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Top 10 Education Quotes - with quotes by Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles R. Swindoll and more.

Below are quotes we're collecting to use the "wisdom of the ages" to think deeply about learning. If you have a favorite learning quote you'd like to contribute, email it to [email protected], like our great friend Peggy George did, you can even email us your whole collection!


Human beings are curious by nature.
- Aristotle

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

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

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
- Agatha Christie

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

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Curiosity is a delicate little plant that, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.
- Albert Einstein

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

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
- Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds
- Albert Einstein

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

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein

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

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
- Albert Einstein

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
- Albert Einstein

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

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
- Albert Einstein

Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.
- Alexandra K.Trenfor

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity. Education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole Franc

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
- Anatole France

I've learned... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
- Andy Rooney

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.
- Anne Sullivan

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
- Anne Sullivan

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

Learning is not a spectator sport.
- Anonymous

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Anthony Jay

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
- Antoine de St. Exupery

All men by nature desire to know.
- Aristotle

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

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
- Aristotle

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

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
- Aristotle

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg -- not by smashing it.
- Arnold Glasow

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
- Arthur Koestler

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

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

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.
- Ben Franklin

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Games lubricate the body and the mind.
- Benjamin Franklin

The biggest atrocity of all is to indoctrinate our children into a system that does not value their creative expression, nor encourage their unique abilities.
- Benjamin Greene

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another.
- Benjamin Jowett

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
- Bertolt Brecht

Almost all education has a political motive: it aims at strengthening some group, national or religious or even social, in the competition with other groups. It is this motive, in the main, which determines the subjects taught, the knowledge offered and the knowledge withheld, and also decides what mental habits the pupils are expected to acquire. Hardly anything is done to foster the inward growth of mind and spirit; in fact, those who have had the most education are very often atrophied in their mental and spiritual life.
- Bertrand Russell

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
- Bertrand Russell

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think. To improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, rather than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.
- Bill Beattie

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
- Bishop Mandell Creighton

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
- Bob Talbert

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and let him know that you trust him.
- Booker T. Washington

If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.
- Buckminster Fuller

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
- Buckminster Fuller

Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating.
- C. B. Neblette

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

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness.
- Carl Rogers

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

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

Children have more need of models than of critics.
- Carolyn Coats

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

Of all the joyous motives of school life, the love of knowledge is the only abiding one; the only one which determines the scale, so to speak, upon which the person will hereafter live.
- Charlotte Mason

Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child's nature.
- Charlotte Mason

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
- Chinese Proverb

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

Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere.
- Chinese Proverb

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

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

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation.
- Chinese saying

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.
- Chuang-Tzu

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
- Claude Bernard

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

Learning without thought is labor lost.
- Confucius

You cannot open a book without learning something.
- Confucius

Education is soul crafting.
- Cornel West

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
- Dale Carnegie

For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Dorothy Parker

Education is the ability to meet life's situations.
- Dr. John G. Hibben

Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service and it must be thought of as a mission.
- Dr. Ralph Tyler

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

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

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
- Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is to be educated.
- Edith Hamilton

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

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

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

Perhaps the greatest joy is learning how to motivate yourself.
- Floyd Maxwell

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.
- Franz Cizek

Because we cannot measure the things that have the most meaning, we give the most meaning to the things we can measure.
- Fred Hargadon

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

The surest way to corrupt a young man is to teach him to esteem more highly those who think alike than those who think differently.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
- G.K. Chesterton

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G.M. Trevelyan

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

The more you use your mind, the more you'll have to use.
- George A. Dorsey

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

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

Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.
- George Evans

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

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
- George Washington

Education is understanding relationships.
- George Washington Carver

I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for ones self.
- George Washington Carver

Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes, and that times change.
- Gina Shapira

Children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun.
- Glenn Doman

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
- Goethe

One never learns to understand truly anything but what one loves.
- Goethe

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

Education is not a race, with winners and losers. It's not a commodity to be bought and sold.
- Grace Llewellyn & Amy Silver

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.
- Grayson Kirk

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

The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda - a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make 'good' citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.
- H. L. Mencken

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe...
- H.G. Wells

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
- H.L. Mencken

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
- Harold S. Hulbert

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

It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
- Harvey S. Firestone

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

The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.
- Helen Keller

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
- Henri L. Bergson

A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops.
- Henry Adams

They know enough who know how to learn.
- Henry Adams

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry Brooks Adams

We should seek to be fellow students with the pupil, and should learn of, as well as with him, if we would be most helpful to him.
- Henry David Thoreau

