It’s that time — time for our kids to load up their backpacks, don their new threads, and head back to school. It can be a hard transition going from the freedom of summer to the structure of being a full-time student. But you know what? It’s worth it. There is nothing like getting a good education. It gives our children a foundation for the rest of their lives. In celebration of school and education, we’ve put together 10 inspirational, powerful, and a couple of funny quotes from some of the best thinkers ever to start off the new school year right:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
Forgot about guns and bombs, education really is the most powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela speaks the truth.
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” -Victor Hugo
This is so very true, a poignant quote about the power of education from author Victor Hugo (you know, the guy who brought us Les Miz).
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” -Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was a very snappy dresser and pretty educated to boot. This quote is just so him!
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” -Brigham Young
This quote from Brigham Young really pays tribute to moms and how important they are to the educational process.
“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s not just about teaching facts and figures, education is also about building character. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote is about a very worthy goal.
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” -Aristotle
Aristotle wrote of the chasm between those who are educated and those who are not. And yes, there is a great big difference.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X
We are all preparing our children for tomorrow, and education is one of the best ways to do that.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
W.B. Yeats wrote this great prose about education — it isn’t just stuffing a brain with facts, but it’s about inspiring young minds.
“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” -Yogi Berra
A silly and hilarious quote from Yogi Berra!
“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
The power of education from the one and only Confucius. So very true.