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5 Inspiring Education Quotes

5 Inspiring Education Quotes

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There's something about a good quotation that sparks the imagination, and I thought I'd share 5 of my favorite education quotes:

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

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead

"Education is all a matter of building bridges."
- Ralph Ellison

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
― Walter Cronkite

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
― Phil Collins

What are your favorite education quotations? What inspires you, makes your think or laugh? Share your quotes in the comments.

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Samuel Dashwood's picture

I rather like this one:

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
- Will Durant

Jenny Grant Rankin's picture
Jenny Grant Rankin
Former teacher, site admin, district admin & edtech CERO finishing Ed. PhD

Good ones! I've always loved these:
"I touch the future. I teach." - Christa McAuliffe
"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education." - John F. Kennedy
"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead."- Aristotle

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Jenny, thank you for the McAuliffe quote. The Challenger accident was a national tragedy...

Bud's picture
Bud
High School English Teacher

There are so many good quotes, but this one seems particularly interesting and shows that education is about having students somehow get to their own potential, innate abilities. Coming from Galileo gives these words some extra credibility!
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
Galileo Galilei

Bud's picture
Bud
High School English Teacher

Jenny,
Thank you for your submissions. Teaching is certainly worth our whole effort.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

I love that quote, Bud. I just love it. There's also this Galileo quote:

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him."
-- Galileo Galilei

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

I just came across a new quote (to me anyway), and I love it:

"Inspiration exists, but it must find you working."
~Pablo Picasso

So true!

Elisha Jose's picture

My all time favorite:
"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then -- to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn."
T.H. White, The Once and Future King.
He wants to convey that learning have no age, gain knowledge from anywhere possible and make yourself a learning center.

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Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
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Elisha, that's an awesome quote. Thank you for sharing it. I've never read "The Once and Future King", but I'm thinking maybe I should. It's White's take on the Arthurian legend, right?

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