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Happy National Teachers Day. Few jobs are more under-appreciated. Teachers cultivate the young minds who are responsible for the future. ~Keith Wynn, @ravenrhapsodies, tweet, 2017


Thank you for making learning not a job but a joy. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995, helenexley.com


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams, "Failure" (1871), The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography, 1907


I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Jane Wagner ("Edith Ann"), 1990s


Our country's story, written over more than two centuries, is one of challenges, chances, and progress. As our Nation has advanced on our journey toward ensuring rights and opportunities are extended fully and equally to all people, America's teachers — from the front lines of our civil rights movement to the front lines of our education system — have helped steer our country's course. They witness the incredible potential of our youth, and they know firsthand the impact of a caring leader at the front of the classroom.... Our future is written in schools across our country.... On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress. ~Barack Obama, National Teacher Appreciation Proclamation, 2016


It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw, as quoted in John C. Maxwell, The Success Journey, 1997


If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job. ~Donald D. Quinn, 1960s


A truly special teacher is very wise,
and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes.
~Author unknown


2  Teach is
2  Touch lives
4  Ever
~Author unknown


...teachers touch the future... ~Sandford Reichart


Discover wildlife:  Be a teacher!  ~Author unknown


One good teacher can change the world. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995, helenexley.com


There's no one quite like a special teacher, and no teacher quite as special as you. ~Author unknown


When all else fails, pray for a fire drill. ~Author unknown


Summer vacation is the time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid. ~Author unknown  [and pandemic stay-at-homes! —tg]


I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare


None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns — bent down and helped us pick up our boots. ~Thurgood Marshall, 1991


No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865  [This anonymous greeting-card’ized version has been making the rounds since about 2008: "No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you." –tg]


The best teacher... inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~E. L. Bulwer, Lord Lytton


The great teacher inspires — the others merely instruct. ~Henry B. Trueman


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


Teaching is not a lost art but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ~Jacques Barzun, 1940s


In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ~Jacques Barzun, 1940s


When every detail of what you taught has been forgotten, enthusiasm, encouragement and kindness will remain. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995, helenexley.com


...we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick


There are three good reasons to be a teacher:  June, July, and August. ~Teachers' joke


Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern


Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~Author unknown


Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. ~Author unknown


By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire


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


Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater... ~Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman, 1974


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton


Other people have nightmares about crocodiles or getting lost. For the poor teachers, it's parents. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Teacher, 1995, helenexley.com


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 Gifted Child," 1946



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