The 85 Best Quotes about Education

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Education truly is a privilege. With more than 70 million children who have no access to primary education, it becomes obvious that not all are guaranteed the right to education. As a result, more than 700 million adults around the world cannot read or write. Consequently, they lack the basic principles that could help them to improve their living conditions. What happens when you deprive millions of their right to education can be seen all around the world. Poverty, trafficking, slavery, and diseases that could be avoided are often the results of a lack of education. Similarly, individuals who are illiterate are more likely to be susceptible to victimization. Many of us think of education as a right. However, when keeping the above figures in mind, it becomes clear that it is more than a right; it’s a privilege. At the same time, education does not stop once you’ve graduated. Instead, learning, growing, and educating yourself is a lifelong process. It will never stop. To celebrate the great privilege of education, we’ve created the following collection of the best quotes about education.

Admittedly, going to school is not always a pleasurable thing. There may be teachers and later on perhaps even professors who do their best to make your life a pain. However, these bad examples must never be allowed to negatively influence your opinion about education.

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

If it’s done right, education inspires young minds to envision a brighter future. Not only that but it also gives them the necessary tools and skills to confidently make that vision a reality.

Quotes about education

The following quotes about education will remind you what a great gift it is.

With the right education and perhaps even the right teacher or guide on your side, anything is possible. Education empowers the youth and motivates them to strive to reach their full potential. Even more so, it gives young individuals the necessary skill set to address the challenges and problems of the future.

The 85 Best Quotes about Education

When you read through the following collection of quotes about education, you’ll be reminded how precious education is. In fact, the following authors found beautifully eloquent words to express their great appreciation of education. At the same time, these statements will make you aware how important it is to ensure the privilege of education for generations to come.

Here are these inspiring quotes about education:

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“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

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“Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.”
Eric Micha’el Leventhal

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

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“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

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

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“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.”
David O. McKay

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“The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.”
H.L. Mencken

10.

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

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

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

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

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

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“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.”
Jean Piaget

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

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

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

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

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“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
Paulo Coelho

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

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

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or 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

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“Only the foolish would think that wisdom is something to keep locked in a drawer. Only the fearful would feel empowerment is something best kept to oneself, or the few, and not shared with all.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

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“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
C.S. Lewis

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“Only the educated are free.”
Epictetus

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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

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

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“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. „
Jane Austen

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“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
Charlotte Brontë

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”
Albert Einstein

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

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“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”
Samuel Johnson

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“[Learning] is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
T.H. White

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“Education isn’t for getting a job. It’s about developing yourself as a human being.”
Liz Berry

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

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

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“Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”
B.F. Skinner

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“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

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“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”
Samuel Johnson

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles William Eliot

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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
W.B. Yeats

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“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills 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

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

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“They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it”
Nicholas Sparks

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

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“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
Terry Pratchett

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“My favourite definition of an intellectual: ‘Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.”
Arthur C. Clarke

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“Ignorance is ultimately the worst enemy of a people who want to be free.”
Jonathan Hennessey

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“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

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“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
Phil Collins

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“Marriage can wait, education cannot.”
Khaled Hosseini

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

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“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.”
Charles Dickens

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein

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

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“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
Stanley Kubrick

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“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
Thomas A. Edison

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“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”
Ray Bradbury

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“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein

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“When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.”
John Taylor Gatto

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“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. „
Pete Seeger

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“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
Confucius

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“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Robert Orben

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

68.

“You know, sometimes kids get bad grades in school because the class moves too slow for them. Einstein got D’s in school. Well guess what, I get F’s!!!”
Bill Watterson

69.

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”
Abraham Lincoln

70.

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
Confucius

71.

“To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”
Aristotle

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“In school, we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.”
Robert T. Kiyosaki

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“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
Theodore Roosevelt

75.

“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

76.

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
George Washington

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“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
Plato

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

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“To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.”
Muriel Spark

80.

“Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning.”
Anton Chekhov

81.

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
Albert Einstein

82.

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
Richard Feynman

83.

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

84.

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”
Peter F. Drucker

85.

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

I hope you enjoyed this collection of some of the most beautiful quotes about education.

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