60 Inspiring Education Quotes for Teachers and Students

If you’re on this page browsing what could be a list of the best learning quotes, then you’re learning! It’s amazing how many resources are available to us currently. Education is a great starting block to set up a life of curiosity and learning and it expands well beyond the classroom.

Whether you’re browsing through an atlas looking for your next travel destination or researching what’s next after graduation – learning is a process and there is definitely no destination!

I, ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes on learning. Discover inspiring quotes on education and discovery from thinkers, educators, and poets all the way to travelers, filmmakers, and politicians.

60 Inspiring Education Quotes for Teachers and Students


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


2. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
— Oscar Wilde


3.”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
— Albert Einstein


4.”Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
— Winston S. Churchill


5.”It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
— Jane Austen


6. “That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”
— Tim O’Brien


7.”If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
— George Carlin


8.” In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”
— Albert Einstein


9.”I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
— Oscar Wilde


10.”No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt


11.”Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend”
— Albert Camus


12.”Once you’ve decided that something’s absolutely true, you’ve closed your mind on it, and a closed mind doesn’t go anywhere. Question everything. That’s what education’s all about.”
— David Eddings


13.”True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.”
— David O. McKay


14. “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein


15. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”
— C.S. Lewis


16. “Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.”
— Steven Spielberg


17. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
— Robert Frost


18. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
— Brigham Young


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


20. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
— Margaret Mead


21. “By seeking and blundering we learn.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


22.”The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”
— Plato

22. “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

24. “Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?”
— Noam Chomsky

25. “Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
— Malala Yousafzai

26. “True education is a kind of never ending story — a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

27. “The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.”
— Thomas A. Edison

28. “Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”
— Frantz Fanon

29. “Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.”
— Victor Hugo

30. “Intelligence and proper education will give you independence of spirit.”
— Charlotte Brontë

31. “Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”
— B.F. Skinner

32. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

33. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
― Frederick Douglass

34. “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

35. “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
― Voltaire

36. “We learn from failure, not from success!”
― Bram Stoker

37. “Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other”
― Veronica Roth

38. “Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
― Winston S. Churchill

39. “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”
― Maya Angelou

40. “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke

41. “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.”
― Stanley Kubrick

42. “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

43. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
― Ernest Hemingway

44. “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
― William S. Burroughs

45. “There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
― Ernest Hemingway

47. “I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.”
― Barbara Kingsolver

48. “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. ”
― Michel de Montaigne

49. “Sometimes I think high school is one long hazy activity: if you are tough enough to survive this, they’ll let you become an adult. I hope it’s worth it.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson

50. “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
― John Kennedy Toole

51. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

52. “Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

53. “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

54. “Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.”

– Weston H. Agor

55. “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”

– Vernon Howard

56. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

– Aristotle

57. Life is an open book test. Learning how to learn is your most valuable skill in the online world.

– Marc Cuban

58. “Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.”

– Pablo Picasso

59. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

– Henry Ford

60. “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


Whatever it is you are doing in this world, and at whatever stage, I hope you continue to have the passion to learn and grow as you move into this world. I hope these quotes inspired you to keep learning and to allow yourself to be sometimes vulnerable enough to discover new things and take on challenges.

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