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Education Quotes to Inspire

These education quotes will give you all the reasons to realize the importance of education, learning, and teachers in your life.

The importance of a good education cannot be said enough.

Best Education Quotes.

Best Education Quotes

1.) When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Half

2.) Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

3.) Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.
Dr. Seuss

4.) One must be a student before one can be a teacher.
Chinese Proverb

5.) One never learns to understand truly anything but what one loves.

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

7.) A very little key will open a very heavy door.
Charles Dickens

8.) 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

9.) He who opens a school door closes a prison.
Victor Hugo

10.) Knowledge, which is acquired under compulsion, obtains no hold on the mind.

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Education Sayings

11.) Children have more need of models than of critics.
Carolyn Coats

12.) Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
John F. Kennedy

13.) By learning, you will teach; by teaching, you will learn.
Latin Proverb

14.) The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

15.) When you make the finding yourself–even if you are the last person on Earth to see the light–you will never forget it.
Carl Sagan

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16.) Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Abigail Adams

17.) Cauliflower is just a cabbage with a college education.
Mark Twain

18.) A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
Chinese Proverb

19.) Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

20.) Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

21.) Learning is a treasure that accompanies its owner everywhere.
Chinese Proverb

22.) A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
George Santayana

23.) If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation.
Chinese Proverb

24.) My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
Robert Maynard Hutchins

25.) Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Edward Everett

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Inspirational Education Quotes

26.) What we learn to do, we learn by doing.
Thomas Jefferson

27.) The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert Maynard Hutchins

28.) Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

29.) Example isn’t another way to teach; it is the only way to teach.
Albert Einstein

30.) Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Beatrix Potter

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Quotes on Education

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

32.) All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

33.) What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.
Joseph Addison

34.) Education makes a people easy to lead
but difficult to drive: easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
Peter Brougham

35.) A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.
Fred Rogers

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36.) Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

Smart Kids Quotations

37.) The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris

38.) 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

39.) The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it.

40.) Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Life Long Learning

41.) Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant

42.) 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

43.) A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; Their shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
Alexander Pope

44.) All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
Martin H. Fischer

45.) All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing and not moving toward excellence.
Denis Waitley

Maria Montessori Quotes

46.) To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop and unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher.

47.) Education is not something which the teacher does …it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.

48.) The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist.

49.) Never help a child with a task that they feel they can complete themselves.

Quotes on Schools

50.) A book is like a garden carried in a pocket.
Chinese Proverb

51.) To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Lao Tzu

52.) 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

53.) Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing; the rest is mere sheep-herding.
Ezra Pound

54.) Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

55.) 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

56.) 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

Famous Education Quotes

57.) Where are gone those older spirits in education who knew and taught boldly that school is an apprenticeship, and a hard one, for a life harder yet? And that prayer is necessary not to escape burdens but for strength, the better to carry them?
Martin H. Fischer

58.) A man is never too old to learn.
Chinese Proverb

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

60.) You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.

61.) 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

62.) Every person of learning is finally his own teacher.
Thomas Paine

63.) If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away.

Learning Quotations

64.) The more you use your mind, the more you’ll have to use.
George A. Dorsey

65.) My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching but prevented me from being educated to an extent that infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.
George Bernard Shaw

66.) To encourage literature and the arts is a duty that every good citizen owes to his country.
George Washington

67.) The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

68.) Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Victor Hugo

69.) Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end, you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.
Mark Twain

Educational Quotes

70.) One learns by doing a thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.

71.) Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana

72.) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

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

74.) Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Robert Frost

75.) My grandmother wanted me to have an education. That’s why she kept me out of school.
Margaret Mead

76.) Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. Lewis

77.) A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image but to develop students who can create their own image.

On Teachers

Here are some education quotes on teachers.

78.) I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.

79.) A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Horace Mann

80.) It doesn’t make much difference what you study, as long as you don’t like it.
Finley Peter Dunne

81.) History of humanity is a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells

82.) Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

83.) It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Quotes about Education

84.) Education is learning what you didn’t know, even know you didn’t know.
Daniel Boorstin

85.) Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes

86.) Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein

87.) 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

88.) Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Sir Winston Churchill

89.) I learned most not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.
St. Augustine

90.) What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

91.) The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
Herbert Spencer

92.) When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.
Louis Pasteur

Quotes on Learning

93.) Education is soul crafting.
Cornel West

94.) If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
Henry Ford

95.) Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

96.) Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
Japanese Proverb

97.) Education is a continual process; it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal, you don’t go forward.
George Weah

98.) The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.

99.) The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.

For Teachers

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

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

102.) Do not train children to learn 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.

103.) I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
Albert Einstein

104.) Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Chinese Proverb

105.) Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Isaac Asimov

Quotes on Teaching

106.) We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
Lord Alexander

107.) Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Mahatma Gandhi

108.) It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

109.) Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.
Solomon Ortiz

110.) If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
Ignacio Estrada

111.) The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

112.) The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.
Alexandra K. Trenfor

113.) Education is understanding relationships.
George Washington Carver

114.) It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Educate Quotes

115.) Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

116.) A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams

117.) Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.
Joyce Meyer

118.) Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
Charles Kuralt

119.) The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark Van Doren

120.) People seldom see the halting and painful steps at which the most insignificant success is achieved.
Anne Sullivan

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121.) What the teacher is is more important than what he teaches.
Karl A. Menninger

122.) It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

123.) They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.
Nicholas Sparks

124.) A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.
Helen Keller

125.) The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.’
Dan Rather

126.) School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.
Ivan Illich

Funny Quotations on Education

Funny education quotes are great for many settings. Consider the following.

127.) Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.
Pete Seeger

128.) It takes ten years to grow trees but a hundred years to rear people.
Chinese Proverb

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

130.) I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Groucho Marx

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

132.) I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.
Groucho Marx

Motivational Education Quotes

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133.) Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

134.) Change is the end result of all true learning.
Leo Buscaglia

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

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

137.) The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

138.) Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.
William Crawford

139.) Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

140.) The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
Carl Rogers

141.) Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

142.) I am still learning.

143.) Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
Marian Wright Edelman

Important Education Quotes

144.) The roots of education& are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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

146.) Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

147.) Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.
John Holt

148.) Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.
Brigham Young

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

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

Notable Education Quotes

151.) Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein

152.) Spoonfeeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
E. M. Forster

153.) Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

154.) One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai

155.) An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

156.) Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

Power of Education

157.) Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King

158.) Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress in every society, in every family.
Kofi Annan

159.) The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
B.B. King

160.) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
George Washington Carver

161.) A good education is a foundation for a better future.
Elizabeth Warren

162.) The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.
Malala Yousafzai

163.) Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

164.) Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

The Importance of Education

Education has become an integral part of human life – something as important as food, shelter, and clothes. Education helps you evolve. It helps you think rationally and improves your position in life and society.

An educated person can lead a healthier lifestyle, make his own decisions independently, follow ethical values, contribute to society’s growth, and make his community a safer and better place.

Philosophers, leaders, and men of science have always emphasized the importance of education in society. Education removes all limitations and opens your mind to new possibilities and a better world. It is education that carves out a sculpture out of a stone.

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought over 75 new gift and toy products to market, most dealing with wordplay. Mike is married and a father of four daughters.

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