Grades Sayings and Quotes

Grades are the holy grail of the school system — a way to evaluate if you’ve retained any of the material. But getting good grades shouldn’t be the only motivation for learning something new. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about grades.


We learn because we want to learn, because it’s important to us, because it’s natural, and because it’s impossible to live in the world and not learn.     

Peggy Piro

When I was growing up, I'd study for days trying to get good grades. When I'd get an 'A,' I'd feel elation for about 30 seconds, and then a feeling of emptiness.      

Andrew Yang

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.     

Chuck Grassley

I was not an outstanding student. I did a reasonable amount of work. I got generally good - pretty good grades, but I was not that passionate about getting straight A's.     

Steve Case

I went to school and made good grades and went to college. So I was afforded an opportunity through my parents' hard work that most people don't have.     

Anthony Mackie

In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn't been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A's without taking a book home. I didn't go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.     

Bill Gates

My priority is not about grades. I yearn for knowledge, skills and wisdom.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

I've always gotten good grades, you know, with my teachers and my English teachers, 'cause I was able to - they'd say, "What did you do for the summer?" I'm able to explain it to them in a written form. And my teachers always patted me on the back for that, being able to take what's in my mind and put it on paper.     

Ice Cube

I exclusively attended public school... And I can honestly say that on the day of my graduation, if you had given me a pop quiz on history, science, or math, I would have in no way been able to pass it - despite the fact that I completely understood it at the time that it had been 'taught' to me, and had even made a good 'grade' on it.     

Jessica Bowman

I didn't give it much thought back then. I just wanted to get all the words straight and collect my A.     

Gayle Forman