60 Back to School Quotes to Inspire Students and Teachers

Ignite your spirit and step into the new academic year with zest, guided by our inspirational collection of back-to-school quotes.

For our little dynamos, the motivational quotes for kids serve as a beacon, lighting their path toward limitless possibilities.

The profound insights from education remind us of the transformative power of knowledge and the doors it can unlock.

As the September air fills with anticipation, the energy of new beginnings and the thrill of the first day of school is palpable.

And for those moments when a light-hearted touch is needed, our funny yearbook selections promise a burst of laughter.

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What’s your favorite memory of the back-to-school season? 

My favorite part of the back-to-school season was always buying new school supplies.

As a lifelong writer, I always enjoyed opening new notebooks, pens, pencils, and crayons.

My supplies would either become lost or dirtied up from use throughout the year.

Having new supplies helped me get inspired before the start of the school year and past the necessary evil of having to get up early. 

We have brought together quotes on learning, books, and so much more for students and teachers alike.

Grab your No. 2 pencils and get in the school spirit by reading the quotes below!

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Motivational back to school quotes

1. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” – Plutarch

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2. “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” – Martin H. Fischer

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3. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

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4. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’ Brien

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5. “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.” – Regina Brett

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6. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

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Back to school quotes about learning

7. “Everything is a learning process: Any time you fall over, it’s just teaching you to stand up the next time.” – Joel Edgerton

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8. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

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9. “You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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10. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

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11. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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12. “Even the genius asks questions.” – Tupac Shakur

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13. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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14. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

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15. “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

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16. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

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17. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

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18. “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” – Doris Lessing

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19. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

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Back to school quotes about books

20. “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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21. “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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22. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon

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23. “My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X

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24. “Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.” – Samuel Johnson

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25. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” – Rene Descartes

26. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.” – Abraham Lincoln

27. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” – Henry David Thoreau

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28. “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey

29. “It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.” – Victor Hugo

30. “Books are not men and yet they stay alive.” – Henry Ward Beecher

31. “Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.” – Stephen King

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Back to school quotes about new beginnings

32. “No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” – Buddha

33. “Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph Blum

34. “The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” – Malcolm Gladwell

35. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. – Tina Fey

36. “Every moment is a new beginning.” – Elie Wiesel

37. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

38. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart

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Back to school quotes for teachers

39. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C.S. Lewis

40. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

41. “The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.” – Elbert Hubbard

42. “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France

43. “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” – Horace Mann

44. “The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.” – Simone Weil

45. “That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.” – Maria Callas

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46. “Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.” – Bodhidharma

47. “We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.” – Donald Norman

48. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki

49. “A teacher is a person who never says anything once.” – Howard Nemerov

50. “A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.” – Gilbert Highet

Back to school quotes to make you excited

51. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” -Ray LeBlond

52. “Sign on a high school bulletin board in Dallas: Free every Monday through Friday—knowledge. Bring your own containers.” -E.C. McKenzie

53. “I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well.” -T. H. Huxley

54. “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” -Ralph W. Sockman

55. “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” -Winston Chuchill

56. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” –Margaret Mead

57. “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” -Masala Yousafzai

58. “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” –Taylor Swift

59. “Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different … just try hard to be you.” –Zendaya

60. “At school, nobody thought I was smart, and I became smart. Nobody wanted to be my friend, and then I had lots of friends.” — Rebel Wilson

What’s your favorite book?

The importance of reading can’t be overstated.

Like French philosopher Rene Descartes says above, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

As you read, you gain insight into worlds, experiences, and times you wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.

When your teacher recommends a book, take the time to read it in full even if you wouldn’t have been interested in it otherwise.

Reading diversely (outside of your interests and preferences) can help you learn more about those different from you and expand your perspective. 

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