Proverbs and quotes about education, schools and learning.

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

A single conversation across a table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.

Chinese proverb

A tree, a religion, a school, and parents are judged by the fruits they produce.

Any curriculum will be pedagogically ineffective if it consists of a lecturer yammering in front of a blackboard, or a textbook that students highlight with a yellow marker. People understand concepts only when they are forced to think them through, to discuss them with others, and to use them to solve problems.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker

Better untaught than ill taught.

It is better not to learn something than to learn it badly.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead

Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.


Don't give a child a fish but show him how to fish.

Mao Zedong

Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.

John Maynard Keynes

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.

Georges Clemenceau

Few things offer greater return on less investment than praise.

Bill Walsh

From the pine tree, learn of the pine tree. From the bamboo, learn of the bamboo.


I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a 'learning experience.' Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a 'learning experience.' It makes me feel less stupid.

P.J. O'Rourke

I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was 'Einstein'.

Stephen Hawking

If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

African proverb

Knowledge is power.

Learn to walk before you run.

You need experience before you can do something that is difficult.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

Education is something you will keep forever.

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell

Money spent on brain is never spent in vain.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.

Diane Ackerman

Practice makes perfect.

You get better at a job by repeating it several times.

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