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25 Education Quotes That Inspire a Love of Learning

Knowledge is power! And the key to a fulfilling life. So get inspired with these wise quotes about the power of education.

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Let freedom ring

Douglass was one of America's greatest writers and thinkers, despite the fact he was born into slavery, a system that forbade reading. He knew that once you learn to read, you've accessed knowledge—and especially how to communicate that knowledge and pass it on. His classic treatise on freedom, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is still read today. If you like these learning quotes, don't miss these simple ways you can instill a love of reading in your kids.

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Foolish mortals

Ever the more ironic because spoken by the court jester, Shakespeare's words point toward the infinite qualities of knowledge. You could spend your whole life studying and still, there are so many topics where you'll never scratch the surface. Shakespeare points out how wise it is to keep that in mind. Check out these secrets teachers know about kids.

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Think for yourself


The English philosopher Locke believed strongly in education; his ideas on government influenced the founding fathers. Here he is advocating not for rote memorization, but for the student to think critically. True knowledge requires the reader to contemplate what they've read. Here are 10 things that'll make your kids love learning, in addition to these wonderful learning quotes.

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Aim high

Mann was an American abolitionist and major advocate for public education. He believed that education was the "great equalizer," capable of making society fair and balanced. Don't miss the joys of reading kid's books through grown-up eyes.

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Any questions?

Keller was remarkable for refusing limitations. Though she was blind and deaf, she became a prominent American writer and thinker, in part through the help of her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan. Keller also believed that the best result of education was learning tolerance.

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School's out

Einstein wasn't anti-education. He was an advocate for independent and original thought. School provides the foundation, but after that, the student needs to discover the important parts on his own. That's the education that remains.

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Character study


The great reverend doctor knew that critical thinking is the path to character. He advocated for civil rights and equality because he knew that the source of racism was ignorance.

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Life path

Twain lays it out: The more you know, the more you have to face, and that can seem overwhelming. But it beats ignorance any day.

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Invest in your future

Take it from a beloved former first lady. Education matters. Take it seriously and have the discipline and confidence to carry forward to the end. As all great moms put it, "you have to." And it's worth it.

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Child's play


The famed American anthropologist knew that thinking is a skill in itself. Children need help developing independence in thought and mind. Mead herself was fearless and outspoken as an advocate for loosening cultural and societal mores.

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