400 Of The Most Inspirational Education quotes



Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education. Mark Twain

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

Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. Joseph StalinEducation is the movement from darkness to light. Allan Bloom

Education quotes

Education quotes

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

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. Plato

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

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

Education quotes

Quotes about Education

Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men. W. E. B. Du Bois

Education is the cheap defense of nations. Edmund Burke

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

The best students come from homes where education is revered: where there are books, and children see their parents reading them. Leo Buscaglia

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. Albert Einstein

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Maimonides

The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller


Education quotes

Educational Quotes

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

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.~MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. B. F. Skinner

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

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

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

Education quotes

Quotes On Education

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

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

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

Without a gentle contempt for education, no gentleman’s education is complete.~G. K. CHESTERTON, The Common Man

The test of education, apart from the accomplishments that secure places in an artificial system, should be this: Let the man be thrown naked on an unknown shore, and be forced to win his way amidst a new people. It may then be of little use to play cricket or to mishandle Tschaikowsky on a piano, but good physique, intelligence, and will power make their way infallibly. ~ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

Education quotes

Education Quote

A genuine love of learning is one of the two delinquencies which cause blindness and lead a young man to ruin.~TOM STOPPARD, The Invention of Love

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. ~PLATO, The Republic

‘Tis education forms the common mind,Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.~ALEXANDER POPE, Moral Essays

Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.~RONALD REAGAN

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.~HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Journal

Personally I am in favour of education but a university is not the place for it.~TOM STOPPARD, The Invention of Love

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.~ANATOLE FRANCE, The Educator’s Book of Quotes

The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with torture called education.~JOHN UPDIKE, The Centaur

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.~ALBERT EINSTEIN

Children should not be coddled in their intellectual training any more than in their physical; and though the studies should be made interesting the interest should arise out of the studies themselves. We have bred a generation that cannot digest anything intellectual but tablets of peptonized food. One sees that in the popular papers with their brevity, still increasing in brevity as far as brevity can increase, and in the capacity for thought of our rulers.~ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

Education should be the handmaid of citizenship.~CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech, Jul. 4, 1924

Education … has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.~G.M. TREVELYAN, English Social History

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.~HENRY PETER BROUGHAM

The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.~BARACK OBAMA, press conference, Mar. 17, 2009

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.~H.G. WELLS, The Outline of History

I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble Education; laborious indeed at first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.~JOHN MILTON, Of Education

The accumulation of facts, even if interesting in themselves, should not constitute the main part of education; these facts, whether they be of classical learning or knick-knacks of history, will be of little use unless the mind has been trained to see them in proper perspective.~ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

Only the educated are free.~EPICTETUS, Discourses

In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.~BARACK OBAMA, Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009

The key to fixing education is better teaching, and the key to better teaching is figuring out who can teach and who can’t.~JONATHAN ALTER, Newsweek, Jun. 15, 2009

If you had to explain America’s economic success with one word, that word would be “education”…. Until now, the results of educational neglect have been gradual — a slow-motion erosion of America’s relative position. But things are about to get much worse, as the economic crisis … deals a severe blow to education across the board…. We need to wake up and realize that one of the keys to our nation’s historic success is now a wasting asset. Education made America great; neglect of education can reverse the process.~PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, Oct. 8, 2009

College mostly makes people like bladders–just good for nothing but t’hold the stuff as is poured into ’em.~GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

We are heirs of the ages because throughout the ages mankind has devised and fashioned new things, and step by step added new conquests to our domain in that incessant contest with nature which means life. But we are decadent heirs if we cannot use the instruments that the ages have put into our hands. The acquisition of these, in the largest scope, is education.~ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

That’s what education should be … the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way.~PLATO, The Republic

Every city should make the common school so rich, so large, so ample, so beautiful in its endowments, and so fruitful in its results, that a private school will not be able to live under the drip of it.~HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: “You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”~DORIS LESSING, introduction, The Golden Notebook

The education already given to the people creates the necessity of giving them more.~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.~HANNAH ARENDT, “The Crisis in Education”

The enthusiastic advocate of what is new in educational ideas–as to subjects, methods, curricula, organization, etc.–regards it as highly unfortunate that institutions are not so plastic, so easy to change, as are ideas. The man who is wise in practical affairs, and profound in his reflections upon the truths of history, knows that, on the contrary, this abiding and relatively stable character of the institutional expression of ideas is the fortunate thing about educational, as about other forms of progress. Most fortunate of all are those institutions which change just fast and far enough to conserve the priceless lessons of the past, while unfolding constantly to receive the suggestions of the better time coming.~GEORGE TRUMBULL LADD, preface, Essays on the Higher Education

