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80 Inspirational Education Quotes for Students and Teachers

80 Inspiring Education Quotes for Students and Teachers

Education opens up the mind, expands it and allows you to improve your life in so many ways.

So this week – as schools are starting again – I'd like to share 80 of the most motivating and inspiring quotes on education.

I hope you'll find them helpful no matter if you're a student that needs a boost of motivation or if you're a teacher of any kind that wants to inspire and make a change in the lives of your students.

Education Quotes to Motivate Students

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

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

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

“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

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Arthur Ashe

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Malcolm X

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Zig Ziglar

Education Quote by Andy McIntyre

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

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

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain

“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

“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

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

Education Quote by Wayne Dyer

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer

“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

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
Lloyd Alexander

“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John R. Wooden

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”
Abraham Maslow

“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

Education Quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
Zig Ziglar

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn

Education Quotes for Teachers

“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

Education Quote by Henry B Adams

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

“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

“To teach is to learn twice.”
Joseph Joubert

“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
Chinese proverb

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
Alfred Mercier

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

Education Quote by James Baldwin

“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

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
Roger Lewin

“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

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”
Alexandra K. Trenfor

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

Education Quote by Lady Bird Johnson

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”
Lady Bird Johnson

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

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

“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 Quote by Claus Moser

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

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“
Steve Irwin

“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

“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

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
Maya Angelou

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

Quotes on the Power of Education

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

Education Quote by Abraham Maslow

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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

Education Quote by Bill Vaughan

“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

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
Leo Buscaglia

“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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”
Abraham Lincoln

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

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.“
Jim Rohn

“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 more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”
Michel Legrand

Education Quote by George Santayana

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

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

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