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Whether it’s starting a new grade after summer break, or returning after a vacation, going back to school is an exciting time.
School pushes us out of our comfort zone, teaches us to dream big, and encourages us to achieve our potential.
In celebration of all the amazing things that education and learning has to offer, we’ve put together a list of the best education quotes focused on teaching and learning.
So whether you’re a parent, student, or teacher – we’ve got you covered with the best inspiring quotes as you get ready for another year of learning.
A new desk, a handful of freshly sharpened pencils, the first page of a new workbook… there are no days quite like school days!
Though starting a new school, or even just a new grade, can be daunting, it is also a great opportunity to shake things up and try something new. Whether it’s a new sport, a new subject, or a new hobby, there are so many ways to make sure that this school year is the best yet.
From Kindergarten to college, celebrate all these amazing institutions and their role in shaping our futures with these quotes about school.
Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.James E. Faust
I’m not going to school just for the academics – I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.Emma Watson
The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.Marvin Phillips
I think school is a place where thinking should be taught.Edward de Bono
School prepares you for the real world… which also bites.Jim Benton
The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book for everything.Robert Frost
The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.Terrance Deal
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.Art Williams
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.Pele
In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.Robert T. Kiyosaki
A long time ago, there was no such thing as school, and children spent their days learning a trade, a phrase which here means “standing around doing tedious tasks under the instruction of a bossy adult.” In time, however, people realized that the children could be allowed to sit, and the first school was invented.Lemony Snickett
They spent the first three years of school getting you to pretend stuff and then the rest of it marking you down if you did the same thing.Margaret Atwood
If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work.Richard Livingstone
There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.Ray Bradbury
Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.Unknown
She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.Terry Pratchett
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.Oscar Wilde
We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.Carol Burnett
Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.Conan O’Brien
I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times.Chet Holmes
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.Zig Ziglar
You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.Henry Ford
That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.Ralph Waldo Emerson
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!Dr. Seuss
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.Richard Branson
Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.George Evans
If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learning anything.Muhammad Ali
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.Buddha
Inspiring Education Quotes
Whether you’re at the beginning of a new year or semester of learning, or aren’t quite sure where your knowledge will take you next – look no further than these inspiring education quotes.
From Renaissance geniuses to modern day scientists, award-winning writers and incredible human rights activists, we’ve got something to inspire everyone on their educational journey.
Be curious, not judgmental.Walt Whitman
Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.Mahatma Ghandi
It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.Murray N. Rothbard
In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.Tom Bodett
Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.Shakuntala Devi
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.Albert Einstein
Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.Oprah Winfrey
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.John Dewey
Life is a journey, not a destination.Ralph Waldo Emerson
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.G.K. Chesterton
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.Carl Rogers
Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.Ray Congdon
I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.Abraham Lincoln
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.Immanuel Kant
Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.Philip J. Runkel
It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.Wendell Berry
Perfect is the enemy of good.Voltaire
School made us ‘literate’ but did not teach us to read for pleasure.Ambeth Ocampo
Yesterday I was clever, so I changed the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.Rumi
Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.Bruce Lee
All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.Martin Fisher
Learning something new everyday is one of the best things about going back to school, but we don’t just learn in the classroom.
Reading independently, practicing a musical instrument, carrying out scientific experiments, and learning the theory behind your favorite sports game all contribute to your education. Let’s honor knowledge in all its forms with these amazing quotes about learning!
Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.William Crawford
The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching.Richard Dufour
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.Mark Twain
Learning never exhausts the mind.Leonardo da Vinci
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.Chinese Proverb
A little learning is a dangerous thing.Alexander Pope
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.Abigail Adams
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.Voltaire
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.Albert Einstein
All learning has an emotional base.Plato
It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.Albert Einstein
Change is the end result of all true learning.Leo Buscaglia
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.’William James
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.Benjamin Franklin
The doer alone learneth.Friedrich Nietzsche
Development is a series of rebirths.Maria Montessori
I’m still learning.Michelangelo
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.Henry Ford
You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.Lyndon B. Johnson
It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.Claude Bernard
Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.Vernon Howard
Ideas without action aren’t ideas. They’re regrets.Steve Jobs
What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.Buddha
Education Quotes about Teaching
Teachers have the amazing power of being able to inspire young minds!
According to a 2019 study, teachers have more job-related stress than other professionals. Aside from the hours spent teaching, educators devote their time to preparation and grading, and make an emotional investment in the success and wellbeing of their students.
Celebrate those who help children and young people achieve their potential with this collection of quotes about teachers and teaching!
Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.Solomon Ortiz
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.Lily Tomlin
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.John C. Maxwell
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.John Henrik Clarke
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin
Transfer is important, but think first about the learner, then about their native environments. Then, further, let’s hope for the self-initiated application of knowledge. Unprompted. Unformatted. The spontaneous, personal, and creative application of understanding in dynamic physical and digital environments.Terry Heick
Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing ourselves.Paul Solarz
A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.Eric Hoffer
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.Cicero
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.Jacques Barzun
A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.Ruth Beechick
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.E.M. Forster
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.Benjamin Franklin
The human mind is our fundamental resource.John F. Kennedy
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.Herbert Spencer
Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.Dr. Seuss
What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.Chuck Grassley
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.Eleanor Roosevelt
Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.Madeline Hunter
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.Confucius
Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.George Carlin
We hope you’re feeling inspired and excited to go back to school! Share your favorite things about learning, teaching, and educating with us in the comments.
This post was updated on August 21, 2020.