Teaching Proverbs


Sayings about Teaching & Teachers

By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn. ~ Latin Proverbs

In teaching others we teach ourselves. ~ Traditional Proverb

Who God does not teach, man cannot. ~ Gaelic Proverb

Love teaches even asses to dance. ~ French Proverbs

He who flatters me is my enemy, who blames me is my teacher. ~ Chinese Proverbs

To teach well, we need not say all that we know, Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under. ~ Traditional Proverb

A wise teacher makes learning a joy. ~ Traditional Proverb

If the pupil is smart, the teacher gets the credit. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know “. ~ Hebrew Proverb

The work will teach you how to do it. ~ Estonian Proverbs

He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil. ~ German Proverbs

Water quenches the thirst but does not teach you how to sing. ~ German Proverb

The fault of another is a good teacher. ~ German Proverb

Hold your children with your heart but teach them with your hands. ~ Russian Proverbs

Need teaches a plan. ~ Irish Proverbs

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Chinese Proverb

Eggs cannot teach a hen. ~ Russian Proverb

When God wants to punish an idiot, He teaches them a few words of Hebrew. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The mistakes of others are good teachers. ~ Estonian Proverb

He who does not research has nothing to teach. ~ Traditional Proverb

Experience is the best teacher. ~ Traditional Proverb

Falling teaches us to walk safely. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Better untaught than ill taught. ~ Italian Proverbs

Teaching in youth is like carving in stone. ~ Moroccan Proverb

Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, while everything superfluous runs over as from a full container. Who knows much says least. ~ Traditional Proverb

The world teaches you more than your supervisor. ~ Maltese Proverbs

Diligence is a great teacher. ~ Arabian Proverbs

The chicken sings what the cock teaches him. ~ French Proverb

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.~ Chinese Proverb

One may teach another to speak, but none can teach another to hold his peace. ~ Polish Proverbs

It’s not the fault of the parrot, but of the one who teaches him to talk. ~ Guatemalan Proverbs

To do nothing teaches evil. ~ Dutch Proverb

Experience is the teacher of jesters and the intelligence of the wise. ~ German Proverb

In a place without dogs they teach the cats to bark. ~ Georgian Proverbs

He who does not teach his son a trade teaches him to steal. ~ Hebrew Proverb

It is difficult to teach a cow to climb a tree. ~ Lithuanian Proverbs

Teachers die, but books live on. ~ Dutch Proverb

The strictness of the teacher is better to bear than the prejudice of the father. ~ Iranian Proverbs

The one who teaches is the giver of eyes. ~ Tamil Proverb

Who gives to me, teaches me to give. ~ Dutch Proverb

The world is a good teacher, but it charges a huge fee. ~ Finnish Proverbs

Marriage teaches you to live alone. ~ French Proverb

The young cannot teach tradition to the old. ~ Beninese Proverb

Teach your son in the front garden and your wife on the pillow. ~ Chinese Proverb

You know, you teach. You do not know, you learn. ~ Lao Proverb

Once it was the parents who taught their children to talk; now the children teach their parents to keep quiet. ~ Yiddish Proverb

You can’t teach old dog new tricks. ~ Traditional Proverb

Necessity is a great teacher. ~ Mexican Proverb

No need to teach an eagle to fly. ~ Greek Proverb

Teaching Proverbs

Quotations about Teaching

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. ~ Anatole France

The key to fixing education is better teaching, and the key to better teaching is figuring out who can teach and who can’t. ~ Jonathan Alter

Teaching is leaving a vestige of oneself in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~ Eugene P. Bertin

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~ Thomas Carruthers

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. ~ Colleen Wilcox

Those who know how to think need no teachers. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.~ William Hazlitt

None can teach admirably if not loving his task. ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Teach the art of living well. ~ Seneca

