12 Motivational Education Quotes to Inspire You

It takes someone special to be an educator; a person who cares for others, and aims to help students grow to their fullest potential. The best teachers are capable, dedicated and hardworking, along with having an interest in making a substantial difference in the future of children.

Deciding to study early childhood education is a unique calling and career, but where do you find your motivation? In today’s world, inspiration takes many forms and has many different sources. To help you stay inspired, we chose 12 motivational education quotes from past educators, lawmakers and historical figures to do just that.

Whether you are seeking inspiration or just looking for a pick-me-up during the day, we hope these quotes about education encourage and inspire your work in early childhood education. Remember, quotes are not only a powerful way to showcase how you feel, but also a way to convey a message to many.

Share your inspiration with friends, fellow students and co-workers on social media too! Pin them to your Pinterest board and share them via Facebook.

12 Motivational quotes about education

1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
-Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and political activist
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
-Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and political activist

2.Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
- Martin Luther King Jr., clergyman, activist and leader of the American civil rights movement
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
- Martin Luther King Jr., clergyman, activist and leader of the American civil rights movement

3. Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
- Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. 
- Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator

4. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
- C.S. Lewis, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and Christian apologist
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
- C.S. Lewis, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and Christian apologist

5. What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child that must the community want for all its children.
- John Dewey, U.S. philosopher and educator
What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child that must the community want for all its children. - John Dewey, U.S. philosopher and educator

6. Try not to have a good time ... this is supposed to be educational.
- Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist
Try not to have a good time ... this is supposed to be educational.
- Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist

7. Wisdom begins with wonder.
- Socrates, Greek philosopher
Wisdom begins with wonder. - Socrates, Greek philosopher

8.For children, play is as natural as breathing—and as necessary.
- Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, U.S. early childhood educator and author
For children, play is as natural as breathing—and as necessary.- Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, U.S. early childhood educator and author

9. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
-Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
-Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

10. Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

11. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
- Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, writer and statesman
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
- Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, writer and statesman

12. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
- Henry Adams, journalist, historian and novelist
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.- Henry Adams, journalist, historian and novelist

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