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35 Thought Provoking Education Quotes

posted by admin on October 20th, 2008

Hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I did putting it together!

  1. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle
  2. Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~Hector Berlioz
  3. An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. ~Niels Bohr
  4. Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. ~Albert Einstein
  5. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~George Bernard Shaw
  6. Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century. ~Perelman
  7. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
  8. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  9. Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. ~Ambrose Bierce
  10. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  11. The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~Carl Rogers
  12. A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear. ~James B. Stockdale
  13. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers
  14. The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. ~Cicero
  15. Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. ~Socrates
  17. Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don’t know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~Sir William Haley
  18. In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. ~Lee Iacocca
  19. The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves. ~Joseph Campbell
  20. Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. ~W. B. Yeats
  21. A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars. ~Linnaeus
  22. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~Confucius
  23. The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple. ~Amos Bronson Alcott
  24. Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. ~Abraham Lincoln
  25. Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it. — Soren Kierkegaard
  26. The highest result of education is tolerance. — Helen Keller
  27. Nothing is ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. — William Arthur Ward
  29. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. — Gandhi
  30. I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. — Dudley Field Malone
  31. How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. — Henry David Thoreau
  32. Genius without education is like silver in the mine. — Benjamin Franklin
  33. How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. — Alexander Dumas
  34. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. — Abraham Maslow
  35. There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people. — Thomas Jefferson

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  • Angry

    Well football players ARE USELESS ….. even in our irrational world …. @#$%

  • Frenchie

    Old Hickory the 35th quote

    “There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people. — Thomas Jefferson”

    Is talking about the way education is gone about. Suggesting that formal education and teaching in large classrooms is a really bad way of educating people as they are all different and they all need specific input in order to develop.

    You can not teach a genius and an idiot the same things because it would just not work.

    We need to change the educational system to deal with many of the problems that are raised by these quotes.

  • Rinoralph

    They are enjoyable!

  • Joe

    Umm… Can i just point out to all the people who replied @Tre’s comment…
    I’ll admit, football players ARE useless
    But actors can pass on things like myths & legends from one generation to the next, just as much as teachers. They would have just as much a place in that rational world :P

  • Taisha Brubaker

    Isn’t this a repost of an older story?

  • Stella Knerr

    great theme – did you make it or can I download it somewhere?

  • Marjory Hiett

    Hmm, some of your images aren’t showing up.. are you hotlinking?

  • aldo

    I do not understand why actors are useless in the rational world, If education or knowledge is absolute I would agree, i find a rather modest way to say that for a child an actor resembles his actions on the screen, not our so called “unveil” of reality of what he represents in real life, for example if we suppose that Sean Penn, Brad Pitt or any other actor has a great movie suppose we find ourselves in the struggle between what he interprets, and what he represents, which of those actions is truth? Supposing that Brad Pitt is a pedophile in his real life, do his movie will have less value, or an american football player, does necessesarilly has to be put in a rational scheme? Of what concept? Of what ideology? If so then I would say Academia as cartesian subject of knowledge would discard any other form of education in a fascist way.

  • aldo

    Some people will believe anything as long as it doesn’t have a scientific basis’. That’s one of the best ones

  • Purple Iris Training

    Great collection. These are great for motivating both teachers and students. Going to use them everywhere in our training institute as also on the website. Thanks!

  • Deejay

    Teachers need to stop forcing their teaching, and start making pupils think.


  • AM


    I too agree with others that in this case too much attention to the scholar “form” of this post, which may be inaccurate by quoting apocryphally; is out of relevance. Because the meaning of all the quotes themselves is rather interesting and thought provoking.

    When I read all the quotes I did notice their alleged quoter, but nevertheless I didn’t mind at all. What remained in my mind was really if they are accurate in today’s world of not; or if they can be actually converted into actionable steps towards a better society.


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  • Dharam Paul

    Education is the real life to injoy everything in this world, becouse you will never get the knowledge withoit Education

  • http://yahoo sandeep gori

    thecher r those u give but the student r those who take

  • Josie

    Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. – Where did Yeats say or write that?

  • Richard P.

    Nietsche and Bierce, a couple of angry head cases. Most of the rest fine. Identify Perelman (S. J.)

  • Geri Shea

    Many of the quotations are thought provoking but the people who are commenting should remember this one from the former New York governor, Herbert H. Lehman, “I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.” Some people’s comments lead me to wonder about their levels of education. I learned some great lessons about respect and acceptance from my teachers when I was growing up and try as I might, I don’t understand rude behavior. I really would like to understand why people feel the need to insult people’s opinions or points of view. One person’s opinion is just as valid as anyone else’s opinion. I try to teach that to my fourth graders everyday. Apparently, children are not the only ones who need to have that lesson taught.

  • Zak

    In response to the the first post Tre you are completely right in that actors are crazy (to think that they are worth what modern society pays them) and ball players are useless to the development of a better world!

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  • Mason Bassett

    I would have done better in school if only the person next to me had applied him/her self

  • matt

    i like #33 bcuz it really defines te education system in this country cuz its the only one i’ve experienced and the overall truth that almost everything around us is just bringing s to a lower vibrational rate of existence

  • Electronic Cigarettes

    I’m a college student and today in English we were talking about how the most rebelious of all people are college students. So I would have to agree with Helen Keller who said the highest result of education is tolerance. It’s amazing how an education opens your mind to every thing around you.

  • Mike Jones

    Hey guys try this quote site out, it have every possible quote you can imagine. 1.5 million to be exact haha, bit overkill but gets the job done.

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  • Kratigarg

    teacher is just like a god to us she teaches us everything n pray that his student will be get success.his or her aim is that her student is beyond on the top ……..:))))

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  • Ojensasoni66

    very good and cool

  • jarc1

    Can anyone explain #35?

  • Subhodeep Mondal

    These Quotes didn’t helped me to learn anything because these quotes are written in very irritating manner. 

  • Homework Help

    Well quote #35 by Thomas Jefferson states that everyone is different and hence have to be treated differently as well.
    And Here’s a similar quote by Albert Einstein “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”  

  • lavi

    Its awsome

  • ruchi

    so nice

  • priscilla

    Great thoughts! so inspiring!