Inspiration for the Heart and Soul

May these quotes encourage you every day as you educate yourself and your children.

Essentially, how I desire to educate my children centers on a single verb: inspire. It comes from Latin in, meaning "in" and spirare, meaning "to breathe." Inspire literally means "to breathe into." I cannot help but think of Genesis 2:7 as God breathes the breath of life into Adam, and he became a living soul. That is what I desire for my children in their education and I seek daily to inspire them, to breathe life into them.

Principled Discovery

A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.

James B. Stockdale

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry Brooks Adams

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

Thomas Carruthers

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.

Anatole France

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

Maya Angelou

Creative minds are rebels who survived the trauma of education.

Matthew Michael

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Arthur Koestler

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.


Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

G. M. Trevelyan

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions.

D.T. Max

Education is the transmission of civilization.

Ariel and Will Durant

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave

Lord Brougham

Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.

John Dewey

Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively.

R.D. Clyde


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.

Chinese Proverb

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

Charles Dickens

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.

Mark Twain

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.

Lee Iacocca

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglas

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


It is the responsibility of every adult... to make sure that children hear what we have learned from the lessons of life and to hear over and over that we love them and that they are not alone.

Marian Wright Edelman

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

Albert Einstein

Kids don't resist learning; they resist teaching.

John Taylor Gatto

Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he’s not interested it’s like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.

Barbara Lamping

Learning is not a spectator sport.


Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.


Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.

Dean William R. Inge

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

Bill Beattie

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The books which help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is by easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker -- it is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and with beauty.

Theodore Parker

The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.



The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. 

John Lubbock

The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. Where it is lacking there are no real students, but only poor caricatures of apprentices who, at the end of their apprenticeship, will not even have a trade.

Simone Weil

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.


The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

C. S. Lewis

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

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

Sydney J. Harris

Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you don't consider your students to be human beings.

Lou Ann Walker

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is educated.

Edith Hamilton

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.

Abraham Lincoln

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.


We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

Stacia Tauscher

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

George Bernard Shaw

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

Thomas Jefferson

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

John Cotton Dana

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

Clay P. Bedford

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Ethel Barrymore

You teach best what you most need to learn.

Richard David Bach