These inspirational educational quotes are words of wisdom and positive attitudes about learning.
With an open mind and the right attitude we can enjoy a lifetime of learning, it should never be restricted to the time we spend being 'schooled.'
Since I began this website in 2010 I have learnt a great deal from researching for quotes and the authors, putting this website together, photographing nature and writing my blog. It is very time consuming, but I really enjoy doing it so it's all worthwhile.
Photo: When he was younger, to gain work experience, my son would often go to work with his father at the weekends (he was Head Chef at All Souls College, Oxford.) This photo was taken in the Codrington Library.
There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn,
so there is no one whom he cannot teach.
Henry Brooks Adams 1838 - 1918
A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.
Joseph Addison 1672 - 1719
Reading is to the mind
what exercise is to the body.
It is always the season for the old to learn.
Amos Bronson Alcott 1799 - 1888
Observation more than books,
experience rather than persons,
are the prime educators.
Aristotle 384BC - 322BC Inspirational Educational Quotes
All men by nature desire knowledge.
Educating the mind, without educating the heart,
is no education at all.
Education is an ornament in prosperity
and a refuge in adversity.
Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge.
It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
St Augustine 354 - 430
I learned most, not from those who taught me,
but from those who talked with me.
Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626
Natural abilities are like natural plants...
they need pruning by study.
Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887
Books are not made for furniture,
but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
W. E. B. Du Bois 1868 - 1963
Children learn more from what you are
than what you teach.
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 - 1821
History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree on.
Richard Branson 1950
I rely far more on gut instinct
than researching huge amounts of statistics.
no matter where you read it, or who said it,
no matter if I said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
Edmund Burke 1729 - 1797
Example is the school of mankind,
and they will learn at no other.
Sarah Caldwell 1924 - 2006
Learn everything you can,
anytime you can,
from anyone you can.
You will be grateful you did.
Jack Canfield 1944
I think there is too much emphasis placed on learning things by rote that you don't really care about. So what happens to students in school is that they eventually lose interest in learning, because they've been forced to learn the required course, rather than pursuing their passion.
George Carlin 1937 - 2008
Don't just teach your children to read.
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach then to question everything.
Intuition is the highest form of intelligence,
transcending all individual abilities and skills.
Anthony J. D'Angelo Inspirational Educational Quotes
Become a student of change.
It is the only thing that will remain constant.
Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you'll never cease to grow.
Learn not only to find what you like,
learn to like what you find.
Charles M. Dickinson
It is the supreme art of the teacher
to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Ernest Dimnet 1866 - 1954
Children have to be educated,
but they also have to be left to educate themselves.
Mark van Doren 1894 - 1972
The art of teaching is...
the art of assisting discovery.
Be a student...
by staying open and willing to learn from
everyone and anyone.
Try viewing everyone who comes into your life
as a teacher.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten
everything he learned in school.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know now and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.
I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling
but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Knowledge exists to be imparted.
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Epictetus 55 - 135
It is impossible for a man to learn
what he thinks he already knows.
Gustave Flaubert 1821 - 1880
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Malcolm Forbes 1919 - 1990
Educations purpose is to replace an empty mind
with an open one.
Anatole France 1844 - 1924
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Margaret Fuller 1810 - 1850
Today a reader...
tomorrow a leader.
Galileo 1564 - 1642
You cannot teach a man anything,
you can only help him find it within himself.
Neville Goddard 1905 - 1972
Where knowledge ends...
feeling and imagination begin.
HA-Tony Neate Inspirational Educational Quotes
The purpose of any channelling is not to tell or to instruct, but to stimulate... to create new depths and new areas of thinking.
What is of importance in channelling is that the person contacts a higher level of creative thought. This enables more advanced teachings and philosophies to be offered to the planet because the evolution of a planet, both individually and collectively, is on-going.
Jimi Hendrix 1942 - 1970
but wisdom listens.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894
A mind once stretched by a new idea
never regains its original dimensions.
John Holt 1923 - 1985
You learn by doing,
there is no other way.
Harry Houdini 1874 - 1926
My brain is the key
that sets my mind free.
Whitney Houston 1963 - 2012
also sung by George Benson
written by Michael Masser & Linda Creed
I believe the children are our future,
teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be.
Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885
To learn to read
is to light fire.
Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Carl Jung 1875 - 1961
Children are educated by what the grown-up is...
and not by his talk.
Ken Keyes Jr 1921 - 1995
Everyone and everything around you
is your teacher.
Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936
Teach us to delight in simple things.
Jiddu Krishnamurti 1895 - 1986
Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.
Dalai Lama 1935
It is vital that when educating our children's brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.
It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.
