Classroom Motivational Quotes

Reading Time: 7 minutes
  • “Today a reader, tomorrow, a leader.” – Margaret Fuller.

Today a reader, tomorrow, a leader


  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.


  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”-Mark Twain.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


  • “Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow.”-Bill Moyers.

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow.


  • “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.”-Aristotle.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.


Once you stop learning, you start dying.


  • “Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” -Golda Meir.

Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.


  • “I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.”– Estee Lauder.

I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.


  • “There’s a way to do it better. Find it.”-Thomas Edison.

There’s a way to do it better. Find it.


  • “Faith in oneself is the best and safest course. ” -Michelangelo

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.


  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.


  • “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.


  • “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.


  • “An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.” – Mahatma Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.


  • “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”-Thomas Edison

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.


  • “The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.” – Thomas Merton
  • “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”-Theodore Roosevelt.
  • “School means work and work means death. Let’s all go take a nap.”-Emma Shannon.
  • “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”-Steve Jobs.
  • “You are never too old to set new goals or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “I’m not a morning person, but I can be persuaded with food.” -Anonymous.
  • “The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.” – John Stewart
  • “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  • “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  • “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Some of my favorite memories happened in the ‘Boy Meets World’ classroom”- Danielle Fishel
  • “Every day, I see my students work hard to overcome obstacles just to be in the classroom.” – Jill Biden
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Oh, I get it! Now I’m supposed to raise my hand before I speak!” -Lisa Simpson.
  • “Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, but it also inspires learning.” – Mickey Hart
  • “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein.
  • “I’m not a procrastinator; I’m just really good at doing things tomorrow.” -Anonymous.
  • “A desk is where I can escape from the world and enter into my own private space.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.” -John Ciardi.
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”-William Butler Yeats.
  • “There is an inherent tolerance and kindness in the state school teenagers I know.”-Arabella Weir.
  • “If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”-Andy Rooney.
  • A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. – Brad Henry
  • “Everyday classroom teaching is not what children will remember, but how you made a difference in their lives.”- Nita Ambani
  • “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,” – Thomas Edison
  • “Public education grants secular worldviews an exclusive monopoly in the classroom”-Nancy Pearcy
  • “It is vital that teachers can be paid more without having to leave the classroom.” – Michael Gove
  • “The only educated person is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers.
  • “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”-Princess Diana.
  • “Man’s search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.”-Viktor E. Frankl.
  • “Everybody just wants to be loved, and nobody feels loved enough in high school.”-Kristen Bell.
  • “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”-Thomas Jefferson.
  • “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.”― Roy T. Bennett.
  • “There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.”-George Bernard Shaw.
  • “Students will start finding history interesting when their teachers and textbooks stop lying to them.”-James W. Loewen.
  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”– B.B. King.
  • It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
  • “I started culinary school at a very young age, and really I wanted to be out working, cooking, more than I wanted to be in a classroom.” – Jose Andres
  • “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams
  • “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard
  • “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.”- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “I grew up listening to people speaking broken English. I probably picked that up. And I probably speak English almost as a second language.”-Christopher Walken.
  • “If we set our priority ‘the removal of all risk’, we’ll soon have sterile, stagnant, and unstimulating learning environments.”-Benjamin Carson.
  • “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.”– John Maxwell.
  • “In schools with a history of chaos, the teacher who can keep the classroom calm becomes virtually indispensable.” – Jonathan Kozol
  • “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  • “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves….” – Thomas Edison
  • “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle.
  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of proper education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Every child in every neighborhood, of every color, class and background, deserves a school that will help them succeed.”-Rand Paul.
  • “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”-Thomas Edison.
  • “I can’t wait to get to school each day, And wait for you to pass my way, And the bell starts to ring, An angel starts to sing.”-Brian Holland.
  • “Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.”-Donalyn Miller.
  • “It’s the last day of school! Well, big brother, can you believe it? My last day of school. No more reading, writing, arithmetic! No more learning forever!”-Craig Schulz.
  • “My elementary school days were miserable. After Star Search, the jealousy got really bad that our neighbors slashed our tires.”-Christina Aguilera.
  • “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”-Melinda Gates.
  • “The goal of education is not to produce well-rounded individuals but to equip them with the tools they need to become productive citizens in a free society.” – Milton Friedman.
  • “We can close the gap and improve what happens in the classroom by using educational technology that is the same high quality everywhere.” – Major Owens
  • “In Berkeley, we built the garden and a kitchen classroom. We’ve been working on it for  We’ve learned a lot from it. If kids grow it and cook it, they eat it.” – Alice Waters
  • “Well-roundedness comes not from sitting in a classroom but from experiencing the larger world.”- Alex Tabarrok