100+ Education Quotes That Will Light a Bulb in Your Mind

Education Quote by Thomas Jefferson: To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

Thomas Jefferson

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.


I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.


Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.

Brigham Young

A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Education Quote by Aristotle: All men by nature desire to know.

All men by nature desire to know.


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

Malcolm Forbes

Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.

Alfred North Whitehead

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.

Horace Mann

Education Quote by Anatole France: An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.

An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.

Anatole France

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

Mark Twain

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Louis Hector Berlioz

The fountain of information lies at your fingertips and is accessible anywhere at anytime and schools need to emphasize this. We are no longer in a world where you need to go seek enlightenment, it is everywhere.

Christopher Myers

Quote by William Butler Yeats: Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.

Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.

William Butler Yeats

The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, the reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.


Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.

Swami Vivekananda

Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.

Francis Keppel

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

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

Kofi Annan

Education Proverb from Kurdistan: Light wisdom, heavy burden.

Light wisdom, heavy burden.

Kurdish Proverb

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home.

William Temple, Sr.

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

Malcolm X

By education I mean that training in excellence from youth upward which makes a man passionately desire to be a perfect citizen, and teaches him to rule, and to obey, with justice. This is the only education which deserves the name.


Education begins with life.

Unknown Author

Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.

Gustave Flaubert

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.

Ezra Pound

Quote by Euripides: Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.

Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.


Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.

Henry Peter Brougham

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

Ernest Dimnet

Education is all a matter of building bridges.

Ralph Ellison

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

Allan Bloom

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

Mahatma Gandhi

Educational Chinese Proverb: Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself..

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Chinese Proverb

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

Leo Buscaglia

My education was interrupted only by my schooling.

Winston Churchill

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Don’t ever let anybody teach you to think; it is the curse of the world.

Theodore H. White

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

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

Isaac Asimov

Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money in that order; it is a process, a never ending one.

Bel Kaufman

It is only the ignorant who despise education.

Publilius Syrus

Lessons that come easy not lessons at all. They are gracious acts of luck. Yet lessons learned the hard way are lessons never forgotten.

Don Williams, Jr.

Only the educated are free.


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

Jim Rohn

Education is the best provision for old age.


Quote by Rabindranath Tagore: The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

Rabindranath Tagore

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

George Macaulay Trevelyan

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosopher who say that only the educated are free.


Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves, and be free.

Cesar Chavez

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


Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.

Lord Chesterfield

Education is a lifelong experience.
Experience is a lifelong education.
Education plus experience equals expertise.

Michael Bugeja

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

Albert Einstein

Seneca Quote: Men learn while they teach...

Men learn while they teach.


If teaching has any purpose, it is to implant true insight and responsibility. Education must lead us from irresponsible opinion to true responsible judgement. It must lead us from chance and arbitrariness to rational clarity and intellectual order.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.

Karl Kraus

The entire object of true education, is to make people not merely do the right thing, but to enjoy the right things; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge.

John Ruskin

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Albert Einstein

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.

Herbert Spencer

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Anatole France

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


Education is sown in children but must be cultivated all life long.

Paul Carvel

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank

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

Sydney J. Harris

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm

Bruce Barton

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.

Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.


Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, give himself citizenship in the changing world, share’s the race’s mind and enfranchises his own soul.

John Finley

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.


Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

Erich Fromm

A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student.

Henry Youngman

I think that the greatest education in the world is the education which helps one to be able to do the right things at the time it has to be done.

Charles F. Kettering

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.

Jim Rohn

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Albert Einstein

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

Tryon Edwards

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

Nelson Mandela

The most worthwhile form of education is the kind that puts the educator inside you, as it were, so that the appetite for learning persists long after the external pressure for grades and degrees has vanished. Otherwise you are not educated; you are merely trained.

Sydney J. Harris

True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.

Phillip Pullman

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is the object of learning, not only to satisfy the curiosity and perfect the spirits of ordinary men, but also to advance civilization.

Woodrow Wilson

It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

James Arthur Baldwin

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.

James Joyce

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.

Lord Chesterfield

Let us guide our students over the road of discipline from materials, through function, to creative work. Let us lead them into the healthy world of primitive building methods, where there was meaning in every stroke of an axe, expression in every bite of chisel.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.

Thomas Henry Huxley