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The best quotes for teachers from literary greats

We all need a good quote, whether it’s for a birthday card, to stick up on the wall or post to twitter/pinterest. Here are some quotes you might find relevant to teaching. If you send me a picture of one printed out in the staffroom/your classroom you will win a small prize of some sort.

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.” Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

“Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.” Astrid Lindgren

“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.” – Charlotte Bronte

“Take nothing on its looks: take everything on evidence. There’s No better rule.”  Charles Dickens

“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual” – Ernest Hemingway

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.”  James Joyce

“Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” Virginia Woolf.

“I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.” Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game)



Thanks for reading. Here are some alternative versions.




  1. Fabulous quotes, and wonderful presentation, Joe. What tool did you use?
    I especially like Virginia Woolf’s quote: “Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” Virginia Woolf.

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