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a thing; you're right.
- Henry Ford

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
- Henry Peter Brougham

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
- Ignacio Estrada

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

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

The mind grows by what it feeds on.
- J.G. Holland

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

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a days work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
- Jacques Barzun

The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
- Jacques Barzun

Teaching is a strategic act of engagement.
- James Bellanca

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
- James Truslow Adams

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
- Jane Goodall

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

The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
- Jean Piaget

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simple of repeating what other generations have done--men who are creative, inventive, and discoverers.
- Jean Piaget

Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

True teaching is one that not teaches knowledge but stimulates children to gain it.
- Jill Eggleton

No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education.
- John Carolus

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

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

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

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

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.
- John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.
- John Holt

No use to shout at them to pay attention. If the situations, the materials, the problems before the child do not interest him, his attention will slip off to what does interest him, and no amount of exhortation of threats will bring it back.
- John Holt

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

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
- John Keats

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

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

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.
- John Stuart Mill

Genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us.
- John Taylor Gatto

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

The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his education.
- John W. Gardner

I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
- John W. Gardner

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

The only way to be totally free is through education.
- Jose Marti

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

The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.
- Joseph Campbell

To teach is to learn twice.
- Joseph Joubert

The final evaluation should not be the hardest part of the course.
- Ken Whytock

Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.
- Kenny Ausubel

It's not what is poured into a student, but what is planted.
- L. Conway

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

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
- Latin Proverb

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

Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.
- Lillian Smith

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
- Linus Pauling

Our children need to be treated as human beings - exquisite, complex and elegant in their diversity.
- Lloyd Dennis

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

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

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

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

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

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
- Marcel Proust

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Education is not something which the teacher does is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
- Maria Montessori

Never help a child with a task that they feel they can complete themselves.
- Maria Montessori

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.
- Maria Montessori

To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher.
- Maria Montessori

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to the big differences that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.
- Marie Curie

You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education.
- Marilyn Howshall

I try never to let my schooling get in the way of my education.
- Mark Twain

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

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
- Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
- Mark Twain

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
- Mark Twain

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
- Mark VanDoren

The kids in our classroom are infinitely more significant than the subject matter we teach.
- Meladee McCarty

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.
- Michelangelo

Training teaches how. Education teaches why.
- Nido Qubein

We must reject that most dismal and fatuous notion that education is a preparation for life.
- Northrop Frye

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

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

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
- Oscar Wilde

Through education comes understanding. Through understanding comes true appreciation. All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso

Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one's inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life. Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self-knowledge--and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject.
- Parker Palmer

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
- Patricia Neal

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
- Paul Goodman

It would be extremely naive to expect the dominant classes to develop a type of education that would enable subordinate classes to perceive social injustices critically.
- Paulo Freire

Knowledge, which is acquired under compulsion, obtains no hold on the mind.
- Plato

Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently, or effectively.
- R. D. Clyde

Don'’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
- Rabbinical Saying

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
- Rachel Carson

I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of an education.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What did you ASK at school today?
- Richard Fenyman

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention
- Richard Moss

In any case, clearly at some point in the first decade of life, the student must begin to direct their own education and life experiences to shape their future. The rise of civilizations is more and more lower and middle income children with fires lit. The fall of civilizations is progressively fewer with fires lit.
- Robert C. Bowman

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

When one teaches, two learn.
- Robert Half

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
- Roger Lewin

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
- Roger Lewin

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.
- Samuel Butler

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
- Samuel Johnsons

Teachers teach someone something, in that order.
- Samuel M. Natale

If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.
- Samuel Richardson

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.
- Shelby Foote

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Sir Francis Bacon

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
- Sir Walter Scott

The hardest conviction to get into the mind of a beginner is that the education upon which he is engaged is not a college course, not a medical course, but a life course, for which the work of a few years under teachers is but a preparation.
- Sir William Osler

The successful teacher is no longer on a height, pumping knowledge at high pressure into passive receptacles...He is a senior student anxious to help his juniors.
- Sir William Osler

I'm always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
- Sir Winston Churchill

