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"Ye great teachers: listen to what you say!" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Good teachers deserve apples; great teachers deserve chocolate. A favorite quotation, written in calligraphy on his office door." - Richard Hamming

"Great teachers transcend ideology." - Suzanne Fields

"Good teachers teach. Great teachers transform." - Queen Rania Of Jordan

"In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us." - Peter Matthiessen

"Great teachers are usually a little crazy." - Andy Rooney

"Suffering is one of life's great teachers." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Students deserve great teachers. And teachers deserve the support they need to become great." - Bill Gates

"That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends." - Maria Callas

"Good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends." - Maria Callas

"The best teachers coach their students and the best coaches are great teachers." - Grant Teaff

"Most teachers are not enlightened. Very few are. That doesn't mean they are not great teachers." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"Can't India dream of exporting teachers of high calibre? Can't we instil the desire in children to become great teachers?" - Narendra Modi

"Kids don't lack capacity, only teachers." - Jim Rohn

"Each generation has its few great mathematicians, and mathematics would not even notice the absence of the others. They are useful as teachers, and their research harms no one, but it is of no importance at all. A mathematician is great or he is nothing." - Alfred Adler

"Teaching is a creative profession, not a delivery system. Great teachers do [pass on information], but what great teachers also do is mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage." - Ken Robinson

"As with all great teachers, his curriculum was an insignificant part of what he communicated. From him you didn't learn a subject, but a life...Tolerance and justice, fearlessness and pride, reverence and pity, are learned in a course on long division if the teacher has those qualities..." - William Alexander Percy

"Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid." - Tracy Kidder

"Throughout all history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things. It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement. We become what we think about" - Earl Nightingale

"I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure." - Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

"Saints are the great teachers of the loving-kindness and fascination with God." - Evelyn Underhill

"The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men." - Charles Henry Fowler

"My life has been transformed by great teachers all the way..." - Jeff Goldblum

"With all these great (guitar teachers) around here, don't cop their licks, COP THEIR ATTITUDE." - Leo Kottke

"I think great teachers, which coaches are, are the ones that you hear." - Alex Dodd

"Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but higher expectations for themselves." - Todd Whitaker

"I've been very lucky in my life to have some great teachers." - Brian Lindstrom

"Learning to drive in Canberra is pretty easy and I had great teachers in my parents." - Melissa Breen

"The amount of psychology which is necessary to all teachers need not be very great." - William James

"Teachers still command great respect in the families and societies of many Asian cultures." - Andy Hargreaves

"I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure." - Estelle Morris

"We can't rely on others to be our teachers anymorethe future belongs to individuals who decide to become great bosses (and teachers)." - Seth

"Meditate on enlightenment. Read the exploits of the great teachers, the great saints. They'll inspire you. Their power is there." - Frederick Lenz

"When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed." - Marva Collins

"Total teachers aren't perfect teachers." - Andy Hargreaves

"Of great interest to students and teachers of immigrant history as well as to those of Polish descent." - Florian Znaniecki

"The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people" - Daniel Berrigan

"Great teachers will never be able to make up for bad parents, nor should they be expected to." - Taylor Mali

"Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that." - C S Lewis

"The great moral teachers of humanity were in a way artistic geniuses in the art of living." - Albert Einstein

"In those days great teachers at Shortridge [High School] were celebrities. I would look up to them." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The great moral teachers of humanity were, in a way, artistic geniuses in the art of living." - Albert Einstein

"When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style." - William Glasser

"The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people." - Daniel Berrigan

"I've gotten to work with some wonderful directors and people who have been great teachers to me." - Lyle Lovett

"You can have great teachers, but if you don't have a good principal, you won't have a good school." - Eli Broad

"Not everybody's a great singer, but people can get better at singing. There's great singing teachers out there. It's a muscle, you just have to train it." - Luke Evans

"I used to think great teachers inspire you. Now I think I had it wrong. Good teachers inspire you; great teachers show you how to inspire yourself every day of your life. They don't show you their magic. They show you how to make magic of your own." - Alfred Doblin

