Famous Educational Quotes to Inspire your Students

Luckily there have been smarter people than myself to say inspirational words of wisdom to help get people motivated.

Some make perfect sense - and some are total BS.  But I'll leave you to filter...

Below are a few that might come in handy next time you need to dig deep.

**Update:  FEB 2012**  We have just created an entire section for educational quotes with far more than is on this page. It can be found here.

  • Horace Mann
  • Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
  • Aristotle
  • The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
  • C. S. Lewis
  • The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
  • Albert Einstein
  • Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
  • Helen Keller
  • The highest result of education is tolerance.
  • Victor Hugo
  • He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
  • Jim Rohn
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
  • Henry Brooks Adams
  • A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
  • 'No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.' Albert Einstein
  • 'Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting the different results' Albert Einstein.
  • 'Some people would rather die than think'. Bertrand Russell
  • 'If we always do what we've always done, we will get what we've always got.' Adam Urbanski
  • 'One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar'. Helen Keller
  • 'Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.' Oliver Wendell Holmes Jnr
  • 'Ten geographers who think the world is flat will tend to reinforce each others errors….Only a sailor can set them straight'. John Ralston Saul, 'Voltaire's Bastards'.

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