Back to School Quotes

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There has been always been plenty to say about going back to school. From philosophers to humorists, going back to school has been a subject of debate and certainly an interesting topic. Whether you are looking for quotes that will simply amuse your kids, want some historical background on this time of year, or are crafty enough to send a back to school card, there is a quote for you. Here is some of the most memorable back to school quotes-

Quotes about the importance of teachers-

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.-Henry Brooks Adams

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.-William Arthur Ward

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.-Beverly Cleary

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.-Kahlil Gibran

The teacher is the one who makes two ideas grow here where only one grew before.-Elbert Hubbard

I do not care what subject is taught, if only it be taught well-T.H. Huxley

When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.-Mark Twain

Schoolteachers are not fully appreciated by parents, until it rains all day Saturday.-E.C. Mckenzie

Quotes about learning-

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

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

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

Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. -Dana Stewart Scott

“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” Maya Angelou

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.-Albert Einstein

Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.-W. E. B. Du Bois

Quotes about humor and back to school-

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.-Edgar W. Howe

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation.  If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.-Erma Bombeck

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

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.-Vince Lombardi

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.-Gracie Allen

You wouldn’t want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.-Alan Alda

Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.-Tommy age 5

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.-Doug Larson

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