"We disagree with the assertion that great teachers can be replaced by online alternatives. The futuristic claim that technology will triumph over teachers ignores all the social and relational dimensions of teaching and learning." - Andy Hargreaves

"Teachers teach and students educate. Students are the only true educators. Historically, every other method of education has failed. Education occurs when students get excited about learning and apply themselves; students do this when they experience great teachers." - Oliver DeMille

"We think we learn from teachers, and we sometimes do. But the teachers are not always to be found in school or in great laboratories. Sometimes what we learn depends upon our own powers of insight." - Loren Eiseley

"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

"Some teachers are very accessible. They advertise a great deal, they go out into the public. If they're advanced teachers, doubtlessly they are very inaccessible in terms of physical proximity." - Frederick Lenz

"There is no system in the world or any school in the country that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools." - Ken Robinson

"I definitely felt by the time I got to grad school - which was a great experience - I was like, Whats the difference between the teachers and the students? Why are the teachers teachers if they want to be acting? It didnt make sense to me anymore. Its not like you learn how to set a broken bone and you get the stamp of approval." - Taylor Schilling

"Teachers all over the nation are doing the job they are asked to do, but one they are not really prepared to do. To teach volleyball as a physical activity that is also a positive experience. If you care about volleyball, help these teachers have fun and learn more of this great game. Teach the teachers." - John Kessel

"I definitely felt by the time I got to grad school - which was a great experience - I was like, 'What's the difference between the teachers and the students? Why are the teachers teachers if they want to be acting?' It didn't make sense to me anymore. It's not like you learn how to set a broken bone and you get the stamp of approval." - Taylor Schilling

"In 1847 I gave an address at Newton, Mass., before a Teachers' Institute conducted by Horace Mann. My subject was grasshoppers. I passed around a large jar of these insects, and made every teacher take one and hold it while I was speaking. If any one dropped the insect, I stopped till he picked it up. This was at that time a great innovation, and excited much laughter and derision. There can be no true progress in the teaching of natural science until such methods become general." - Louis Agassiz

"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." - Naomi Watts

"Clergymen almost necessarily fail in two ways as teachers of morals. They condemn acts which do no harm and they condone acts which do great harm." - Bertrand Russell

"Comedians act every night on stage, so they have great performing chops. They especially know how to play themselves, which is how we set Teachers Lounge up." - Ted Alexandro

"I had a number of great teachers and the ones that really were the strongest influences on me were women. They were really, really smart and interesting women." - Meryl Streep

"The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life." - Pat Conroy

"I love and care about literature, and great writers are our teachers. You're studying their mind when you read their work." - Natalie Goldberg

"All the great teachers have left a similar message: Go within, discover your invisible higher self and know God as the love that is within you." - Wayne Dyer

"The great teachers are always those who can live the tension. They are not criticizing everybody, they're not complaining. They give young people a vision." - Henri Nouwen

"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

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

"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

"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

"A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors." - Jay Mcinerney

"My mom was a teacher - I have the greatest respect for the profession - we need great teachers - not poor or mediocre ones." - Condoleezza Rice

"Everything good that I know was taught to me by great teachers and I feel like giving back and sharing the technique is the thing to do." - Betty Buckley

"Like Gandhi, like the Buddha, like all great spiritual teachers, Easwaran had no use for beliefs unless they generated actions. Doing, not saying, is what counts." - Eknath Easwaran

"The teachers of our law, and to propose What might improve my knowledge or their own." - John Milton

"It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers - they help us to learn." - John Bradshaw

"Parents are teachers, guides, leaders, protectors and providers for their children." - Iyanla Vanzant

"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops." - Henry Adams

"Books are absent teachers." - Mortimer Adler

"Instill respect for teachers." - Henry Louis Gates

"Teachers touch the future." - Anonymous

"Don't trust your teachers." - Carlo Rovelli

"Great teachers and schools expect and nurture quality work and quality performance. Great teachers inspire and demand quality, ever urging their students to higher levels of excellence. They shun mere conformity and expect their students to think and perform to their ever-increasing potential." - Oliver DeMille

