As summer comes to a close and a new season starts, there’s a familiar feeling. There’s a newness, an excitement, a joy for fresh beginnings. If you’re a teacher, you know what I’m talking about. So we figured some inspirational quotes for teachers was in order as everyone heads back to school!

Imagine the feeling of opening up packs of new school supplies or organizing your classroom, of mulling over your class list and catching up with colleagues you haven’t seen all summer.

For teachers, the start of a new academic year is a clean slate. You have new minds to mold, new personalities to learn, a new classroom dynamic. There are always new things to teach and new lessons that you, yourself, will learn over the course of the year.

As you’re preparing for your new students, we hope these quotes will inspire you and help get your year off to a great start!

Here are 30 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers at the Start of the School Year:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” ― Katherine Gaskin

“We never know which lives we influence, or when or why.” – Stephen King

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Anonymous

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” –Kid President

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”-Fred Rogers

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin

“Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren’t able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills.” –Charles Platt

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” –Audrey Hepburn

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

“If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” – Barbara Colorose

“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” – Unknown

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

“You don’t need a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.” – Kid President

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers from the Bible

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” –Psalm 18:2

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” –Psalm 25:5

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” –Psalm 46:10

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” –Psalm 90:14

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” –Psalm 105:4

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” –Psalm 118:24

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” –Isaiah 40:31

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” –Zephaniah 3:17


“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.'” –Matthew 11:28-30

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –John 14:27

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

As you imagine what this new year might look like, remember that God is with you through everything. Any nervousness or trepidation you may have, he can handle. Give it to God and pray that he will guide you this year. He’s got this.

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This article is part of our larger Inspiring Quotes resource meant to encourage and strengthen your faith. Visit our most popular quotes by well known Christians and theologians to find more inspiration. Remember, the Holy Spirit can work through us when we have faith and share it with others! Please pass along any quotes that touch your heart because you never know light you’ll shine on someone else’s dark day!