100 Educational Quotes Educators and Ed Leaders Will Love

Some awesome quotes are always great to read. Below I’ve listed 100 amazing quotes from the best people with way better perspective & understanding of education!

Read out & check if you share the same vision with any of these great inspirers.

1) 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.

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

–Nelson Mandela

3) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

– John Dewey

4) The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

– Sydney J. Harris 

5) The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

– Carl Rogers

6) An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

7) “When we talk about 21st century pedagogy, we have to consider many things—the objectives of education, the curriculum, how assessment strategies work, the kind of technology infrastructure involved, and how leadership and policy facilitate attaining education goals.”

- Chris Dede, Harvard University

8) The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.

-  Alvin Toffler

9) “Every child deserves a teacher who believes in them. Be that one!"

10) “School is not about transmitting information. Kids can get any information they want. The trick is to motivate them to want to get the right information and then give them a choice about how to get that information.”

- Phil Schlechty, Founder, Schlechty Center

11) “There is no single best way to teach because there is no single best way to learn.”

- Chris Dede, Harvard University

12) The biggest atrocity of all is to indoctrinate our children into a system that does not value their creative expression, nor encourage their unique abilities.

- Benjamin Greene

13) The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think. To improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, rather than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

- Bill Beattie

14) I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

- Albert Einstein

15) Lifelong learning = ongoing, voluntary, & self-motivated pursuit of knowledge. – Craig Kemp

16) Yes, kids love technology, but they also love legos, scented markers, handstands, books and mud puddles. It’s all about balance.

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

- Albert Einstein

18) The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.

- Bishop Mandell Creighton

19) If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.

- Buckminster Fuller

20) It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

- Albert Einstein

21) Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating.

- C. B. Neblette

22) One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

- Carl Jung

23) If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness.

- Carl Rogers

24) Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child's nature.

- Charlotte Mason

25) Teaching is far from perfect. It’s messy, and it’s in that mess that you will craft your teaching and really enjoy the journey.

– Lisa Dabbs, Educator

26) Of all the joyous motives of school life, the love of knowledge is the only abiding one; the only one which determines the scale, so to speak, upon which the person will hereafter live.

- Charlotte Mason

27) Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before—if we will allow it.

- Jenny Arledge

28) If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

- Chinese proverb

29) 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

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30) Education is soul crafting.

- Cornel West

31) Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.

- Dr. Seuss

32) For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.

- Dorothy L. Sayers

33) I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

- Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]

34) In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

- Eric Hoffer

35) My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.

- George Bernard Shaw

36) Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.

- George Evans

37) A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

- George Santayana

38) What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

- George Bernard Shaw

39) Children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun.

- Glenn Doman

40) In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.

- Harry K. Wong

41) We should seek to be fellow students with the pupil, and should learn of, as well as with him, if we would be most helpful to him.

- Henry David Thoreau

42) A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

- Horace Mann

43) If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.   

- Ignacio Estrada

44) Teaching is a strategic act of engagement.

- James Bellanca

45) The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.

- Jean Piaget

46) True teaching is one that not teaches knowledge but stimulates children to gain it.

- Jill Eggleton

47) No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education.

- John Carolus

48) All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.

- John Holt

49) “Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.”

– April Chamberlain

50) No use to shout at them to pay attention. If the situations, the materials, the problems before the child do not interest him, his attention will slip off to what does interest him, and no amount of exhortation of threats will bring it back.

- John Holt

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51) 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

52) 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

53) Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.

- John Holt

54) The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.

- Joseph Campbell

55) Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.

- Lillian Smith

56) We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

- Lord Alexander

57) You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education.

- Marilyn Howshall

58) Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.

- Mark Twain

59) A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

60) Through education comes understanding. Through understanding comes true appreciation. All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso

61) A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

- Patricia Neal

62) Our schools have a doubly hard task, not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

― Ken Robinson

63) Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.  

- Rabbinical Saying

64) "It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”.

– Marion Ginapolis

65) If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.

- Samuel Richardson

66) I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

- Socrates

67) One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.

- Sophocles

68) A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

- Thomas Carruthers

69) An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get.

- William Feather

70) The rule for every man is, not to depend on the education which other men have prepared for him—not even to consent to it; but to strive to see things as they are, and to be himself as he is. Defeat lies in self-surrender.

- Woodrow Wilson

71) Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin 

72) I am not a teacher, but an awakener.

– Robert Frost

73) Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

– E.M. Forster

74) The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

75) 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

76) 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

77) 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

78) In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

– Phil Collins 

79) Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

– Mahatma Gandhi

80) You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

-  Oscar Wilde

81) The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

– C.S. Lewis

82) “The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed - it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”

― Ken Robinson.

83) Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

– Malcolm X

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

– Charlotte Bronte

85) Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

- C.S. Lewis

86) The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.

– Aristotle

87) Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

– Henry Ford

88) The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.

– Michel Legrand

89) 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

90) I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.

– Bill Watterson

91) To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

– Theodore Roosevelt

92) Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

– Jim Rohn

93) We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there.

– Neil deGrasse Tyson 

94) 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

95) True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their

– Nikos Kazantzakis

96) Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning.

-  Anton Chekhov

97) “Integrating technology with face-to-face teacher time generally produces better academic outcomes than employing either technique alone.”

98) I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

– Walt Disney Company

99) 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

100) When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.

– John Taylor Gatto

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Author: Priyanka Gupta
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