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10 Inspiring celebrity quotes about education

10 Inspiring celebrity quotes about education

Celebrities through the ages, including poets, scientists and philosophers, reflect on the nature and importance of education

Even if your school days are long behind you, the importance of learning never goes away. These quotes from celebrities are sure to inspire you to stay curious, inquisitive and hungry for knowledge even if you never plan to set foot in a classroom again.

1. William Butler Yeats, poet

William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" – William Butler Yeats

2. Emma Goldman, activist and writer

Emma Goldman

"No one has yet realised the wealth of sympaty, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure" – Emma Goldman

3. Larry King, television and radio host

Larry King

"I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening" – Larry King

4. Albert Einstein, scientist

Albert Einstein

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school" – Albert Einstein

5. W Edwards Deming, engineer

W Edwards Deming

"Learning is not compulsory…neither is survival" W Edwards Deming

6. Julia Cameron, teacher and writer

Julia Cameron

"Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself" – Julia Cameron

7. Aristotle, philosopher


"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it" – Aristotle

8. Robert Frost, poet

Robert Frost

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

9. Smiley Blanton, psychiatrist and writer

Smiley Blanton

"A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education" – Smiley Blanton

10. Mark Twain

Mark Twain

"Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge" – Mark Twain

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