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Sometimes you just need something really smart to say to inspire and motivate yourself and those around you.   And, if you are like me, those times don’t come around every moment of the day.

Luckily there are people who have had flashes of brilliance throughout history when talking about the concept of education, teaching, and learning and someone even smarter wrote it down.

2020 is the UN international year of indigenous languages, and many of these quotes have strong connections to giving native speakers a voice in their own schools.

These quotes will make your students and fellow staff think you are a deep and intellectual thinker and hopefully inspire and motivate them too.

We have compiled 101+ educational quotes based on Inspiration and Motivation, Teaching, Learning and Education.

Use them wisely, and above all else, if you know of any others or have any pearls of wisdom of your own please contact us and share them.

Education Quotes

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

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

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

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Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein (Based on this page, this quote is probably not from Einstein)

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A generation of auto-didacts, educated by the Internet and leveraged by technology, will eventually starve the industrial-education system. Naval Ravikant

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

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

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

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

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

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A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

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

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The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller

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Only the autodidacts are free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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They know enough who know how to learn. Henry Adams

The Best Education Quotes

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

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. United Negro College Fund

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

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

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

Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge. Naval Ravikant

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

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese proverb

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

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

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

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

Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce. Naval Ravikant

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

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

Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. Brigham Young

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

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

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

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

The Most Famous Education Quotes (Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo, Einstein, etc.)

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The learned man knows that he is ignorant. Victor Hugo

I am still learning. Michelangelo

Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde

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

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

Short Education Quotes

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Nine tenths of education is encouragement. Anatole France

To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert

Responsibility educates. Wendell Phillips

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

The world exists for the education of each man. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is a poor teacher. Robert Kiyosaki

There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

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

There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou

Inspirational Education Quotes

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

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Nora Roberts

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas – just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow. Naval Ravikant

Every person with a smartphone and a pair of headphones has access to the kind of education that was once reserved for the sons of aristocracy. The Stoic Emperor

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

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

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

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

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

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale

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

Funny And Surprising Education Quotes

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You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day. Jay Mohr

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

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

Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for. Jerry Seinfeld

Any kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime. Red Skelton

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

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. Mark Twain

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

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

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

The Seinfeld motto: No learning, no hugging. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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

Teachers are those who help us in resolving problems which, without them, we wouldn’t have. Unknown

Marriage can wait, education cannot. Khaled Hosseini

Education Proverbs For Value Packed Wisdom

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When the student is ready, the master appears. Buddhist proverb

If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly. Buddhist proverb

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

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

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

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

Wise men may not be learned; learned men may not be wise. Chinese proverb

A stumble may prevent a fall. English proverb

Despise school and remain a fool. German proverb

All things good to know are difficult to learn. Greek proverb

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

Fall down seven times, stand up eight. 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

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

Education Quotes By Presidents (Obama, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Churchill, etc.)

All I have learned, I learned from books. Abraham Lincoln

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

And by the way, our teachers are underpaid. Barack Obama

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. Barack Obama

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible. Barack Obama

We want to educate people, we want to listen to folks, we want to hear good ideas from all sources. Barack Obama

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things. Barack Obama

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. Barack Obama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled. Barack Obama

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. Franklin D. Roosevelt

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. Harry S Truman

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

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. John F. Kennedy

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. John F. Kennedy

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain. John F. Kennedy

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson

My education was interrupted only by my schooling. Winston Churchill

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

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Education Quotes By Greeks (Aristotle, Diogenes, Euripides, Pythagoras, etc.)

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship. Aeschylus

The most necessary learning is that which unlearns evil. Antisthenes

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education. Antisthenes

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. Antisthenes

The wise learn many things from their enemies. Aristophanes

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

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

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

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. Aristotle

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes

Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate. Democritus

Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise. Euripides

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

Much learning does not teach understanding. Heraclitus

Even a fool learns something once it hits him. Homer

A learned man has always riches in himself. Phaedrus

All learning has an emotional base. Plato

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. Plato

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato

Wisdom thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten. Pythagoras

Educate the children and it won’t be necessary to punish the men. Pythagoras

Education Quotes By Romans (Caesar, Seneca, Cicero)

Experience is the teacher of all things. Julius Caesar

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

Only the educated are free. Epictetus

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete. Epictetus

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

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You learn to know a pilot in a storm. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. Marcus Tullius Cicero

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


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

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. Eartha Kitt

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