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100 Back To School Quotes to Inspire Your Kids

Last Updated: March 15, 2023 by Team

Vacations are over, and it’s time to head back to school. The back-to-school season creates a rush of excitement for the new year. Here’s to the best school year ever! It’s back to waking up early, packing lunches, and getting homework done. It was buying them a new backpack and packing them a tasty, good-for-you snack.

Whether your kids are heading back to school, it’s your turn to go back to the classroom, or you’re a teacher starting a new year, You can share some motivational back-to-school quotes with your children to help encourage them to achieve, Write them in your notebook, use them for your Instagram caption, These 101 motivating back-to-school quotes about school life stress the power of education, the determination to succeed, and the importance of never giving up on your dreams.

100 Back to School Quotes for Teachers and Students

Top 10 Back-to-School Quotes

“When I was super young, we were hiking to the top of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. You know, when I was in my early teens, we went to Bolivia and climbed to the tops of the highest mountains in the Alps. You know, those experiences were so exciting that when I came back to school, I was actually quite bored.” – Tommy Caldwell

“I’m already popular in my city. I was just trying to get rich. Man, I’m not gonna lie to you; I didn’t really want to go back to school. I mean, my family was mad about that. Because, you know, you tell your family you want to rap, and they look at you like you’re crazy.” – Lil Uzi Vert

“Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden.” – Chuck Norris

“I love religion and have contemplated going back to school to get a world religion degree.” – Jada Pinkett Smith

“I gave myself a year to be a supermodel. And I said, ‘If it doesn’t happen, I’m going back to school.’” – Tyra Banks

“That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we’ll still have coverage.” – Barack Obama

“In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.” – Brene Brown

“With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes.” – John Irving

“I promised my mom that if, after a year of putting 150 percent into my career it didn’t work out, I would go back to school. I never did go back.” – Queen Latifah

“I’d like to get a degree. You ever see the movie ‘Back to School?’ I’ll go back with my kids.” – Derek Jeter


Funny Back-to-School Quotes

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“The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.” – Ernest Renan

“I loved school so much that most of my classmates considered me a dork.” – Natalie Portman

“Sign on a high school bulletin board in Dallas: Free every Monday through Friday—knowledge. Bring your own containers.” – E.C. McKenzie

“But there are advantages to being President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified top secret.” – Ronald Reagan

“When I got out of high school they retired my jersey, but it was for hygiene and sanitary reasons.” – George Carlin

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

“Together we have come to realize that for men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school.” – Ivan Illich

A new school year means new beginnings, new adventures, newfriendships, and newchallenges. The slate is clean and anything can happen. DENISE WITMER

Inspirational Back-to-School Quotes

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“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated!” – Oscar Wilde

“You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.” – Michelle Obama

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

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

“Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond

“A good education is a foundation for a better future.” – Elizabeth Warren

You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr.Seuss

Back-to-School Quotes For Moms

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“You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.” – Elbert Hubbard

“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

“Sunday school: A prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.” – Henry Louis Mencken

“Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.” – Robert Gallagher

“I can remember thinking how unfair it all was. Fifty-two weeks in the year and only fifteen of them spent at home. A child snatched from his mother at nine, and never again given back to her for more than two months at a time.” – A. A. Milne

“Glad I am, mother, the holidays are over, when one goes back to school. Isn’t it jolly?” – Dinah Mulock Craik

“School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” – John Updike

This is the beginning of anything you want.

Going Back-to-School Quotes For Adults

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“‘boring’ as it may seem to them now, it will be worth it in the end. It’s something they’ll have forever.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Anonymous

“I’m not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.” – Emma Watson

“The Founding Fathers…provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” – John Updike

“The difference between school and life? 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 Bodet

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” – John Dewey

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

“Learning is not compulsory…but to survive, we must learn.” – W. Edwards Deming

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

“When a subject becomes totally obsolete, we make it a required course.” – Peter Drucker

“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

“I allowed myself to think if I could be doing anything in the world, what would I be doing? And what came to mind is I’d be traveling a little bit, I’d be going to classes, and I’d be going back to school.” – Ricky Williams

“In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a prerequisite.” – Barack Obama


Back-to-School Quotes For Students

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“The only educational aspect of television is that it puts the repairman’s kids through college.” – Joan Welsh

“At school, nobody thought I was smart, and I became smart. Nobody wanted to be my friend, and then I had lots of friends.” – Rebel Wilson

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” – Taylor Swift

“In elementary school, many a true word is spoken in guess.” – Henny Youngman

“However enjoyable the holidays may have been, there is always a pleasurable excitement about going back to school…”

“Because, of course we were very happy at school really. The trouble was that we were so much happier in the holidays.” – A. A. Milne

“Look here… tomorrow, at half-past eight in the morning, the carriage will come for you to take you back to school; and the sooner the better.” – A. Q. Carter

“Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different…Just try hard to be you.” – Zendaya

“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” – Jenny Han

I've always loved the first day of school better than the last. Firsts are best because they are beginnings. JENNY HAN

Back-to-School Quotes For Teachers

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“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.” – Donald D. Quinn

“Schoolteachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.“

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait ‘til you get a boss.” – Bill Gates

“Education helps you earn more. But not many schoolteachers can prove it.” – E.C. McKenzie

“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

“There are three good reasons to be a teacher: June, July, and August.”

“learning part of school, it’s important to remember that school is about so much more than homework, tests and teachers. It’s also about the people they interact with and the relationships they form.”

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. NELSON MANDELA

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin

“You send your child to the schoolmaster, but ’tis the schoolboys who educate him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If the school sends out children with a desire for knowledge and some idea of how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work.” – Richard Livingstone

“Every child you pass in the hall has a story that needs to be heard. Maybe you are the one meant to hear it.” – Bethany Hill

“If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.” – Susan B. Anthony

All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think. SIR KEN ROBINSON

Back-to-School After Holidays Quotes

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“Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do.” – Margaret Laurence

“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

“Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count.”

“The midsummer holidays closed, and the students came back to school… Minty began to think of her destiny as magnificently as Napoleon Buonaparte used to talk about his.” – William Pitt Scargill

“We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school.” – Peter De Vries

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” – George R.R. Martin


Final Thoughts

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Returning to school after a long summer may be a welcomed change of pace for some kids. For others, not so much. These inspiring back-to-school quotes, handy to keep kids motivated and excited for the new school year, are a great way to help them think differently about the prospect of being in the classroom again.

Which of these back-to-school quotes and sayings is your favorite? Are you planning on sharing them with a friend? Please tell us your thoughts below!

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