The best 111+ quotes for learning: wisdom for education and personal development

In a world that is constantly evolving and changing, learning is a lifelong process that helps us to adapt, grow and realize our full potential.

In this article you will find a selection of the best quotes on the subject of learning. These inspiring statements come from outstanding personalities in various fields and offer insights and motivation for your own educational journey.

Immerse yourself in the world of learning and let these quotes inspire you to develop your potential to the full.


Most people are willing to learn, but only very few are willing to be taught.

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

You stay young as long as you can still learn, adopt new habits and tolerate contradiction.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer

When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant. I could hardly bear to be around the old man. But at twenty-one, I was amazed at how much he had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain, American writer

When you get into the water, you learn to swim.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer

There is no shame in not knowing, but there is shame in not wanting to learn.

Socrates, Greek philosopher

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

BB King, American musician

Human life is a constant school.

Gottfried Keller, Swiss writer

Knowledge is useless if you don’t apply it.

Anton Chekhov, Russian writer

The ability to learn is a matter of mental attitude and not of age.

Emil Oesch, Swiss educator

Defeats are easy to learn from. It is more difficult to learn from victories.

Gustav Stresemann, German politician
The Meaning of Learning and Knowing

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Anthony D’Angelo, American author and motivational speaker

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

Benjamin Franklin, American polymath: a leading writer, scientist, inventor, statesman

The greatest joy is the joy of understanding.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Renaissance painter and inventor

All things are difficult before they are easy.

Thomas Fuller, English theologian and writer

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, American author and radio presenter

Learning is an activity in which you never reach the goal and at the same time always have to fear losing what you have already achieved.

Confucius, Chinese philosopher

The good always learn more from the bad than the bad from the good.

German proverb

We must learn to meet people who are different from us without fear, mistrust or prejudice. Children learn this more easily than adults.

Hermann Gmeiner, Austrian philanthropist and founder of SOS Children’s Villages

Change is the end result of all true learning.

Leo Buscaglia, American author and motivational speaker

The roots of the formation are bitter, but its fruits are sweet.

Aristotle, Greek philosopher

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

Walt Disney, American entrepreneur and film producer

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” I’ve loved this quote since I first read it however many years ago.

Oscar Wilde, Irish writer

Tell me, and I will listen; Teach me, and I’ll remember; Involve me, and I will learn.

Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor

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, industrialist and engineer
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

No one should be ashamed to admit he is wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

Alexander Pope, English poet

It is not the mountain that we conquer – we conquer ourselves.

Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and philanthropist

To whom heaven has assigned a great task, it only wears down his heart and will through suffering.

Mengzi, Chinese philosopher

There is no failure. You win or you learn. Either one is okay.

Kevin Kruse, American author and entrepreneur

It is not enough to know – you also have to apply. It is not enough to want – you also have to do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and thinker

I saw as a teacher how if you take that spark of learning that those children have and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.

Paul Wellstone, US-Senator

Just as iron rusts out of use and stagnant water spoils or freezes in the cold, so the spirit degenerates without exercise.

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath and artist

Learning is like rowing against the current. If you stop doing this, you drift back.

Laozi, Chinese philosopher

There is no shame in not knowing, but there is shame in not wanting to learn.

Socrates, Greek philosopher

The great enemy of knowledge is not error, but inertness.

Henry Thomas Buckle, British historian and essayist

Obstacles and difficulties are steps on which we climb upwards.

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and writer

Don’t worry about your difficulties with math. I can assure you that mine are even bigger.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

The happiness of life is not to have few or no difficulties, but to overcome them all victoriously and gloriously.

Carl Hilty, Swiss lawyer and writer

Nobody gets everything right the first time. What sets us apart is how we learn from our mistakes.

Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group

A head without a memory is a fortress without a crew.

Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and emperor

Education does not come from reading, but from thinking about what you have read.

Carl Hilty, Swiss lawyer and writer

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford, American entrepreneur and industrialist

Everyone has a board in front of their head – it just depends on the distance.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer

Don’t worry about your difficulties with math. I can assure you that mine are even bigger.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

Have the courage to use your own mind.

Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

Nobody gets everything right the first time. What sets us apart is how we learn from our mistakes.

Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group

People who don’t learn anything don’t learn anything from the fact that they haven’t learned anything.

Erhard Blanck, German author and teacher

It is two different things to have received understanding and to have learned to use the understanding you have received.

Dorothea Erxleben, German doctor and first woman to gain a doctorate in Germany

The mind is like a ticket: it only makes sense if it is used.

Ernst Reinhold Hauschka, German author and educator

If you don’t try, you’ll never know if you can do it.

Hans Kammerlander, Italian adventurer

There is no shame in not knowing, but there is shame in not wanting to learn.