"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

"There are some great teachers who have had great students, but they themselves can't play a note. I don't understand it, because the most I learned from my teacher was just hearing him play." - Joshua Bell

"If you read the stories of the great spiritual teachers of the past, we find that they have attained spiritual realization through a great deal of meditation, solitude and practice. They did not take any shortcuts." - Rajiv Mehrotra

"Looking back to the earlier centuries of the church, most of the great teachers were also bishops and vice versa. It's only fairly recently that the church has had this great divide." - N T Wright

"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

"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

"We have had this massive effort on K-12 reform, raising standards, great teachers, great principals, turning around chronically failing schools, raising the bar, huge amount of progress. Let's continue that." - Arne Duncan

"They believe in teachers unions. We believe in teachers." - Chris Christie

"There are certain teachers who shouldn't be teachers." - Tenzin Palmo

"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more." - Bob Talbert

"The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin." - William Gurnall

"The smartest people in Indianapolis became teachers [during the Great Depression]. And, for once, there was something for women to do because teaching was regarded as a woman's profession, like nursing. So the smartest women in town - Jesus, my women teachers were so exciting." - Kurt Vonnegut

"I grew up in a town where there were no adults over forty who weren't somebody's parents. It was, unfortunately, the kind of town that's a "great places to raise kids" - that's basically code for "there are no adults here who are not parents." I had a few teachers who were kind of weirdo drama teachers and were hugely influential." - Meghan Daum

"I have not seen that standardised tests make the profession less attractive, though some principals respond to them in a way that drives the best teachers out of their schools (by over-emphasising test prep in the school curriculum for example). On the other hand, great teachers want benchmarks to measure progress and tests can help with that." - Wendy Kopp

"Nothing teaches great writing like the very best books do. Yet, good teachers often help students cross that bridge, and I have to say that I had a few extraordinary English teachers in high school whom I still credit for their guidance." - Julia Glass

"I had some great music teachers who were men, but I think there's something about having these master teachers who were women in my life. That's very meaningful to me and you see it in my work. I write a lot about matriarchs and the pain of it, the beauty of it, the burden of it, the love of it." - Quiara Alegria Hudes

"My teachers could have easily ridden with Jesse James for all the time they stole from me." - Richard Brautigan

"Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care." - Horace Mann

"Education and the process of educating is a total integral, contextual situation which includes students, teachers, parents, administration and environment." - Jean Houston

"Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver - the teachers, the parents, the friends." - Amartya Sen

"Administrators need to shift from being controllers to enablers, so as to liberate the energies and talents of the teachers." - Steve Denning

"Enemies were teachers in disguise." - Eiji Yoshikawa

"Computers aren't magic; teachers are." - Craig R. Barrett

"Injuries are our best teachers." - Scott Jurek

"Computers are' magic; teachers are." - Craig R. Barrett

"Angry teachers can defeat governments," - Bob Rae

"Our teachers deserve better feedback." - Bill Gates

"Great obstacles make great leaders." - Billy Diamond

"Great artists need great clients." - I. M. Pei

"Great heroes have Great horniness." - Christopher Moore

"Sean's a great, great writer." - Robin Wright

"I listen a lot to how people speak. I've read a great many good books in my life. I had some excellent English teachers. Surely, those things were helpful." - Anthony Bourdain

"Dogs are great teachers. They are at home in the world. They live in the moment, and they force us to stay there with them. Dogs love us unconditionally, not for our bodies or bank accounts." - Susan Cheever

"I'm into books - I love literature, so I toyed with the idea of being an English teacher. I had a fantastic English teacher at school. I think great English teachers make the world go round." - Taron Egerton

"Curiosity, wonder, and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers...Restlessness and discontent are vital things... Intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways less intense emotions can never do." - Kay Redfield Jamison

