Summer is over and school is in session! Are you ready to begin your academic year? Education is more than going to class: it is about growing, becoming a more informed person, and learning how to think critically. Here are some inspiring quotes to remind you to stay focused on the best gift you can give yourself: your education.
10 Inspirational Quotes for Students
#1: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela
Why this quote is inspiring: Using your education to make the world a better place? What a great thing to do! And Nelson Mandela certainly did!
Weapon: Something used to fight or protect yourself.
#2: An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin
Why this quote is inspiring: Benjamin Franklin, who helped found the United States, loved to learn. He was an inventor, a writer, a farmer, a politician, and much more. (In this quote, he sounds like a banker!) Franklin reminds us that our education helps (or pays) us in many ways in the future, long after we finish our studies.
Interest: The money earned in an investment.
#3: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Why this quote is inspiring: Aristotle is known as a famous philosopher and teacher. Here, he reminds us that education is not always easy, but it is worth it.
Roots: The part of a plant that is in the ground; figuratively, this means “foundation,” “history,” or “beginning.”
#4: Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
— Albert Einstein
Why this quote is inspiring: it’s hard to believe, but it’s true: we will probably forget many of the details of the classes we are taking. But Einstein reminds us that education is about more than facts and numbers: it changes us, for the better, and these changes become a part of us . . . even after we have forgotten the details.
Remains: Stays (doesn’t go away).
#5: Change is the end result of all true learning.
— Leo Buscaglia
Why this quote is inspiring: Why DO we go to school? To learn? To say we got a piece of paper? To get a better job? All of this is true for most people, but Buscaglia reminds us that our transformation—into a more educated person—is the most important part of an education.
#6: 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
Why this quote is inspiring: Sometimes, you will want to quit. School is hard! Obama reminds us never to give up and to keep going . . . even when it seems too hard.
#7: 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
Why this quote is inspiring: It’s true!
Widening: Making something larger.
Absorbing: Making something a part of something else. (For example, a towel absorbs water.)
#8: Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
— John Dewey
Why this quote is inspiring: Dewey obviously loved school! But it’s true; we should never stop learning, even when our classes finish.
#9: The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
— William Ralph Inge
Why this quote is inspiring: Education doesn’t just teach us numbers or facts or history. It also teaches us to be better people. Inge reminds us of this.
#10: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Why this quote is inspiring: In this quote, Aristotle reminds us that we should never blindly accept something we hear. We should think about and question everything! Education teaches us to do this.
Mark: Sign, signal.
Entertain: To think about it; to listen to.
Best of luck to our students this year!