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Check out this collection of education quotes that will help you appreciate the power of “Wisdom. comes not from age, but from education and learning.

"The highest result of education..." — Helen Keller

"The highest result of education is tolerance."

This is from Helen Keller's 1903 essay, Optimism. She continues:

"Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience. Tolerance is the first principal of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think."

The emphasis is mine. In my mind, Keller is saying that an open mind is a tolerant mind, a discriminating mind that can see the best in people, even when it is different.

Keller lived 1880 to 1968.

"When the student is ready..." -- Buddhist Proverb

 "When the student is ready, the master appears."

"Always walk through life..." -- Vernon Howard

 "Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will."

I include this quotation with the others about open minds because walking through the world ready for new learning indicates that your mind is open. Your teacher is sure to appear!

Jul 29, 2013 If you plan on implementing an online training platform for your company, provide some inspiration around the office and select a nice quote to.

73 Knowledge Quotes to Inspire Learning and Increase Wisdom

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If you plan on implementing an online training platform for your company, provide some inspiration around the office and select a nice quote to promote employee learning. Attach one of these quotes to the end of your emails. or  at the beginning of an online course or test.  Below find some of our favorite quotes about training, learning, mentoring or education:


1. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin


2. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

― Dr. Seuss


3. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

― Mahatma Gandhi


4. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

― Phil Collins


5. “Learning never exhausts the mind.”

― Leonardo da Vinci


6. “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

― Aristotle,


7. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

― John F. Kennedy


8. “Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.”

― Anton Chekhov


9. “Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”

― Plato


10. “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”

― Benjamin Franklin


11. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

― Pablo Picasso


12. “Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it”

― Confucius


13. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

― Albert Einstein


14. “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”

― B.B. King


15. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

―  Henry Ford



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Inspiring Learning Quotes

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Our latest collection of quotes about education.

Education is one of the most powerful things in life. It allows us to find the meaning behind everything and helps improve lives in a massive way.

Education gives us an understanding of the world around us and offers us an opportunity to use that knowledge wisely.

Irrespective of race, creed, and gender, education makes it possible for people to stand out as equal with all the other persons from different walks of life.

Overall, education is the platform that makes it possible to defeat all barriers.

In that respect, here are some powerful education quotes to help us appreciate the power of learning and gaining knowledge.

Quotes about education and the power of learning

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

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

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

4.) The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

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

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

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

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

9.) “The learning process continues until the day you die.” – Kirk Douglas 

10.) “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats

Education quotes to remind of its power

11.) Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

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

13.) Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

14.) A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain

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

16.) They know enough who know how to learn. – Henry Adams

17.) 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

18.) Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese proverb

19.) Nine-tenths of education is encouragement. – Anatole France

20.) Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown. – Claude Bernard

Education quotes to inspire a love of learning

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

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

23.) “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle

24.) It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.- Agnes Repplierg

25.) They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace. – Malala Yousafzai

26.) I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything. – Steven Wright

27.) “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ― Thomas Jefferson

28.) Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.- Dr. W. Edwards Deming

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

30.) Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. –  Og Mandino

Quotes about education and its importance

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

32.) “I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”– Ann Brashares

33.) “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite

34.) “To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” ― Muriel Spark

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

36.) Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.- Dr. John G. Hibben

37.) Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education. – John Hersey

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

39.) “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Education quotes to help you succeed

41.) “Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.”– Thomas Szasz

42.) You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. – Conrad Hall

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

44.) Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. – Ernest Dimnet

45.) “Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph W. Emerson

46.) “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” ― Mark Twain

47.) All men by nature desire to know.- Aristotle

48.) “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois

49.) “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great

50.) “Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” ― Anton Chekhov

Education quotes to bring out the best in you

51.) “Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” – George Weah

52.) “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” – Chanakya

53.) “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats

54.) “A good education is a foundation for a better future.” – Elizabeth Warren

55.) “Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ” ― Jane Austen

56.) “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ― Jim Rohn

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

58.) “By seeking and blundering we learn.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

59.) “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. ” ― Pete Seeger

60.) “Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”
Claire Fagin

Other inspirational education quotes

61.) “When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.” ― John Taylor Gatto

62.) “Only the educated are free.” ― Epictetus

63.) “A woman with an education may be able to spend more time sitting in a chair instead of lying on her back. A sound advantage, I should think.” ― Anne Bishop

64.) “Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.” ― Frank Herbert

65.) “I think you learn more if you’re laughing at the same time.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

66.) “I don’t want revenge

Helen Keller (This is one of my favorite education quote. .. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience.

Education Quotes - Famous Quotes for teachers and Students

words of wisdom quotes education

All teachers cherish the feeling: The thrill of inspiration that comes from inspiring others.

But whether it be writing report cards or managing the classroom, daily stresses can make it hard to keep that inspiration alive.

We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, Pinterest boards, and other blogs to find 60 of our favorite motivational quotes for teachers. Re-energize your day or week with these inspiring quotes from some of the world’s greatest educators and thinkers!

