50 Back-to-School Quotes for the Entire Family

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50 Back-to-School Quotes for the Entire Family

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 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 quotes will make the transition back to the classroom easier on everyone.

Motivational back-to-school quotes

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“You learn something every day if you pay attention.”

— Ray LeBlond

“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.”

— Martin H. Fischer

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”

— Taylor Swift

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

— Milton Berle

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”

— Steve Martin

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”

— Thomas Edison

“The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.”

— Alexander Graham Bell

“Believe you can and you are halfway there.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

— Dr. Seuss

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

— Art Williams

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”

— Frank Zappa

“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”

— Conan O’Brien

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.”

— Amelia Earhart

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

— Benjamin Franklin

“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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“Education is the most powerful weapon to use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

“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

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

— Albert Einstein

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

— Oscar Wilde

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

— Oprah Winfrey

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

— Malala Yousafzai

“Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education”

— Martin Luther King

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

— Mortimer Adler

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

— Albert Einstein

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

— John Dewey

“I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well.”

— T. H. Huxley

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”

— Victor Hugo

“Learning is treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

— Chinese Proverb

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”

— Aristotle

“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

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”

— Allan Bloom

Funny back-to-school quotes

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“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”

— Carol Burnett

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

— Lydia Child

“Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Other just gargle.”

— E.C. McKenzie

“When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.”

— Mark Twain

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

— Will Durant

“Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.”

— Claus Moser

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

— Edmund Burke

“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

“You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.”

— Elbert Hubbard

“You can get all A’s and still flunk life.”

— Walker Percy

“Respect your parents. They passed school without Google.”

— Anonymous

“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

“Sending your child off to school for the first time in their life is terrifying.”

— Arabella Weir

“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

“First day of school! Wake up! Come on. First day of school.”

Finding Nemo

“A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters.”

— George Herbert

“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

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