The royal road to knowledge, all may win,
who seek the source of life in everything.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent school masters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
The real purpose of books
is to trap the mind into doing it's own thinking.
Michel de Montaigne 1533 - 1592
John Muir 1838 - 1914
The power of imagination
makes us infinite.
Native American Inspirational Educational Quotes
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.
Our first teacher is our own heart.
Plato 429BC - 347BC Inspirational Educational Quotes
For the object of education is
to teach us about beauty.
Plutarch 46 - 120
The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.
Ken Robinson 1950 Inspirational Educational Quotes
Human intelligence is richer and more dynamic than we have been led to believe by formal academic education.
If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low-grade clerical work, don't be surprised if they start to fidget. Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition, they're suffering from childhood.
Imagination is the source of all human achievement.
John Ruskin 1819 - 1900
All books are divisible into two classes
the books of the hour
and the books of all time.
Carl Sagan 1934 - 1996
When you make the finding yourself,
even if you are the last person on earth to see the light,
you will never forget it.
Seneca 4BC - 65AD
Even while they teach...
Dr Seuss 1904 - 1991
The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more things you learn, the more places you'll go.
Sydney Smith 1771 - 1845
No furniture so charming as books.
Will Smith 1968
The things that have been most valuable to me,
I did not learn in school.
Nikola Tesla 1856 - 1943 Inspirational Educational Quotes
If you want to find the secrets of the Universe,
think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of existence.
Lewis Thomas 1913 - 1993
We are educated to be amazed by the infinite variety of life forms in nature. We are, I believe, only at the beginning of being flabbergasted by its unity.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look,
but don't tell you what to see.
If you give a man a fish
he will eat once.
If you teach a man to fish
he will eat for the rest of his life.
If you are thinking a year ahead
If you are thinking ten years ahead
plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead
educate the people.
By sowing the seed
you will harvest once.
By planting a tree
you will harvest tenfold.
By educating the people
you will harvest one hundredfold.
Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
Never let your schooling
interfere with your education.
I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, Patience, Compassion.
These are your greatest treasures.
Leonardo de Vinci 1452 - 1519
Inspirational Educational Quotes
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Study without desire spoils the memory,
and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Build your schools around concepts, not academic subjects: core concepts such as awareness, honesty, responsibility, freedom and diversity in oneness. Teach your children these things and you will have taught them grandly.
When you give your children knowledge, you are telling them what to think. When you give your children wisdom, you do not tell them what to know, or what is true, but rather, how to get to their own truth.
Oscar Wilde 1854 - 1900
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time, that nothing that is worth knowing, can be taught.
Anthony Douglas Williams
Inspirational Educational Quotes
All animals are born with innocence, curiosity and love.
Life is the best teacher.
John Wooden 1910 - 2010
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Youngsters need good role models more than they need critics. It's one of parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
Proverbs that are Inspirational Educational Quotes
By learning you will teach.
by teaching you will learn.
He who teaches children learns more than they do.
It's never too late to learn.
Learning is a treasure no thief can steal.
When the student is ready...
the master appears.
Unknown Author Inspirational Educational Quotes
Be thankful when you don't know something
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
Experience is the best teacher.
Formal education will make you a living...
Self education will make you a fortune.
Human Beings grow best with encouragement and Love.
Today, let every word you speak (to yourself and others)
be filled with kindness.
If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child
they will often learn without any further assistance.
In the working of a garden you discover much As you watch the things you plant respond to nature's touch. You are learning all the time and never do you tire. Of trying to create the garden of your hearts desire.
Knowledge is power.
Look well to what you have in hand
For learning is better than house or land
When land is gone and money spent
Then learning is most excellent
(From an 18th Century Sampler)
Teachers open the door...
but you must enter by yourself.
The cure for boredom is curiosity...
There is no cure for curiosity.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned
how to learn and change.
What matters in learning is not to be taught,
but to wake up.
Photo: Grandaughter (Lucy) writing a letter. Lucy and her brother Seth are home educated. I strongly believe in the freedom of choice to home educate. I think it is one of the best ways to let a child develop naturally, joyfully pursuing their own passions to begin a journey of life-long learning.
I have always thought that traditional schooling is too restrictive and teaches so many things that are boring to most children and not needed for the majority. I have always thought that first aid (especially how to save a life), relationships (understanding human behaviour), positive thinking, how to bring up caring, respectful children and many other life skills, are much more important for everyone to learn than some of the things that are taught in school and then never used again for the rest of your life.
I know that a lot of people will disagree with me, and I know that some of our family disapprove of my daughter home educating. But it takes courage and strength of character to go against the 'normal' way of the majority, so I have great respect and admiration for my daughter standing up for what she believes in.
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