School is an important part of life and as such, many inspirational quotes related to school have been produced over the years. From teachers and administrators to students and parents, various speakers have shared their thoughts on how many schools can affect our lives for better or for worse.

With this collection of 100 quotes about school, we get inside insight into the complexities of a student’s world, the goals teachers are trying to achieve, and the moments that impact us all long after graduation.

These inspiring words will show you why their experiences of life in the classroom express values that we should never forget no matter what stage of life we are in.

  1. 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
  2. Always ask yourself, Is this what my best looks like? That one question alone will change your entire life. -Anonymous
  3. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. -John Dewey
  4. The first day of school is always a fashion show. The rest of the school year? A pajama party. -Anonymous
  5. Never give up on what you really want to do. A person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. -Albert Einstein
  6. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. -Anthony J. D’Angelo
  7. It might seem like life is full of tests, questions, grades, parents, and pressure, but still, dream. -Anonymous
  8. Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher. -Oprah Winfrey
  9. Education does not prevent you from making mistakes but makes you learn from your mistakes. -Anonymous
  10. You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! -Dr. Seuss
  11. You learn something every day if you pay attention. -Ray LeBlond
  12. The first day of school: The day when the countdown to the last day of school begins. -Anonymous
  13. You can never be overdressed or overeducated. -Oscar Wilde
  14. This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. -Taylor Swift
  15. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. -Charles Dederich
  16. The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. -Marvin Phillips
  17. The first day of school is always a fashion show. The rest of the school year? A pajama party. -Unknown
  18. 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
  19. Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them. -Josie Bisset
  20. You can never be overdressed or overeducated. -Oscar Wilde
  21. Sign on a high school bulletin board in Dallas: Free every Monday through Friday: knowledge. Bring your own containers. -E.C. McKenzie
  22. 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
  23.  Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible! -Audrey Hepburn
  24. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. -Richard Branson
  25. We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school. -Peter De Vries
  26. First day of school! Wake up! Come on. First day of school. -Nemo from Finding Nemo
  27. You have brains in your head. you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. -Dr. Seuss
  28. Don’t try hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different…just try hard to be you. -Zendaya
  29. 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
  30. The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day. -Harry Wong
  31. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. –Thomas A. Edison
  32. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. –Oprah Winfrey
  33. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill
  34. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. -Steve Jobs
  35. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. –Beverly Sills
  36. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe, tennis star
  37. The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot. -Benny Lewis
  38. Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room. –Michael Dell
  39. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. –Maya Angelou
  40. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. –H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  41. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. –Mark Twain
  42. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts
  43. If people knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. –Michelangelo
  44. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. –Gandhi
  45. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. –J.K Rowling
  46. I’m actually really excited for school to start, yet half sad at the same time because this is my last year of high school. -Unknown
  47. You grow up so fast in high school. It’s not something you wait for, it just kind of happens. One day you’ll look back and be proud of who you’ve become, but at the same time, you’ll miss who you were. –Unknown
  48. No matter how much you think you hate school, you’ll always miss it when you leave. –Unknown  
  49. I am happy to be leaving high school but incredibly sad to be leaving the people who I’ve made all these memories with. –Unknown
  50. When I entered high school I couldn’t wait to grow up. Now that I’m leaving high school I want to be a kid again. –Unknown
  51. They told me that practice makes perfect in school. After they told me that no one is flawless, I quit practicing. –Steven Wright
  52. What I remember most about high school are the memories I created with my friends. –J. J. Watt
  53. My mother wakes me up for school, but she has no idea my favorite sleeping spot is on the final bench. –Unknown
  54. You can take my body to school, but my spirit will not accompany me. –Unknown 
  55. High School appears to be a good time on TV, but it is not in reality. –Unknown
  56. I always say a prayer before Math class. –Unknown
  57. I’m going to be missing the dining hall waffles the most, but that’s about it. –Unknown
  58. There are only two locations whereby timing takes priority over the job at hand: school and prison. –Unknown
  59. We all learn from our experiences, but some must attend summer school. –Peter De Vries
  60. So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you. –Vicky Davis.
  61. You’ve chosen your first day of school outfit, your new pencil box, and your notebooks. Now choose to lead with love and kindness.
  62. Make this first day of school great, and the rest of the days will follow suit.
  63. Education is the key to unlocking a world of possibilities and opportunities. Turn the key, kid!
  64. The first day of school can be a scary one, but your strength and perseverance are greater than your fears.
  65. Move mountains, push boundaries and make today the best first day yet.
  66. The seed of learning gets planted today. Now all you have to do is feel yourself grow.
  67. Whatever you do, wherever you go, we will be only a step behind, cheering you on.
  68. Share the wonder that is you with the world.
  69. Just by walking through the school doors, you brighten up so many lives. Have a great first day back.
  70. Today is a day where everything and anything seems possible.
  71. On this first day of school, show the world your brightness and beauty.
  72. On this first day of school, remember that you can be anything you want to be… except a crocodile.
  73. You have a new backpack, a new lunchbox, and new shoes. You are ready to rule the world!
  74. Have a great first day and don’t worry about us parents. Rest assured, these are NOT tears of sadness.
  75. Get out there and be a boss. Heaven knows you have this routine down to a science.
  76. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
  77. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -William Butler Yeats
  78. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William Arthur Ward
  79. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. -Henry Ford
  80. Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. -Ernest Dimnet
  81. Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. -Jacques Barzun
  82. We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. -Carol Burnet
  83. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. -Malcolm X
  84. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. -Benjamin Franklin
  85. Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. -Solomon Ortiz
  86. Education comes from within; you get it through struggle and effort and thought. -Napoleon Hill
  87. Education is the key to unlocking the golden door of freedom. -George Washington Carver
  88. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. -Maimonides
  89. The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. -John F. Kennedy
  90. Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. -Malcolm Forbes
  91. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. -Vidal Sassoon
  92. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden
  93. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. -Thomas A. Edison
  94. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. -George Lorimer
  95. Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that count. -Winston Churchill 
  96. By the end of high school, I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one. -Clifton Fadiman
  97. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. -Christian D. Larson
  98. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. -Art Williams
  99. Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. -Cavett Robert
  100. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. -Art Williams
  101. Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. -Cavett Robert

Schools have been an important part of our society since time immemorial, and the quotes we have seen have given us invaluable insight into not only how people feel about them, but also their different perspectives.

From the humorous to thought-provoking, it’s clear that school is a unique experience.

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