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.~JOSEPH ADDISON, The Spectator, Nov. 6, 1711

Better untaught than ill-taught.~GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs

Those who exert the first influence upon the mind, have the greatest power.~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

A people uneducated is like an iron mountain whose ore is unwrought.~HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.~G. K. CHESTERTON, Collected Works of G. K. CHESTERTON

Though men be endowed with beauty and youth, and be born in a noble family, yet without education, they are like a palas tree, which is void of any sweet smell.~CHANAKYA, Vridda-Chanakya

In the march of universal improvement, education must lead the van.~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

Education is in no small measure preparing the way for the intellectual life and pointing to it. Those who cannot enter in at its gates are doomed, in Leonardo da Vinci’s words, to “possess neither the profit nor the beauty of the world.” For them life must be short, however many its years, and barren, however plentiful its acts. Their ears are deaf to the call of the indwelling Reason, and their eyes are blind to all the meaning and the values of human experience.~NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.~AUSTIN O’MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated.~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

It is doubtful whether our present system of popular education does not retard independent or self thinking as much as it promotes it. All genuine education is self-education. It will incite the individual to think for himself, by rethinking what the race’s great thinkers have already thought for him, thus enabling him to go ahead under his own mental steam.~JOSEPH ALEXANDER LEIGHTON, The Field of Philosophy

If ever there was a cause, if ever there can be a cause, worthy to be upheld by all of toil or sacrifice that the human heart can endure, it is the cause of Education. It has intrinsic and indestructible merits. It holds the welfare of mankind in its embrace, as the protecting arms of a mother hold her infant to her bosom. The very ignorance and selfishness which obstructs its path are the strongest arguments for its promotion, for it furnishes the only adequate means for their removal.~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use.~HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.~TIMOTHY LEARY, Rolling Stone, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (1987)

Education makes some men wiser, others more ridiculous and foolish!~NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant. ~JOHN ADAMS, Thoughts on Government

As education becomes inclusive, introspective, cosmic, promoting whole populations to power and privilege, it enthrones a vast, invisible, personal rule over the common mind. ~AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

There is not a good work which the hand of man has ever undertaken, which his heart has ever conceived, which does not require a good education for its helper. ~HORACE MANN, Thoughts

All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.~ELLEN GILCHRIST, Falling Through Space

Apart from any other basis which might justify a superiority, education, as a power, raised him who possessed it over the weak, who lacked it, and the educated man counted in his circle, however large or small it was, as the mighty, the powerful, the imposing one: for he was an authority.~MAX STIRNER, The False Principle of Our Education

Michele Bachmann said that if she is elected president, she would consider eliminating the Department of Education because “the states could do a gooder job.”~JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Sep. 7, 2011

As we educate a child — removing out of its path those obstacles over which we ourselves, in early days, have stumbled, and strengthening its mind with the aid of our own matured experience — we, as it were, construct a new and better replica of ourselves, and thus enable the race to move slowly, but surely, forward towards the ultimate goal of existence — towards perfection.~LEONID ANDREYEV, The Life of Man

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.~GEORGE SANTAYANA, Atoms of Thought

True men are not supplied by school; if they are nevertheless there, they are there in spite of school.~MAX STIRNER, The False Principle of Our Education

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. ~MARK TWAIN, attributed, The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners

As a father should provide for the religious education of his children, so should a government for the instruction of its subjects.~CATHERINE SINCLAIR, Modern Accomplishments; The March of the Intellect

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.~PLUTARCH, Plutarch’s Lives

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant.~EDWARD EVERETT, Public Documents of Massachusetts, 1868

The real object of education is to give children resources that will endure as long as life endures.~SYDNEY SMITH, Essays Social and Political

It depends on education–that holder of the keys which the Almighty hath put into our hands–to open the gates which lead to virtue or to vice, to happiness or misery.~PHILIP SIDNEY, Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney

Education is one of those subjects which, from their very nature, do not admit of a very close approach to demonstrative argument. Neither from history, nor from our knowledge of nature and of the human soul, nor from the study of the details of experience in the past, can we construct a science–strictly speaking–of education. Pedagogics will probably never hold a place among the exact sciences. We may, however, form comprehensive and defensible opinions on this subject; and these opinions will be the more entitled to respect and acceptance, as the mind holding them is itself genial and truly liberal, and is also acquainted with the truths of history, of nature, and especially of the human soul.~GEORGE TRUMBULL LADD, Essays on the Higher Education

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.~TERRY PRATCHETT, Hogfather


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