Welcome to Quotes for Teachers!

Have you ever needed just the right quote to use in your classroom? Then you have come to the right place! The quotes on this site have been selected especially for teachers. Just click on the topics to the left to find the perfect quote!

Ideas for using Quotes:
  • On Classroom Posters and Banners
  • On Student Handouts
  • On Worksheets
  • On Parent Notes and Newsletters
  • For Class Discussions
  • As Writing Prompts
  • For handwriting practice
  • On Bookmarks
  • For a Morning "Quote of the Day"
  • In PowerPoints
  • As screen savers for classroom computers
  • In Staff Meetings
  • In Communications with Colleagues
  • As Personal Inspiration

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Favorite Quotes

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
-Judy Garland 

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
-Lou Holtz  

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work so most people don't recognize them.
-Ann Landers

Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it.
-Chinese Proverb

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
-Dale Carnegie 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt 

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want the most for what you want now.
-Zig Ziglar

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
-author unknown

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
-Mother Teresa

Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.
-Ryunosuke Satoro

Learning is not a spectator sport.
-D Blocher

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
-Margaret Fuller

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
-Abraham Lincoln  

Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say.
-author unknown

It always seems impossible until it is done.
-Nelson Mandela 

 From what we get, we can make a living; from what we give, however, makes a life.

-Arthur Ashe

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
 -Dalai Lama 

A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
-Elbert Hubbard

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
-George Burns 

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
-Lloyd Jones 

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
-John Woodin

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brillian, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
-Marianne Williamson 

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
-Louisa May Alcott 

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-Groucho Marx

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
-Dr. Seuss 

 It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
-author unknown

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with and open one.
-Malcolm S. Forbes 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Meade

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
-Henry Ford 

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness and generosity.
-Nathaniel Branden 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit.


To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
-Brandi Snyder

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
-Margaret Carty 

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
-author unknown

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
-William Hazlitt

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
-Elisabeth Foley 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
-Henry Ford
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

-Albert Einstein

Teamwork divides that tasks and multiplies the success.
-author unknown

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi 

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
-Scandinavian Proverb

Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 
"Be the change you want to see in the world" -Gandhi