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
- Socrates

One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
- Sophocles

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.
- St. Augustine

Facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque (I make free adults out of children by means of books and a balance).
- St. John's College Motto

We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves.
- Stephen Downes

Hack your education.
- Steve Hargadon

My child is not defective
- Steve Hargadon

Education must have an end in view, for it is not an end in itself.
- Sybil Marshall

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
- Thomas Carruthers

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper [(candle)] at mine, receives light without darkening me.
- Thomas Jefferson

What we learn to do, we learn by doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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.
- Thoreau

Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.
- Tony Buzan

Education...has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- Trevelyan

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.
- Tryon Edwards

Education is not a form of entertainment, but a means of empowering people to take control of their lives.
- Unknown

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
- Unknown

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

Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new.
- Wendy Priesnitz

The Schools ain't what they used to be and never was.
- Will Rogers

The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow.
- William Blake

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get.
- William Feather

The rule for every man is, not to depend on the education which other men have prepared for him—not even to consent to it; but to strive to see things as they are, and to be himself as he is. Defeat lies in self-surrender.
- Woodrow Wilson

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- Yeats

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Weekly Wisdom: The Most Inspiring Education Quotes of All Time

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Teachers regularly inspire their students, whether they are aware of it or not. But all of us—even those in education—struggle under the weight of doubt and anxiety sometimes. We’re human, after all. We’ve chosen to share these inspiring teaching quotes with all you teachers out there because there are two things you need to know. First, we believe in you, and second, you are not alone.

Enjoy these inspiring teaching quotes and the messages they carry for you—the teachers of the world—along with them.

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”—Kahlil Gibran

Lebanese artist and writer Kahlil Gibran’s best-known book is The Prophet. This quote is from the central character Almustafa’s musings on parenthood, but it applies just as well to the role of a teacher.

The message: As a teacher, you’re the most important part of a young student’s life. Your love of learning can be infectious and inspiring to any student you teach. Remember how you nurture the courage in a pupil’s heart. You are a tutor, an enabler, and a caregiver combined, and you can—and will—make a difference.

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”—Robert Frost

American Poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost often examined complex social and philosophical themes in his work, but also the themes of rural life and culture that were close to his heart. His work truly awakened the hearts of many, so this seems like a good one to include here.

The message: Any teacher can awaken a student’s belief in themselves. Frost encourages the idea of inspiring curiosity and sparking the desire for knowing in students. As a teacher, you are the best guide for your students in the move towards this kind of illumination. Get students curious about discovering knowledge for themselves, and focus on their interests and inherent skills and natural talents.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”―Malala Yousafzai

16-year-old Pakistani student Malala Yousafazi was an advocate for students’ rights in her 

hometown of Swat during a very dangerous time of war and political upheaval. Malala won the Nobel peace Prize in 2014. She now lives in the United Kingdom where she still attends school.

The message: If there’s anyone who is in a position to bring positive change into the world every day, it’s a teacher. Don’t ever think that your efforts as a teacher are insignificant and make no difference. There is no telling what positive effect you will have on someone’s life, especially a student’s. Be brave, stay passionate about your kids and your work, and don’t give up—ever.

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”—Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein once claimed that if he was presented with a problem and given one hour to solve it, he’d spend 5 minutes on the solution and the other 55 minutes defining the problem. He was born to be a teacher and lived his life and work with a healthy mix of compassion and curiosity. This is one of his lesser-known quotes, but it fits the bill for sharing in this post.

The message: The best environments we can provide for our students are the ones that lead them to take responsibility for their learning. What a difference it makes in a student’s mind knowing that they’ve discovered the answer for themselves, or been able to create it if it wasn’t there.

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”—Japanese proverb

Japanese wisdom never fails. Such a timeless culture that has mastered so much of the concept of self-awareness knows a thing or two about teaching and learning. This proverb is one of my 

favourites and speaks to many of my own personal experiences in education.

The message: Studying is an important part of gaining an education, but reviewing and internalizing facts and data will only get a student so far. What they really crave are those moments where they truly connect with their teacher and learn a lesson that no textbook or website could ever provide. These are the priceless lessons of real life, from someone who has had those experiences and made the mistakes, and grown as a human being because of them. That’s you, and those experiences are like gold to any student. Make them happen as much as you possibly can.

