Education isn’t just about learning maths or science at school. It’s about gaining the knowledge and the skills needed to better ourselves and the world we live in. So if you’re looking to inspire your students, or just need a mid-afternoon boost, read on for 25 quotes that show why education is important.
Education is more than just learning how to read and write. Education helps us grow personally, professionally, and socially. It also helps us become better versions of ourselves. And it broadens our perspectives to help us learn about different societies and cultures.
Below we've collected 25 quotes on why education is important. These quotes are perfect for posters, desktop wallpapers, school worksheets, bookmarks, or a sticky note at your desk. So take a look and be inspired by quotes some of our favorite writers, authors, and personalities.
Education helps us become better versions of ourselves
The quotes below remind us that education is a lifelong process of empowerment. Education helps us to grow and develop as individuals. Education can empower us to become empathic individuals, build our self-confidence and learn more about our strengths.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”—Dr. Seuss
“Education is one thing no one can take away from you.”—Elin Nordegren
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”—Confucius
“Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom.”—George Washington Carver
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”—Maimonides
Education enhances our perspective on the world
Enriching our brains with new and valuable information improves our ability to think, analyze, and process the world around us. Education is important because it broadens our knowledge, and this knowledge then opens our minds to new perspectives, ideas, beliefs, and cultures.
Being presented with different perspectives on the world helps us quickly adapt to new and unfamiliar environments. It also teaches us to stay calm when faced with problems, and it gives us techniques to deal with challenges in a logical way.
The quotes below encourage us to think about our own perspectives on the world we live in.
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”—Malcolm Forbes
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”—Albert Einstein
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”—John Dewey
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”—William S. Burroughs
"What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning."—Chuck Grassley
Education helps us become better citizens
Education goes beyond shaping us as individuals and enhancing our perspectives—it helps us better handle problematic situations. It can also help us form opinions on world issues and teach us about the larger community.
With educated opinions, we can support each other and make decisions that help establish a positive change in our communities. These quotes inspire us to reflect on how education can help us contribute more to our communities.
“Education is the vaccine of violence.”—Edward James Olmos
“Learning is not compulsory… Neither is survival”—W. Edwards Demin
“The purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”—Sydney J. Harris
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela
Education can create innovative leaders
The children of today are the future of tomorrow. And in order to tackle the environmental, social, and economic issues that our societies will face in the future, we need educated, skilled leaders who are dedicated to pursuing creative solutions. The quotes below remind us that education today is an investment we are making for tomorrow.
“The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in the door and take your seat at the table—all of that starts with education.”—Michelle Obama
“A child without education is like a bird without wings.”—Tibetan Proverb
“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.”—Mortimer Adler
“The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”—Jean Piaget
“The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.”—Malala Yousafzai
Education empowers people
Education can empower us as individuals with the values, skills, and knowledge we need to provide valuable solutions to global issues. The quotes below emphasize how education empowers the individual so that they can better the world around them.
“Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”—Peter Brougham
“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”—John F. Kennedy
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”—Kofi Annan
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”—Malcolm X
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”―Walter Cronkite