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42 Wonderful Education Quotes that Extol the Value of Education

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How can anyone know anything without education? The education quotes given here highlight the importance of education.

We all study and learn. Some of us go to college and some get even higher degrees. Does it mean that we are educated? Not necessarily. There is a difference between education and learning by rote. Education does not necessarily happen in the confines of the four walls of a school or a college. The world is full of examples of self educated people, many of whom never attended college and in some cases, even school! The quotes given below tell us what education is and what it is not.

Note: Some quotes given below deal with other aspects of education, like wisdom, knowledge, etc. They can be considered as wisdom quotes, knowledge quotes, etc.

Education Quotes



The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.
~ Samuel Johnson

An education quote by Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English writer, essayist and lexicographer.




  • All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. 
    - Aristotle

  • The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet.
    - Aristotle

  • Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
    - Aristotle




One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
~ Sophocles

An education quote by Sophocles.



Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
~ Aristotle

An education quote by Aristotle.




  • Education makes a greater difference between man and man than nature has made between man and brute.
    - John Adams

  • The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
    - John Lubbock




To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step in knowledge.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

A knowledge quote by Benjamin Disraeli.



Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you'll never cease to grow.
~ Anthony D'Angelo

An education quote by Anthony D'Angelo.




  • Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
    - Malcolm S. Forbes

  • Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
    - Francis Bacon






Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
~ Confucius

A knowledge quote by Confucius.



It's not what you don't know that hurts you; it's what you think you know that isn't so.
~ Source unknown

A beautiful quote on knowledge.




  • The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
    - John Powell

  • Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.
    - William Butler Yeats






The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
~ Alvin Toffler

An education quote by Alvin Toffler.



The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins

An education quote by Robert Maynard Hutchins.



There is no knowledge that is not power,
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two wonderful knowledge quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
~ Anonymous

Two beautiful quotes on Knowledge and Education.

Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.
~ Panchatantra




Education is what survives when what has been learned has long been forgotten.
~ B. F. Skinner

An education quote by B.F.Skinner.



Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much are the three pillars of learning.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

An education quote by Benjamin Disraeli.



The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatize, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton

An education quote by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.



Some More Education Quotes



The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
~ William Arthur Ward

A beautiful quote on teachers by William Arthur Ward.




  • A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
    - Khalil Gibran


  • The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
    - Bishop Mandell Creighton





He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not, remains a fool forever.
~ Chinese proverb

A beautiful Chinese proverb on seeking knowledge.



If you would like to thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
~ Tryon Edwards

A knowledge quote by Tryon Edwards.




  • The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
    - Mortimer Adler


  • Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
    - Daniel J. Boorstin


  • It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
    - Epictetus





Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
~ Edward Everett

An education quote by Edward Everett.



My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins

An education quote by Robert Maynard Hutchins.




  • Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
    - Robert Frost


  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    - Aristotle


  • We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
    - Ben Sweetland





The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~ William James

Two profound education quotes by William James.

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
~ William James




Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
~ Will Durant

A very deep education quote by Will Durant.




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