World Teachers’ Day: What it means to be a teacher 

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We hope you enjoy this collection of beautiful and heartwarming quotes about teachers and the influence they have had on each and every one of us. 


“Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire,” W.B. Yeats


A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary,” Thomas Carruthers


I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn,” Albert Einstein 


When one teaches, two learn,” Robert Heinlein 


“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops,” Henry Adams 


I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think,” Socrates 


Teachers teach someone something, in that order,” Samuel Natale 


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires,” William Arthur Ward


Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions,” unknown


Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together,” Scott Hayden 


The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist,” Maria Montessori 


It takes a big heart to help shape little minds,” unknown 


“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others,” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see,” Alexandra K. Trenfor 


“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn,” Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada 


To all of the incredible Teachers at Guardian, thank you. Each one of you are having an impact beyond what we can see today. Your influence will be felt and seen for years to come by every child in our care.

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