101 Motivational Quotes for Students and Teachers

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Last Updated on September 29, 2022

101 Motivational Quotes for Students and Teachers

Education can open our eyes and expand our minds like nothing else. It allows us to constantly reshape the way we see the world, leading to a better and more balanced life. So this week, as classes continue, we’d like to share 101 of the most motivating and inspiring quotes about education. We hope you find it helpful, whether you’re a student who needs a boost of motivation or a teacher of any kind who wants to inspire and make a difference in the lives of their students.

101 Motivational Quotes for Students and Teachers

  1. “A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  2. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
  3. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
  4. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain
  5. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
  6. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
  7. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
  8. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Zig Ziglar
  9. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Andy McIntyre
  10. “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.” Carl Rogers
  11. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain
  12. “Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.” Helen Keller
  13. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” David M. Burns
  14. “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” Will Durant
  15. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” Wayne Dyer
  16. “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
  17. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” Lloyd Alexander
  18. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John R. Wooden
  19. “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” Abraham Maslow
  20. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him.
  21. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Ben Franklin
  22. “If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” Ludwig Wittgenstein
  23. “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” John Newton
  24. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
  25. “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou
  26. “Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” Francis Bacon
  27. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
  28. “Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
  29. “They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.” Malala Yousafzai
  30. “That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.” Seneca
  31. “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” Leonardo da Vinci
  32. “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.” James Dewar
  33. “To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.” Epictetus
  34. “Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” Chinese proverb
  35. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” Bill Nye
  36. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy Parker
  37. “Success is a poor teacher.” Robert Kiyosaki
  38. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson
  39. “Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students.” Robin Williams
  40. “The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.” Cicero
  41. “Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.” Lee Iacocca
  42. “Despise school and remain a fool.” German proverb
  43. “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” Bruce Lee
  44. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” Seneca
  45. “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
  46. “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.” Baruch Spinoza
  47. “The learned man knows that he is ignorant.” Victor Hugo
  48. “Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.” Euripides
  49. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino
  50. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Albert Einstein
  51. “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
  52. “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” Chinese Proverb
  53. “The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas – just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.” Naval Ravikant
  54. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” Charles F. Kettering
  55. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” Zig Ziglar
  56. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
  57. “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
  58. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry B Adams
  59. “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
  60. “To teach is to learn twice.” Joseph Joubert
  61. “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” Chinese proverb
  62. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” Alfred Mercier
  63. “Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” Erich Fromm
  64. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin
  65. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
  66. Albert Schweitzer
  67. “Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” Roger Lewin
  68. “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” Bill Beattie
  69. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” Alexandra K. Trenfor
  70. “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” G.K. Chesterton
  71. “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson
  72. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Chinese proverb
  73. “Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France
  74. “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
  75. “The most beautiful things in the creating of the child are his “mistakes.” The more a child’s work is full of these individual mistakes the more wonderful it is. And the more a teacher removes them from the child’s work the duller, more desolate and impersonal it becomes.” Franz Cizek
  76. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.” Goethe
  77. “Education cost money, but then so does ignorance.” Claus Moser
  78. “I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“ Steve Irwin
  79. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
  80. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead
  81. “The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice.” James Clear
  82. “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  83. “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” Plato
  84. “Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” Jim Henson
  85. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
  86. “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
  87. “The more you make it easy for your kids, the more you remove the struggle necessary for learning.” Maxime Lagacé
  88. “The highest result of education is tolerance.” Hellen Keller
  89. “All learning has an emotional base.” Plato
  90. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C.S. Lewis
  91. “If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly.” Buddhist proverb
  92. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” Franklin P. Jones
  93. “Education is supposed to juice your curiosity, not diminish or sate it.” Walter Isaacson
  94. “The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  95. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” Diogenes
  96. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch
  97.  “People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.” Socrates
  98. “By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.” Latin proverb
  99. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James
  100. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” Bob Talber
  101. “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

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