sachs or God knows where.”

― James Harris Simons

“I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.”

― James Levine

“If black people use their resources properly, they can become as competitive as any group in society – take control of our neighborhoods, our businesses, our schools, including our teachers. The only thing keeping black people from doing it is this idiotic idea about integration, about being racially balanced.”

― James Meredith

“Like most of the other teachers, I’d done a bit of teaching and we all think we’re great at what we do, but you realize that normally you have an audience who are all onside, who all want to listen.”

― Jamie Oliver

“’Teachers’ is in no way a realistic soap; we’re not trying to do that, which is why we never do ‘issues.’”

― Jane Fallon

“Schools can do extraordinary things given the chance; teachers can do remarkable things if we eliminate the paperwork that sometimes binds them and give them a chance to really teach in our schools.”

― Janet Reno

“Even when I was an actor in training, one criticism my teachers had was that I should think about directing instead of acting, because the best actors see the material they’re working on through blinders. They can’t see anything but their role. I could never really do that.”

― Jason Alexander

“A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors.”

― Jay McInerney

“Colleges and classrooms should be havens of tranquility, places where thoughtful discussions occur, where students work together with their teachers to acquire knowledge of the arts and sciences.”

― Jay Parini

“I did math in school, obviously. And I loved all my math teachers.”

― Jayma Mays

“Teachers make a difference, and we would serve our students better by focusing on attracting and retaining the quality teachers by raising teacher pay.”

― Jeb Bush

“Low standards are a tactic that takes pressure off teachers’ unions by accepting mediocrity and failure for kids.”

― Jeb Bush

“We had rising student achievement across the board because high standards, robust accountability, ending social promotion in third grade, real school choice across the board, challenging the teachers union and beating them is the way to go.”

― Jeb Bush

“My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Parents and teachers alike are alarmed by this top-down approach to education that wrongly ties education money for states to the adoption of academic standards that do not fully reflect the values of South Carolina.”

― Jeff Duncan

“For years now, Chinese parents and teachers have lamented what’s known as the ‘xiao huangdi’ – or little emperor – phenomenon, a generation of pampered and entitled children who believe they sit at the center of the social universe because that’s exactly how they’ve been treated.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“Students follow rules. Students complete assignments. The job of students – in part, at least – is to please their teachers. Now, I realize I may be exaggerating a little here, but basically I think I’m right: students do what they’re told.”

― Jeffrey Toobin

“You have to give kids things they’re interested in reading. That’s what teachers do who are engaged in what their students want.”

― Jenna Bush

“I just want to be with great teachers. If that means I’m in a horror film with good teachers, I’ll do another horror film. But I would love to branch out and do more comedy or just more straight dramas.”

― Jennifer Carpenter

“With ‘A Northern Light,’ I’ve already heard from teenage readers, teachers, librarians – it’s been so gratifying. It’s amazing that you can take something that matters so deeply to you and make it matter to someone else.”

― Jennifer Donnelly

“Those who purify your water, inspect your meat, and test your kids’ toys, as well as a huge number of nurses, teachers, and our soldiers, are public employees. The firefighters who don’t hesitate to rush toward danger while you run away from it – they are all public employees.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“I once had a crush on one of my teachers. I wrote him a love letter and stuck it in a bag in his office. I didn’t write my name on it, but I’m sure he figured out it was me.”

― Jennifer Hudson

“One’s teachers all belonged to that generation who were imperialists, and the whole narrative throughout my adolescence was of countries leaving the empire. I find it extraordinary that this purpose which drove how we viewed the world is now considered to be something that has no effect upon us.”

― Jeremy Paxman

“I find people who want to help other people to be the most interesting. I come from a family of teachers, and my friends are teachers, often times in very difficult school situations.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“If I get the chance to be philanthropic, I want to help kids and teachers.”

― Jesse L. Martin

“My grandmother came with me when I moved out to New York. She stayed with me for a week. I was, you know, living in the dorm. The first year, I had a lot of anxiety, and, I remember, my teachers kept saying I had so much jaw tension.”

― Jessica Chastain

“I’ve worked with some teachers and coaches over the years, but I didn’t really study theater or technique or voice or any of that stuff extensively.”

― Jessica Lange

“When you’re surrounded by brilliant actors, and teachers who challenge you to go beyond what you thought you were capable of, that’s got to be good for you.”

― Jessie Buckley

“I always wanted to write for children. When I was growing up, we were really poor. My mother had left, and it was all a mess. So I lived in my head a lot, and I would get lots of books for Christmas – from librarians and teachers – and they just fed my imagination.”

― Jewell Parker Rhodes

“Taxes, well laid and well spent, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. Taxes protect property and the environment; taxes make business possible. Taxes pay for roads and schools and bridges and police and teachers. Taxes pay for doctors and nursing homes and medicine.”

― Jill Lepore

“There’s a high school in Camden, New Jersey, I call the Jill Scott School. It’s the Camden Creative Arts High School. Those teachers and kids are so passionate about what they do, and 98 percent of the senior class went on to college.”

― Jill Scott

“Teachers have the hardest and most important jobs in America. They’re building our nation. And we should appreciate them, respect them, and pay them well.”

― Jim Hunt

“Teachers tell me that they’d like to work more closely with parents.”

― Jim Knight

“I know what it’s like to have a dream. I know what it’s like to roll the dice and say, ‘I’m going to go after this thing,’ and nothing turns my stomach quicker than acting teachers or acting schools that look at a bunch of dreamers and say, ‘We can help,’ when they know full well that they can’t.”

― Jim Parrack

“When I see kids who naturally get A’s and who naturally score high on tests and the teachers naturally like them because they require the least amount of management – when they come out into the real world, I find they’re very poor at getting through obstacles. And life is about solving obstacles.”

― Jimmy John Liautaud

“I’ve been lucky because I’ve had wonderful teachers along the way who have nurtured and pushed me to the next level.”

― Jimmy Smits

“My parents were language teachers. They talked about teaching all the time and all their friends were teachers. It was considered a pre-ordained thing that I would go into teaching.”

― Joanne Harris

“You can convert the teachers, and you can convert the kids, but if they go home saying they want to be a physicist, and the parents question why they would want to do that, then it makes it very difficult.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“It’s unbelievable when I think back to when I was a kid that one day I would have achieved so much through boxing, and to think my teachers laughed at me when I said I was going to be a boxer.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I come from classical theater training and when I went to college it was a bunch of kids that were hand-picked from around the world. I was around such brilliant young minds and incredible artists with incredible teachers.”

― Joe Manganiello

“What is a coach? We are teachers. Educators. We have the same obligations as all teachers, except we probably have more influence over young people than anybody but their families. And, in a lot of cases, more than their families.”

― Joe Paterno

“For years, we have had many coaches in football, but there are no teachers anymore. And you see that in the play itself.”

― Johan Cruyff

“It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers – they help us to learn.”

― John Bradshaw

“As an eight-year-old, I would listen to stories and biographies of Charles Darwin and Galileo. I also went to wonderful schools and had great teachers who inspired me.”

― John C. Mather

“Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they’re not teaching because of the financial rewards.”

― John Engler

“I was using them as teachers for technique but I was never trying to be a folk.”

― John Fahey

“Growing up, I just always doodled, which is the worst word for it. I would just draw things in class, get yelled at by my teachers, get my drawings taken away. That stuff happened all the time.”

― John Gourley

“When I was a student at Princeton University, I was working part time in a grocery store. I saw an ad for teachers of a prep course. I don’t remember what it paid, but it was easily double or triple the minimum wage.”

― John Katzman

“The best teachers are those who keep students motivated, challenged and flourishing.”

― John Kline

“No Child Left Behind taught us that parents, teachers and state and local leaders are more suited to address students’ needs than a one-size-fits-all accountability system developed by Washington bureaucrats.”

― John Kline

“When I talk to teachers, parents, superintendents, my colleagues, everyone wants to fix No Child Left behind. There is great dissatisfaction with No Child Left Behind.”

― John Kline

“The first acting thing I ever did was my senior year I decided not to play a sport in the Spring and, in that Spring B.J. Novak who went to school with me, asked if I’d be in this show that was a parody of all the teachers in the school, ‘sure!’ That was the first acting thing I did.”

― John Krasinski

“We had teachers, we had high school principals, we had people teaching in colleges and university in Tuskegee, Alabama. But they were told they failed the so-called literacy test.”

― John Lewis

“Amazon is certainly not a perfect company. However, doctors, teachers, engineers, journalists, politicians, and labor unions are also on a continuum of consciousness, and none are perfect either. It is easy to judge and find fault with any company if that is what one’s ideological biases wish to see.”

― John Mackey

“It would be good if teachers could genuinely understand that black English is not mistakes, it’s just different English, and that what you want to do is add an additional dialect to black students’ repertoire rather than teaching them out of what’s thought of as a bad habit, like sloppy posture or chewing with your mouth open.”

― John McWhorter

“I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word.”

― John Nelson Darby

“In the remaining months, we should focus on achieving more robust international involvement in training of Iraqi soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, and doctors – all key elements needed to end the sectarian and civil conflict and build Iraq’s future.”

― John Olver

“American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows.”

― John Philip Sousa

“When teachers try to teach, nurses try to nurse, small businesses try to serve their clients and the police try to arrest criminals, there is always a regulator or three breathing down their necks. Conservatives want to make people’s lives easier.”

― John Redwood

“All my adult life, I have lived with Labour lies about tax cuts. Their cry is always the same. Tax cuts are impossible in a civilised society. They mean less revenue for the state, which means sacked teachers, unemployed doctors, fewer nurses. I am amazed anyone still takes such arrant twaddle seriously.”

