50+ Best Education Quotes & Inspirational Sayings About Learning

Looking for education quotes for inspiration or to remember it's important? Below are the best quotes about education and learning for you!

Whether you’re in high school, college, grad school, or the parent of a younger student, education can be draining.

There’s the endless studying, reports, cramming for tests, sleepless nights, anxiety, expenses, scholarship applications, competition, college forms, and more.

Sometimes you need a reminder of why education is important.

We’ve got just the thing!

Below are more than 50 of the best education quotes and quotes about learning to help you remember why you do what you do 🙂


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Here are some great quotes about education and learning to consider:

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

B.B. King

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry B. Adams

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 not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

Abigail Adams

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

Maya Angelou

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

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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.

Benjamin Franklin

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

G.K. Chesterton

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

Bill Beattie

By seeking and blundering we learn.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

George Santayana

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

Gloria Steinem

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

Edward Everett

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

Aristotle

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

Helen Keller

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

Dr. Seuss

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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

It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.

T.S. Eliot

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

The learning process continues until the day you die.

Kirk Douglas

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I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.

Steve Irwin

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Abraham Maslow

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Anatole France

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

What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the human soul.

Joseph Addison

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

Malala Yousafzai

Change is the end result of all true learning.

Leo Buscaglia

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

Bill Vaughan

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Andy McIntyre

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Albert Einstein

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Zig Ziglar

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

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

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

Alexandra K. Trenfor

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

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

Carl Rogers

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

W.B. Yeats

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

Mark Twain

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

Lloyd Alexander

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Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.

Peter Brougham

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

Sydney J. Harris

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.

Abraham Maslow

To teach is to learn twice.

Joseph Joubert

That’s kind of how the Feynman learning system works!

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

Walter Cronkite

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

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

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

Alfred Mercier

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.

Jim Rohn

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That’s all the quotes about learning and education we have for you today, and we hope they help inspire you and remind you why it’s important to keep studying! Got any questions, feedback, or other educational quotes to add to our list above? Let us know down in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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Christian Eilers
Written By Christian Eilers
is a writer and expert on the topics of education, entrepreneurship, career advice, travel, and culture. On the Goodwall Blog, he covers topics including self-improvement, social impact, college preparation, career development, climate action, and more. Christian is originally from New York City and now resides in Warsaw, Poland. At his desk, you're sure to find Pickwick, his Devon Rex cat, either attacking his fingers as he types or the monitor as the mouse pointer moves around.

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