350 Education Quotes That Will Inspire Your Students

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Education Quotes

“A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him.” – James Baldwin 

“A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening.” – Robert Brault

“A dull mind gets bored easily. A curious mind expands forever.” –  Maxime Lagacé

“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” – Susan Sontag

“A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.” – Louis A. Berman

“A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.” – Martin H. Fischer

“A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” – Bob Edwards

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

“A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” – Roy H. Williams

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“A teacher is a person who never says anything once.” – Howard Nemerov

“A teacher is never a giver of truth – he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.” – Bruce Lee

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – D. Martin 

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.” – John Ciardi

“A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“A university’s essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism – a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.” – Richard Hofstadter

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

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – David M. Burns

“All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.” – Emma Goldman

“All I have learned, I learned from books.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” – Martin H. Fischer

“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

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

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“An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong.” – Russell Baker

“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 know and what you don’t.” – Anatole France

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” – Henry Ford

“Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.” – Lee Iacocca

“Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.” – Mickey Hart

“As a teacher, my strategy is to encourage questioning. I’m the least authoritarian professor you’ll ever meet.” – Niall Ferguson

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

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

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

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

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” – Harold Hulbert

“Children need models rather than critics.” – Joseph Joubert

“Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.” – Beverly Cleary

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” – William Arthur Ward

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

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“Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement.” – Robert John Meehan 

“Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” – Jim Rohn

“Doubt grows with knowledge.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

“Education begins at home and I applaud the parents who recognize that they – not someone else – must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated.” – Ernest Istook

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” – John Locke

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” – Mark Twain

“Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.” – Laurence J. Peter

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

“Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on.” – Robert Frost

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

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

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” – Plato

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

“Education is the art of making man ethical.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver

“Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.” – Ernest Dimnet

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

“Education is the mother of leadership.” – Wendell Willkie

“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

“Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.” – Karl Kraus

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” – Mark Twain

“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

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” – George Evans

“Everybody’s a teacher if you listen.” – Doris Roberts

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“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” – Sidney Hook

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” – Edmund Burke

“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.” – Minna Antrim

“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.” – Euripides

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

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

“Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching – without these a university cannot exist.” – Robert Maynard Hutchins 

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” – Henry L. Doherty

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” – Gail Godwin

“Great teachers are earnest learners.” – Rebecca Alber

“Great teachers transcend ideology.” – Suzanne Fields

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins.” – Sarah Henderson

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

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

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

“I didn’t go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading.” – Doris Lessing

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

“I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there.” – Hilary Swank

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone

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

“I learned how to win by losing and not liking it.” – Tom Watson

“I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.” – Saint Augustine

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin

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

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

“I think my parents gave me a love of learning; from there you set out on your own path.” – Gore Verbinski

“I think that obstacles lead to growth and ultimately, the most learning I’ve done in my life is between jobs.” – Anthony Michael Hall

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.” – Walt Disney

“I’m reading more than ever. I used to find it tedious, but now it’s like my little friend – it takes my mind off things.” – Billie Piper

“I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If we learn not humility, we learn nothing.” – John Jewel 

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” – Margaret Fuller

“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Andy McIntyre

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” – Epictetus

“If you’re teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.” – Noam Chomsky

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman

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

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Intelligence and proper education will give you independence of spirit.” – Charlotte Bronte

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

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” – Julius Caesar

“It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.” – John Locke

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” – Leo Buscaglia

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

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

“It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.” – Brooks Atkinson

“It’s unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there’s this need to have things quantified and graded.” – Rita Dove

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

“Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.” – Dana Stewart Scott

“Learn what is true in order to do what is right.” – Thomas Huxley

“Learning how to work and learning how to fail is important.” – Jamie Moyer

“Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.” – Lord Chesterfield

“Learning is its own exceeding great reward.” – William Hazlitt

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” – Abigail Adams

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“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” – W. Edwards Deming

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life’s greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.” – Taylor Caldwell

“Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.” – John Hersey

“Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.” – John Ruskin

“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” – Bruce Lee 

“Love is a better teacher than duty.” – Albert Einstein

“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.” – James Dewar

“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

“My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X

“My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” – Winston Churchill

“My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.” – Robert Maynard Hutchins

“Never mistake a single mistake with a final mistake.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” – Anatole France

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

“No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library… When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.” – Lawrence Clark Powell

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.” – Thor Heyerdahl

“One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.” – Thomas More 

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” – John W. Gardner 

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

“Our best teachers do more than impart facts and figures – they inspire and encourage students and instill a true desire to learn. That’s a fine art in itself.” – Sonny Perdue

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything.” – A.J. Juliani

“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so night that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.” – Alvin Price

“Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor.” – Jenny Anderson

“Peace is a necessity for education.” – Malala Yousafzai

“People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.” – Socrates

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

“People will pay more to be entertained than educated.” – Johnny Carson

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” – Ezra Pound

“Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.” – William Hazlitt

“Rather than jumping straight into the answers, let’s try to start students off with the sort of questions that encourage them to do their own seeking.” – Marianne Stenger

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“Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.” – Francis Bacon 

“Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic. And for this serious task of imaginative discovery and self-discovery, there is and remains one perfect symbol: the printed book.” – Julian Barnes

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” – Joseph Addison

“Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

“Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” – Francis Bacon

“Reading serves as a good escape when you’re in the middle of doing crazy things.” – Carly Rae Jepsen

“Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they’ll only see their narrow range reflected in it.” – Ben Okri

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

“Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.” – Zhuangzi

“Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society.” – Nicholas Meyer

“Schools are prisons for the lucky kids and prisons are schools for the unlucky kids.” – Naval Ravikant

“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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

“Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.” – Lloyd Alexander

“Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.” – John Dewey

“So what does a good teacher do? Create tension – but just the right amount.” – Donald Norman

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

“Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.” – Alexander Pope

“Sometimes the ignorant are among the most educated.” – Suzanne Fields

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – E.M. Forster

“Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t finish college. Too much emphasis is placed on formal education – I told my children not to worry about their grades but to enjoy learning.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

“Success is a poor teacher.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Suffering is one of life’s great teachers.” – Bryant H. McGill

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

“Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” – Prince William

“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change.” – William Arthur Ward

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox

“Teaching is the royal road to learning.” – Jessamyn West

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talber 

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates

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“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.” – Robert Brault

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B. B. King

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

“The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.” – Wendell Phillips

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.” – Jack Kerouac

“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor

“The day you stop learning and creating must be the most boring day.” – Samantha Barks

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett

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

“The educated do not share a common body of information, but a common state of mind.” – Mason Cooley

“The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.” – John Ruskin

“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

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer

“The great moral teachers of humanity were, in a way, artistic geniuses in the art of living.” – Albert Einstein

“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

“The greatest teacher I know is the job itself.” – James Cash Penney

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller

“The human brain is special. It starts working as soon as you get up and it doesn’t stop until you get to school.” – Milton Berle

“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

“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.” – Pierre de Coubertin

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

“The job of the teacher is to inspire, to challenge, to excite their students to want to learn. Yes, they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the point. The most important thing a teacher is make every student feel like they are important, to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning.” – Derek Alexander Muller

“The key thing to remember about me is that I’m still a student. I’m still in boot camp.”- Steve Jobs

“The learned man knows that he is ignorant.” – Victor Hugo

“The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.” – Marilyn vos Savant

“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.” – Henry S. Haskins

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“The mere imparting of information is not education.” – Carter G. Woodson

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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” – Thomas Paine

“The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” – Jack Nicholson 

“The more certain kids are that someone’s got their back, the more confident and autonomous they can be.” – Melinda Wenner Moyer

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

“The more you make it easy for your kids, the more your remove the struggle necessary for learning.” – Maxime Lagacé

“The most effective teachers embody the teaching they give out.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

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

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

“The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice.” – James Clear

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” – Mortimer Adler

“The quality of a university is measured more by the kind of student it turns out than the kind it takes in.” – Robert J. Kibbee

“The real key to learning something quickly is to take a deliberate, intelligent approach to your learning.” – Lindsay Kolowich

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The supreme lesson of any education should be to think for yourself and to be yourself; absent this attainment, education creates dangerous, stupefying conformity.” – Bryant H. McGill

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.” – Elbert Hubbard

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

“The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.” – Doug Larson

“The university most worthy of rational admiration is that one in which your lonely thinker can feel himself lonely, most positively furthered, and most richly fed.” – William James

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” – Willa Cather

“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” – Robert Frost

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

“There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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“There is no failure. Only feedback.” – Robert Allen

“There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them.” – Robert Sternberg

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – Buckminster Fuller

“There’s no learning without trying lots of ideas and failing lots of times.” – Jonathan Ive

“They know enough who know how to learn.” – Henry Adams

“Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students.” – Robin Williams

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.” – James Russell Lowell

“To teach is to learn twice.” – Joseph Joubert

“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lewin

“Tragedy is a hell of a teacher. It’s much too strict, but it’s a hell of a teacher.” – Harlan Coben

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Huxley

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” – Carol Burnett

“We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” – B. F. Skinner

“We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.” – Maria Montessori

“What I’ve come to know is that in life, it’s not always the questions we ask, but rather our ability to hear the answers that truly enriches our understanding. Never, never stop learning.” – Lester Holt

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.” – Martina Horner

“What is reading, but silent conversation.” – Charles Lamb

“What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the human soul.” – Joseph Addison

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl Menninger

“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.” – Thomas Carlyle

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

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

“When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.” – Mark Twain

“When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable.” – Elizabeth Foss

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Maya Angelou

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” – Francis Bacon 

“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” – Erich Fromm

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein

“With one day’s reading a man may have the key in his hands.” – Ezra Pound

“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.” – Gertrude Stein

“You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” – Dr. Seuss

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“You can learn so much just by doing, not by listening to anybody.” – Juliana Hatfield

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

“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

“You can’t legislate good will – that comes through education.” – Malcolm X

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

“You learn more when things go wrong.” – David E. Kelley

“You only stop learning when you quit.” – Ruud Gullit

“You should be having more fun in high school, exploring things because you want to explore them and learning because you love learning-not worrying about competition.” – Maya Lin

“You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they’re ready.” – Lucinda Williams

“You take an educated gamble. If you don’t occasionally make a mistake, you’re not doing your job.” – James Sinegal

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

“Your best teacher is your last mistake.” – Ralph Nader

Proverbs

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than 10 years of study.” – Chinese proverb

“All things good to know are difficult to learn.” – Greek proverb

“An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught.” – Japanese proverb

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

“By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.” – Latin proverb 

“Despise school and remain a fool.” – German proverb

“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” – Chinese proverb

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” – Chinese proverb

“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” – 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

“Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” – Zen proverb

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese proverb

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese proverb

“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” – Chinese proverb

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese proverb

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese proverb

“When the student is ready, the master appears.” – Buddhist proverb

“Wise men may not be learned; learned men may not be wise.” – Chinese proverb

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Savas Savides
Education born and bred. I have worked as a teacher for many private language schools, as a test centre administrator, as a teacher trainer, as an educational consultant, and as a publisher. I am an advocate for literacy and a huge proponent of using technology in the classroom. I have a BA in English and an MBA in Marketing. I mostly write about English Language Teaching. I live in sunny Athens.