60+ Inspirational and Motivational Quotes on Education

At times we all need something to get us through the day, as teachers that tends to happen when the coffee machine has broken down. Try these quotes in case of such an emergency!

We all need to energize ourselves from time to time, so take a moment to read these quotes from some of the worlds best minds, and then jump back into that classroom. We are teachers, that’s what we do.

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

Albert Einstein
Little genius drawing up some science

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

Steve Irwin

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


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

Malcolm X

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.“

Albert Einstein

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

G.K. Chesterton

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.“

Buckminster Fuller

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

Leo Buscaglia

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.“

Jean Piaget

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

Victor Hugo

“I’ve learned… that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.“

Andy Rooney

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

Chinese proverb

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

B.B. King

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.“

John Dewey

“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, Jr

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.“

Anatole France

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

Kofi Annan

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.“

Will Durant

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

Zig Ziglar

“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

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

Zig Ziglar

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

Henry B Adams

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

Hebrew proverb

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

Alfred Mercier

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”

Roger Lewin

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

Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”

Lady Bird Johnson

“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

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”


“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.”


“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg — not by smashing it.”

Arnold Glasow

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

Sydney J. Harris

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

Mark Twain

“Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”

John Keats

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”

Michel Legrand

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

Nelson Mandela

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.


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

 Bruce Lee

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.

Sidney J. Harris

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

Gail Godwin

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

John Lubbock

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.

Albert Einstein

The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way.

John Warren

The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

Teachers are people who start things they never see finished, and for which they never get thanks until it is too late.

Max Forman

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask which he finds it hard to answer.

Alice Wellington Rollins

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

Jacques Barzun

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.

Haim Ginott

One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one’s growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn.

Herbert Kohl

Education is much more than a matter of imparting the knowledge and skills by which narrow goals are achieved. It is also about opening the child’s eyes to the needs and rights of others.

Dalai Lama

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.

Althea Gibson

When the untapped potential of a student meets the liberating art of a teacher, a miracle unfolds.

Mary Hatwood Futrell

The work of a teacher — exhausting, complex, idiosyncratic, never twice the same — is at its heart an ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations.

William Ayres

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.

Helen Caldicott

At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems — the answer for all the problems of the world — comes to a single word. That word is education.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all professions possible.

David Haselkorn

What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?


What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?

Harriet Martineau

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” 


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Hi I’m Marc. A teacher of over 15 years, mostly English but dabbled in outdoor pursuits and media. Thought is was about time to sharing both what I have learnt during that time and the resources I have put together. On this site we aim to teach the theory and share our thoughts, but also go that one step further and give you access to the hard resources you need for your class or for you children. Feel free to take a look at our resources, email us on info@makingenglishfuncom.wpcomstaging.com, or jump on the Facebook group to ask questions. Happy learning, teaching or playing!

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