It doesn't matter whether you are young and just starting out in formal education, or older and are just keen to improve your knowledge, education nevers stops being important. As well as formal courses and qualifications, there are also lots of fun and interesting things like languages you can study in your spare time.

Getting a good education and improving your development has never been easier. There are so many schools, colleges, universities and institutions offering different courses, whilst you can also now be independent and do everything by yourself via the internet or self-study. 


Why Education is Important

Here are some important reasons why education is so vital:

  • Change your future and create a happy future life
  • Boost your income, the chances are if you have a good level education you will get a better paying career
  • Become self dependent, learning new skills and gaining qualifications will help you to be independent
  • Improve confidence and personal skills, gaining a degree for example can be a great personal booster
  • The chances are you will study with and make friends with other students along the way 
  • Contribute to a better society, the more information and skills you have will help you to help yourself and others


Inspirational Quotes About Education 

If you are considering your study options, or just need some motivation to go back into edcuation and continue learning, we have put together a list of quotes about education by famous people and personalities throughout history to help motivate you.

Our selection includes quality educational quotes for students and teachers, many of which are very motivational and will hopefully inspire you to pursue education..

  1. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela
  2. “A good education is a foundation for a better future.” – Elizabeth Warren
  3. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  4. "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X
  5. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." - Maimonides
  6. “Education should light a fire within us to improve us and help our world.” – Sarah Josepf
  7. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” – Michelle Obama
  8. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius
  10. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ― C.S. Lewis
  11. “The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth” ― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
  12. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats
  13. “I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”– Ann Brashares
  14. "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." – Kofi Annan
  15. "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." – John Dewey
  16. "A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read." – Mark Twain
  17. “Only the educated are free.” ― Epictetus
  18. "Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army." – Edward Everett 
  19. "They know enough who know how to learn." – Henry Adams
  20. “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ― Thomas Jefferson
  21. "Nine-tenths of education is encouragement." – Anatole France
  22. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ― Robert Frost
  23. “Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” – Plato
  24. "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams
  25. "It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning." - Agnes Repplierg
  26. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle
  27. "Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival." - Dr. W. Edwards Deming
  28. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  29. "Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new." – Og Mandino
  30. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett
  31. “By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  32. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” ― Victor Hugo
  33. “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“ – Marian Wright Edelman
  34. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
  35. "Education is the ability to meet life’s situations." - Dr. John G. Hibben
  36. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain
  37. “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  38. "Upon the subject of education, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in." - Abraham Lincoln
  39. "Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education." – John Hersey
  40. “Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.”– Thomas Szasz
  41. “Education is the mother of leadership.” – Wendell Willkie
  42. "Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves." – Ernest Dimnet
  43. "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." – Sydney J. Harris
  44. “To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” ― Muriel Spark
  45. "All men by nature desire to know." - Aristotle
  46. “Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph W. Emerson
  47. “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois
  48. "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  49. “Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” – George Weah
  50. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― William Butler Yeats
  51. "Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." - John Holt
  52. Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese proverb
  53. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ― Jim Rohn
  54. “Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.” ― Mark Twain
  55. “The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” ― Michel Legrand
  56. “Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. ” ― Pete Seeger
  57. "They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace." – Malala Yousafzai
  58. “Education is the transmission of civilization.” – Will Durant
  59. "I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." – Steven Wright
  60. “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  61. “A woman with an education may be able to spend more time sitting in a chair instead of lying on her back. A sound advantage, I should think.” ― Anne Bishop
  62. “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”― Aristotle
  63. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”― Albert Einstein
  64. “I think you learn more if you’re laughing at the same time.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  65. "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  66. “I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.” ― Malala Yousafzai
  67. “Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.” ― Frank Herbert
  68. “When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.” ― John Taylor Gatto
  69. “With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.” ― Malala Yousafzai
  70. “Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ” ― Jane Austen
  71. “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” – George Eastman
  72. “The modern world belongs to the half-educated, a rather difficult class, because they do not realize how little they know.” – William R. Inge
  73. “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” – Chanakya
  74. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb
  75. "You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward." – Conrad Hall
  76. "Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown." – Claude Bernard
  77. “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers
  78. “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” ― Mark Twain
  79. “You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius
  80. “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” – George Evans
  81. “We learn from failure, not from success!” ― Bram Stoker
  82. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates
  83. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”— Oliver Wendell Holmes
  84. “Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” ― Claire Fagin
  85. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” — Henry Ford
  86. "Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in." - Mary Wollstonecraft
  87. "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." - B. F. Skinner
  88. "The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." - James Baldwin  
  89. "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
  90.  "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle
  91. "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Albert Einstein
  92. “Education is the art of making man ethical.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  93. “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.” ― Douglas Adams
  94. “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”― Roy T. Bennett
  95. “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov
  96. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander
  97. “Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.” – Brigham Young
  98. “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
  99. “Education is helping the child realize his potentialities.” – Eric Fromm
  100. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." –  Benjamin Franklin
  101. “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver
  102. “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire
  103. “It is personal. That’s what an education does. It makes the world personal.” ― Cormac McCarthy
  104. “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
  105. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius
  106. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor
  107. “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer
  108. “Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.” – Thomas Moore
  109. “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite
  110. “Your library is your paradise.” – Desiderius Erasmus
  111. “It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.” – Claude Bernard
  112. “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant
  113. “By seeking and blundering we learn.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  114. “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” ― B.B. King
  115. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond
  116. “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” – Martin Fisher
  117. “Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.” – Ernest Dimnet
  118. “Education is learning what you didn’t know you didn’t know.” – George Boas
  119. “Education makes a greater difference between man and man than nature has made between man and brute.” – John Adams
  120. “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  121. "Change is the end result of all true learning." – Leo Buscaglia
  122. “One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.” – Sophocles
  123. “Education is everything- education is your power, education is your way in life for whatever you want to do.” – Ciara
  124. “The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.” – Malala Yousafzai
  125. “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.”— Thomas Carruthers
  126. “The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.” – Confucius
  127. “Education is one thing no one can take away from you.” – Elin Nordegren
  128. “The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William Burroughs
  129. “Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” ― Anton Chekhov
  130. “We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” – Swami Vivekananda
  131. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.” – Aristotle
  132. “A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  133. “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” – Mark Twain
  134. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Andy McIntyre
  135. "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." - Abraham Lincoln
  136. “All things good to know are difficult to learn.” – Greek proverb
  137. “I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“
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  139. “Men, in teaching others, learn themselves.” – Thomas Lodge
  140. “Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life. – Shakuntala Devi
  141. “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.” – Henry David Thoreau
  142. “The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” – Jack Nicholson
  143. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” – Alfred Mercier
  144. “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.“ - Mark Twain
  145. “Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley
  146. “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”- Epictetus
  147. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes of Sinope
  148. "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." – Albert Einstein
  149. “Education is no longer thought of as a preparation for adult life, but as a continuing process of growth and development from birth until death.” – Stephen Mitchell

    And finally our last quote, which we thought was best to leave till the end...
  150. “The learning process continues until the day you die.” – Kirk Douglas 

It really doesn't matter where you live, there is usually always the option to study something new. And if you still need some convincing, when you look around the world, countries like Australia, France, the UK and USA are some of the most developed countries in the world with very high education standards, literacy rates and life expectancy.

These countries also have very high paying careers and high standards of living. This is mainly due to the education opportunities available to citizens in these countries. But now even in developing countries there are increasing opportunities and prospects for students keen to study.

We hope our list of quotes has given you some things to think about or inspired you to make sure you study hard for a better future.

Do you have a favourite quote about education? Or one that we have missed off our list? Let us know in the comments section below.