55 Inspirational Quotes About Learning

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Quotes about learning are important to inspire us to learn more! Everyone loves quotes about learning because learning is simply so important. At Growth Engineering we’re big believers in the importance of lifelong learning. We think that there is always something new to learn and that our learning journeys should never come to an end.

And it seems we’re not the only ones who think this way! History is full of visionaries who have their own strong convictions about the importance of learning. So we invited them along to our social learning platform to share their best personal growth quotes.

Who knows, maybe they’re just the motivation you need to continue pushing your self-development forwards!



Learning Quotes: The All-Time Top 20 Ranked

1. “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


2. “Learning is a Lifelong Process”

Full quote: “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


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


4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi


5. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein


6. “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” – Frank Herbert


7. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin


8. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo


9. “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


10. “You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.” – Marvin Minsky


11. “He who laughs most, learns best.” – John Cleese


12. “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


13. “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – E. M. Forster


14. “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


15. “In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


16. “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” – Richard Feynman


17. “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


18. “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” – Doris Lessing


19. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia


20. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King


Honourable Mentions

21. “Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.” — William Crawford

22. “If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.” — Howard Gardner

23. “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” — Herbert Spencer

24. “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci

25. “Education without application is just entertainment.” — Tim Sanders

26. “I am still learning.” — Michelangelo

27. “Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.” — Tom Colicchio

28. “The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly.” –Wendell Berry

29. “It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.” –Claude Bernard

30. “Learning is synthesizing seemingly divergent ideas and data.” –Terry Heick

31. “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

32. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” –Harry S Truman

33. “I never learned from a man who agreed with me.” –Robert A. Heinlein

34. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” –Richard Branson

35. “A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.” – Chinese Proverb 

36. “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

37. “He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius

38. “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

39. “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” – Antisthenes

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

41. “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

42. “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

43. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ―Sydney J. Harris

44. “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

45. “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

46. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” ―Malcolm X

47. “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ―William Arthur Ward

48. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

49. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” –  Robert Frost

50. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr.  Seuss

51. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” ― Leo Buscaglia

52. “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

53. “Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardour and attended with diligence.” – Abigail Adams

54. “If you are willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Anonymous

55. “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” – Anonymous

So there you have it — 55 slices of wisdom in one delicious cake of inspiration! Which of these quotes about learning resonates most strongly with you? Which one are you going to turn into a motivational poster and hang in the office?

Leave a comment below, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn! And remember to check our article which shares 70 quotes about motivation that will inspire you to succeed!

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