5 Inspirational Quotes About Education to Motivate & Inspire You

In the 21st century, the concept and value of an education seems to have changed quite a bit. The certification arms race, and the competition that it has produced means that a basic undergraduate degree is no longer enough to guarantee you a comfortable life and income post graduation. This has undoubtedly disturbed many people currently in, or about to head off to college or university. “What is the point of an education?” many people ask themselves. Is it to learn? To improve my resume? Explore ? Build my mind? Below are 5 famous quotes about education from some of history’s most respected thinkers to help inspire you.

“Education: the Path From Cocky Ignorance, to Miserable Uncertainty.” — Mark Twain

Maybe one of the greatest minds and wits of the last 200 years, Mark Twain, author of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, provides us with some undeniable wisdom here. The more you end up learning about the world and the nature of reality, the more you realize you don’t know. That, according to twain, is the mark of an educated mind.

“You can Never be Overdressed, or Overeducated.” — Oscar Wilde

While the first part of this claim could certainly be argued with, the famous Irish wit of Oscar Wilde is certainly right on the mark with the second assertion. What you learn about the world we live in helps you navigate it and make decisions. Knowledge is power, to invoke the old, but extremely true cliche. The more you understand about the world (natural and human), yourself, your place in it and your fellow human beings, the more tools you will be equipped with to navigate life.

“Education is the Most Powerful Weapon With Which you can Change the World.” — Nelson Mandela

A man as intelligent and moral as former statesman, Nelson Mandela, who spent over two decades in a South African prison definitely had some time to put a few meaningful and powerful thoughts together. Education is widely recognized around the world, especially the underprivileged, underdeveloped word as the great equalizer. It’s why, throughout history, people have sought to control the information available to oppressed classes, lest they learn the truth about the world and revolt. We are born blank slates, and through experience and education, we become great.

“Education is the Ability to Listen to Almost Anything Without Losing Your Temper or Your Self-Confidence.” — Robert Frost

Giant of American poetry, Robert Frost, is right on the money. When you educate yourself, you not only expand, but fortify your mind. A weak mind is quick to react and unable to hear things that do not conform to its worldview. It is easily moved by fear, or disgust when exposed to thoughts and ideas that it’s not equipped to handle. A confident, educated person does not walk around in fear or become ready to snap when confronted with new information/conflicting views.

“The Mind Once Enlightened Cannot Again Become Dark” — Thomas Paine

Enlightenment hero and Colonial American icon, Thomas Paine is essentially saying that you can’t unlearn your education. Once your mind has been exposed to certain universal, unalterable truths, whether they are about nature, or physical reality, or mankind, that knowledge becomes part of who you are. It is, perhaps, the only thing that cannot be taken away from you.


Your education is not just a 4-year-period of time you set aside to ensure yourself an upper middle-class life once you graduate. It is, if you let it be, a complete restructuring and expansion of your mind. It is possible to leave university with not just a more impressive resume, but as someone whose understanding of human nature, human existence and physical reality has equipped them with intellectual tools that will allow them to lead a better, more fulfilling life. If you are feeling down about your education, keep these quotes in mind and find the inspiration you need to get the most out of it. You can also get in touch with Homework Help Global through our get a quote form if you need any assistance on your homework, anytime.


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