Plato, Greek philosopher

The authority of the teacher often harms those who want to learn.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman politician and philosopher

You can’t teach a person anything, you can only help them to discover it within themselves.

Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist

If you don’t lose your mind over certain things, you have nothing to lose.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German writer and playwright

A little education adorns the whole person.

Heinrich Heine, German poet and journalist

The solution is always simple, you just have to find it.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and dissident

A book is a mirror, if a monkey looks into it, no apostle can look out.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German writer and physicist
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

A very little key will open a very heavy door.

Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic

People are supposed to learn, only oxen study.

Erich Kästner, German writer and satirist

Enthusiasm is fertilizer for the brain.

Gerald Hüther, German brain researcher and author

The head is round so that thinking can change direction.

Francis Picabia, French artist and Dadaist

He who has straw in his head fears the spark of truth.

Jupp Müller, German author and satirist

Stupidity is also a natural talent.

Wilhelm Busch, German poet and illustrator

A truth can only work when the recipient is ready for it.

Christian Morgenstern, German writer and poet

I am afraid that we are beginning to be over-educated; at least everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching -that is really what our enthusiasm for education has come to.

Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet

As you have sown, so shall you reap.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

Stephen Hawking, British physicist and cosmologist

You have to have learned a lot to be able to ask about what you don’t know.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss writer and philosopher

Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence leader and philosopher

We can learn the most from what we do not yet know.

Emil Kahlenberg, German author and educator

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet

As soon as you have become a master in one thing, you should become a student in another.

Gerhart Hauptmann, German playwright and author

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor

I’d rather have one gram of knowledge than a hundred tons of opinion.

Manès Sperber, Austrian writer and social scientist

Detours also broaden our horizons.

Ernst Ferstl, Austrian author and teacher

Dealing with books drives people crazy.

Erasmus of Rotterdam, Dutch scholar and humanist

Certain books seem to be written not so that you can learn from them, but so that you know that the author knew something.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and thinker

Learn for your life, but don’t forget to live.

Martin Gerhard Reisenberg, German author and life coach

Intelligence cannot be determined by the path, but only by the result.

Garri Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster and politician

If you want to be successful, you have to learn that failures are healthy, unavoidable steps on the way to the top.

Joyce Brothers, American psychologist and author

I have often learned more from my setbacks than from my successes.

Boris Becker, German tennis player

Once you learn to accept defeat, you can have joy and success.

Rickey Henderson, American baseball player

You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat. Paul Brown · Defeat Line Win Book Learn.

Paul Brown, American American football coach

Anyone who understands geometry is able to understand everything in this world.

Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist and mathematician

Academic freedom is the freedom to learn as much as you want.

Rudolf Virchow, German physician, pathologist and politician

Natural intellect can replace almost any level of education, but no education can replace natural intellect.

Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

The mind and the ability to use it are two different abilities.

Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer

If you stop making mistakes, you stop learning.

Theodor Fontane, German writer and journalist

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie, American author and motivational speaker

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Henry Ford, American entrepreneur and automobile pioneer

The disadvantage of intelligence is that you are constantly forced to learn.

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and novelist

You don’t learn math, you just get used to it.

Paul Erdős, Hungarian mathematician

Mathematics has to be studied because it organizes thoughts.

Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, Russian scientist and writer

The advantage of being clever is that you can play dumb. The opposite is more difficult.

Kurt Tucholsky, German writer and journalist
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

The more we take in, the greater our spiritual capacity becomes.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher and statesman

Resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, is fortified through our experiences with mistakes. If we never experience failure, we miss out on the wonderful practice that facing challenging setbacks provides us as we learn and grow.

Winston Churchill, British statesman and prime minister

There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.

Sean Connery, Scottish actor

Experience is the best teacher. Only the school fees are heavy.

Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor

If you make a mistake and don’t correct it, you make a second one.

Confucius, Chinese philosopher

You don’t learn anything without making mistakes.

Romain Rolland, French writer and Nobel Prize winner

Suffering, error and resilience keep life alive.

Gottfried Keller, Swiss writer and poet

You have to see a task ahead of you and not a quiet life.

Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and moral philosopher

We do not live to believe, but to learn.

Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist monk and spiritual leader

Even a disappointment, if it is only thorough and final, is a step forward

Max Planck, German physicist and Nobel Prize winner

Educating yourself means wanting to learn how everything happens.

Epictetus, Greek philosopher

All change creates fear. And the best way to combat this is to improve knowledge.

Ihno Schneevoigt, German author and coach

I want to change by learning. I would like to die a little less stupid than I was born.

André Heller, Austrian artist, author and entrepreneur

Those who do not learn from the past will be punished by the future.

Adele Elisa Countess of Bredow-Görne

Doubt grows with knowledge.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and thinker

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, American author

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

EM Forster, British author





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