"What all great teachers appear to have in common is love of their subject, an obvious satisfaction in rousing this love in their students, and an ability to convince them that what they are being taught is deadly serious" - Joseph Epstein

"There are very few real teachers. Teaching is not a job; it is a vocation. To be a great one many qualities must be combined: love of truth, knowledge, reverence, loving concern for one's students, clarity and patience." - Alice von Hildebrand

"Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what all the great teachers, real mystics, true philosophers and inspired people have been trying to tell you by the tortuous method of using words." - Paul Brunton

"Public libraries are our great teachers and storytellers, and are a vital adjunct to our schools. In this day of standardized and homogenized education, a library offers individual and personalized learning opportunities second to none." - Julie Andrews

"All of the Great Teachers throughout the history of our species have merely taught one thing, over & over, in whatever language, at whatever time. All have said, simply: Give up weak attractors for strong attractors." - David Hawkins

"As a retired educator I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person's life. I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, and our children." - Alma Adams

"One association with the arts that I vividly remember was a magazine called Normal Instructor, a teachers' magazine, that Miss George would hold up with illustrations of great artworks like [Vincent] van Gogh and Rembrandt [van Rijn]." - Paul Smith

"If you're lucky you find your way into a spiritual community and you start to find the great teachers of all the ages who said the same thing. There's only love, you're made of love." - Anne Lamott

"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 got into acting because my teachers kept nudging me into it. The power a teacher has to influence someone is so great. I can't think of a profession I have more respect for." - Jon Hamm

"I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do." - Kay Redfield Jamison

"There is a tendency to throw computers at third world problems, which I think is often a distraction. Putting computers in the schools is great, but it may be more important to put teachers in the schools." - Terry Winograd

"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

"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

"I'm into books - I love literature, so I toyed with the idea of being an English teacher. I had a fantastic English teacher at school. I think great English teachers make the world go round." - Taron Egerton

"You can focus on Jesus or Buddha or Krishna, Ramakrishna, Lao Tsu, Yukteswar, Yogananda, Vivekananda, any of the great spiritual teachers who have lived, or on a living teacher, and draw light from them." - Frederick Lenz

"The biggest barrier we've seen to student progress is this: School policies and practices often prevent good teachers from doing great work and even dissuade some talented Americans from entering the profession. This needs to change." - Eli Broad

"That we have great men in our time and recent times is not because of our educational system, but rather in spite of it. They are the ones the teachers couldn't spoil." - Dagobert D. Runes

"To improve our schools, we have to humanize them and make education personal to every student and teacher in the system. Education is always about relationships. Great teachers are not just instructors and test administrators. They are mentors, coaches, motivators, and lifelong sources of inspiration to their students. Teaching is an art form. Great teachers know they have to cultivate curiosity, passion and creativity in their students." - Ken Robinson

"History, in [Nietzsche's] view, belongs to him who is fighting a great fight, and who needs examples, teachers and comforters, but cannot find them among his contemporaries. Without history the mountain chain of great men's great moments, which runs through millennia, could not stand clearly and vividly before me." - Georg Brandes

"When schools truly become centers of the community, where you have extraordinary teachers, the best teachers, the best principals, great nonprofit partners coming in during the non-school hours to support and do enrichment activities, social services, then those students will beat the odds, will beat poverty, will beat violence in the community, will beat sometimes dysfunctional families, and be productive citizens long term. They will go to college." - Arne Duncan

"Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers." - Simone Weil

"Sex - the great inequality, the great miscalculator, the great Irritator." - Enid Bagnold

"One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost to the profession when they retire." - John Dewey

"The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher's actions." - Stephen Brookfield

"What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less." - Marva Collins

"Every fool believes what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulity science or morality as confidently as his father called it divine revelation." - George Bernard Shaw

"The science fair has long been a favorite educational tool in the American school system, and for a good reason: Your teachers hate you." - Dave Barry

"Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth." - Helen Caldicott

"Our enemies are our greatest teachers." - Dalai Lama

"What the teachers digest, the pupils eat." - Karl Kraus



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