― John Redwood

“No sensible elected politician would look for spending reductions out of sacking teachers and nurses. We all know how important they are and that our electors want to keep those we have and employ more where possible.”

― John Redwood

“We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.”

― John Sculley

“I come from labor country. My mom was a teacher and was very involved in the teachers’ union.”

― John Wells

“I definitely asked too many questions of my teachers and was probably a bit facetious at times.”

― Johnny Flynn

“Most of our physical education teachers were just teachers, and they had to do the extra stuff on their own. I remember very vividly that they would hold a cane pole between two of the students down low, and we would all jump over it. And they would raise it and raise it and raise it.”

― Johnny Mathis

“When I got a chance, I went back and shared those experiences that were important to me. George Washington High, the campus at San Francisco State, and even back to Emerson Elementary school and Roosevelt Junior High. I was happy to do it, to go back and see if all the same teachers were there.”

― Johnny Mathis

“We are fortunate to have some of the greatest and best teachers in the world, but we want to make sure that those few that try to sneak through the system are caught in advance.”

― Jon Porter

“As a Member of Congress from one of the fastest growing States in the country, we hire close to 2,500 new teachers a year, close to 5,000 support staff and faculty.”

― Jon Porter

“Teachers are unparalleled in the role they play in children’s lives.”

― Jon Porter

“I do remember a lot of teachers saying I would do well on TV, as I have a ‘modern look,’ but I never knew how to take that.”

― Jonas Armstrong

“Wonderful teachers should never let themselves be drill sergeants for the state.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“I encourage teachers to speak in their own voices. Don’t use the gibberish of the standards writers.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“Well, teachers have been profoundly demoralized in recent years and are often treated with contempt by politicians. There’s a great deal of reckless rhetoric in Washington about the mediocrity of the teaching profession – and I don’t find that to be true at all.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“I emphasize teachers because they are largely left out of the debate. None of the bombastic reports that come from Washington and think tanks telling us what needs to be ‘fixed’ – I hate such a mechanistic word, as if our schools were automobile engines – ever asks the opinions of teachers.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“My goal is to connect the young teachers to the old, to reignite their sense of struggle.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“I was at the Royal Art School. That was a preparatory school specially for art teachers. You see, it was not so much for the development of artists. But we had there terribly stiff training.”

― Josef Albers

“While I’m not a celebrity, it’s such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“The sincere teachers of their youth should be met, not with an intention to dictate to them, but to give additional force to their well-meant endeavours, and raise them to public esteem.”

― Joseph Lancaster

“The institution of a public library, containing books on education, would be well adapted for the information of teachers, many of whom are not able to purchase expensive publications on those subjects.”

― Joseph Lancaster

“My teachers helped guide and motivate me; but the responsibility of learning was left with me, an approach to learning which was later reinforced by my experiences at Amherst.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“I don’t think any of my teachers know much about football. Pretty much every teacher I have is foreign, and UCLA’s a brilliant mix of minds from all over the world.”

― Josh Rosen

“Conducting is a strange thing to teach. There are very few great conducting teachers, and most great conductors don’t teach. Look at Valery Gergiev – what he does is not teachable. A lot of it is on-the-job training, what works and what doesn’t work.”

― Joshua Bell

“I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of my teachers that if I didn’t ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room.”

― Joshua Lederberg

“If you film a little boy going to school, the big event in that boy’s day and all the classmates’ and teachers’ day is you being there filming, not the school.”

― Joshua Oppenheimer

“Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.”

― Joshua Reynolds

“I did my English A level in England, and we studied Shakespeare. I had great, great high school teachers, and we parsed the text within an inch of its life.”

― Joss Whedon

“If politics were a high school movie, Republicans would be the jocks and mean girls locking hapless freshmen inside their lockers and threatening to call in their rich parents if the teachers complain – plus the broke kids who are always willing to strong-arm homework for them from the nerds.”

― Joy Reid

“One of my teachers says the sound you hear in the center of the universe is laughter. I don’t know if it’s true, but if you do something and 30 years later it still produces laughter, that’s a fantasy you can’t make up.”

― Joyce DeWitt

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.”

― Joyce Meyer

“I’ve always felt misunderstood. Growing up, it’s been my word against the teachers’ or my parents’ word, and nobody would ever listen to me.”

― Joyner Lucas

“San Diego shaped me a lot. The visual landscapes, the emotional panoramas, the teachers and mentors I had from the third grade through San Diego High – it’s all a big part of the poetry fountain that I continue to drink from.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“The teachers’ unions that block school reform have done serious damage to the union brand. The public no longer views unions as their friend, much less their champion. They view them as corrupt, intransigent and more interested in protecting their political clout within the Democratic Party than protecting their members or even school children.”

― Juan Williams

“The protests against Harry Potter follow a tradition that has been growing since the early 1980s and often leaves school principals trembling with fear that is then passed down to teachers and librarians.”

― Judy Blume

“The list of gifted teachers and librarians who find their jobs in jeopardy for defending their students’ right to read, to imagine, to question, grows every year.”

― Judy Blume

“I was in school for four years writing music to please my teachers. That was not music I liked. And when I make music that isn’t for something I want to make, and it’s to please other people, it’s – the outcome is really bad.”

― Julia Holter

“I just want to make a point that it’s not just great teachers that sometimes shape your life. Sometimes it’s the absence of great teachers that shapes your life and being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded.”

― Julia Roberts

“I met Clinton at a benefit for teachers, which was a very good charity, but I met him for about 90 seconds, and I thought it was important to meet the leader of the free world. So I stood next to him for a photograph, and then apparently that’s all it takes.”

― Julie Bowen

“It may be said that modern Europe with teachers who inform it that its realist instincts are beautiful, acts ill and honors what is ill.”

― Julien Benda

“Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.”

― Julius Erving

“I had three influential teachers. The first was Uta Hagen. The second two, Bobby Lewis and my late husband, Charles Kakatsakis, were both from the Actors Studio.”

― June Squibb

“The disgraces I suffer should be attributed to me, but the praises that I get go to my family and teachers. It is they who decided what I would become.”

― Kamal Haasan

“I ain’t here to argue about his facial features. Or here to convert atheists into believers. I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way yall need Jesus.”

― Kanye West

“I was a naughty kid. Teachers did not like me much.”

― Kapil Dev

“I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“We make assumptions: nurses should be nice, teachers should be good. But everyone has a dark side, some darker than others.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.”

― Karl Barth

“At the end of the day, teachers aren’t going to mess about trying to make me into an Einstein, ’cause it was never gonna happen. We can’t all be brainy, can we? That’s just the way the world is.”

― Karl Pilkington

“With a lot of help from my high school teachers, I went to college and became a medical tech at a clinic outside Kansas City.”

― Karolyn Grimes

“When there was a fight in school, because I was the tall one, the teachers would say, ‘I know you were there. I could see you.’”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“David Levi is a teacher as well as a chef, and, like most teachers, he loves to talk.”

― Kate Christensen

“Aside from a few master teachers that we have had over the years, this has been a completely local talent development. But people have started to come now from Chicago, we have a number of students from Chicago and different places of the country and even in the world.”

― Katherine Dunham

“Our teachers made such a difference – all my teachers and professors were very supportive and nurturing.”

― Katherine Johnson

“Teachers are performers, just like I am.”

― Kathleen Hanna

“I’m committed to working with teachers.”

― Kathleen Wynne

“Many teachers seem to believe their opinions are right, and therefore, all other viewpoints are wrong. And they are indoctrinating our children with their beliefs.”

― Katie Hopkins

“I didn’t fancy any of my teachers.”

― Katie Price

“My parents were teachers.”

― Katrina Adams

“When a place comes across vividly in a novel, it’s often compared to a character. I can remember writing teachers who encouraged me to treat setting as if it were a character, to give it three dimensions, to make it come alive, jump off the page.”

― Kaui Hart Hemmings

“When I was 17, I was hyperactive and annoyed my teachers.”

― Keegan Allen

“You remember all your teachers.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“Some people are really good at the visionary role. They’re like third grade teachers who tell people the vision and values over and over and over until they get it right, right, right. But they’re not implementers. If they’re good leaders, they gather people around them who can take the implementation role and move it forward.”

― Ken Blanchard

“I agree with the idea that there is a separation of church and state. That teachers should not be leading prayer – a particular kind of prayer in classrooms.”

― Ken Buck

“Most of us, I suspect, prefer our teachers to be of the Nice Guy variety.”

― Ken Wilber

“Make no mistake about it: Next to parents and families, our teachers are the most important influence in our children’s lives.”

― Kenny Guinn

“Teachers have a chance to mold someone, inspire them. I hope all teachers realize that.”

― Kevin James

“I’ve harassed pediatricians and nurses, demanded extra conferences with preschool teachers, contacted speech therapists and occupational therapists over delays other mothers probably wouldn’t have noticed, stressed over magnet school applications three years before they’re due.”

― Kim Brooks

“A rational system and order for educational administration should be established on the principle of ensuring smooth progress of teaching and scientific research by teachers and researchers, and of edification of students.”

― Kim Jong-un

“It’s not just teachers, but coaches are helping to shape the young people of tomorrow.”

― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“Parents matter, buildings count, curriculum choices, materials, resources – all these things are important in a top-class education. But, in the end, it comes down to the teachers.”

― Kimberly Quinn

“I’ve come to realise that the best teachers never stop being teachers.”

― Kimberly Quinn

“We’ve all heard these statistics that teachers at times go into their pockets in the tune of several hundred dollars a year to pay for school supplies and materials. It’s not normal.”

― Kimora Lee Simmons

“The teachers are getting screwed, blued, and tattooed by the system.”

