101 Learning Quotes To Inspire You and Get You Going

Updated: December 18, 2020
by Ray Alexander

We all live to learn and learn to live continuously, but not always necessarily in a positive way. We learn to quit, learn to hate, learn to cheat so we get a false credit for doing less work. Nobody's perfect and life has ups and downs - it may seem so hard to keep your chin up and get going sometimes. But if you don't learn positively, what's the point of being yourself?
We learn from real-life experiences - both through successes and failures - but we also often get inspired by (=learn from!) the words of leaders, teachers, authors, scientists, politicians, successful entrepreneurs and famous people around the world. I hope these 101 learning quotes to inspire you and keep you motivated and help achieve your goals.

Learning Quotes To Inspire You

1. "To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know." - Stephen R. Covey

2. "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." - Henry Ford

3. "Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will." - Vernon Howard

4. "The past is a place of learning, not a place of living." - Roy T. Bennett

5. "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." - Robert Frost

6. "The expert in anything was once a beginner." - Helen Hayes

7. "A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world." - Eric Hoffer

8. "Work the fields on a fine day, study on a rainy day." - Japanese Proverb

9. "The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." - B.B. King

10. "To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong." - Roy T. Bennett

11. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." - Dr. Seuss

12. "Any fool can know. The point is to understand." - Albert Einstein

13. "You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way." - Marvin Minsky

14. "Learning never exhausts the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

15. "The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live." - Mortimer Adler

16. "He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger." - Confucius

17. "Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." - E. M. Forster

18. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

19. "Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future." - Brian Tracy

20. "It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts." - Harry S. Truman

21. "I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. " - Abraham Lincoln

22. "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." - Japanese Proverb

You don't learn to walk by following rules Richard Branson quote

23. "You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over." - Richard Branson

24. "I've learned to never underestimate the impossible." - Joe Nichols

25. "Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key." - Tom Colicchio

26. "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." - Richard Feynman

27. "In the end, we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

28. "Life is a balanced system of learning and evolution. Whether pleasure or pain; every situation in your life serves a purpose. It is up to us to recognize what that purpose could be." - Steve Maraboli

29. "People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it." - Stephen King

30. "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." - Anthony J. D’Angelo

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31. "A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

32. "Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work." - William Crawford

33. "Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily." - Thomas Szasz

34. "I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker." - Stanley Kubrick

35. "We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn." - Peter Drucker

36. "Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning." - William Arthur Ward

37. "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

38. "Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers." - Richard Bach

39. "When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

40. "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

41. "Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience." - Philip J. Runkel

42. "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." - Clay P. Bedford

43. "The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly." - Wendell Berry

44. "Mistakes aren’t mistakes; they are lessons!" - Israelmore Ayivor

45. "When we read and study the scriptures, benefits, and blessings of many kinds come to us. This is the most profitable of all study in which we could engage." - Howard W. Hunter

46. "One hour per day of study in your chosen field is all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do." - Earl Nightingale

47. "Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire." - W. B. Yeats

48. "He who laughs most learns best." - John Cleese

49. "If you yearn to learn, you’ll learn to earn." - Israelmore Ayivor

50. "I am still learning." - Michelangelo

51. "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." - Aristotle

52. "I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times." - Chet Holmes

53. "I don't want to give advice to a 19-year-old, because I want a 19-year-old to make mistakes and learn from them. Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes. Just make sure they're your mistakes." - Fiona Apple

54. "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

55. "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." - African Proverb

56. "A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers

Leonardo da Vinci Quote Study Without Desire Spoils The Memory

57. "Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in." - Leonardo da Vinci

58. "If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance." - Howard Gardner

59. "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." - Carl Rogers

60. "How much you can learn when you fail determines how far you will go into achieving your goals." - Roy T. Bennett

61. "If you are willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." - Zig Ziglar

62. "Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching." - Oscar Wilde

63. "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." - Voltaire

64. "Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow." - Richard Baxter

65. "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." - Albert Einstein

66. "Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended with diligence." - Abigail Adams

67. "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." - Robert A. Heinlein

68. "There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

69. "The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety." - Josh Waitzkin

70. "You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it." - John Updike

71. "The doer alone learneth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

72. "A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life." - Chinese Proverb

73. "Change is the end result of all true learning." - Leo Buscaglia

74. "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." - Mark Twain

75. "How to win in life: 1 work hard, 2 complain less, 3 listen more, 4 try, learn, grow, 5 don't let people tell you it can't be done, 6 make no excuses." - Germany Kent

76. "Learning is synthesizing seemingly divergent ideas and data." - Terry Heick

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77. "Sometimes you can learn, even from a bad experience. By coping you become stronger. The pain does not go away, but it becomes manageable." - Somaly Mam

78. "Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them if only to avoid them." - Victor Hugo

79. "Research shows that you begin learning in the womb and go right on learning until the moment you pass on. Your brain has a capacity for learning that is virtually limitless, which makes every human a potential genius." - Michael J. Gelb

80. "The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid." - G. K. Chesterton

81. "There is divine beauty in learning…. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps." - Elie Wiesel

82. "It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning." - Claude Bernard

83. "If you are not willing to be a fool, you can't become a master." - Jordan B. Peterson

84. "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

85. "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

86. "Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." - Chinese Proverb

87. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Phil Collins Quote In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn

88. "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." - Phil Collins

89. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

90. "Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first." - Roy Congdon

91. "One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things." - Frank Herbert

92. "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

93. "All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them." - Lao Tzu

94. "The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." - Herbert Spencer

95. "Education without application is just entertainment." - Tim Sanders

96. "True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own." - Nikos Kazantzakis

97. "You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations." - Roy T. Bennett

98. "That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way." - Doris Lessing

99. "Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life." - Shannon L. Alder

100. "The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue." - Antisthenes

101. "To acquire knowledge, one must study. But to acquire wisdom, one must observe." - Marilyn vos Savant

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Ray Alexander

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