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”—Alfred Mercier

Alfred Mercier was a doctor and writer and was part of a group responsible for promoting an awareness of French literature in Louisiana during the late 1800s. This quote is one of his more well-known musings on the value of inspired learning.

The message: Learning can be enjoyable in every way for both teacher and student, and it should be. When our students are engaged and invested in their learning and are truly having fun, that’s a big part of how learning “sticks.” Teachers are in a perfect position to make the learning environments and experiences they provide for their students highly enjoyable and deeply memorable.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”—B.B. King

One of the most soulful and influential blues guitarists in history is B.B. King. This is what the legendary “King of Blues” himself had to say about the gift of learning.

The message: At the end of the day, learning is a deeply personal experience. When something is learned, understood, and finally becomes transparent to the learner, it is a very special kind of individual accomplishment that changes that person forever. The mind becomes refreshed and more open, new neural connections are formed, and curiosity expands. The more we learn, the more we want to learn.

Both learning and the thirst for it are the eternal gifts teachers give to each one of their students. These gifts are possessions a student never loses, and which benefit them for life.

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”—Fred Rogers

We all knew him as the lovable host of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, but few know just how much the late Fred Rogers did to push television networks to become better nurturers of our youth. As a teacher himself, he cared about the education and well-being of children across the globe immensely.

Check out this YouTube video and watch Mr. Rogers calmly turn a condescending hard-nosed U.S. senator into a kid all over again.

The message: Teaching is by far one of the more noble and influential professions on the planet. Teachers help their students every day to become better learners, better citizens, and in doing so become better teachers. Make no mistake—you’re a hero to many children. Let that be one of the many reasons you continue to nurture the architects of the future.

“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

John Lubbock, the Lord Avebury, had his hands in pretty much everything. He was a banker, 

politician, philanthropist, and scientist. Lubbock was regarded as a polymath, or an expert in many subjects and disciplines. That alone gives him a close kinship to the practice of being an educator. Teachers are also called upon to demonstrate prowess in many diverse subject areas, so Lubbock’s wisdom fits nicely here.

The message: What Lubbock tells us here doesn’t suggest that children should not be taught. It comes down to what they’re taught and how. This bit of advice reminds us that developing the passion for lifelong learning within students is the key to their success.

“To teach is to learn twice over.”—Joseph Joubert

Joseph Joubert was an essayist who wrote many musings about the nature of human existence and other profound subjects. All of his insights were eventually published into a posthumous masterwork known as Pensées (Thoughts).

The message: Let this be your mantra now and for the days to come—never stop learning.

Joubert notes in this quote, and observed much in his writing, that teaching moments are golden. This is especially true of the moments when we teach successfully. It’s more than just imparting awareness and knowledge and building the skill to use it. It’s about understanding as a teacher how learning changes people. If a teacher truly observes those wonderful moments and remains present in them, learning will happen for both teacher and student over and over again, forever.

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801 Education Quotes That Will Make You Love Learning (Again)

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Learning Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old learning quotes, learning sayings, and learning proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.      

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.      

Chinese Proverb - (thanks to Alice Fonda-Marsland)

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.      

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

A penny for your thoughts.      

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Never mistake a single mistake with a final mistake.      

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

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


You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Bill Gates

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

Robert A. Heinlein

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill

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

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

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62 Learning Quotes

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62 Learning Quotes

Let these learning quotes inspire you to learn all you can. Learning gives you knowledge and preparation which gives you opportunity. So learn all you can!

  1. "Learning allows for more wisdom and knowledge. Additional knowledge about any situation increases the strength of an opinion." Faye Horton, Decisions of Life

  2. You can become better tomorrow than you are today, but it requires letting go of your past and learning from success and failure. Steve Gilliland, Making A Difference
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  3. "Don't live in your own world. It is best to learn what others have achieved and this will also give you the psyche to get there." Dennis Jansen, Articles Of Growth

  4. Learning is what got us this far and what will take us wherever we're going. John Penberthy
    Quote of The Day

  5. You won't learn to swim on the kitchen floor. Irish Proverbs

  6. Learning is finding out what you already know." Richard Bach
    Words of Encouragement

  7. The more we learn about nature the more we realise there is to learn. Marina Robb, Learning with Nature

  8. When you learn, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Quotes about Inspiring Others

  9. Always remember life is learning journey
    Keep filling your mind with all that is worthy.
    Catherine Pulsifer, Graduation Day
    Graduation Poems

