50 Back to School Quotes the Inspire

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Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? This time of year I always start thinking about back to school which takes me to some of my favorite back to school quotes!

There is something about these back to school quotes that inspire me to become motivated to get the kids ready to go back to school this year.

These school quotes are some of the most influential quotes that helped motivate me through high school, brought me inspiration in college, and now motivate my kids!

If you are looking for more inspirational quotes be sure you check out these teacher appreciation quotes as well!

Back to School Quotes

50 Best Back to School Quotes

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.

— Oprah Winfrey

Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.

— Unknown

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

— Richard Branson

Intelligence plus character — that is the true goal of education.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.

— Confucius

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

— Dr. Seuss

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

— Lily Tomlin

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

— Abraham Lincoln

I’m not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.

— Emma Watson

If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible.

— Amy Poehler

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

— Nelson Mandela

In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a prerequisite.

— Barack Obama

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

— Albert Einstein

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

— Malcolm Forbes

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

— Oscar Wilde

I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.

— Steve Irwin

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas A. Edison

Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.

— Conan O’Brien

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

— Anthony J. D’Angelo

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

— Brigham Young

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.

— Jacob Bronowski

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

— Milton Berle

Education is everything- education is your power, education is your way in life for whatever you want to do.

— Ciara

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

— Malala Yousafzai

Everything is a learning process: any time you fall over, it’s just teaching you to stand up the next time.

— Joel Edgerton

What is the most important things one learns in school? Self-esteem, support and friendship.

— Terry Williams

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

— John Dewey

The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.

— Haruki Murakami

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

— Malcolm X

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

— George Eliot

You learn something every day if you pay attention.

— Ray LeBlond

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’

— Audrey Hepburn

You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.

— Michelle Obama

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.

— Brian Herbert

Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.

— Dana Stewart Scott

I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.

— Jenny Han

The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter into one of the most creative periods of my life.

— Steve Jobs

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

— Aristotle

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.

— Marvin Phillips

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

— Suzy Kassem

Be curious, not cool.

— Unknown

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

— Dr. Seuss

Change is the end result of all true learning.

— Leo Buscaglia

Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous.

— Unknonwn

If you really want to know about the future, don’t ask a technologist, a scientist, a physicist. No! Don’t ask somebody who’s writing code. No, if you want to know what society’s going to be like in 20 years, ask a kindergarten teacher.

—  Clifford Stoll

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

— George Bernard Shaw

Education…is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning,… by praise, but above all — by example.

— John Ruskin

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