Educational Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old educational quotes, educational sayings, and educational proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.     

William Butler Yeats

I've learned... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.     

Andy Rooney

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

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.     

Arthur Koestler

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

Malcolm X

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.     

Henry B Adams

Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.     

Albert Einstein

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.     

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating.     

C. B. Neblette

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.     

William Haley

Education should be exercise; it has become massage.     

Martin H. Fischer

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.     


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

Robert Frost

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

C.S. Lewis

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.     

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.     

Edward Everett

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.     

Henry David Thoreau

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.     

Mark Twain

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.     

Kofi Annan

Upon the subject of education. I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.     

Abraham Lincoln

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.     

Malcolm S. Forbes

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

Nelson Mandela

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.     

Agatha Christie

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.     

Nelson Mandela

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.     

Solomon Ortiz

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


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.     


He who opens a school door, closes a prison.     

Victor Hugo

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     


It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.     

Agnes Repplierg

The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see.     

Alexandra K. Trenfor

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.     

Mark Twain

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


Despise school and remain a fool.     

German Proverb

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.     


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

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.     

James Baldwin

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.     

George Washington Carver

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


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


No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.     

G.K. Chesterton

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

Sydney J. Harris

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

Albert Einstein

To teach is to learn twice.     

Joseph Joubert

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.     


My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.     

Robert Maynard Hutchins

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.     

Will Durant

I am not a teacher, but an awakener.     

Robert Frost

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.