116 Education Quotes about Teaching and Learning

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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.

School Quotes

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.

“School is a place that provides education, and education is the key to life.” – Unknown

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
“Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.” – Josie Bisset

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.

“Those who get lost on the way to school will never find their way through life.” – German Proverb

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
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

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.


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
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

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
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

“I have never let schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

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.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

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
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

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
“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” – Harold Howe

It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.

Wendell Berry

Perfect is the enemy of good.


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.


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
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Learning Quotes

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!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

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
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

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.


Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Albert Einstein

All learning has an emotional base.


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
“Even the genius asks questions.” – Tupac Shakur

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.


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.

Henry Ford
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – Harry S. Truman

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.

“A problem well-put is half-solved.” – John Dewey

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!

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

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

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
“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.


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
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

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.


Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.

George Carlin
“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” – Thomas Carruthers

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.

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