104 Inspirational School Quotes to Keep You Motivated


Going to school can be a wild ride that is fun, stressful, and chaotic all at the same time. To help you get yourself through the school system, we’ve created this selection of motivational school quotes. And if you want to read even more quotes, have a look at our powerful education quotes.

Do you want to charge ahead and smash your goals for school? Whether or not you are able to push through difficulties and obstacles in school largely depends on your ambition and mindset. If your motivation is fueled by ambitious dreams, it will be a lot easier for you to go the extra mile whenever necessary.

“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

Having goals and dreams for your future life is certainly one of the most important aspects of succeeding in school. At the same time, it can’t hurt to have access to something that continues the motivates you throughout the year.

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These motivational school quotes will help you to fuel your ambition to succeed

That’s where the following list of motivational school quotes comes in quite handy. It is filled with practical advice, motivational tips, and inspirational ideas to help you succeed in school.

104 Inspirational School Quotes to Keep You Motivated

You can rest assured that you are definitely not the only one who occasionally finds school quite annoying. Quite the contrary, some of the most successful and brilliant thinkers of the 20th century had their problems in school. Albert Einstein, for instance, is one of them. The good news is that many of these individuals found ways to not only improve their grades in school but to also become highly successful after graduating.

Here’s our selection of motivating school quotes


School quote about education

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


School quote about mistakes

“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


Stopped learning quote

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.“
Henry Ford


Mark Twain quote about schooling

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


Success in school quote

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.“


“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.“
Thomas Huxley


“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.“
Malala Yousafzai


“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.“


“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.“
Leonardo da Vinci


“Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure. And not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.“
C. JoyBell C.

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“I would live to study, and not study to live.“
Francis Bacon


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.“
Benjamin Franklin


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


“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.“
Eric Hoffer


“Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.“


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


“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.“
Sarah Caldwell


“A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.“
Alexander Pope


“I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.“
Ray Bradbury


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


“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.“
Leonardo da Vinci


“Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.“


“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


“I’m not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.“
Emma Watson


“If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society… It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.“
John Henry Newman


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


“Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.“
Jim Rohn


“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


“Education is the preparation of a child intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically for life and for eternity.“
Kevin Swanson


“To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.“
Stephen R. Covey


“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.“
Chuck Grassley


“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?“
John Keats


“Learn as if you were to live forever.“
Mahatma Gandhi


“Nothing will work unless you do.“
Maya Angelou.


“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.“
Brian Herbert


“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.“
John C. Maxwell


“Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.“
Roy T. Bennett


“You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.“
E.O. Wilson


“Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.“
Richard Baxter


“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.“
Haruki Murakami


“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.“
Oprah Winfrey


“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.“
Alain de Botton


“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.“
Earl Nightingale


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


“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.“
John Maxwell


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


“The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.“
Malala Yousafzai


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


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


“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.“
Jimmy Johnson

School quotes like this motivate you to aim high


“School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.“
Lon Watters


“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.“


“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


“The ability to read, write and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table ― all of that starts with education.“
Michelle Obama


“Be so good they can’t ignore you.“
Steve Martin


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


“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.“
Winston S. Churchill


“You can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.“
Barbara Kingsolver


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


“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.“
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


“Those who don’t know must learn from those who do.“


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.“
Robert Collier


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


“I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library.“
Isaac Asimov


“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.“
Plato, The Republic


“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.“
Washington Irving


“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.“
Ralph Marston


“Life is still better than University. In school, your teacher is the fruit picker and you are the open fruit basket. Then you take those fruits and make cakes and pies. But life is going to give you the chance to go out there and pick those fruits yourself. Then you can eat them, or make them into something else; any which way, your own hands picked them!“
C. JoyBell C.


“A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.“
Mary Shelley


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


“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


“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.“
Vincent van Gogh


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


“There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.“
Ray Bradbury


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

Here are even more school quotes for you


“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


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


“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.“
Victor Hugo


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


“School should be the best party in town.“
Peter Kline


“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.“


“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.“
Atwood H. Townsend


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


“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


“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.“
Stephen Hawking


“It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.“
Murray N. Rothbard


“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.“
Charles Caleb Colton


“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.“
Frank Zappa


“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.“
Harold Howe


“The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one’s own accord – it feels great – but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.“
Criss Jami


“Life, I’ve learned, is never fair. If they teach anything in schools, that should be it.“
Nicholas Sparks


“You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you have lost something.“
George Bernard Shaw


“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.“
George Washington Carver


“High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.“
Stephen King


“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.“
Beatrix Potter


“There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.“
John Maxwell


“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.“
Katharine Hepburn


“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“School was the place where I could forget that self and, through ideas, reinvent myself.“
Bell Hooks


“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.“
Marilyn vos Savant


“You learn something every day if you pay attention.“
Ray LeBlond


“For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head. ”
Benjamin Franklin


“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it“


“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself. ”
Paulo Coelho

I hope you enjoyed this collection of school quotes.

Stay victorious!


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