Teachers share inspirational, motivational quotes

“Rewarding,” is how many teachers describe their daily work with students. They also admit that some days are more challenging than others and that’s when they need a little encouragement themselves.

“I have two quotes that motivate me,” responded one 2018 Teacher of the Year when asked to identify quotes that inspire or motivate her. “One is more philosophical and the other is to add humor in my life.”

She wrote that she is inspired by Winston Churchill’s words: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” And, this thought from Mother Teresa is one that makes the teacher chuckle: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”

Here are more quotes the division’s 2018 Teachers of the Year shared as ones that encourage, inspire and motivate them either personally or professionally.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to share it.” – William Shakespeare

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it’s inspiring change.” – William Arthur Ward

“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.”

“You can’t change the past, but you can control how you react to it.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Every child has a different learning style and pace.  Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” – Robert John Meehan

“Everybody counts or nobody counts,” – Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t either way you are right.”

“People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“Forget regret or life is yours to miss.” This is from the Broadway play “Rent,” and I have this on written on my desk and I look at it every single day. Live life to the fullest because tomorrow is promised to no one. 

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl  This world is filled with many ups and downs. If our society continues to focus on the negative, then we will never allow ourselves to look lovely. This profession is one of the hardest professions in the world. I am proud to be able to mold young minds and have classes filled with love and laughter. With all the great in the profession, there is an equal amount of not-so-great. I choose to focus on the positive so I do not drown in the negative. I truly believe this is why I have such wonderful relationships with my students and parents. If I believe this world can be better and if I come to school with a smile on my face every morning, how can I not spread the good and happiness? It’s contagious!

“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  As a teacher, this one speaks to my heart. Every year I have students come into my classroom with hopes and dreams for their future. I know it is easy to give up or not try, but how disappointing would life be if everyone did exactly that. This quote gives me chills and makes me want to instill a dream in every student to explore, dream and discover!

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated but to make complicated things simple.” – S. Gudder

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius (Kong Fu Zi)

“To teach is to touch a life forever”

“When I get to your room, YOU just make my day, and it makes me so excited every day to enter your room.” – Jocelyn Sadler, a current student

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”  Life is so full of ups and downs, and out of all the breaths we take in this life, we will likely experience plenty of tough ones. But for me, those small, awesome moments though they may not happen often, outweigh everything else and remind me of how blessed I am. Think back and I bet you’ll be surprised how many of those awesome little moments happened because you’re a teacher.

“A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk.” – John Maxwell

“You can do anything you want, if you stick to it long enough.” The words themselves send a great message, but when you pair them with their author, Helen Keller, they have so much more meaning. She had an amazing growth mindset!

“The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one’s ‘own’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.”- C.S. Lewis

“The art of drawing, which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing, should be taught to every child just as writing is.” – John Ruskin

“Through drawing [children] are not only able to see what they are thinking, they are also able to play around with and transform their ideas.” – Brooks

“I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” – Frederick Franck

“Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill.” – Cicero

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” – Kid President

“To teach is to touch a life forever”

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lighted.” – Plutarch

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney This quote is posted in matching puzzle pieces as you enter our classroom. It helps us grow our brains each day!

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”  Babe Ruth This quote inspires me to take chances in my classroom and in life.  Fear often keeps us from achieving greatness and this quote reminds me to embrace fear and doubt and turn them into motivation. 

“If you want people to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Promise me you will always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

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