― Kinky Friedman

“Gen. Banks has issued an order for the instruction of Negro children. Schoolhouses are to be built or rented and Teachers hired for this purpose, and the farmers and planters are to pay the Taxes in support of this.”

― Knute Nelson

“If mothers are our first teachers, then having a narcissistic one teaches us that human closeness is terrifying, and the world is a heartless, inconsistent place.”

― Koren Zailckas

“I’ve been wearing lipstick since I was in 7th grade. That was our form of daring self-expression, because we had to wear uniforms in school. It made our teachers so angry.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I remember in seventh grade we used to wear lipstick to school, and the teachers would get so angry, and they’d steal our lipstick if we had them.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“There’s no distinction. A teacher is a preacher. The teachers in public schools are preachers, and the preachers in church are teachers.”

― KRS-One

“I just don’t know that shame and fear need to be our teachers; rather, compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides.”

― Kyan Douglas

“For they, the philosophers, were considered teachers of right living, which is far more excellent, since to speak well belongs only to a few, but to live well belongs to all.”

― Lactantius

“I always wanted to go to the Chavez school but I could never afford it when I was growing up so a lot of my learning came from magic books and watching other magicians. I was also very lucky that I had a couple of really good magic teachers.”

― Lance Burton

“At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.”

― Laura Linney

“In the world of the American creative writing workshop, I’ve encountered teachers who are tempted to place, or have actually placed, a moratorium on child narrators. Students love to write them, but children come laden with complications.”

― Laura van den Berg

“Early influences included Lorrie Moore, Amy Hempel, Charles Baxter, Richard Ford, Alice Munro, Denis Johnson – writers who are important to me still and who I discovered through my teachers.”

― Laura van den Berg

“I’ve been writing stories since I was 12. ‘Writer’s Digest’ was one of my writing teachers, actually.”

― Laurell K. Hamilton

“We are our children’s first teachers.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“Teachers have told us across the country that what’s severely outdated is the teacher at the front of the classroom as the font of knowledge, because as we know, access to knowledge and information is now ubiquitous. So instead, teachers want to help students learn how to think so that they can be lifelong learners.”

― Laurene Powell Jobs

“I’ve got one grandson gone to MIT. Another grandson had been in the American school here. Because he was dyslexic, and we then didn’t have the teachers to teach him how to overcome or cope with his dyslexia, so he was given exemption to go to the American school. He speaks like an American. He’s going to Wharton.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“I knew very early on I wanted to be a television writer. My teachers told me I was a strong writer and had a voice. I really leaned in to that.”

― Lena Waithe

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with extraordinary teachers along the way, and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with graduate students at SNHU. I’m just as excited for what I’ll learn from them.”

― Leslie Jamison

“I don’t come from a creative background. I don’t know anyone in my family who is a musician or actor or singer. It’s a lot of teachers, lawyers. Professional stuff like that.”

― Letitia Wright

“I had great teachers, great ensembles, and great companies to work with who supported my career.”

― Liev Schreiber

“My friends were the class clowns, but I was the one in class doing Michael Jordan or teachers for no reason. I’ve always been amazing at impersonating real people, too, rather than celebrities.”

― Lil Rel Howery

“Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.”

― Lloyd Alexander

“I always set out to tell a good story, to create a character that young people can relate to, place them in a situation that will be interesting, intriguing, eventually suspenseful. But what I find is that after I do that, then there are themes that emerge, which teachers can then use to provoke discussion and debate.”

― Lois Lowry

“I grew up a middle class, colonized child of teachers and librarians and people, women especially, who treasured education.”

― Lorraine Toussaint

“I was cripplingly shy. When I was in high school, my teachers thought I was mentally disabled because I wouldn’t be able to say anything or do anything. They thought I didn’t speak.”

― Lou Barlow

“The footballers’ wives I know, they’re teachers, midwives. They want to do something useful. One is working at my son’s nursery, on her hands and knees, in Converse and jeans, teaching kids to count.”

― Louise Nurding

“Well, first I studied piano. I wasn’t very satisfied because I though my teachers were dumb… and repressive.”

― Luc Ferrari

“We were always told not to wear skirts that were too short, because what will the male teachers think of you? Or, when we started sharing classes with boys in sixth form, what will they think of you if you are wearing a miniskirt to lessons?”

― Lucy Boynton

“I’m the oldest of four children, and when I was young, I used to get the blackboard out and make my brothers and sisters sit in front of me while I taught class. They all thought I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t. I was impersonating my teachers.”

― Lucy Davis

“I knew in my gut that there was something wrong with a system that couldn’t fire its incompetents, and I had my share of incompetent college teachers.”

― Luke Ford

“I’ve got a golf scholarship for school, so they understand if I’m away. A couple of years ago they called to see why I wasn’t at school, and now they’re like, ‘oh, she’s at golf.’ Sometimes I’m in class and sometimes the teachers don’t realize I’m there. She goes, ‘oh, Lydia’s absent.’ And I’m like ‘no, actually, I’m here.’”

― Lydia Ko

“We must have PE teachers and coaches who are well trained and qualified.”

― Lynn Davies

“The important thing for the future is that our schools and clubs have more and better coaches and teachers to ensure that all that enthusiasm, spirit and talent is harnessed and developed.”

― Lynn Davies

“Teachers are not glorified babysitters with summers off. Their profession fuels all others, and on a normal day that is amazing enough in and of itself.”

― LZ Granderson

“Sure, the job of high school teachers is not to tear down students’ self-esteem. But it’s certainly not to inflate students’ sense of self-worth with a bunch of unearned compliments and half-truths.”

― LZ Granderson

“There are a couple of teachers I have had without whose influence I would not be as happy with who I am.”

― Mackenzie Astin

“I worry that when educational counselors and teachers call in families with concerns about a child having a learning disability, we aren’t always looking at the complete picture.”

― Madchen Amick

“Kids nowadays, I remember when I was in school, they were just rude, even to the teachers and stuff.”

― Madeline Carroll

“When you have teachers saying, ‘I don’t have enough time for hands-on activities,’ we need to rethink the way we do education.”

― Mae Jemison

“Charter schools are public schools that operate, to a certain extent, outside the system. They have more control over their teachers, curriculum and resources. They also have less money than public schools.”

― Maggie Gallagher

“Charter schools have a far higher proportion of teachers who are not certified.”

― Maggie Gallagher

“Those who know how to think need no teachers.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“We should be firing bad teachers.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“Women’s rights are nothing but a part of the bigger picture, which is human rights. Women are trusted with the lives of their kids, even serve as teachers and doctors, but they aren’t trusted with their own lives.”

― Manal al-Sharif

“My school has always encouraged students to participate in different competitions and it was my teachers who helped me overcome stage fear as I have always been a very shy person.”

― Manushi Chhillar

“My teachers probably tried to get me interested in other things at school, but I was very young when I decided that I wanted to act. By the time I was 12, I was hell-bent on it.”

― Marc Warren

“In too many ways, Ohio is being run for the benefit of those who have already made it, and too many of our friends and neighbors are being left behind. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cuts to police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, and to our local schools, while property and sales taxes are going up.”

― Marcia Fudge

“Women in mystery fiction were largely confined to little old lady snoops – amateur sleuths – who are nurses, teachers, whatever.”

― Marcia Muller

“Our generation in the west was lucky: we had readymade gateways. We had books, paper, teachers, schools and libraries. But many in the world lack these luxuries. How do you practice without such tryout venues?”

― Margaret Atwood

“So many schools have cut the music classes out of their curriculum. We’re trying to fill that gap by teaching the teachers how to educate the kids about their musical heritage.”

― Margaret Whiting

“Parents are your teachers until a certain point, and if they don’t give you love, you’ll go somewhere else to find it.”

― Marguerite Moreau

“Good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.”

― Maria Callas

“My parents, they were both Socialists; they were young – 30, 31. They were both successful career people. They had been teachers, and my dad spoke English.”

― Maria Cornejo

“We recommend for the training of teachers not only a considerable artistic education in general but special attention to the art of reading.”

― Maria Montessori

“We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.”

― Maria Montessori

“Customers are your best teachers. Learning about your customer’s beliefs, values, and priorities teaches you which selling points you should emphasize.”

― Mark Goulston

“Though builders may build, in the main they follow the plans of architects. Teachers teach, but they must have a text. Politicians govern, but only upon the flow of commentary that raises them up or casts them down.”

― Mark Helprin

“We must be willing to pay inspiring math and science teachers, who have high paying alternatives in industry, more to teach and reward students who take more challenging courses in high school.”

― Mark Kennedy

“At the federal level, we must help, not hinder, local school boards, parents, teachers and administrators as they make decisions about educating our children.”

― Mark Kennedy

“I’m an actor. I was trained by Stella Adler, one of the greatest teachers of the world. I was 19 years old, and she frightened me to death. I was her houseboy for a while.”

― Mark Margolis

“When I was at school, one of my teachers had two statements hanging from the board all year: ‘Be observant’ and ‘Be empathetic.’”

― Marne Levine

“I think so many of our educators, when they hear about these programs coming from the federal government, they’re just thinking, ‘Uh, that’s another book of paperwork that I’m going to have to do,’ and teachers are so weighed down with that.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“I’ve talked with a lot of teachers, classroom teachers after the Sandy Hook situation, and they say, look, we need to be looking at mental health.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“All religious leaders and spiritual teachers emphasize finding a place within us that is true. People who obsessively follow these leaders instead of their own purpose attach to the spiritual leader and become fanatical and controlling. That’s why Jesus tried to tell his followers not to get attached to outward form.”

― Martha Beck

“Give a lift to a tomato, you expect her to be nice, don’t ya? After all, what kind of dames thumb rides, Sunday school teachers?”

― Martin Goldsmith

“Great teachers are the ones who inspire you.”

