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 141 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.
And if you want more inspiration check out this collection of quotes on moving forward and this one with growth mindset quotes.
[Note: the original version of this post contained 80 quotes but I've now updated it with 61 additional quotes on education.]
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.”
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
“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.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.”
“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.”
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
“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.”
“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.”
“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
“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.”
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”
“They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.”
“That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.”
“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.”
“To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.”
“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.”
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
“Success is a poor teacher.”
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
“Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students.”
“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”
“Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.”
“Despise school and remain a fool.”
“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”
“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”
“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”
“The learned man knows that he is ignorant.”
“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.”
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't. ”
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”
“The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas – just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.”
“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.”
“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.”
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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
“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.”
“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?”
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”
“Education cost money, but then so does ignorance.”
“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
“The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice.”
“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
“The more you make it easy for your kids, the more you remove the struggle necessary for learning.”
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
“All learning has an emotional base.”
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
“If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly.”
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”
Franklin P. Jones
“Education is supposed to juice your curiosity, not diminish or sate it.”
“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
“People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.”
“By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.”
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg — not by smashing it.”
Quotes on the Power of Education
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.”
“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.”
“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
Sydney J. Harris
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
“What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the human soul.”
“Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
“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.”
“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”
“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.”
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.”
“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.“
“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.”
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King
“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.”
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”
“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
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- 1) I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think. ...
- 2) Tell me and I forget. ...
- 3) Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. ...
- 4) 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.
- "When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go." ...
- "Nothing is impossible. ...
- "There is nothing impossible to they who will try." ...
- "The bad news is time flies. ...
- "Life has got all those twists and turns. ...
- "Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you."
- The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - ...
- The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - ...
- Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. ...
- If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -
Education lessens the challenges you will face in life. The more knowledge you gain the more opportunities will open up to allow individuals to achieve better possibilities in career and personal growth. Education has played an important role in the career world of the twenty-first century.What teachers do to inspire students? ›
- Always believe your students will succeed!
- Try new things… ...
- Be awesome and “cool”, not boring!
- Teach your students “why” learning is so important. ...
- Inspire by introducing them to heroes, old and new.
- Make learning fun.
- Share a mutual respect for each other.
They are society's heroes." "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." "Your heart is slightly larger than the average human heart, but that's because you're a teacher." "Teachers can change lives with the right mix of chalk and challenges."Who is good teacher quotes? ›
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson. I am a teacher.What are 2 inspirational quotes? ›
- “Do the best you can. ...
- “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ―Theodore Roosevelt.
- 'It's never too late to be what you might've been.” ―George Eliot.
- “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ―Walt Disney.
- “Trust yourself that you can do it and get it.” ―Baz Luhrmann.
- Become a role model for student interest. ...
- Get to know your students. ...
- Use examples freely. ...
- Use a variety of student-active teaching activities. ...
- Set realistic performance goals and help students achieve them by encouraging them to set their own reasonable goals.
- “I'll be there.”
- “I love you.”
- “Maybe you're right.”
- “I trust you.”
- “Go for it.”
- “Got your back.”
- “How are you?”
- “I want you.”
Inspirational Short Quotes and Sayings
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
- It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. ...
- Nothing lasts forever. ...
- There are only two ways to live your life. ...
- Take chances, make mistakes. ...
- Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections.
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda." "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." "Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success."How can education improve your life? ›
Education can also lead to more accurate health beliefs and knowledge, and thus to better lifestyle choices, but also to better skills and greater self-advocacy. Education improves skills such as literacy, develops effective habits, and may improve cognitive ability.How does education impact your life? ›
Those who get an education have higher incomes, have more opportunities in their lives, and tend to be healthier. Societies benefit as well. Societies with high rates of education completion have lower crime, better overall health, and civic involvement. Lack of access to education is considered the root of poverty.What is the power of education? ›
Good quality education has the power to change the life of a person, a community and the future of the planet. It is a fundamental human right of every woman, man and child – no matter who and where they are.What is the most powerful quote? ›
- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi. ...
- “Everybody is a genius. ...
- “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw.
A teacher, also called a schoolteacher or formally an educator, is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence, or virtue.What is a good sentence for teachers? ›
1) A teacher is a great source of knowledge, prosperity, and enlightenment from which anybody can be benefited. 2) Teachers are the gifts of god who make our career and guide us towards success. 3) Teachers make their students academically strong and they always encourage their students to do better in their life.Do your best quotes for students? ›
- “It's not about perfect. It's about effort.” – ...
- “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.”– ...
- “Focus on your goal. ...
- “You don't get what you wish for. ...
- “Do something now; your future self will thank you for later.” – ...
- “Don't try to be perfect. ...
- “Keep going. ...
- “Even the greatest were beginners.
It is often said that there is no better teacher than life itself and what better way to say a big thank you for all the learnings that life throws at us, than being appreciative of these valuable lessons that makes us who we are. Learning by doing, or not doing!Why is a teacher inspirational? ›
When a teacher is an inspiration for students, they challenge students to use their imagination, intellect, and expectations. They also form a bond of mutual trust and respect with their students. They invite the students to be a part of their learning journey too.How do you inspire success? ›
- Believe in yourself. Always stay true to what makes you unique and trust your gut. ...
