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The 11 Best Movie Quotes About Teachers

hollandSchool teachers don't get the respect they deserve.  The headlines don't feature the educator who spends hundreds of dollars of her own money on classroom materials.  We don't thank the English teacher who marks papers all weekend to make his students more literate.  For all you teachers who advocate every day for your students, here are the 11 best quotes from film about your profession.


“I will be a teacher because being a teacher is the most worthy thing a person can be.”
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) – Lola (Lindsay Lohan)

“A great teacher has little external history to record. His life goes over into other lives.”
The Emperor’s Club (2002) – Deepak Mehta (Rahul Khanna)

“A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn't go to waste.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Helen Jacobs (Olympia Dukakis

“I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders,”
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) – Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith)

“If we were interested in making money, we wouldn't have become teachers.”
Flubber (1997) – Phillip Brainard (Robin Williams)

“I have five lessons to teach.  What lessons they learn is entirely up to them.”
Nanny McPhee (2006) – Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson)

“It is a teacher's burden always to hope, that with learning, a boy's character might be changed. And, so, the destiny of a man.”
The Emperor’s Club (2002) – William Hundert (Kevin Kline)

“He was a teacher of geometry. He always said: "You must consider every angle."”
Airport (1970) – Ada Quonsett (Helen Hayes)

“He taught me without teaching. That's the best way.”
Apache War Smoke (1952) – Nancy Dekker (Barbara Ruick)

“There is not a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Adult Gertrude Lang (Joanna Gleason)

“I am a teacher! I am a teacher, first, last, always!”
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) – Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith)

Check out: a LEARNING article from Nanny McPhee
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