― Martin Landau

“Teachers are important in this world.”

― Martin Landau

“I run the Actor’s Studio on the West Coast, and one of the things I say all the time to the people I teach – many of whom are acting teachers – is that an actor needs to make choices that make him present.”

― Martin Landau

“My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants.”

― Martin Lewis Perl

“Teaching is very important. The nature of your personality isn’t that important. Lombardi was very extraverted, very bombastic. Landry very quiet, reserved. Both were great teachers and great coaches.”

― Marv Levy

“I loved nearly all my teachers; but it was not till I went home to live at Oxford, in 1867, that I awoke intellectually to a hundred interests and influences that begin much earlier nowadays to affect any clever child.”

― Mary Augusta Ward

“In real life, Oxford and Cambridge are two excellent universities, like many others in the country. They are full of highly intelligent, hard-working, and quite ordinary students and teachers.”

― Mary Beard

“Getting to play a yogic healer was awesome. I love yoga, so I’ve had a lot of teachers.”

― Mary Elizabeth Ellis

“Songs have been my greatest teachers and continue to be really important in my life.”

― Mary Gauthier

“Never post anything personal to your Facebook wall. Or anyone else’s, for that matter. Only snitches and teachers look at Facebook.”

― Mary H.K. Choi

“My teachers treated me as a diamond in the rough, someone who needed smoothing.”

― Mary Harris Jones

“In college, my teachers were usually after me for going after comedy too much, leaning too much in that direction.”

― Mary-Louise Parker

“As the daughter of two teachers with first-class degrees, I’d always seen myself as a duffer by comparison.”

― Mary Quant

“I had two wonderful teachers: Sanford Melsner and Fred Kareman.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“Reading is how I became an actor because I didn’t grow up in a house where there was an awareness of film or theater. I also grew up in a house full of teachers, so reading was big in our world.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“I don’t want technology to replace teachers, but where there are no teachers, or the teachers are overwhelmed, it can be helpful.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“I’ve definitely had crazy acting teachers.”

― Matt Bomer

“I had acting teachers, and one of the things that was encouraged was to keep it fresh, to be spontaneous. That’s the magic of film often.”

― Matt Dillon

“Great teachers should be rewarded.”

― Matt Mead

“Since the publication of ‘Evicted’, I have had countless conversations with concerned families across America. Teachers in under-served communities have told me about high classroom turnover rates, which hinder students’ ability to reach their full potential.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Teachers can go on cruises with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and anyone can spend the summer as a volunteer in a National Parks and even earn money doing it.”

― Matthew Lesko

“I felt intimidated the entire time I was in school by my teachers and classmates. But I just knew acting was something I wanted to do.”

― Maura Tierney

“All children are born with stars in their eyes, and they are curious. It is important for teachers to be careful not to kill this curiosity. A lot can go wrong. Children can be teased, even by teachers.”

― May-Britt Moser

“Viola Davis, Patti Smith, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julianne Moore. I could go on forever listing names. However… my greatest inspirations have, without a doubt, been my teachers, friends, and family.”

― Maya Hawke

“I really enjoyed hanging out with some of the teachers. This one chemistry teacher, she liked hanging out. I liked making explosives. We would stay after school and blow things up.”

― Maya Lin

“Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think.”

― Maya Lin

“I was always kind of a school person – my parents were teachers, and my grandparents were immigrants, so their big thing was, ‘Go to college, go to college, go to college.’”

― Mayim Bialik

“Except for teachers, who are ‘controlled’ as far as his militancy is concerned, good jobs are rare for Negroes.”

― Medgar Evers

“I want to work with the teachers’ union. But as I said out there, we have to put the kids first and we are letting down a generation of California children. It’s not acceptable.”

― Meg Whitman

“At school in the 1970s, no one cared about bullying. I spent the first four years being the apple of the teachers’ eye and being bullied for it.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“There are absolutely lots of teachers who are trying to come into the profession, but they are not attracted enough to say, ‘I’m going to switch careers to do it,’ or they are often not retained… because the salaries and the compensation aren’t there to make it happen.”

― Melinda Gates

“If I’ve learned one thing from my mother, my teachers, my greatest female inspirations, it’s that Boundaries Are Optional.”

― Merle Dandridge

“I’ve focused on making sure we have talented teachers and principals in our schools through proposals like the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act and the Presidential Teachers Corps.”

― Michael Bennet

“To get enough of the teachers we need, teaching has to be a great job where talented people are supported and rewarded.”

― Michael Bennet

“If teaching isn’t rewarding and challenging, we’re going to continue to lose our best teachers to work in other fields.”

― Michael Bennet

“I think more and more respect has been accorded to teachers, and quite rightly so.”

― Michael Gove

“It is vital that teachers can be paid more without having to leave the classroom. This will be particularly important to schools in the most disadvantaged areas as it will empower them to attract and recruit the best teachers.”

― Michael Gove

“You wouldn’t tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating theatre, or a underperforming midwife at your child’s birth. Why is it that we tolerate underperforming teachers in the classroom?”

― Michael Gove

“Teachers themselves know if there’s a colleague who can’t keep control or keep the interest of their class, it affects the whole school.”

― Michael Gove

“What we’re doing now is we’re saying that individual schools can spend the money on their own priorities, so that head teachers can decide what’s truly important, because the big shift in approach on education that we’re taking – which is different from what happened before – is that we trust teachers and we trust heads.”

― Michael Gove

“I think it’s appropriate that we simplify, clarify and strengthen, so instead of this nebulousness, we have clarity and authority invested in teachers once more.”

― Michael Gove

“You know you don’t see hospital consultants going on strike, and I don’t believe that teachers and head teachers should. It’s within their rights, it’s a civil right, but I think it is wrong in terms of the reputation of the profession.”

― Michael Gove

“The big shift in approach on education that we are taking – which is different from what happened before – is that we trust teachers and we trust heads.”

― Michael Gove

“Proper history teaching is being crushed under the weight of play-based pedagogy which infantilises children, teachers and our culture.”

― Michael Gove

“I was very lucky in that I had a couple of teachers who were particularly supportive.”

― Michael Gove

“Most teachers are not trained in how boys and girls learn differently.”

― Michael Gurian

“Instead of five hundred thousand average algebra teachers, we need one good algebra teacher. We need that teacher to create software, videotape themselves, answer questions, let your computer or the iPad teach algebra… The hallmark of any good technology is that it destroys jobs.”

― Michael J. Saylor

“As a child, I heard many warnings from teachers about the perils of talking with strangers. Yet now, fairly late in my life, I can think of not many things better than to talk with strangers. The idea of being a stranger is also very appealing.”

― Michael Leunig

“I had many good teachers, but only three of them were school teachers.”

― Michael Leunig

“Upon arriving, meeting their teachers and signing up for classes, these students began to realize that their attendance at Delaware State University was not a goal achieved, but rather a dream being sewn – a first step, if you will.”

― Michael N. Castle

“The teachers were focused on helping these students. The students benefited from hands-on teaching and a faculty who cared about them and their success in life and soon the students began to believe in themselves and the reality that they could make something of their lives.”

― Michael N. Castle

“The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.”

― Michael Porter

“I was never on the side of the teachers at school. Even though I put all the work into getting the main role in the end-of-year musical when I was 11, they didn’t give it me, even though they knew I should have had it. That sort of drove me into am dram and getting the main part in another production. And I did.”

― Michael Socha

“Next to my family, it seems clear to me that the educational institutions and the teachers from whom I had the privilege of learning were especially important.”

― Michael Spence

“Deprivation sometimes can be one of the most marvelous teachers.”

― Michele Bachmann

“Growing up, I always said I would never go in to education. Both of my parents were teachers – my dad was also a principal and a superintendent. I just didn’t want to be part of the school system.”

― Michelle McCool

“I was inspired by many teachers when I started my channel, Bob Ross being one of them. His voice was so soothing, almost like hypnosis. He was that great of a teacher, even the casual viewer could learn how to paint from watching his show. Growing up, I just remember him being so mesmerizing on screen.”

― Michelle Phan

“I got lucky. To be frank, I was surrounded by white teachers who never did the whole, ‘You’re never going to amount to nothing’ thing you hear about in the South. Instead, they would say, ‘You’re really smart. You can do this.’ If I hadn’t gotten that, I don’t know where I’d be.”

― Mike Colter

“Our teachers are responsible for our children’s welfare for the six or eight hours they are at school and we need to know without question that their safety will be paramount on the minds of teachers, faculty and volunteers.”

― Mike Fitzpatrick

“Internet safety begins at home and that is why my legislation would require the Federal Trade Commission to design and publish a unique website to serve as a clearinghouse and resource for parents, teachers and children for information on the dangers of surfing the Internet.”

― Mike Fitzpatrick

“Anyone can use these sites – companies and colleges, teachers and students, young and old all make use of networking sites to connect with people electronically to share pictures, information, course work, and common interests.”

― Mike Fitzpatrick

“Let me get this straight: I can’t defend the military because I didn’t serve. So does that mean I can’t support police officers or firefighters because I’ve never been one? How about teachers? Can I support them since I’ve never taught a class before?”

― Mike Gallagher

“Liberals spend a whole lot of time trying to convince us they love teachers, but dig even skin deep into the matter, and it becomes evident that liberals hate teachers.”

― Mike Gallagher

“All of these ‘protections’ were put into place to provide public school teachers with the kind of job security and cushy work rules that United Auto Workers have enjoyed.”

― Mike Gallagher

“School systems now routinely have more administrators than classroom teachers. They have armies of counselors and therapists and nutritionists and ‘multi-cultural learning facilitators.’”

― Mike Gallagher

“No one is more important to the future of our state than our teachers.”