- Work hard. Pure and simple. ...
- Take risks. It's O.K. to be afraid but you just have to plunge in anyway. ...
- Keep an open mind. ...
- Accept your limitations. ...
- Treat others with respect and kindness. ...
- Never stop dreaming.
- Accentuate the positive. ...
- Set expectations and consequences. ...
- Introduce competition. ...
- Introduce collaboration. ...
- Connect to their world. ...
- Plug into technology. ...
- Get parents involved. ...
- Get students involved.
- Give students the chance to show off what they know. ...
- Bring more energy to the classroom. ...
- Focus on intrinsic motivation.
To live an inspiring life means that you are living life to the fullest. It also means that you are living a meaningful life that is based on your passion and your life's true calling. By doing so, you can feel the happiness most people are just dreaming to have.What is a inspiring message? ›
Something or someone that is inspiring is exciting and makes you feel strongly interested and enthusiastic... [...]Why are inspiring quotes important? ›
Inspirational quotes are greatly beneficial to everyone, especially writers, regardless of where they are in the writing process. Quotes can help generate ideas within brainstorming, which can influence the ideas within the piece. They can send you in new directions by presenting the ideas of others.What are 5 things that inspire you? ›
- Here are 10 things that inspire me.
- Ambition. Ambition can be defined as being eager or hungry to aspire and accomplish something; it is one thing I can't get enough of. ...
- Past. ...
- Doing new things. ...
- Challenges. ...
- My parents. ...
- Friends. ...
- Forgive. ...
- Help. ...
- Empathize. ...
- Teach. ...
- Love. ...
- Persevere. ...
- Learn. ...
- Believe. So many people believe only in what they can see, hear and touch, and refuse to look beyond what's right in front of them.
- 10 different ways anyone can inspire those around them: Build up those around you. ...
- Build up those around you. A little compliment can go a long way. ...
- Be enthusiastic. ...
- Have integrity. ...
- Be empathetic. ...
- Maintain a positive outlook. ...
- Practice gratitude. ...
- Stand your ground.
“Be simple to fill life with abundance.” “In this complex modern world, it is impossible to be simple.” “The highest form of wisdom is to be simple and live in the beauty of love.” “Peace is simple, but it takes great courage to be simple and walk the path of peace.”What is a short quote? ›
Because short quotations contain fewer than 40 words, they should be integrated into the surrounding paragraph using introductory phrases that provide some context for the quoted material.Which is the most powerful motivational quote? ›
- 1) Success is No Accident. ...
- 2) Success is Not Final, Failure is Not Fatal: it is the Courage to Continue that Counts. ...
- 3) Don't Count the Days, Make the Days Count. ...
- 4) He Who is Not Courageous Enough to Take Risks Will Accomplish Nothing in Life. ...
- 5) Don't Wait for Opportunity, Create it.
- Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ...
- The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ...
- What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. ...
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ...
- Never give up.
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The idealistic philosophers contend that the chief aim of education is to develop the spiritual side of an individual. The sole aim of education should be the maximum development of spiritual potentialities of the individual. In turn, this development gives the real strength to human soul and mind.What Albert Einstein said about education? ›
On Education: ''The wit was not wrong who defined education in this way: 'Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he learned in school. '' [quoted in Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, p. 63].What is the slogan of education? ›
Education is the best way to reform people. Education makes children's world better. Education changes your bad today into good tomorrow. No one remains of the education!Who Quote education is the key to success? ›
10+ Education Is The Key To Success Quote Thomas Jefferson.
The aim of moral education is to produce morally educated people. Moral education, like any other kind of education, cannot consist in imposing a point of view. Education should assist people to become more autonomous, to make informed judgements of their own.Why education is important in your life quotes? ›
- A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. – ...
- “Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.” – ...
- “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – ...
- “Change is the end result of all true learning.” –
For Benjamin Franklin, education isn't something you have to do – it's something you want to do. Think of it as a privilege, not a right: desired rather than dreaded.What do we mean by education? ›
Education refers to the discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school-like environments, as opposed to various nonformal and informal means of socialization.What is Einstein's most famous quote? ›
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”Why are schools important quotes? ›
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela.
- Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats.
- The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -
Education develops critical thinking. This is vital in teaching a person how to use logic when making decisions and interacting with people (e.g., boosting creativity, enhancing time management). Education helps an individual meet basic job qualifications and makes them more likely to secure better jobs.What is true education? ›
A true education can be defined as “enough knowledge given to a student to be successful in life after completing school.” The purpose of school is to give students this true education, but as time passes, so must the old ways of accomplishing this.How can education improve your life? ›
Education can also lead to more accurate health beliefs and knowledge, and thus to better lifestyle choices, but also to better skills and greater self-advocacy. Education improves skills such as literacy, develops effective habits, and may improve cognitive ability.