You teach best what you most need to learn. ~ Richard Bach

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~ Clay P. Bedford

Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement. ~ Edward Blishen

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.~ Confucius

A good teacher is a determined person. ~ Gilbert Highet

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.~ Albert Einstein

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.~ Bill Gates

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~ Mark Van Doren

Ask yourself: ‘Do I feel the need to laminate?’ Then teaching is for you. ~ Gordon Korman

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~ Karl Menninger

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself. ~ Paulo Coelho

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.~ Mary Bateson

Teaching isn’t one-tenth as effective as training. ~ Horace Mann

Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around. ~ Helen Peters

Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring. ~ Sydney J. Harris

The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” ~ Maria Montessori

First let a man teach himself, and then he will be taught by others. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. ~K. Patricia Cross

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. ~ Khalil Gibran

the one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. ~ Aristotle

The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before. ~ Elbert Hubbard

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. ~ Dalai Lama

To teach is to learn twice. ~ Joseph Joubert

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.~ William A. Ward

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. ~ Phil Collins

The mistakes of others are good teachers. ~ Estonian Proverb

The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness.~ Kahlil Gibran

What do you think of God, the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel.” ~ Paul Frost

Come into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.~ William Wordsworth

I am not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead–ahead of myself as well as you. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be! ~ Arthur c. Clarke

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching. ~ Oscar Wilde

A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions. ~ Martin H. Fischer

Teaching is one of the noblest of professions. It requires an adequate preparation and training, patience, devotion, and a deep sense of responsibility.. ~ Calvin Coolidge

A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded. ~ D. Martin

The world teaches you more than your supervisor. ~ Maltese Proverb

Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him. ~ Ezra Taft Benson

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.~ Allan Bloom

Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers. ~ Richard Bach

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself. ~ Galilei Galileo

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~ Henry Brooks Adams

A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health. ~ Gilbert Highet

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. ~ Confucius

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ~Jacques Barzun

Teaching may be compared to selling commodities. No one can sell unless somebody buys. ~ John Dewey

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism. ~ Louis A. Berman

A schoolteacher or professor cannot educate individuals, he educates only species. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.~ Arthur Koestler

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

Love is a better teacher than duty.~ Albert Einstein

I am not a teacher, but an awakener ~ Robert Frost

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.~ Hector Louis Berlioz

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. ~ Scott Hayden

Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed. ~Marva Collins

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.~ Minna Antrim

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. ~ Haim G. Ginott

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. ~ Jim Henson

True teaching liberates the student from his teacher.~ Ernest Holmes

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.~ Patricia Neal

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. ~ Confucius

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. ~ Alexander the Great

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.~ Ken Keyes Jr.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.~ Albert Einstein

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. ~ John Cotton Dana

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. ~ Socrates

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.~ Frederick W. Robertson

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn. ~ William J. Durant

if you have forgotten how to be a child you cannot teach children. ~ Austin o’malley

To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble. ~ Mark Twain

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.~ Marcus T. Cicero

Once more I would adopt the graver style — a teacher should be sparing of his smile.~ William Cowper

When teaching, light a fire, don’t fill a bucket. ~ Dan Snow

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. ~ Russell Hoban

The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed. ~ Marva Collins

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power. ~ Thomas Szasz

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. ~Gail Godwin

Teaching is of more importance than urging. ~ Martin Luther

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ~ Jacques Barzun

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. ~ John Dewey

The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself. ~ Giovanni Ruffini

Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth; for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life.~ Aristotle

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.~ Confucius

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. ~ Lee Iacocca

Your enemy can be your greatest teacher.~ Buddha

We never completely escape the teachers of our childhood nor any of the patterns that formed us. ~ Frank Herbert

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.~ Horace Mann

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

The evil of people can come from their like of being teachers of others. ~ Mencius Mengzi Meng-tse

Instructors should not only be skilful in those sciences which they teach, but have skill in the method of teaching, and patience in the practice. ~ Isaac Watts

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn. ~ Bertolt Brecht

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.~ Vernon S. Law

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. ~ Plato

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