40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You

I think even Einstein was very negative about the education. No wonder it is worse in Korea. Everybody is studying to enter a good university. That is very absurd. Within 10 years, some people predict the half of the university will disappear. People will realize the university in Korea is not providing a specialist for real world. Here are some good phrases for education.

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We stand on the “shoulders of giants.” Let’s honour those who came before us and dare to snatch a tiny bit of their wisdom for ourselves. Here is a list of some of our favourite learning quotes from great teachers. We mean teachers in the broadest sense of the term. Remember, though, that all of us are teachers in some sense. We have each changed the world in our own capacity.

Some are about learning, some about teaching, and some are about the magnificence of the human mind. Enjoy and share these learning quotes with others.


40 of the Best Learning Quotes Ever

“We all naturally want to become successful … we also want to take shortcuts. And it’s easy to do so, but you can never take away the effort of hard work and discipline and sacrifice.”
—Apolo Ohno

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
—Benjamin Franklin

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”


“I touch the future. I teach.”
—Christa McAuliffe

“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.”
—Clara Barton

“Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
—Bruce Lee

“Do I have wisdom? No, I do not have. If someone is to ask me a question, I do not think I would be able to answer. But I will point out two sides of the problem, to help him solve the problem.”

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
—David M. Burns

“A single conversation with a wise man during the eating of a meal is better than ten years’ mere study of books.”
—Chinese Proverb

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
—Fred Rogers

“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”
—George Whitman

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
—Gloria Steinem

“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
—Atticus Finch, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
—Helen Keller

“Which would have advanced the most at the end of a month, the boy who had made his own jackknife from the ore which he had dug and smelted, reading as much as would be necessary for this? Or the boy who had attended the lectures on metallurgy at the Institute in the meanwhile, and had received a Rodgers’ penknife from his father?”
—Henry David Thoreau

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
—J. K. Rowling

“Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many times you get back up.”
—Jaime Escalante

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
—Jiddu Krishnamurti

“We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.”
—John Dewey

“I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”
—John Keating (fictional teacher portrayed by Robin Williams in ‘Dead Poets’ Society’)

“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


“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
—Mary McLeod Bethume

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
—Maya Angelou

“The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.”
—Michio Kaku

“Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.”
—Nadia Boulanger

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”
—Pablo Casals

“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
—R. Buckminster Fuller


“I teach my students that while rules are necessary, many of our greatest heroes became heroes by not following the rules. […] Extraordinary people throughout history have done this, and if we want our children to reach such heights, they need to know the rules but see past a chart on the wall. There will be times when the chart is not there. More important, there will be times when the chart is wrong.”
—Rafe Esquith

“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”
—Richard Feynman

“What you learn from others you can use to follow. What you learn for yourself you can use to lead.”
—Richard Hamming

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
—Robert A. Heinlein

“Studying whether there’s life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there’s something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That’s something that is almost part of being human, and I’m certain that will continue.”
—Sally Ride

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”
—Steve Jobs

“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

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