Education isn’t just about learning how to read and write. While one goal of education is to gain academic knowledge and skills, there are other broader goals as well. Education also is needed to better ourselves as individuals and citizens of the world, enhance our worldview, and empower us to make a positive impact in our communities and the world. Read on for 25 quotes about education to inspire you and your students.


  1. “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” —John F. Kennedy 
  2. “Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom.” —George Washington Carver
  3. “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” ― Thomas Paine
  4. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.” ― Aristotle
  5. “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” —Malcolm Forbes
  6. “Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.” —John Hersey
  7. “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
  8. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” ― Albert Einstein
  9. “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” —Confucius
  11. “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” ― Thomas Paine
  12. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela
  13. “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
  14. “A child without education is like a bird without wings.” —Tibetan Proverb
  15. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ―Margaret Mead
  16. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” —Malcolm X
  17. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ―Benjamin Franklin
  18. “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite
  19. “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” ―Edward Everett
  20. “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ ―W. E. B. Du Bois
  21. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ―William Butler Yeats
  22. “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
  23. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ―John Dewey
  24. “Only the educated are free.” ―Epictetus
  25. “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss


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Written by Erika Mehlhaff