57+ Best Retirement Quotes for Teachers: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational retirement quotes for teachers will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Retirement Quotes for Teachers

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. – Kahlil Gibran

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

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

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

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

Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say. – Unknown

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

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

A teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before. – Elbert Hubbard

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. – Derek Bok

You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

The purpose of education is to teach people how to study on their own. – R.E. Phillips

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stop. – Henry Adams

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. – Carl Jung

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. – Amos Bronson Alcott

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

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 Rollins

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. – Amos Bronson Alcott

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre. – Gail Godwin

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. – Alexander of Macedon

Old teachers never die; they just grade away – Unknown

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. – Colleen Wilcox

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under. – Unknown

There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly. – Lola May

Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. – Gene Perret

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep. – W.H. Auden

The splendid thing about education is that everyone wants it. Like influenza, you can give it away without losing any of it yourself. – Evelyn Waugh

The teacher’s life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance. – William Osler

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. – Denis Waitley

Old teachers never die; they just grade away. – Unknown

The teacher should make a concerted effort never to lose his temper in the presence of the class. If a man, he may take refuge in profane soliloquies. If a woman, she may follow the example of one sweet-faced tranquil girl who went out in the yard and gnawed a post. – William Lyon Phelps

It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man. – Scott Elledge

Someone once said, There are two good reasons to be a teacher: July and August. In fact, there are three good reasons to be a teacher. The third reason is retirement. – unknown

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. – Albert Einstein

No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value. – Bertrand Russell

One mark of a great educator is the ability to lead students out to new places where even the educator has never been. – Thomas Groome

What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows. – Paulo Coelho

The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful. – H. L. Mencken

Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor. – Lailah Gifty Akita

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. – Aristotle

I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy. – Danny McGorty

The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money. – Unknown

I’m not just retiring from the company, I’m also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron. – Hartman Jule

The calling of the teacher. There is no craft more privileged. To awaken in another human being powers, dreams beyond one’s own; to induce in others a love for that which one loves; to make of one’s inward present their future; that is a threefold adventure like no other. – George Steiner

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’. – Dan Rather

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. – Sidney Hook

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. – John Steinbeck

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

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. – Brad Henry

The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. – Elbert Hubbard

One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen. – Philip Wylie

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

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