30 Inspiring Educational Quotes for Teachers and Students
What is education and what should it do? Is it merely a tool by which we fill our minds with a set of facts which we will later use? Or is it something more than that? Does education include the method we use to think, or is that something different? Can we be educated by independent learning and if so, is this method more effective than others. Do we do education right in schools or homeschools? These inspiring education quotes will help inform us of all these questions. Below we’ll cover:
- Education Quotes about Independent Learning
- Quotes on What Education Should Do
- Values in Education: Quotes
- Importance of Education
- Self Education
- College Quotes
- More Inspiring Quotes
Let’s jump in and get started!
Education Quotes about Independent Learning
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. – Galileo Galilei.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
Education is what remains when one has forgotten what one learned in school. – Albert Einstein
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain
The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before we wonder how we will teach our children to think critically and be creative, we must realise children are largely capable of leading their own studies. – Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool: The Case for Christian Homeschooling.
Quotes on What Education Should Do
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it. – William Howard Taft
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent. – Plato
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
“‘What madness it is,” says Seneca, “to learn so much trash , when time is so precious.” Nothing, therefore, should be learned solely for its value at school, but for its use in life, that the information which a scholar has aquired may not vanish as soon as he leaves school.”– John Amos Comenious, 1957, p. 78.
Values in Education Quotes
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. – Theodore Roosevelt
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man a more clever devil. – C. S. Lewis
To educate a man in mind and not morals is to educate a menace. – Theodore Roosevelt
If men think men can decide truth for themselves (this is humanism), they advocate for things like justice, not knowing how to define justice. They advocate for ‘social responsibility’, not knowing how to determine responsibility. – Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool.
Importance of Education Quotes
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. –Mark Twain
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. – Oliver Wendel Holmes
Formal-education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature. – Charlotte Mason
A little learning is a dangerous thing. – Alexander Pope
Alumni are like the wake of a ship; they spread out and ultimately disappear, but not until they have made a few waves. – Anonymous
Colleges are like old-age homes; except for the fact that more people die in colleges. – Boby Dylan
Other Educational Quotations
Education begins, like charity, at home. – Susan Ferraro, New York Times.
Education, like neurosis, begins at home. – Milton R. Sapirstein
Getting educated is like getting measles. You have to go where the measles is. – Abraham Flexner
He was like an empty bucket waiting to be filled [with knowledge]. – William Diehl
Human beings, like plants, can be twisted into strange shapes if their training begins early enough and is vigilantly supervised. They will accept their deformation as the natural state of affairs and even take pride in it, as Chinese women once did in their crippled feet. – Milton R. Sapirstein
Modern education is a contradiction. It’s like a three-year-old kid with a computer in his hand who can multiply 10.6 percent interest of $11,653, but doesn’t know if a dime is larger or smaller than a nickel. Erma Bombek
In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life. – C.S. Lewis
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. – Robert Frost
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. – Edward Everett
These education quotes show us that we would benefit if we rethought the way we do education. Perhaps we should honor the place of self-learning and interest-based-learning a little more. As someone who’s studied many different educational methods, I’m convinced children can learn much more when their interest is piqued. This is effectively done in the home setting. If you’ve never seriously considered home education, it should be considered for many reasons apart from its ability to educate children admirably.