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13 Inspiring Educational Quotes for Students

Updated: February 1, 2024 | Published: January 16, 2017

Updated: February 1, 2024

Published: January 16, 2017

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Throughout your educational journey, it’s likely that you’ll look for sources of motivation. Since you’ll be tasked with a lot and will have your fair share of responsibilities, these quotes by famous educators and other notable people are a great place to turn to.

Educational quotes and quotes related to education may offer the boost of energy you need to keep powering through when you need it most.

Education-Related Quotes

Now, it’s time to get to inspirational quotes. Have a look:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

There’s no doubt that the cost of education is on the rise. The financial concerns of earning your education should never stop you from doing so because, as Benjamin Franklin once said, this investment in yourself will pay you back with interest over your entire lifetime. Additionally, you can earn your education in a cost-effective way. Check out the University of the People’s degree programs that are all tuition-free. 

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

While it’s safe to say that no one knows what will happen tomorrow, having an education under your belt will open the door to more opportunities. These job opportunities are also likely to pay more with more education, so what you do today in terms of education will surely prepare you for what’s yet to come.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The great thing about learning is that you never have to stop! There’s no limit as to the amount of knowledge you can obtain. So, rip a page from Gandhi’s book and keep on learning while you’re living.

“Education is one thing no one can take away from you.” —Elin Nordegren

If there’s one thing that’s certain in life is that everything is constantly changing. You may suffer losses when it comes to loved ones, finances, belongings, and the like. But, the thing that you can never lose is your education.

“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

Perhaps you’ve heard this important lesson from the philosopher Maimonides before. The main message here is that you can do something for someone and it will be of help at the time, but if you don’t teach them how to do it themselves, they will forever be dependent. That’s one of the most beautiful things about teaching and education– once you share knowledge or obtain knowledge, there is power and capability gained forever.

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.“ – Malcolm Forbes

No matter where you come from or how you see the world, one of the benefits of obtaining an education will be that it will open your mind to new perspectives. For example, at the University of the People, students from over 200 countries and territories attend our online institution. That means that peers get to communicate and learn about different cultures and places without even having to leave home.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.“ – Albert Einstein

The late and great theoretical physicist Albert Einstein makes a strong statement here, which resembles the quote from Gandhi above. The opportunity to learn and the possibility to do so is something you can do at any point in your life. There’s no deadline to learning.

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” – Sydney J. Harris

This poetic quote allows for a nice image to come to mind. The idea here is that instead of looking at the world as a reflection of yourself and your own perspective being bounced back, education clears up the space to see past oneself as if they were looking through a window.

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” – Chinese Proverb

No matter how good and dedicated teachers are, students need to be willing to learn. This Chinese proverb sums it up well – students need to take the first step forward in gaining knowledge.

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.“ – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

As you learn, you undoubtedly grow. So, once you’ve been educated on a topic, you never lose what you gain. In turn, your mind, imagination and understanding will expand.

 “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams

In today’s modern age with technological advances, the opportunity to learn is seemingly everywhere. While you can pick up pieces of knowledge by chance and through experience, you ingest the most when you are dedicated and aware of learning. Luckily, you have options to earn degrees in-person, online, or in a hybrid approach.

 “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond 

Similar to the above quote, you can learn anywhere and everywhere. But, you have to be aware to do so because otherwise, things will pass you by.

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Jeff Rich

While cost-effective ways to obtain education do exist, the cost of education can also be very expensive. As American lawyer and educator, Derek Bok pointed out in this quote, ignorance is certainly more expensive because it can lead to problems in life.

Closing Thoughts

These educational quotes represent a small sliver of the education-related quotes out there in the world. Hopefully, they’ve served to remind you of why education is so valuable and how it can prepare you for the best possible experiences in life. If you’re already on your educational journey, keep going!

If you’re looking to get started and expand your horizons, check out the kind of student experience you can expect if you enroll online at the University of the People.