Work & Career
19 Inspiring Quotes from Teachers Around the World
Teachers are shaping the future leaders of our world.
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“Be nice to each other. It’s all that really matters.”—Dawn Hochsprung
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“Life is not about where you start, rather where you finish. Work hard now for success later in life.”—Len Saunders
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“I became a teacher because I wanted to be the person I wish I’d had when I was in school. I want to be a voice that speaks life.”—Milken educator Vincent Chiaramonte
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“When you change, that will scare people. Fine. Scare them. You don’t owe it to anyone else to be your second best self. You don’t owe it to anyone else to stay the same. Break their mold, and be the person you were meant to be.”—Arvin Vohra
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Doing the best for their students
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“How can we get and keep good teachers? Acknowledge and honor them for their hard work. Showcase the growth our students are making and how teachers have made an impact on the lives of others. Teaching is challenging, but when a district or building offers the right support and environment, it encourages teachers to stay and do their best for their students.”—Milken educator Aimee Schade
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“Move from a ‘one day’ mentality to ‘one day at a time.’ You don’t need to be the smartest or most talented. You don’t have to come up with the next big idea. You just need to take action. That will set you apart from the rest. And it will attract them to follow you.”—Christopher K. Lee, MPH, CPHQ
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“Kids are a work in progress, as we all are. It’s so unfair for us to judge them based on what they have done or how they have acted in years past. I tell my students that every day is a new day to start fresh and be reflective on ourselves so we can constantly improve and be better than we were yesterday.”—Milken educator Amanda Robertson
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“Performance is based upon preparation; therefore, prepare well and you will perform well.”—Damon Nailer
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“I know I’m succeeding as an educator when my kids feel good about themselves and they know I care. Academics are very important, but my students’ well being is most important. Once they know I care about them, they aim to please me, and that’s when learning happens.”—Milken educator Catherine Randall
“Listening can heal the ears. Learning to listen can heal the soul. Teaching people to listen can heal the world.”—Adam Cole
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“I teach my students that when people feel helpless, sharing stories is a powerful way to promote understanding, empathy, and change.”—Milken educator Gina Benz
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little ‘extra’.”—Natalie Tanner
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“I think we need to encourage others by reinforcing the fact that teaching is a labor of love. If you keep the kids at the front of your mind and think about the direct impact you can have on their future, then all of the other stuff doesn’t seem to matter.”—Milken educator Kelly Sutcliffe
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“You don’t win and lose in life. You only win and learn in life.”—Vanky Kenny Kataria
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“[I hope my students remember] that moments, good or bad, don’t define you. Every day, you have a chance to do great things by serving and taking care of others. I hope they remember that darkness is only defeated by brave people being light when others are scared to. I hope they remember that there is a world outside of their house, their city, their state. I hope they remember to challenge things and form their own opinions based upon everything they continue to learn.”—Milken educator Thomas Dennison
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“Great teachers come to understand that, yes, teaching can change the world—but only one heart, one mind, at a time. And yet this is how we’ve always changed the world.”—Tim J. Myers, teacher and author of Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood
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“When I think of teachers who have impacted my educational journey, I don’t recall the assignments given, the tests or quizzes. I remember how they encouraged me, inspired me, and believed in me. I have an emotional connection with those teachers; their energy motivated me to excel. I hope my students recall the same about Ms. Alexander.”—Milken educator Amara Alexander
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“Once children feel comfortable in their learning environment, they are more willing to take risks socially and academically. So I try to bring a bit of laughter into my classroom each day. Laughter is a universal language.”—Kate Pappas
“I just love the curiosity, positivity, and optimism [elementary-age] children bring to the classroom. It’s an incredible responsibility to shape the attitude children will have about school for years to come.”—Milken educator Katie Picciuto
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