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Retirement quotes for teachers

If you need some retirement quotes for teachers to use in a tribute, you might want to sprinkle some of these bits of wit and wisdom in your speech. The quotes come from collections about education, intellect and learning.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
--Elizabeth Wharton
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
--Jonathan Swift
Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
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There is a path from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
--G.K. Chesterton
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
--Bible, Proverbs 22:6
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
For every person wishing to teach, there are 30 wishing not to be taught.
--W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.
-- Thomas S. Szasz
A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.
--W.H. Auden

One of the main truths of all education is that if the young are not always right, the old are always wrong.
-- R.H. Tawney
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
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.

old books I am not young enough to know everything.
--Oscar Wilde
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
--William James
Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
--Francoise Duc de La Rochefoucould
Some people do not become deep thinkers simply because their memories are too good.
--Frederich Wilhelm Nietzsche
There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
--Oscar Levant
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are moments when everything goes well. Don’t be frightened by it; it won’t last.
--Jules Renard
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
--Barnett Cocks
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
--Jonathan Winters
Why not go out on a limb. Isn’t that where the fruit is?
--Frank Scully
The Romans would never have had time to conquer the world if they had been obliged to learn Latin first of all.
--Heinrich Heine
All learning has an emotional base.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
--Derrek Bok
The purpose of education is to teach people how to study on their own.
--R.E. Phillips
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
--Duke of Wellington
Old teachers never die; they just grade away.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stop.
--Henry Adams
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few people engage in it.
--Henry Ford, Sr.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where you thoughts take you.
--James Allen
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