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54 Inspirational Quotes on Education

School may have been – or may currently be – boring, a killer of creativity or downright awful for you.

But education is still important because it opens the mind and expands it.

And if your years in school were bad or boring you can still educate yourself now.

So in this post I’d like to share 54 timeless, thought-provoking and inspiring quotes on education.

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
Epictetus

“Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.”
Helen Keller

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Aristotle

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry B Adams

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”
John W. Gardner

“No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.”
G.K. Chesterton

“To teach is to learn twice.”
Joseph Joubert

“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?”
Erich Fromm

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.”
Peter Drucker

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
Gloria Steinem

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
Albert Schweitzer

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
Will Durant

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.”
Bill Beattie

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
G.K. Chesterton

“The difference between school and life? 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

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
Victor Hugo

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Andy McIntyre

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
Chinese proverb

“If a man is a fool, you don’t train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous.”
Desmond Bagley

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
Anatole France


“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”
Jim Rohn

“The most beautiful things in the creating of the child are his “mistakes.” The more a child’s work is full of these individual mistakes the more wonderful it is. And the more a teacher removes them from the child’s work the duller, more desolate and impersonal it becomes.”
Franz Cizek

“The modern world belongs to the half-educated, a rather difficult class, because they do not realize how little they know.”
William R. Inge

“People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.”
Bill Vaughan

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.”
Edward De Bono

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”
Goethe

“Education cost money, but then so does ignorance.”
Claus Moser

“I’ve learned… that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”
Andy Rooney

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
Chinese proverb

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
Sydney J. Harris

“What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the human soul.”
Joseph Addison

“Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”
Peter Brougham

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
Albert Einstein

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.”
Carl Rogers

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”
William Haley

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Ben Franklin

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
Plato

“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”
Helen Keller

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”
Robert G. Ingersoll

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
Buckminster Fuller

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.”
T.S. Eliot

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”
John Keats

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg — not by smashing it.”
Arnold Glasow

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
George Santayana

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
B.B. King

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  • MartHath

    I really like these series of inspirational quotes, and from this selection I would have to say that the Will Durand speaks the most to me!

  • Thank you so much for providing this entry on inspirational educational quotes.

  • Nighty

    You forgot the greatest education quote of them all:

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
    — Mark Twain

  • Cat Williams

    I am a 8th grader and this really hepled me alot.

  • natalie

    some of these quotes were really nice

  • i love those qoutes.
    there amazing. 😉

  • fae holakeituai

    great quotes that helped me become a master of my thoughts on education!

  • j dunkle

    these quotes are great-they help me alot!

  • g

    thank you. 🙂

  • bongronzkie

    i really like the inspirational quotes i learn more knowledge from this. They are really inprarional not only to me and also to all of us!!!

  • kelly

    thank you=)

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