― Mike Huckabee

“Hunter High School was a real turning point for me. I found out about its existence through the music school. Nobody I knew had gone to one of these special high schools, and my teachers didn’t think it was possible to get in. But Hunter sent me a practice exam, and I studied what I needed to know to pass the exam.”

― Mildred Dresselhaus

“When I was in middle school, I always did well in school, but teachers either loved me or absolutely hated me.”

― Miles Teller

“I loved putting on stories as plays when I was just six. I was the director, the actress and the set designer; I cast my girlfriends in parts, and I suggested to the local kindergarten teachers that we do free performances for the children.”

― Mili Avital

“Our educational results lag behind other states, and other nations, but worse still, behind the potential of the kids and the devoted teachers in our classrooms.”

― Mitch Daniels

“Instead of just giving lip service to improving our schools, I will actually put the kids first and the teachers union behind in giving our kids better teachers, better options and better choices for a better future.”

― Mitt Romney

“I just think the most important aspect in being able to have a productive relationship between the teachers’ unions and the districts and the states that they’re dealing with is that the person sitting across the table from them should not have received the largest campaign contributions from the teachers’ union itself.”

― Mitt Romney

“Mistakes are the best teachers. One does not learn from success. It is desirable to learn vicariously from other people’s failures, but it gets much more firmly seared in when they are your own.”

― Mohnish Pabrai

“Your example should be stellar among your friends, associates, family, teachers, co-workers, and other Christians.”

― Monica Johnson

“Pray for someone else’s child, your pastor, the military, the police officers, the firemen, the teachers, the government. There’s no end to the ways that you can intervene on behalf of others through prayer.”

― Monica Johnson

“Teachers are expendable, overworked, underpaid, and many times disrespected by students, parents and higher-ups. Nonetheless, these teachers still show up because there are some who are teachers indeed.”

― Monica Johnson

“Though monetary compensation may never add up, teachers can rest assured that they are important.”

― Monica Johnson

“The word of God is complete, and those who don’t preach the word in its fullness are false teachers.”

― Monica Johnson

“My mother tells this story that when I first went to school, I thought I was going to help the teachers. I didn’t realise I was going to get educated.”

― Moon Unit Zappa

“I think that, I’m sure there are gonna be some teachers who are very entrenched in the system, who are going to buy in to what they’re being told, as to what the kids are being fed.”

― Morgan Spurlock

“True basketball coaches are great teachers and you do not humiliate, you do not physically go after, you do not push or shove, you do not berate, if you are a true coach. If you humiliate or curse them, that won’t do it. Coaches like that are not coaches.”

― Morgan Wootten

“Kids’ views are often just as valid as the teachers’. The best teachers are the ones that know that.”

― Morley Safer

“There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they’re really just propagandists.”

― Mos Def

“I never studied, but I had the best teachers.”

― Mstislav Rostropovich

“Preventing children from going to school, and preventing teachers from doing their jobs, seems to be not just undemocratic but intolerable.”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“Teachers alone can’t educate young people.”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“I am not authorized to fire substitute teachers.”

― Nancy Cartwright

“I come from a family of teachers, and I believe ideas matter; the good ones deserve reverence, and the bad ones, defiance.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“No one in tech has ever been as sexist toward me as teachers and rabbis before I was 12 years old.”

― Naomi Alderman

“Directors are our teachers, and I’m always craving to work with a great director. They’re pretty much the first thing that interests me about a project. Let’s put it this way: It’ll take me a lot longer to read a script if there’s no director attached.”

― Naomi Watts

“I was sort of always the class clown, but I think that was confusing for my teachers because I had the grades to back it up. I would be finished with assignments and goof off, because I’m done. And so, it would be like, ‘Oh, she has like a 4.2 GPA, but she’s also just like walking around the halls with the hall pass and bothering other students.’”

― Natasha Rothwell

“The U.S. has spent billions of dollars on educating and supporting teachers or developing curricula but no resources are applied to ‘improving the brain’ that a student brings to the classroom.”

― Naveen Jain

“I have seen many teachers in real life, which come from the same background and morality and treat their profession like just another one rather than a noble profession.”

― Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“My teachers said, ‘Always keep a Beethoven sonata under your fingers.’ I always have. I still play chamber music, and I always play classical.”

― Neil Sedaka

“I was a weirdo to want to be in show business. Most kids wanted to be teachers or nurses.”

― Nell Carter

“It’s hard to get an education when teachers spend 70 percent of their time trying to discipline students.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“I rejected being a lot of things that I grew up in, and yet I didn’t. I got all my tactics from where I grew up… I can talk about all the people in those environments more than I can talk about the teachers at Juilliard or anyone else.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“Teachers are always trying to inspire people to do better, to learn, to grow. That’s what we do, and we’re proud of the success we’ve had here doing that, and it’s something we’ll certainly continue to do.”

― Nick Saban

“The teachers who taught me at Dreghorn Primary and Greenwood Academy were fantastic.”

― Nicola Sturgeon

“True teachers 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

“I grew up in Denmark and was fortunate enough to have access to good schools and thoughtful teachers.”

― Nina Agdal

“I once had a dream and this one familiar god, who was probably one of my master teachers, said, ‘You should not worry about being on the charts. That’s not important.’”

― Nina Hagen

“When I was a teacher, teachers would come into my classroom and admire my desk on which lay nothing whatever, whereas theirs were heaped with papers and books.”

― Norman MacCaig

“I grew up with deaf teachers, and I thought all deaf children should have exposure to deaf educators.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“I didn’t really want to be a teacher, but there was nothing else I could be. Most of those who went to the university became teachers. It was just the racial restriction on Africans.”

― Oliver Tambo

“We have to start imagining a new reality – this will mean fewer police and more social workers and teachers. This will mean creating more economic possibilities and investment that preserves and does not displace our communities.”

― Opal Tometi

“One of my favorite sayings is, ‘Much have I learned from my teachers, but even more from my friends and even more from my students.’”

― Oren Etzioni

“Let’s reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools – and use it on the teachers.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“When I board an airplane these days, all the middle-aged men are dressed like me – when I was an 8-year-old. They’re in shorts and T-shirts. And it’s not just on airplanes. It’s in business offices, teachers’ lounges, and churches.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I didn’t learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren’t even there. That’s when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well!”

― Patricia Polacco

“I believe with all my heart that the American classroom teachers are one of our greatest and most heroic treasures.”

― Patricia Polacco

“We’ve heard from many teachers that they used episodes of Star Trek and concepts of Star Trek in their science classrooms in order to engage the students.”

― Patrick Stewart

“Cameras in classrooms are no substitute for greater authority by parents and teachers.”

― Paul Weyrich

“Education must begin with the solution of the student-teacher contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.”

― Paulo Freire

“I was a bad student. My teachers gave up trying to teach me how to read music.”

― Perfume Genius

“At school, I was always the new boy, so I always went in for the school play. It was a way of breaking the ice and making friends with pupils and teachers for however long I had before moving on.”

― Pete Doherty

“To me, doctors and nurses and teachers are heroes, doing often infinitely more difficult work than the more flamboyant kind of a hero.”

― Pete Hamill

“When I was in junior high, I went to a really hippy dippy Quaker school where we called our teachers by their first names and stuff.”

― Pete Holmes

“I came from an intellectual family. Most were doctors, preachers, teachers, businessmen. My grandfather was a small businessman. His father was an abolitionist doctor, and his father was an immigrant from Germany.”

― Pete Seeger

“Often times the public school teachers are ridiculed or they are made to feel inferior but this is really undeserved.”

― Peter Agre

“I think we spend too much on K-12 education a.k.a. teachers’ salaries. It’s the only industry where you never see any productivity increases.”

― Peter Brimelow

“I think good teachers are underpaid.”

― Peter Brimelow

“Why can’t teachers end up owning schools, the way waiters can open their own restaurants?”

― Peter Brimelow

“Successful state schools work because charismatic heads or teachers are terrific bluffers, giving the impression that they are to be feared while knowing in their hearts that they have no real power.”

― Peter Hitchens

“I was so afraid to even read a paper in front of my classmates. It is very funny because at that point my teachers would never have believed that I could speak in front of an audience of over 2,000 people.”

― Petra Nemcova

“As a dancer, one of my many teachers along the way made the comment that who I was onstage and who I was off were two totally different people.”

― Phyllis Smith

“I think Buddhism is a wonderful philosophy. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many wonderful teachers from that society.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“As a kid at school, I had a lot of really good teachers and I had a lot of really bad teachers, and I just know how much of an impact those can have on a young child. To be one of the good teachers – I want to have that kind of impact.”

― Rachel Hurd-Wood

“I didn’t think the teachers had the right to tell me what to do. I would just disobey, talk in the classroom, get very bad grades.”

― Rachel Weisz

“Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.”

― Radhanath Swami

“I’d love to see more middle and high school teachers who are not teaching English develop classroom libraries. Our message to kids should be that reading is for everyone.”

― Rae Carson

“At that time, the academic orientation was rather technical contrary to that of the university, where art theory is very important. The teachers were renowned artists and among the best of that time.”

― Ralph Allen

“We have the Troops to Teachers program, which encourages retired military individuals to go into teaching.”

― Ralph Regula

“The principal did not like the fact that the teachers would take my side. I always left an impression when I left the school – not for who I was but for what I did there.”

― Ram Charan

“Due process gives teachers the latitude to use their professional judgment in their classrooms, to advocate for their students, and to not fear retribution for speaking the truth or teaching controversial subjects like evolution. As political winds shift in school districts, due process also wards off patronage or nepotism.”

― Randi Weingarten

“Good tests can help teachers determine how their students are performing and identify the areas in which their students need assistance. Like an X-ray, however, tests can diagnose, but they cannot cure.”

