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.

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

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

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.

Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.

P. J. O’Rourke

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.

Alexander Pope

Soon learnt, soon forgotten.

Things that are easy to learn can be easy to forget as well.

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.

Stephen Vizinczey

The only stupid question is the one that is not asked.

The problem with educating stupid people was that they didn't know they were stupid. The same went for curing crazy people.

Chuck Palahniuk

We don't need no education.

Pink Floyd

Wisdom is born; stupidity is learned.

You are learning all your life and you die stupid.

You are never too old to learn.

You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.


You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

Brigham Young

You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

Your enthusiasm is contagious and essential to teaching.

Bill Walsh