Seven Funny Quotes About Teachers That Are Definitely Not From Teacher’s Pets

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Seven Funny Quotes About Teachers That Are Definitely Not From Teacher’s Pets

Remember the days when speeches all started out with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…?” The great thing about quote sites is that you can easily find the perfect funny quotes to use for your speech, publication, or writing project. Quotes are great even if you’re just in the mood for a smile. Check out this list of funny quotes that certainly didn’t come from the teacher’s pet. You can bring them out just in time for National Teacher’s Day, which is happening on May 6, 2014.

This Classic Line Still Sounds Familiar

Those old enough to remember will recall this famous quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” He was implying, of course, that teachers are failures at the very thing they are charged with teaching. Younger folks may recall the Woody Allen addendum (quoted again by Jack Black in School of Rock), “Those who can’t teach, teach gym.”

Stupid Is As Stupid Does, or So They Say

Gracie Allen was a comedian known for her portrayal of brainless characters, but her innocent wisdom still makes for some funny quotes, like: “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.”

Sorry, Did I Wake You?

The great British humorist W.H. Auden wrote, “A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.” But that was England in the 1800s. Certainly doesn’t pertain to our present situation.

Harsh Words About School Discipline

From an American perspective on schooling, the political satirist and author P. J. O’Rourke wrote, “Let’s reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools—and use it on the teachers.”

So That’s Where That Comes From

“You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day.” That gem is from the American comedian Jay Mohr, who obviously spent a lot of time in class making up jokes rather than becoming a teacher’s pet.

Advice From Julia Roberts

Roberts wrote, “It’s not just great teachers that shape your life. Sometimes it’s the absence of great teachers.” Although this might sound glib at first read, she follows it up with, “Being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded.” It’s hard to imagine anyone ever ignoring Julia Roberts, though.

You Think You’re So Smart?

Ally Carter, author of Out of Sight, Out of Time has this to say on the subject: “The older I got, the smarter my teachers became.” She proves that learning is relative and it may take some time to fully realize what you’ve learned. That could be written on the back of all smartphones.

Seven Quotes Not Enough? Here’s a Bonus: Bill Gates With Words Of Wisdom

“Students deserve great teachers. And teachers deserve the support they need to become great.” Sure, this isn’t the biggest joke to end on for a list of funny quotes, but since teachers deserve credit sometimes (and maybe even extra credit), let’s not forget the amazing work that they actually do.

To end on a positive note about our education system, it should be pointed out that if it weren’t for our educators and instructors, you would probably not be able to read this article in the first place. If you have a sense of humor at all, odds are that someone was there to help you discover it. If you’re a teacher, keep working hard! Take these quotes as a way to end the day with a laugh. They couldn’t possibly be referring to you!

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  • http://www.natural4.kitsylane.com S Daniel

    This is really cute and funny, coming from a Teacher.

  • Shannon

    LOL, my fave was the “movie day” quote.

  • peter jones

    As little Johnny said sitting at the back of the class….
    Learning cant kill u but why take a chance ?

  • Lauren Miller

    This is so funny!! I love it. Especially the movie day one!

  • Ari T.

    I definitely have gained more appreciation for teachers as I’ve gotten older. I didn’t know the originators of almost all of these common quote! The W.H. Auden one may still apply in my case, oops!

  • http://www.melissamfrye.com/ Melissa “Missy” Frye

    All fun quotes. I have a few teacher friends that I’m going to point to this post.