― Randi Weingarten

“Many schools desperately need caring professionals like guidance counselors and social workers to ensure students’ emotional, social and educational needs are met. But proposals to arm teachers are irresponsible and dangerous. The role of educators is to teach and nurture our children, not to be armed guards.”

― Randi Weingarten

“Sure, just like there are bad lawyers, bad doctors and bad politicians, there are people who aren’t cut out to be teachers. But by and large, the people who are called to be teachers are passionate about the profession.”

― Randi Weingarten

“Teachers need time to engage with colleagues – whether shadowing, mentoring, co-teaching or conferring. They need a voice in school decisions and to be trusted as professionals.”

― Randi Weingarten

“The American Federation of Teachers has a long track record of working with administrators, parents, and communities to provide real help to struggling students and low-performing schools. We’ve learned that intensive interventions, proven programs, and adequate resources can transform students’ lives and their schools.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I’ve heard from pre-K and kindergarten teachers alike that the Common Core is inappropriately pushing written literacy standards when the focus should be on the development of oral literacy skills. And that’s actually delaying the development of literacy.”

― Randi Weingarten

“If we want to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, it starts with a fair wage, adequate working conditions, and the resources and support to succeed. Remember: teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I have repeatedly called for residency programs for teachers, like those you see in the medical profession, to ensure our educators have the training and knowledge to succeed in their classrooms and in their careers.”

― Randi Weingarten

“Teachers make a difference in individual students’ lives, yet they do not get the respect they deserve.”

― Randi Weingarten

“I had some great English teachers. One of my favorite – her name was Linda Janoff – was wonderful and so irreverent and so smart and encouraging.”

― Ransom Riggs

“While ‘Teachers’ may have had its following, it was on late-night Channel Four, whereas ‘EastEnders’ was seen by millions and millions of people. I certainly don’t have the cache to sell a programme like that, and certainly nobody’s coming up and asking me to.”

― Raquel Cassidy

“You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do – and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time.”

― Ray Bradbury

“All the women in my life have been librarians, English teachers and book sellers.”

― Ray Bradbury

“It’s much easier to force intermediary communications and Internet companies such as Google to police themselves and their users than the alternatives: sending cops after everybody who attempts a risque or politically sensitive search, getting parents and teachers to do their jobs, or chasing down the origin of every offending link.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“My ex-girlfriend said to me, ‘I’m surprised at how normal you are since you were homeschooled.’ But I was only homeschooled because I wanted to be an actor. My parents are both teachers.”

― Reece Thompson

“My parents were both high-school music teachers.”

― Renee Fleming

“Some of my first teachers were incredibly tough. You could never sing more than three words without being stopped and having to do it over 20 times. I loved that – that sort of process of dissecting and trying to figure out and master this incredibly mysterious instrument.”

― Renee Fleming

“I encourage all of you to seek out teachers and mentors that challenge you to think for yourself and guide you to find your own voice.”

― Renee Olstead

“My elementary school teachers were big on pushing kids to read. If you read a certain amount of books, they would provide you with incentives, sort of like what we are doing with the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.”

― Rey Mysterio

“Acting is a tough, difficult job with long unsociable hours, although it can be a brilliant job, too. I don’t want to complain too much, as nurses, farmers and teachers are out working long hours.”

― Rhys Ifans

“Back when I was in school, few people understood dyslexia and what to do for it. My teachers thought I was lazy and not very clever, and I got bored easily… thinking of all the things I could do once I left school. I couldn’t always follow what was going on.”

― Richard Branson

“Teachers who help to open young minds perform a duty which is as near sacred as I will admit.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Very few teachers or leaders in my small Michigan community ever discussed the issue of ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ and certainly no one came to the 1951 Novel’s defense.”

― Richard Grenell

“Are any of us self-taught? It just means I didn’t go to school for it. But you do have teachers. You have mentors.”

― Richard Linklater

“Indiana taxpayers, retired Hoosier state policemen and teachers are neither greedy speculators nor unpatriotic. They are, however, secured creditors of Chrysler. They deserve to have their funds protected under the full auspices of the law.”

― Richard Mourdock

“I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I’ve had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe’s music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him.”

― Ricky Skaggs

“Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.”

― Rita Dove

“Prayers were held in Assembly Hall. We all perched in rows on wooden benches while teachers sat up on the platform in armchairs, facing us.”

― Roald Dahl

“Teachers should not need to have to buy books for the kids, or pencils and pens. That’s absurd.”

― Rob Halford

“Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’ – yours.”

― Robert Ballard

“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.”

― Robert Frost

“It is one thing to open the schools to all children regardless of race. It is another to train the teachers, to build the classrooms, and to attempt to eliminate the effects of past educational deficiencies. It is still another to find ways to feed the incentive to learn and keep children in school.”

― Robert Kennedy

“You have to look for teachers. If you want to be a mechanic, go hang out with mechanics.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Great teaching – just plain old knock ’em dead, get it right, make ’em laugh, make ’em wonder instruction – is always going to be rare. Good teachers abound. Great ones are special.”

― Robert Krulwich

“How much we owe to good teachers, good education, and good advice!”

― Robert Mundell

“Money buys the most experienced teachers, less-crowded classrooms, high-quality teaching materials, and after-school programs.”

― Robert Reich

“Teachers, social workers, public lawyers who bring companies to justice, government accountants who try to make sure money is spent as it should be – all need at least four years of college.”

― Robert Reich

“In other words, unlike some people with new theories, we will go out, we’ll go into a school and we get products and the products are evaluated, whether it’s by teachers or others. The scores are quantified and then we compare performances.”

― Robert Sternberg

“I went to school with butterflies of fear every day for years – from primary school onwards – not just worried about being bullied by classmates, but by teachers.”

― Robert Winston

“I was a daydreamer. Teachers kept telling me to pay attention.”

― Roderick MacKinnon

“Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd.”

― Roger Ebert

“Our record number of teenagers must become our record number of high school and college graduates and our record number of teachers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and skilled professionals.”

― Ruben Hinojosa

“The true teachers and educators are not those who have learned pedagogy as the science of dealing with children, but those in whom pedagogy has awakened through understanding the human being.”

― Rudolf Steiner

“Events sometimes are the biggest teachers, as opposed to words, lectures, and that kind of thing.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Governments are out of control, irresponsible, never have enough money, never tighten their own belts, and when they are forced to, they always threaten to shut down police departments and teachers and all these things.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Parents and teachers, learn to listen, then listen to learn from children.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“I think all of us could play the teacher because we all grew up with teachers. It’s just kind of this peeking-over-the-shoulder presence that we’ve all grown up knowing.”

― Ryan Eggold

“Schools across India do not have teachers, libraries, playing grounds and even toilets. I do not want to see empty classrooms, empty libraries. I do not want to see cattle grazing on fields meant to be cricket or football grounds.”

― Sachin Tendulkar

“In the district of Hizan, through the influence of Shaikh Abdurrahman Tagi, known as Seyda, so many students, teachers, and scholars emerged, I was sure all Kurdistan took pride in them and their scholarly debates and wide knowledge and Sufi way. These were the people who would conquer the face of the earth!”

― Said Nursi

“If a student has access to a great school, Khan Academy can supercharge it. It should help a well-resourced school, and if you don’t have that, then Khan Academy can have even a bigger impact. But I don’t see it as replacing the actual schools… we want to empower teachers and fill in the gaps.”

― Sal Khan

“In Idaho, we hope to see educators using Khan Academy to individualize their instruction. Instead of a one-size-fits-all lesson, teachers will be able to focus their attention on specific students who are struggling while the rest of the class engages with material appropriate for them.”

― Sal Khan

“If high-quality content can be effectively delivered via technology, teachers can devote more time to creating innovative experiences, leading Socratic dialogs, or coaching students one-on-one in more targeted and focused interventions.”

― Sal Khan

“Teachers can use technology-based assessments to inform their instruction. These assessments can quickly produce data and surface patterns that help teachers identify where students are faltering and intervene with targeted coaching immediately, before the student falls too far behind.”

― Sal Khan

“Teachers’ unions don’t act in the interest of most teachers.”

― Sal Khan

“Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations.”

― Sam Harris

“My English teachers gave me a copy of Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when I left high school, which has always been very special to me – it was the novel that introduced me to dystopian fiction. I’m also influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, Dickens, John Wyndham and Middle English dream-visions.”

― Samantha Shannon

“My parents were opera singers and voice teachers, so growing up, I admired musicians and dancers.”

― Sandra Bullock

“Teaching is a respectful job. Teachers lay the foundation for society.”

― Sangram Singh

“My mother had been an English teacher in India before she came to the U.K., and she taught me to read early on – not only in English, but in Hindi, too. My teachers didn’t like the fact that I was reading more quickly than they were teaching, and as a consequence, I would sometimes get bored in class.”

― Sanjeev Bhaskar

“Textbooks are no longer given to schoolchildren; they’re too expensive. So they’re given to the teachers, who probably need them more.”

― Sarah Churchwell

“When I was in high school, I used to beg my teachers to let me create films and plays instead of writing essays. I think they were at least happy I was excited about school.”

― Sasha Velour

“I don’t think most teachers realize how much impact they have.”

― Scott Hamilton

“I think in the end the big issue is that the private sector still needs more help. And the answer is not more big government. I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers, and teachers.”

― Scott Walker

“I’ve trained primarily in Meisner Technique, and I’ve done a little bit of Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade just to get my feet wet in the improv world because I think that’s really important. But most of the teachers I’ve worked with, I’ve gotten, like, references through agents or managers, and they’re sort of independent.”

