Learning Quotes, Sayings, Insights

Presenting a carefully selected collection of learning quotes to shine a light on education.

Learning is not only the education that one gets during school days or at college. In fact, it is what he is taught by life and by the actions one takes, the mistakes made, and the accomplishments achieved. These lessons do not end until the day we die.

In order to learn from life’s experiences, one needs to keep the mind open and know when life is teaching a lesson and embrace it. While some people learn to do this, others simply forfeit their opportunities.

These quotes are for both audiences. For the winners so that they can go further, and for the losers so that they can turn things around to the winning side.

Best Learning Quotes

1.) I am still learning.
Michaelangelo, age 87 years old

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

3.) Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

4.) Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve, and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

5.) Yesterday, I was clever, so I changed the world. Today, I am wise, so I am changing myself.

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

7.) I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Winston Churchill

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Good Learning Quotes and Sayings

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

9.) If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.
Howard Gardner

10.) Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Thomas H. Huxley

11.) Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

13.) Nothing will work unless you do.
Maya Angelo

14.) Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.
W.B. Yeats

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

16.) He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

17.) That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life but in a new way.
Doris Lessing

18.) Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

19.) Education without application is just entertainment.
Tim Sanders

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Lesson Learning Quotes

20.) It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.
Wendell Berry

21.) The more I read, the more I acquire, and the more certain I am that I know nothing.

22.) The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

23.) If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience
George Bernard Shaw

24.) Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Mark Twain

25.) Without pain, there would be no suffering; without suffering, we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows; without it, there is no way of life.
Angelina Jolie

26.) Development is a series of rebirths.
Maria Montessori

27.) Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you and disputed passage with you?
Walt Whitman

28.) We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
Peter Drucker

29.) Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin

30.) 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.

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

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Inspirational Learning Quotes

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

33.) Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by a lack of intelligence, but by a lack of determination and courage to use one’s intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is, therefore, the motto of the enlightenment.
Immanuel Kant

34.) The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

35.) Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest, Lend less than thou owest, Ride more than thou goest, Learn more than thou trowest, Set less than thou throwest.
William Shakespeare


36.) The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
Tony Robbins

37.) Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
Denis Waitley

38.) Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
Roy T. Bennett

39.) I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Abraham Lincoln

40.) The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.
Josh Waitzkin

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Quotes About Learning

41.) It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.
Claude Bernard

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

43.) The human mind is our fundamental resource.
John F. Kennedy

44.) If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.
Muhammad Ali

45.) Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

46.) Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford

47.) I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso

48.) A man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein

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Motivational Learning Sayings

49.) We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.
Stephen Covey

50.) I am a woman in the process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
Oprah Winfrey

51.) For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

52.) Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein

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

54.) All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
Immanuel Kant

Training Quotes

55.) 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

56.) The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Dr. Seuss

57.) Sixty years ago, I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant

58.) Wisdom… comes not from age but from education and learning.
Anton Chekhov

59.) Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
Albert Einstein

60.) In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.
Phil Collins

61.) For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.
Benjamin Franklin

62.) Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

63.) Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body, but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

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Educational Quotations

64.) Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.

65.) You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.
Galileo Galilei

66.) Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.

67.) No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.
Peter Drucker

68.) The practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.
Ann Voskamp

Studying and Schooling Sayings

69.) Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.
Amit Ray

70.) Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.
Lailah Gifty Akita

71.) I might walk vast expanses of earth and always be beginning, and I love beginning or could learn to love it.
S. Jane Sloat

72.) Be humble, be teachable, and always be learning.

73.) Every day is a chance to learn.

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

75.) Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

How To Use These Learning Quotes

The learning process can become the most exhilarating task for many people. These folks sometimes require inspiration from the outside world to help them get through the tasks at hand. This is often because learning asks for proper commitment and also the strength to keep pushing through until you have perfected whatever you are learning.

While on the path to perfection, there will be many times when you will feel like you have done all that you could and can go no further. This means going outside of your comfort zone. It is our hope that these quotations will give you that extra push to complete the job.

So, please use these quotes as personal inspiration. Or, perhaps, you’re trying to inspire an individual, a class, or a group. Incorporate these learning quotes into your group’s activities. Put a selection on the chalkboard to start class. Remind folks of a favorite approach to learning by including a quotation in your emails.

I hope you enjoy and keep learning whatever you set your mind to.

By Claire Evans

Claire writes about pop culture, history, and entertainment.


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