  10. By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand. Latin Proverb

  11. Whether you're looking for a job, building a career, or trying to build a business, the key to making the most of today's opportunities isn't keen learning for the first decade or two. It's continual learning and constant relearning. Victor Hayek, Outclass

  12. Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon. Denis Waitley

  13. If learning is like a sponge, don't ever stop soaking it up. Never stop learning. Catherine Pulsifer
    Funny Graduation Quotes

  14. "Research has found that people are most likely to successfully apply appropriate learning and remembering strategies when they have also been taught general information about how the mind works." Fiona McPherson, How to Approach Learning

  15. Players and coaches need to develop lifetime habits of learning, because life is about learning. Don Meyer, Basketball Skills & Drills

  16. Be thankful when you don't know something,
    for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
    Author Unknown, Be Thankful
    Thanksgiving Poems

  17. Become more resilient by learning to focus on solutions rather than problems. Byron Pulsifer, Personal Growth

  18. Learning is a weightless treasure you can always carry easily. Chinese Proverb

  19. When one starts learning he opens doors to a new world full of hope and promise. M. K. Soni

  20. While humor does come naturally to some (but in my family, we don't make nose jokes), everyone can learn the joy of making other people giggle. What a gift to the world! Mary J. Schirmer
    Funny Poems

  21. "Many times education isn't about learning something new, but rather refocusing on what we already know but have lost sight of." Derek C. Doepker, Why Authors Fail
    Motivational Poems

  22. Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon

  23. God wants us to use this time on Earth to learn from his wisdom so that we can make wise decisions. When we make poor decisions, God extends his grace to us through Jesus Christ. Rick Warren

  24. As much as you can, learn from your history, you have to move forward. Eddie Vedder
    Moving Forward

  25. Earl Nightingale never let a day go by that he didn't learn something new and, in turn, pass it on to others. It was his consuming passion. Steve King

  26. Life is full of challenges but it is how you interpret and use challenges to better yourself, to view challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth, and to utilize your learning experiences to assist others to accomplish more, and to lead a much richer and wholesome life. Byron Pulsifer

  27. Teaching and learning cannot happen without questions. Inquiry is the offspring of curiosity and creativity. Without questions, classrooms are relegated to repositories of empty minds, waiting to be filled with whatever the leader judges appropriate. Starr Sackstein, The Power of Questioning

  28. "You can learn to go way beyond believing and goal setting, to a new place within yourself: the place of knowing. It is in this realm of your mind that miracles are produced." Wayne Dyer, Real Magic

  29. "Don't learn basically to learn, it won't work. Figure out how to be keen on it, make it fun and you will learn quicker, and recollect more." Eimantas Gabalis, How To Get Smarter
    Quotes to Live By

  30. You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. Saint Francis de Sales
    Famous Quotes about Life

  31. What you continue to learn will determine your success. And how you use the education you gather will define who you can become and whether you succeed in making full use of the talents you possess. Victor Hayek, Outclass

  32. Your self-confidence strengthens as you learn to speak to others, and your whole personality grows warmer and better. This means that you are better off emotionally, and if you are better off emotionally, you are better off physically. Dale Carnegie, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

  33. We face problems constantly, and psychology plays a major role in how we cope. When we deal with a problem we should always try to learn from it. Frank Long, A Better You

  34. Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more. Scottish Proverb

  35. Don't worry about your past failures; just chalk them up to learning experiences and move on. You see, we cannot live in the past; however, we must learn from the past. David DeNotaris

  36. The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the totality of possibilities. Louise L. Hay

  37. "Learning how to learn is one of the best skills you can develop. The faster you learn things, the faster you increase your value, and the more time you ultimately free up for the application of things learned." Noel N, Daily Planner

  38. "Asking questions is one of the fundamental keys of learning. It is always better to ask a question than pretend you understand." Catherine Pulsifer

  39. If you remember that there is something to learn in every problem, then you can learn to grow by the storms rather than being crushed by them." Paul and Dan Monaghan

  40. We question to engage students in thinking so that understanding and true learning result. Jackie A. Walsh, Thinking Through Quality Questioning
    Poems about Life

  41. Learn, learn, learn! In the first 3-6 months, learn as much as you can about the new company and its business, get to know as many people as possible and learn who are the key influencers. Make sure you try to understand first, before aiming to be understood.
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