― Scottie Thompson

“In 1975, no State or Church guidelines existed in the Republic of Ireland to assist those responding to an allegation of abuse against a minor. No training was given to priests, teachers, police officers or others who worked regularly with children about how to respond appropriately should such allegations be made.”

― Sean Brady

“I was born to argue… I don’t know why. I mean, from arguing with my teachers and, on occasions, my parents. I think I’ve mastered the art of argument at a fairly young age.”

― Sean Hannity

“What you realize is when you have an environment and an atmosphere like we had at Marist, where guys cared about each other, the coaches were great teachers and communicators, whether it’s high school, college or pro, I think coaching is coaching.”

― Sean McVay

“When I started in government, I said that children who come here should take German classes before they start regular classes so they can follow what the teachers say. I said it should be possible to be a believing Muslim and a proud Austrian at the same time.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“The teachers I know are extremely dedicated people.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“Obviously, a lot of non-profits live on donations, and that’s a wonderful thing. But higher education can’t exist on donations only because, if that were the case, we would have a hard time paying teachers adequate salaries.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“I travelled round the world giving demonstrations of my talents. In every country, I performed for students, professors, teachers, bankers, accountants, and even laymen who knew very little, or nothing at all, about mathematics.”

― Shakuntala Devi

“There’s nothing creepier to me than a student who hangs out with the teachers.”

― Shane Dawson

“Definitely had a lot of training since a young age. My teachers in high school have always helped me, gave me encouragement, taught me so much.”

― Shanice Williams

“I loved English, and I did very well in it. A lot of teachers encouraged me to write, and because of that, it later made me think it was possible to be a writer.”

― Sharon Creech

“I try to give a voice to teens, who might be afraid to speak up about difficult issues, and a platform for parents and teachers to have frank, meaningful discussions with those young people.”

― Sharon Draper

“I’ve been inside the Anne Frank house. You’ve only read about Anne Frank in grade school. I’ve been in it. I’ve seen the diary. Things that teachers couldn’t teach you.”

― Shawn Crahan

“If you’re trying to learn how to act from a class, you’re analyzing the teachers’ movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that’s wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It’s your own imagination, and your own version of it.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“We have run out of creativity for children and teachers alike in the name of pushing up standards.”

― Shirley Williams

“A residential school also takes cares of the problem of malnourishment and interaction with their peers, and their teachers help build the qualities of a leader.”

― Shiv Nadar

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”

― Sidney Hook

“Students rarely disappoint teachers who assure them in advance that they are doomed to failure.”

― Sidney Hook

“Teachers have been some of the most important people in my career.”

― Sigrid

“History is admirably dangerous. It is not the soft option. Teachers need to be grown up and brave. Sensitivity is fine, but it stops at the door of honest narrative.”

― Simon Schama

“Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.”

― Simone Weil

“It’s so sad, actually, how teachers and parents tell their kids, ‘You’re never gonna be anything.’”

― Solange Knowles

“Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our Nation for tomorrow.”

― Solomon Ortiz

“Education should be one of our top funding priorities; talking about it does not help the teachers and students who desperately need promises fulfilled.”

― Solomon Ortiz

“Education is the silver bullet to improve this Nation’s standing worldwide… and our teachers know that.”

― Solomon Ortiz

“I have fought to protect those benefits that ensure better salaries for teachers across the Nation such as grants to pay off student loans and funding for Teach for America. Still, we must all do more to show our continued appreciation for our Nation’s leading role models.”

― Solomon Ortiz

“I used to be very shy. I hated going to a new classroom and having to make new friends, meet new teachers, and adjust to a new environment.”

― Son Ye-jin

“I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I’d have to develop for myself.”

― Sonia Sotomayor

“Our best teachers do more than impart facts and figures – they inspire and encourage students and instill a true desire to learn. That’s a fine art in itself.”

― Sonny Perdue

“The simple facts are these: We need higher standards in our schools, and we need to hold teachers accountable for the outcomes in their classrooms.”

― Sonny Perdue

“My songs are always four years ahead of me. They’re like my teachers.”

― Sophie B. Hawkins

“I used to be really into Kundalini yoga, and all the teachers show up, and they always wear white because they say it expands their aura by several feet, so I thought, ‘If it works for them…’”

― Sophie Hawley-Weld

“I think I always wanted to be an actor – sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? And I pretended once that I wanted to be a vet because one of the teachers asked me and saying you want to be an actor sounds a little bit silly. And I do still feel a bit silly saying it. You feel a bit fraudulent.”

― Sophie Thompson

“I found it really difficult when teachers talked down to me.”

― Sophie Turner

“By fully committing to our public education system and engaging holistically from cradle to career, we can guarantee that all of our children in Georgia, no matter their needs, have the kinds of teachers and neighbors in their lives that my mother had.”

― Stacey Abrams

“We cannot expect systemic success when our teachers are underpaid and under-resourced, or when they split time being caretakers and counselors for our children as well.”

― Stacey Abrams

“For lots of us, disabled people are not our teachers or our doctors or our manicurists. We’re not real people. We are there to inspire.”

― Stella Young

“In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.”

― Steve Allen

“Yeah, all drama teachers are very effusive, very demonstrative, very emotionally open, very big, and gesticulate a lot, and are very physical.”

― Steve Coogan

“I was a disruptive student. I hated my teachers, especially my Spanish teacher. When I went to see the musical ‘Matilda,’ the horrible Miss Trunchbull brought back all sorts of horrible memories. I’d go into Spanish class, put on headphones, and sing at the top of my lungs until they threw me out.”

― Steve Kazee

“Teachers started recognizing me and praising me for being smart in science and that made me want to be even smarter in science!”

― Steve Wozniak

“I think the problem with schools is not too many incentives but too few. Because of tenure, teachers’ unions, and the fact that teachers generally aren’t observed in their classrooms, they can do whatever they want in class.”

― Steven Levitt

“I think that a movie can only be an adjunct or only a supplement to books, to different points of view, to scholars, historians and your own teachers.”

― Steven Spielberg

“In school, all my teachers and my mum were super routing for me to study at Oxford. I picked music as a career choice, and this didn’t sit too well with them!”

― Stormzy

“I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961.”

― Sue Grafton

“There will always be places in the world where good schools don’t exist and good teachers don’t want to go, not just in the developing world but in places of socioeconomic hardship.”

― Sugata Mitra

“Teachers are not supposed to be repositories of information which they dish out. That is from an age when there were no other repositories of information, other than books or teachers, neither of which were portable. A lot of my big task is retraining these teachers.”

― Sugata Mitra

“Teachers say to me, ‘The internet is full of rubbish, wrong answers.’ But you would be surprised how just long it takes to find wrong information on Google, and where it’s not obvious that it’s wrong.”

― Sugata Mitra

“Too often we see that teachers and educational administrators feel threatened by self-organized learning. They, therefore, think it is not learning at all.”

― Sugata Mitra

“Librarians and romance writers accomplish one mission better than anyone, including English teachers: we create readers for life – and what could be more fulfilling than that?”

― Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.”

― Susan Hampshire

“Teachers spend most of their daytime hours with children. Teachers at every level, coaches, counselors, cafeteria workers and yes, custodians, spend their hours trying to make children’s lives different, if not always better.”

― Susan Straight

“More than half of my former students teach – elementary and high school, community college and university. I taught them to be passionate about literature and writing, and to attempt to translate that passion to their own students. They are rookie teachers, most likely to be laid off and not rehired, even though they are passionate.”

― Susan Straight

“Teachers are by nature idealists, and they believe anything can be learned.”

― Susan Wiggs

“Great teachers transcend ideology.”

― Suzanne Fields

“Being in the public eye is easy for me because I come from a family of four generations of teachers, so I’m used to being around books and discussions. But to write, I very much need to be alone.”

― Svetlana Alexievich

“When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.”

― Sylvester Stallone

“Excellent teachers showered on to us like meteors: Biology teachers holding up human brains, English teachers inspiring us with a personal ideological fierceness about Tolstoy and Plato, Art teachers leading us through the slums of Boston, then back to the easel to hurl public school gouache with social awareness and fury.”

― Sylvia Plath

“One of my favorite teachers is Osho, mainly because he liked to push people’s buttons just to get them to think and live outside of their comfort zone.”

― Tara Stiles

“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s three or four thousand other pastors, coaches, teachers, uncles, cousins, and stepfathers who are committing the same crimes. We have to keep that in focus and we have to keep talking about it.”

― Tarana Burke

“We – again, the, the, the, the bastardization and the demonization over the last few years of teachers and of unions and of collective bargaining, that is not the answer.”

― Tavis Smiley

“My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence.”

― Taylor Dayne

“The best teachers that I had were always the ones I never wanted to disappoint.”

― Taylor Mali

“One of the most important things that teachers teach students is you, you can work harder. You are mentally tougher than you think.”

― Taylor Mali

“The poem ‘What Teachers Make’ is not without its detractors. This one person wrote to me and said: ‘Gee, Mr. Mali. You don’t possibly have a teacher-God complex, do you?’ And that was the first time I’d ever heard of that expression. So, yeah, I’m sure I have a teacher-God complex.”

― Taylor Mali

“Teachers today are breaking down obstacles, finding innovative ways to instill old lessons, proving that greatness can be found in everyday places.”

― Taylor Mali

“Some autistic children cannot stand the sound of certain voices. I have come across cases where teachers tell me that certain children have problems with their voice or another person’s voice. This problem tends to be related to high-pitched ladies’ voices.”

― Temple Grandin

“Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it.”

― Temple Grandin

“’Educational’ refers to the process, not the object. Although, come to think of it, some of my teachers could easily have been replaced by a cheeseburger.”

― Terry Pratchett

“When I was young, I read everything I could lay my hands on, but the Scots in my storybooks spent their time fighting glorious battles, rowing across lochs, or escaping over moors of purple heather. Even those Scots were hard to find. For at school, we recited poetry according to the set texts the teachers taught us.”

