Happy Teachers' Day 2021: Teachers' Day Quotes by Famous Personalities

Happy Teachers' Day 2021: A celebration of teachers and gurus across the country, Teachers' Day is celebrated every year on September 5, which coincides with the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the former President of India. 

Dr Radhakrishnan had said that "teachers should be the best minds in the country". And it is this belief that is his that is honored on that day.

Happy Teachers' Day 2021: Teachers' Day Quotes by Famous Personalities

As mentioned earlier, the day is a celebration of teachers. But what is the importance of commemorating the birthday of the former president? Dr Radhakrishnan himself was a quintessential teacher, and Buddhist philosopher Nagarjun's sutram in Pali - "shikshanam shrenitam, rida shesham" (teaching is the noblest profession and the rest does not matter) - was considered his motto in life.

A scholar, recipient of Bharat Ratna, first vice president and second president of independent India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888 to a Telugu family. He had a master's degree in philosophy and a long academic career - teaching at Chennai Presidential College and the University of Calcutta.

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He was also vice-chancellor of the University of Andhra Pradesh between 1931 and 1936. He was invited to Oxford to teach Eastern religions and ethics in 1936, a post he held for 16 long years.

It was in 1962, when he assumed the post of President of India, that it was decided that teachers across the country would be honored every year on his birthday. Thus the tradition of celebrating Teachers' Day was put into practice. It is believed that Dr Radhakrishnan considered this a privilege.

On this day, while students remember the former president, they also honor their teachers by participating in many cultural programs. In schools and colleges, students often bring gifts to their favorite teachers and tell them how much they have inspired them.

This year, due to the pandemic, students may only have to meet their teachers virtually. Nonetheless, they can still show affection and seek blessings and guidance from their teachers.

Teachers' Day 2021: Teachers' Day Quotes by Famous Personalities

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

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. - Josef Albers

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -William Butler Yeats

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. - Khalil Gibran

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. - Malala Yousafzai

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother, and the teacher. - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students. – Charles Kuralt

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

True teachers are those who help us think for ourselves. — Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -William Butler Yeats

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

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

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