June 02, 2020
90 Quotes on Education & Learning


1. "Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." - Plato

2. "The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'" - Maria Montessori

3. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle

4. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

5. "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein

6. "Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself." - Paulo Coelho

7. "The highest result of education is tolerance." - Helen Keller

8. "Education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul." - Muriel Spark

9. "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


10. "A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." - Horace Mann

11."Only that education deserves emphatically to be termed cultivation of mind which teaches young people how to begin to think." - Mary Wollstonecraft

12. "They know enough who know how to learn." - Henry Adams

13. "Nine-tenths of education is encouragement." - Anatole France

14. "Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." - John Holt

15. "I don't want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban." - Malala Yousafzai

16. "Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer -- into a selflessness which links us with all humanity." - Nancy Astor

17. "Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education." - John Hersey

18. "Computers can do all the left hemisphere processing better and faster than the human brain. So what's left for the human brain is global thinking, creative thinking, intuitive-problem solving, seeing the whole picture. All of that cannot be done by the computer. And yet the school system goes on, churning out reading, writing, and arithmatic, spelling, grammar." - Betty Edwards

19. "When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling." - John Taylor Gatto

20. "We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being." - Maria Montessori

21. "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." - Aristotle


22. "It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning." - Claude Bernard

23. "If you don't feel safe as a child, you cannot learn." - Lady Gaga

24. "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." - Carl Rogers

25. "A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers

26. "The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." - Leonardo da Vinci

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

28. "The only thing better than education is more education." - Agnes Benedict

29. "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." - Lily Tomlin

30. "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

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

32. "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

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33. "Education is learning what you didn't know you didn't know." - George Boas

34. "The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values." - William Burroughs

35. "The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." - Alexandra K. Trenfor

36. "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

37. "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

38. "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Andy McIntyre

39. "What we learn with pleasure we never forget." - Alfred Mercier

40. "That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way." - Doris Lessing

41. "You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over." - Richard Branson

42. "We need to give up the notion of a single ideal of the educated person and replace it with a multiplicity of models designed to accommodate the multiple capacities and interests of students." - Nel Noddings

43. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

44. "Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do." - Bruce Lee

45. "Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything." - George Carlin

46. "Be curious, not judgmental." - Walt Whitman


47. "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." - Richard Feynman

48. "True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own." - Nikos Kazantzakis

49. "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

50. "Everybody's a teacher if you listen." - Doris Roberts

51. "Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work." - William Crawford

52. "Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." - E.M. Forster

53. "I am still learning." - Michelangelo (at 87)

54. "Even the genius asks questions." - Tupac Shakur

55. "Never let formal education get in the way of your learning." - Mark Twain

56. "Children need to be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

57. "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." - John Wooden

58. "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." - Socrates

59. "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." - Gloria Steinem

60. "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

61. "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

62. "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

63. "Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon." - Alexander Pope

64. "No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete." - G.K Chesterton

65. "An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't." - Anatole France

66. "If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught." - Oscar Hammerstein

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67. "He who laughs most, learns best." - John Cleese

68. "Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." - John Gardner

69. "Not too soon and not too late; the secret of education lies in choosing the right time to do things." - Natalia Ginzburg

70. "The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things." - Jean Piaget

71. "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."- Epictetus

72. "Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master." - Leonardo da Vinci

73. "When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course." - Peter Drucker

74. "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - Buckminster Fuller

75. "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." - George Santayana

76. "Schooling is what happens inside the walls of the school, some of which is educational. Education happens everywhere, and it happens from the moment a child is born -- and some people say before -- until a person dies." - Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

77. "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming." - Goethe

78. "All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one." - Malala Yousafzai

79. "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

80. "You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself." - Galileo

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81. "When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That's if you want to teach them to think." - Bertrand Russell

82. "The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher." - Elbert Hubbard

83. "Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers." -
- Richard Bach

84. "Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality."- Dalai Lama

85. "When you wish to instruct, be brief; children's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind." - Cicero

86. "To know how to suggest is the art of teaching." - Henri Frederic Amiel

87. "Once she knows how to read there's only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself." - Virginia Woolf

88. "Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education." - Chuang Tzu

89. "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
- Anatole France

90. "The teacher must adopt the role of facilitator not content provider." - Lev S. Vygotsky

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