― Theresa Breslin

“When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.”

― Thom Gunn

“As Speaker of the North Carolina House, I’ve proven I’m a problem-solver, balancing budgets, cutting wasteful spending, and providing teachers with historic pay raises.”

― Thom Tillis

“It’s good, sound business to treat all the teachers fairly, and I think it’s a good story to tell.”

― Thom Tillis

“When I think back on my favorite teachers, I don’t remember anymore much of what they taught me, but I sure remember being excited about learning it. What has stayed with me are not the facts they imparted, but the excitement about learning they inspired.”

― Thomas Friedman

“There is nothing more valuable than great classroom instruction. But let’s stop putting the whole burden on teachers. We also need better parents. Better parents can make every teacher more effective.”

― Thomas Friedman

“I went to the Alabama public schools at a time when my English teachers, all but one of whom was a woman, taught nothing but the classics. They revered the great British and American writers.”

― Thomas H. Cook

“I wasn’t a troublemaker. I wasn’t impertinent. The teachers liked me. But year after year, the comments on my report cards basically came down to a single point, and it was 100% accurate: I seemed to get nothing whatsoever out of all those long hours spent in the classroom.”

― Tim Howard

“I learned never to listen to acting teachers because they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”

― Tim Robbins

“When I was growing up, everybody in charge, my parents and teachers, had all survived the war, and they talked about the war like it was the Kraken – you know, this huge beast that roamed the earth during their formative years.”

― Tom Hanks

“Marvel actually sent me to a school in the Bronx where I had a fake name, and I put on an accent, and I went for, like, three days. I basically had to go to this science school and blend in with all the kids, and some of the teachers didn’t even know.”

― Tom Holland

“Teachers don’t tell us the truth about historical people. If we knew the truth, parents couldn’t hold their lives up as examples.”

― Tom Hulce

“Teachers are the ministers and priests of culture, its practitioners and its emissaries.”

― Tom Paulin

“The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them.”

― Tom Stoppard

“I used to look at my team-mates like Lindsay Johnson and Rachel Brown, who were full-time teachers and trained in the night. I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ I always believed I’d go full time.”

― Toni Duggan

“The education process is moving beyond the traditional classroom/lecture setting. More and more teachers are seeking tools and techniques to engage their classes and enrich their lessons. Video calling is one of these tools, as it removes barriers to communication and lets students move beyond the boundaries of their classrooms.”

― Tony Bates

“With Skype video calling, teachers can provide their students with first-hand knowledge from experts around the world and with other classes who are studying the same subject halfway across the world.”

― Tony Bates

“When I was a kid, I loved to draw, and I was lucky because I had parents and teachers and grown-ups around who recognised and encouraged that.”

― Tony DiTerlizzi

“Most of my teachers didn’t like me. I didn’t get good grades because I pretty much lived at the public access studio. I tried to be the class clown, so I spent a lot of time in detention.”

― Trevor Moore

“We need more male black teachers, tempting them with extra cash if necessary.”

― Trevor Phillips

“I think higher ed in the U.S. is fairly healthy, and by global standards it dominates, and it makes people more productive. But a lot of our K-12 is a disaster. And the single most important reform would just be to fire the worst ten or 15 percent of teachers in the lot, and we would have massive improvements.”

― Tyler Cowen

“I don’t envy my teachers. I used to preach to them.”

― Tzipi Livni

“Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain’t no free rides, baby.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

“I’ve had great writing teachers and mentors and great success with my first book.”

― Uzodinma Iweala

“As we try to compete in this global marketplace, we need to rebuild our infrastructure. We need to rebuild our schools. We need to make sure that teachers and first responders and veterans who are coming home from serving our country so proudly have jobs waiting for them.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“My parents are both teachers, so we had the summers off.”

― Vanessa Williams

“It’s not about where you were born or where you come from that makes you a good scientist. What you need are good teachers, co-students, facilities.”

― Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

“When my generation grew up, our only sources of knowledge were books, teachers, parents and friends. The encyclopedia was an item of luxury. We faced big limits in what we could learn, where we could be and who we could reach.”

― Vivek Wadhwa

“The most important thing is to make a percussive instrument a singing instrument. Teachers should stress this aspect in their instruction, but it seems that very few of them actually do.”

― Vladimir Horowitz

“If white people need colleges to furnish teachers, ministers, lawyers, and doctors, do black people need nothing of the sort?”

― W. E. B. Du Bois

“Now all my teachers are dead except silence.”

― W. S. Merwin

“We owe our public servants, from school teachers to state employees, a sustainable and well-funded retirement that they can count on.”

― Walker Stapleton

“I was a good student, but a speech impediment was causing problems. One of my teachers decided that I couldn’t pronounce certain words at all. She thought that if I wrote something, I would use words I could pronounce. I began writing little poems. I began to write short stories, too.”

― Walter Dean Myers

“The school is the servant of the workshop and will one day be absorbed in it. Therefore there will be no teachers or pupils in the Bauhaus but masters, journeymen, and apprentices.”

― Walter Gropius

“I was playing Russell Long, the senator from Louisiana. I had 12 speech teachers watching me. All the other passengers on the airplane were speech teachers, and every time I got it wrong, one of the speech teachers would jump up and correct it.”

― Walter Matthau

“And then the conditions of safety – or lack of safety – for teachers in public schools, and the disparity between public schools and private schools is shameful.”

― Warren Beatty

“My mother and my father were teachers. My grandmother and my grandfather were teachers. This is something I really know about. Even when I was a kid, it was a profession my father couldn’t stay in, because he couldn’t make enough money.”

― Warren Beatty

“My mother was a teacher for 40 years. She was part of the United Teachers of New Orleans.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Texas Republican political leaders take perverse pride in how deeply they have cut our state’s education budget. Thousands of teachers have been pulled from classrooms, schools have closed and valuable programs have been canceled. In many places, districts are forced to choose between prekindergarten programs and English, algebra and art.”

― Wendy Davis

“Technology has enormous potential to address educational needs more efficiently, help teachers improve their performance, and enrich and individualize student learning.”

― Wendy Kopp

“Few things are more important to our country’s future than recruiting and keeping great teachers in our schools.”

― Wendy Kopp

“The teachers are trying to build the same culture in the classroom as we’re building in the organization.”

― Wendy Kopp

“We have found that the most successful teachers in low-income communities operate like successful leaders. They establish a vision of where their students will be performing at the end of the year that many believe to be unrealistic.”

― Wendy Kopp

“We’ve done a lot of research on the characteristics of our teachers who are the most successful. The most predictive trait is still past demonstrated achievement, and all selection research basically points to that.”

― Wendy Kopp

“People think of teachers who are born to teach, and you think of all these charismatic folks. Some of the most successful teachers are some of the least charismatic, interestingly. But they have a gift of figuring out what motivates people.”

― Wendy Kopp

“Effective teacher support in my mind is the same thing as effective management. Our teachers need strong management, just like anyone in any profession.”

― Wendy Kopp

“We should be individualizing instruction, utilizing that data to actually give teachers the tools necessary to meet the needs of a very diverse group of kids which exists in every class.”

― Wendy Kopp

“If we could reach the point where many of our nation’s future leaders know what teachers know after teaching successfully in our highest-need schools, we would have a very different situation.”

― Wendy Kopp

“We’re not trying to be the only route into teaching. We do put enormous energy into understanding what differentiates the most successful teachers.”

― Wendy Kopp

“The idea that computers can ever replace teachers and schools reveals a deep lack of understanding about the role leadership plays in student success.”

― Wendy Kopp

“I really only had one audition in my life, and that was when I was 14 or 15. When I was that young, I listened to what my teachers would say, like wearing a certain kind of leotard that you’ll be noticed in.”

― Wendy Whelan

“It was just expected that I would go to college. Both my parents are teachers and they tolerated acting, but I was going to go to a school of quality or bust. Which made my downshifting back to acting afterward a little difficult.”

― Wentworth Miller

“I believe our schools will actually get better if layoffs are done carefully, such that only the very worst teachers are let go.”

― Whitney Tilson

“There are far too many ineffective teachers and, in particular, far too many truly terrible teachers who are harming children and poisoning the system.”

― Whitney Tilson

“I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn’t hold me back and my teachers couldn’t criticize me. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”

― Willard Wigan

“Why shouldn’t we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet?”

― William Gibson

“If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.”

― William Glasser

“We can pay teachers a hundred thousand dollars a year, and we’ll do nothing to improve our schools as long as we keep the A, B, C, D, F grading system.”

― William Glasser

“Prior to being allowed to enter the profession, prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a group of friendly students for at least half an hour and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about.”

― William Glasser

“The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin.”

― William Gurnall

“And I was lucky enough to have teachers that really, really looked out for me and really encouraged all that. And in rural Louisiana, that was a rare thing back then.”

― William Joyce

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”

― William Nicholson

“I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.”

― Woody Allen

“Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles.”

― Xun Kuang

“When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.”

― Xun Kuang

“Israeli teachers are not required to hold an academic degree, and their salaries are the lowest in the Western world.”

― Yair Lapid

“Basically, everything I’ve learned on guitar, I’ve learned from listening to my favorite albums. I never had any formal training. My teachers were Dimebag Darrell and Slash and the guys in Rancid and Slayer.”

― Zacky Vengeance

“I’ve had acting teachers say, ‘If you want to do anything else but act, that means you’re not an actor,’ which I think is stupid!”

― Zazie Beetz

“The atmosphere at my school was very competitive. Young girls were competing with each other every day for status, for leadership, for the affection of the teachers. I hated it.”

― Zhang Ziyi
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