88 Inspirational Early Childhood Quotes

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88 Quotes about Kids Learning and Education


The learning experiences from early childhood years are what shape the child’s entire life.

The role of creating the right environment, access to education, and good teaching by the best teachers all play a crucial role in the child’s path of development.

These quotes will inspire us all to appreciate the importance of early childhood development and the true goal of education.

Here is a collection of some of my favorite quotes on education, child learning and development.

Getting A Good Education Famous Quotes

#1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Mandela


#2. “A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” ~ Pablo Casals


#3. “A first-class system of early childhood education is the hallmark of a caring and civilized society.” – Andy Hargreaves

#4. “The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” – John Lubbock


#5. “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes


#6. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris


#7. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats


#8. “You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” ~ Vince Gowmon


#9. “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


#10. “By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


#11. “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore


#12. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffle


#13. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok


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


#15. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” -Dr Martin Luther King Jr



Early Childhood Education Quotes & Preschool Quotes

#1. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch


#2.”Early childhood education begins early, even before birth.” – Madeleine M. Kunin


#3. “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori


#4. “Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.” ~ Jean Piaget


#5. “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” ~ Maria Montessori


#6. “There can never be too much nature inside a classroom. It is the antidote to the fast-paced, stressful world in which many young children live. Equally important, it encourages an appreciation of the natural world on which we depend.” ~ Condie Ward


#7. “The best way to preserve a child’s vision is to let them see things their way rather than yours.” –  Jacob Liberman, Wisdom from an Empty Mind


#8. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ~ Maya Angelou


#9. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I will learn.” — Benjamin Franklin


#10. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson


#11. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” – Frederick Douglass


#12. “Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas – during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, if crude, scientific investigations.” ~ Judith Roden


#13. “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


#14. “For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” ~ Penelope Leach


#15. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead


#16. “Rather than books and lectures, nature itself is children’s best teacher.” ~ Coffey


#17. “Love is the supreme form of communication. In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching.” – Ashley Montagu


#18. “We see how early childhood experiences are so important to lifelong outcomes, how the early environment literally becomes embedded in the brain and changes its architecture.” ~ Andrew S. Garner


#19. “You’re off to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” — Dr. Seuss


#20. “An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration but a portal to the wider world.” ~ Richard Louv


#21. “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ~ Paulo Coelho


#22. “The soul is healed by being with children.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky


#23. “When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” ~ Fred Rogers


#24. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson


#25. “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori


#26. “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” – Marilyn Jager Adams


#27. “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ~ L.R. Knost


#28. “We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher


#29. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley


#30. “Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” – Jess Lair


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


#32. “If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” – Alfie Kohn.


#33. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung


#34. “Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.” – Magda Gerber


#35. “Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.” ~ Finnish saying



Great Teacher Quotes

#1. The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”- Maria Montessori


#2. “Anything you can teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children.” ~ Cathy James


#3. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein


#4. “The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment.” ~ Maria Montessori


#5. “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ~ Scott Hayden


#6. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Adams


#7. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils.” ~ Ever Garrison


#8. “Teaching is learning. They are inseparable. The humility of a teacher is born when this is realized. Only then does teaching really begin.” ~ Vince Gowmon


#9. “Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don’t know.” ~ R. Verdi


#10. “The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike.” ~ H. L. Mencken


#11. “This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop.” ~ Maria Montessori


#12. “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” ~ James Comer


#13. “Too close supervision stifles the mental growth of children.” – Abhijit Naskar


#14. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” ~ Carl Jung


#15. “Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” ~ Jim Henson


#16. “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis


#17. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein


#18. “Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.” ~ Jean Piaget


#19. “Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ~ Plato


#20. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Adams


#21. “The moment I decided to follow instead of lead, I discovered the joys of becoming part of a small child’s world.” ~ Janet Gonzalez-Mena


#22. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ~ Albert Einstein


#23. “Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” ~Alice Miller


#24. “Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine.” – Yawar Baig


#25. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor


#26. “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourth pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin



Inspiring Quotes for our Future Generations

#1. “Be sure that in your educating you are not manufacturing obedient citizens, but rather unleashing powerful, creative souls.” ~ Vince Gowmon


#2. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein


#3. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein


#4. “When we raise our children to Shine, the future becomes brighter!” – Brigette Foresman


#5. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” ~ Mother Teresa


#6. “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


#7. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou


#8. “Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.” ~ Lois Lowry


#9.  “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy


#10. “When you are born into a world where you don’t fit in, it’s because you were born to help create a new one.” ~ Anonymous


#11. “Do not educate your child to be rich. Educate him to be happy, so that when he grows up he knows the value of things not the price.” ~ Unknown


#12. “Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman



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