Quotations on Education


Education is one of the most treasured parts of my life. I am constantly both a teacher and a student, and I believe it is one of the most crucial aspects of life both for individuals and for society as a whole.  Here are a few offerings for your consideration:




“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

                                                                        Nelson Mandela



(The Death of Socrates Jacques-Louis David, 1787)

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





“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

                                                                      Malala Yousafzai







37 thoughts on “Quotations on Education

  1. Hi Charles:
    First, thank you for your steady support of Bookshelf; much appreciated. As a writer, avid reader and book collector, one can only hope that from time to time, one’s ruminations touches or inspires someone else. Like you, I am very passionate about education and write about if often. Sadly, one of the greatest tragedies of the 21st century is that higher education is unbelievably expensive. It was once the great leveler, equalizer; Mandela expresses that eloquently in Long Walk to Freedom: “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
    Cheers, Alex

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  2. I love these quote. Thank you so much for posting them. Awesome! I too, am a constant learner. Formal education is key to understanding what it is that you are learning in the real world, a point of reference, away to discern, question, investigate and absorb all there is to discover.

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  3. Great quotes. Some of us didn’t get much of a formal education but learning and education are a lifelong endeavor. Some of us must find alternative ways to pursue it. Thank goodness for all the writers of wonderful books to help us along.

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  4. I think what frustrated me most while I was in my college classroom was hearing fellow students ask “what will my degree get me?” A degree is the beginning of the journey — not the destination: it is a lesson in how to think for yourself, an arrow in your quiver, a tool in your toolbox. What you do with it is up to you.

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  5. dorothymaydekok

    Someone (can’t remember who) also said that education is what remains when the facts are forgotten. Not sure how my education stacks up with that! 🙂

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  6. The problem s of course that we’re not all receiving the same education. I doubt whether the animals who tried to kill Malala were receiving the same words as she. For me, religion is the teacher we’re best without since it’s so very divisive. Maybe then we could just be taught that other humans live differently than we do because their culture differs or their environment dictates it, but we are all one people.


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