Education Quotes


Here’s a whole big collection of Education Quotes.  There’s so many, I haven’t bothered to count them.  Hopefully you find a few you love:

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. -George Santayana

A good example is the best sermon. -Herbert Taylor

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. -Abbe Dimnet

Common sense is not common. -Voltaire

Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils. -Arthur (Duke of Wellington) Wellesley (1769-1852)

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. -Edward Everret

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. -Will Durant

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. -Victor Hugo

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -Aristotle

Education is not filling a pail but lighting a fire. -William Butler Yeats

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. -John Dewey

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. -Robert Frost

Education is the movement from darkness to light. -Allan Bloom

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. -Albert Einstein

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. -Malcom S. Forbes

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. -Jim Rohn

I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. -Confucius

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all. -Thomas Szasz

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -Andy McIntyre & Derek Bok

I’m not a teacher, but an awakener. -Robert Frost

It does not make much difference what you study, as long as you don’t like it. -Finley Peter Dunne

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. -Robert Ingersoll

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle

It’s what you learn after you know everything that counts. -J.Wooden

Knowledge is power. -Sir Francis Bacon

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. -Robert Maynard Hutchings

Nothing in life is to be feared, only understood. – Marie Curie

Only the educated are free. -Epictetus

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. -Confucius

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. -Isaac Asimov

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. -George Santayana

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. -Robert Maynard Hutchings

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn…and change. -Carl Rogers

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done…men who are creative, inventive and discoverers. -Jean Piaget (1896-1980)

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two basic processes of education are knowing and valuing. -Robert Havighurst

The unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. -Sydney J. Harris

The worst education which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that. -John Sterling

Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it. -Unknown

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 (1897-1966)

There is no knowledge that is not power. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. -Aristotle

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. -Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Experience runs a valuable school, but fools learn in no other. -Italian Proverb

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. -Roger Lewin

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education. -Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our school-masters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us. -Charles de Secondat

What you don’t know can hurt you. -Lord Chesterfield

When the student is ready, the Master appears. – Buddhist Proverb

When you’re through learning, you’re through. -Vernon Law

Many of these are quite good.

Which ones do you like?  Do you have any education quotes that  you can share here?  Please leave a comment below.

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    • Kathy
    • December 11, 2009

    Love these – especially #15, 16 (both basically saying the same thing) & 30.

    • raymond
    • December 11, 2009

    well done,I like this a lot,just been on friends reunited and this reminds me of all the things I mised at school,I’m a late learner so keep this up ,best wishes.

    • Laurie Vowels
    • December 11, 2009

    I like this one the best:

    8. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. -Oscar Wilde

    • Kavita
    • December 11, 2009

    #2 is my all time favorite. Thanks Shawn

    • sandy
    • December 11, 2009

    As always, I appreciate the inspiration that leads you to keeping these posts coming! I really love number 10 because the more I learn the more I realize how little I know about anything! Education is a truly profound and humbling experience.

    • Lee
    • December 12, 2009

    I like, 2; 15; 20; 26; great quotes, thankyou Shawn.

    Here is something I read that I believe to be very true. I thought I would share it with you.

    Definition of a Good Education is defined as acquiring skills. There are many different ways to be educated and many subjects that can be studied. A good education is one that teaches a student to think. This is proven by Edith Hamilton, what she believes about learning and its importance to our world. In Edith Hamilton’s essay, “The Ever-present Past”, she described a good education as one that is modelled after the ancient Greek’s ideas. She defines being educated as being able to be caught up into a world of thought. The Greeks were taught to think. They were cultivated on an individual level so that they knew how to conceive ideas on their own. During the times of the ancient Greeks students were shown how to appreciate poetry, music, arts, and mathematics. They carried their education of thought into their ways of life.

    • rasheeda
    • December 12, 2009

    hey 2nd 1 is da best …… btw nyc quotes :D…………. love them al <3<3

    • karin klue
    • December 12, 2009

    Just love them all!!!!!

    • Leonora Dompor
    • December 12, 2009

    Education,learning can be lots of fun!!!When you have valued education,learning,knowledge,wisdom,you become addicted to it for goodness sake.A learned person is a light to everyone.He is constantly glowing but not glaring.
    originally by:UNI DOMPOR

    • michelle
    • December 12, 2009

    Thanks Shawn! These are all great. My favorites are 4,6,& 28.
    I remember one…”In the case of good books,the point is not how
    many of them you get through,but how many can get through to
    you” -Mortimer Adler

    • shawn
    • December 13, 2009

    Thank-you everyone, for chiming in. And thanks to those who shared some quotes & thoughts of your own.

    Keep ’em coming!


    • Mullai Senguttuvan
    • December 14, 2009

    I like the following one.Though we are educated, without commonsense no use.Very nice.
    Education Quotes:

    1. It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. -Robert Ingersoll

    • angela thompson
    • January 6, 2010

    They will never care how much we know until they know how much we care.

    • Gustav
    • January 14, 2010

    There are a number of good quotes there, and some made by our country’s early leaders. They saw the importance of a good education and it is even more important in today’s fast pace. It’s a shame that many of our states try to solve their budget problems by cutting back on education funds which is very short sighted.

    • Mchunu
    • August 13, 2010

    take time to think its a source of intelligence.

      • rajesh
      • October 25, 2010

      i like 19 good quotes, thanks shawn

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