67+ Best Back to School Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Each year as summer draws to a close, teachers, parents, and students alike all begin their back to school preparations. Profoundly inspirational back to school quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

If you’re searching for famous education quotes and top learning quotes that perfectly capture what you’d like to say or just want to feel inspired yourself, browse through an amazing collection of positive middle school quotes, inspiring knowledge quotes and popular first day of school quotes.

Famous Back to School Quotes

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt

I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well. — T. H. Huxley

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. — Albert Einstein

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. — Benjamin Franklin

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. — Alexander Graham Bell

Learning is treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. — Chinese Proverb

You must do the things you think you cannot do. — Eleanor Roosevelt

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. — Lily Tomlin

You can get all A’s and still flunk life. — Walker Percy

You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think. — Elbert Hubbard

What was previously perceived as nerdy is now viewed as original. What I like about nerdiness, geekiness, is it doesn’t really matter what you’re into. It just means you’re not a follower.  — Kristen Bell

back to school quotes

Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education. — Martin Luther King

I loved school so much that most of my classmates considered me a dork. — Natalie Portman

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. — Lydia Child

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. — Albert Einstein

Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen. — Conan O’Brien

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. — Richard Branson

Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee this week on the treadmill, and it wasn’t even on. — Amy Poehler

When we empower girls hungry for education, we cultivate women who are emboldened to effect change within their communities and globally. — Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

Books are the ultimate dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back. — John Green

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. — Oprah Winfrey

brillant back to school quotes

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. — Taylor Swift

A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters. — George Herbert

Be curious, not cool. — Ken Burns

Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different…Just try hard to be you. — Zendaya

Be so good, they can’t ignore you. — Steve Martin

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. — Art Williams

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. — Oscar Wilde

I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings. — Jenny Han

memorable back to school quotes

Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different … just try hard to be you. — Zendaya

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. — Thomas Edison

Belonging starts with self-acceptance … Believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. — Brene Brown

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. — Frank Zappa

At school, nobody thought I was smart, and I became smart. Nobody wanted to be my friend, and then I had lots of friends. — Rebel Wilson

You learn something every day if you pay attention. — Ray LeBlond

Respect your parents. They passed school without Google. — Anonymous

A good education is a foundation for a better future. — Elizabeth Warren

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. — Victor Hugo

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. — Mortimer Adler

I’m not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning. — Emma Watson

With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. — John Irving

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. — Malala Yousafzai

When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble. — Mark Twain

The most effective way to do it is to do it. — Amelia Earhart

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. — Martin H. Fischer

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. — Will Durant

Education is the movement from darkness to light. — Allan Bloom

inspiring back to school quotes

You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment. — Michelle Obama

Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle. — E.C. McKenzie

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. — Edmund Burke

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. — John Dewey

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead. — Aristotle

If you think your teacher is tough, wait ‘til you get a boss. — Bill Gates

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. — Tom Bodett

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. — Dr. Seuss

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. — Carol Burnett

Believe you can and you are halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt

In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a prerequisite. — Barack Obama

Work hard, nap hard. — Demi Lovato

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. — Bill Dodds

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. — Malala Yousafzai

Sending your child off to school for the first time in their life is terrifying. — Arabella Weir

Education is the most powerful weapon to use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela

First day of school! Wake up! Come on. First day of school. — Finding Nemo

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. — Claus Moser

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. — Oprah Winfrey

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