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50 Back-to-School Quotes for the Entire Family

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At the end of every glorious summer or holiday break, it's time to get back to business. For students, it's time to finally remember what day of the week it is again. For parents, it's the countdown to some long-awaited and well-earned R&R. No matter what your motivation (or lack thereof) is for starting the school year, we've rounded up a ton of inspirational, motivational, and funny back-to-school quotes to get you going.

From funny quotes about school to inspirational back-to-school mantras that preach the value of a good education, everyone can appreciate that extra push toward putting their best foot forward for the brand-new school year. These school quotes will make the transition back to the classroom easier on everyone.

Funny back-to-school quotes

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  1. "We don't stop going to school when we graduate." — Carol Burnett
  2. "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't." — Lydia Child
  3. "Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle." — E.C. McKenzie
  4. "When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble." — Mark Twain
  5. "Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." — Will Durant
  6. "Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." — Claus Moser
  7. "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." — Edmund Burke
  8. "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
  9. "You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think." — Elbert Hubbard
  10. "You can get all A's and still flunk life." — Walker Percy
  11. "Respect your parents. They passed school without Google." — Anonymous
  12. "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
  13. "Sending your child off to school for the first time in their life is terrifying." — Arabella Weir
  14. "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
  15. "First day of school! Wake up! Come on. First day of school." — Finding Nemo
  16. "A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters." — George Herbert
  17. "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

Motivational back-to-school quotes

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  1. "You learn something every day if you pay attention." — Ray LeBlond
  2. "All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind." — Martin H. Fischer
  3. "This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change." — Taylor Swift
  4. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." — Milton Berle
  5. "Be so good, they can't ignore you." — Steve Martin
  6. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." — Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. "When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't." — Thomas Edison
  8. "The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." — Alexander Graham Bell
  9. "Believe you can and you are halfway there." — Theodore Roosevelt
  10. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." — Dr. Seuss
  11. "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy—I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." — Art Williams
  12. "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." — Frank Zappa
  13. "Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen." — Conan O'Brien
  14. "The most effective way to do it is to do it." — Amelia Earhart
  15. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." — Benjamin Franklin
  16. "Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible." — Amy Poehler

Inspirational back-to-school quotes

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  1. "Education is the most powerful weapon to use to change the world." — Nelson Mandela
  2. "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
  3. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." — Albert Einstein
  4. "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." — Oscar Wilde
  5. "Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." — Oprah Winfrey
  6. "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." — Malala Yousafzai
  7. "Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education" — Martin Luther King
  8. "The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live." — Mortimer Adler
  9. "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
  10. "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." — John Dewey
  11. "I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well." — T. H. Huxley
  12. "He who opens a school door, closes a prison." — Victor Hugo
  13. "Learning is treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." — Chinese Proverb
  14. "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead." — Aristotle
  15. "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
  16. "Education is the movement from darkness to light." — Allan Bloom

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