It’s October 5th which means one thing – World Teachers Day!

The UNESCO celebration is held annually to celebrate all teachers around the globe.

It marks the anniversary of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers which introduced rules about the rights, responsibilities and standards of teachers and education.

World Teacher Day not only celebrates teachers but also calls on countries to invest in them and prioritise them to ensure that everybody has access to a qualified teacher.

If you want to honour the world’s teachers today, here are 37 quotes to share on social media.

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World Teachers Day Quotes

  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
  • “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams
  • “A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – Darwin D. Martin
  • “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” – American Proverb
  • “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander The Great
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
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  • “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “A good teacher can inspire hope; ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry
  • “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
  • “The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in pupils.” – Ever Garrison
  • “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” – Helen Caldicott
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  • “To teach is to learn twice.” – Joseph Joubert
  • “The curriculum contains so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element that grows the soul of a child.” – Carl Jung
  • “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  • “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” – Plato
  • “A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” – Thomas Carruthers
  • “The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” – Alice Wellington Rollins
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  • “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” – Carl Jung
  • “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort.” – K. Patricia Cross
  • “Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” – Anatole France
  • “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” – Sidney Hook
  • “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese Proverb
  • “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
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  • “Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” – Ann Lieberman
  • “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
  • “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” – Andy Rooney
  • “Students don’t deserve mediocre teachers… Students deserve great teachers.” – Maribeth Sublette
  • “When the teacher is ready, the student will disappear. When the student is truly ready… the teacher will disappear.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
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World Teachers Day messages

  • We’ve never seen your cape or mask, but we see your superpowers every day.
  • A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
  • It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
  • A teacher nourishes the soul of a child for a lifetime.
  • The best teachers teach from the heart.
  • A Teacher presents the past, reveals the present, and creates the future.
  • Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.
  • A teacher is a person who surrounds their students with inspiration to learn again every day. 

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