Quotes on the characteristics of great teaching


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

― William Arthur Ward

Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.

― Sidney J. Harris

In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.

― Harry Wong

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

― Gail Godwin

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

― John Lubbock

The need for imagination, as a sense of truth, and as a feeling of responsibility — these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.

― Rudolf Steiner

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.

― Albert Einstein

Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.

― A. Bartlett Giamatti

The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way.

― John Warren

Quotes about teaching’s lasting impact


A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where his influence stops.

― Henry B. Adams

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.

― Jacques Barzun

The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

― William James

Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. It’s an almost psychotic feeling, believing that part of their lives belongs to me. Everything they become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped to create.

― Esme Raji Codell

Teachers are people who start things they never see finished, and for which they never get thanks until it is too late.

― Max Forman

Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensured a good life.

― Aristotle

What greater joy can a teacher feel than to witness a child’s success?

― Michelle L. Graham

Quotes about teaching students to think critically

The best education is not given to students; it is drawn out of them.

― Gerald Belcher

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

― Albert Einstein

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.

― Josef Albers

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask which he finds it hard to answer.

― Alice Wellington Rollins

It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts…it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.

― Robert Hutchins

Quotes about the difficulty of teaching

Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.

― William Glasser

A pro is someone who can do great work when he doesn’t feel like it.

― Alastair Cook

Education…is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning…by praise, but above all, by example.

― John Ruskin

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

― Jacques Barzun

Teaching is the only major occupation…for which we have not developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the naturals, the ones who somehow know how to teach.

― Peter Drucker

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.

― Haim Ginott

We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to know in order to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact we haven’t so far.

― Ron Edmonds

What is teaching? : Quotes about teaching as an artform

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.

― Simone Weil

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

― Colleen Wilcox

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

― Mark Van Doren

Teaching is the perpetual end and office of all things. Teaching, instruction is the main design that shines through the sky and earth.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teaching is truth mediated by personality.

― Phyllis Brooks

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy.

― Anatole France

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.

― John Jay Chapman

One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one’s growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn.

― Herbert Kohl

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

― John Steinbeck

I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer…education that connects the will to know with the will to become.

― Bell Hooks

Quotes about teaching and purpose

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

― Malcolm Forbes

Among the many purposes of schooling, four stand out to us as having special moral value: to love and care, to serve, to empower and, of course, to learn.

― Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.

― Grayson Kirk

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

― Emma Goldman

The object of teaching a child is to enable him [or her] to get along without his [or her] teacher.

― Elbert Hubbard

Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone’s knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier.

― John Dewey

The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community — these are the most vital things education must try to produce.

― Virginia Gildersleeve

Education is much more than a matter of imparting the knowledge and skills by which narrow goals are achieved. It is also about opening the child’s eyes to the needs and rights of others.

― Dalai Lama

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

― Carl Jung

Quotes about teaching and the future

The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad… Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy.

―Ivan Welton Fitzwater

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.

― Althea Gibson

Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. It’s an almost psychotic feeling, believing that part of their lives belongs to me. Everything they become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped to create.

― Esme Raji Codell

When the untapped potential of a student meets the liberating art of a teacher, a miracle unfolds.

― Mary Hatwood Futrell

[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

― Jim Henson

Quotes about teaching’s importance

Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all professions possible.

― David Haselkorn

The work of a teacher — exhausting, complex, idiosyncratic, never twice the same — is at its heart an ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations.

― William Ayres

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?

― Harriet Martineau

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.

― Helen Caldicott

What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?

― Cicero

If kids come to educators and teachers from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

― Barbara Colorose

To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching.

― George Bernard Shaw

At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems — the answer for all the problems of the world — comes to a single word. That word is education.

― Lyndon B. Johnson

How to Use These Teacher Quotes

These 60 teacher quotes encompass a vast range of opinions, experiences and perspectives. It may be overwhelming to consider them all at once. It’s also easy to read a quote and become inspired, only to promptly forget about it.

A method of internalizing these quotes — and the important ideas they express — is to pick one that you find particularly inspirational, and to live by it for one week. Make a goal to try to apply it in the classroom during the school day.

Consider the following steps to make this more effective:

  • Write the quote down in your weekly planner, so you can see it whenever you look at your schedule.
  • Put a Post-it note of the quote on your mirror or desk — a great strategy for starting and ending the day with a reminder.
  • Take some extra time to choose quotes that resonate with you and are broad enough — yet useful enough — to apply in various situations.

Final thoughts

Teaching is a continually challenging profession, and the energy to tackle each day in the classroom is often in short supply. Occasionally, all you need is a little motivation to remind yourself why you teach.

Teacher burnout is a real problem. You shouldn’t necessarily just go looking for “motivation” when you need help with a lesson plan, a better way to grade papers, or a more differentiated approach to teaching.

But sometimes a short, powerful quote can serve as a well-placed reminder that your efforts are meaningful and important. After all, even the best teacher needs a little extra push from time to time.

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