Educational Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old educational quotes, educational sayings, and educational proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
I've learned... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. Andy Rooney
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner
Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. Arthur Koestler
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Malcolm X
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry B Adams
Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. Albert Einstein
If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else. Cornelius Vanderbilt
Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating. C. B. Neblette
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
Education should be exercise; it has become massage. Martin H. Fischer
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C.S. Lewis
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. Henry David Thoreau
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. Mark Twain
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
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
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm S. Forbes
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. Agatha Christie
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. Nelson Mandela
Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. Solomon Ortiz
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead. Aristotle
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. Amos Bronson Alcott
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
It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning. Agnes Repplierg
The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. Alexandra K. Trenfor
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle
Despise school and remain a fool. German Proverb
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya
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
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch
No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. G.K. Chesterton
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Sydney J. Harris
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein
To teach is to learn twice. Joseph Joubert
Teaching is the highest form of understanding. Aristotle
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. Robert Maynard Hutchins
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant
I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus