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: My son in the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford. In the early 90's my son would often go to work with his father at the weekends to gain work experience in the kitchen.
The little ones still remember how to use the power of their imagination. They are still engaged in the utilization of their imagination, that is one of the reasons that keeps them so exhilarated.
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.
Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I'm learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.
Maya Angelou 1928
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
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.
Isaac Asimov 1920 - 1992
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A good question is, of course, the key
by which infinite answers can be educed.
Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka but 'That's funny...'
Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers?
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.
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 - 1827
Don't only practice your art,
but force your way into its secrets,
for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.
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.
Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
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.
Thomas Carlyle 1795 - 1881
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Deepak Chopra 1946
I teach people that, no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your presence. If you just stay within your centre.
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.
Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man.
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.
Paula Fox 1923 Inspirational Educational Quotes
Literature is the province of imagination, and stories, in whatever guise, are meditations on life.
When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.
Anatole France 1844 - 1924
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
Inspirational Educational Quotes
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
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.
Physicists over the past one hundred years have discovered that the field connects all of us, and that the reason we control our lives is because every thought we have is an energy wave that affects everything in the universe.
HA-Tony Neate Inspirational Educational Quotes
History is there to be learned from
and not lived to.
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.
L. R. Knost Inspirational Educational Quotes
A lifestyle of reading puts the vast knowledge of the ages into the hands of our children. Exchanging the life-long riches of a love of reading for the temporary value of facts gleaned from required reading lists is a paltry deal, indeed.
Encourage reading, yes but let their hearts, their interests, their imaginations choose their reading material. Whatever momentary facts they need for the next test or quiz can be found just as easily on Google.
A passion for reading can only be found in the heart of the child.
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
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In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
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.
Bruce Lee 1940 - 1973
Life itself is your teacher,
and you are in a state of constant learning.
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.
Harvey MacKay 1932
We start out as pretty creative beings...
Children let their imaginations take them to place they've never seen and do things that seem impossible. We encourage it as fun and playtime, but we should celebrate it as the potential for great discovery and accomplishment.
The real purpose of books
is to trap the mind into doing it's own thinking.
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar
is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
Michel de Montaigne 1533 - 1592
John Muir 1838 - 1914
The power of imagination
makes us infinite.
Robert Muller 1923 - 2010
Adults are the first and foremost teachers of love, peace, truth, tolerance, happiness and spirituality to their children. No school on Earth can ever replace them.
The example of parents is the greatest teacher.
Parents must stand out as models of happiness to their children.
There is no greater learning process than to teach.
Native American Inspirational Educational Quotes
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.
Our first teacher is our own heart.
Rita Pierson ? - 2013
Every child needs a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
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.
Natalie Portman 1981
I don't love studying. I hate studying.
I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
Jacqueline E. Purcell
You must unlearn what you have been programmed to believe since birth. That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a world where all things are possible.
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.
George Santayana 1863 - 1952
A child educated only at school
is an uneducated child.
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.
George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950
From a very early age I've had to interrupt my education...
to go to school.
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
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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.
Kuang-tsu Inspirational Educational Quotes
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
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All animals are born with innocence, curiosity and love.
Every parent is a teacher...
But not all parents teach.
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.
Malala Yousafzai 1997
One child, one teacher,
one pen and one book
can change the world.
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
A book is a magic portal to another dimension.
Be thankful when you don't know something
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Do not educate your children to be rich,
educate them to be happy.
So when they grow up,
they'll know the value of things, not the price.
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.
Life is a school where you learn how to remember
what your soul already knows.
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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