Quotes about schooling and school

Quotes about Schooling and School

Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.

Richard Yates, A Good School

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

The home is the chief school of human virtues.

William Ellery Channing

It’s nothing. A school project. My go-to answer for anything. Staying out late? School project. Need extra money? School project.

Jay Asher

My school colors were clear. We used to say, ‘I’m not naked, I’m in the band.

Steven Wright

It was like joining a new class at school where everybody knows everybody else but me.

Ringo Starr

Quotes about schooling and school

Quotes about schooling and school

I am of the order whose purpose is not to teach the world a lesson but to explain that school is over.

Henry Miller

The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them.

Assata Shakur

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

Muhammad Ali

What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.

J.K. Rowling

I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen.

Stephen Chbosky

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

John Keats

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do.

Doris Lessing

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.

Katharine Hepburn

French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.

Stephanie Perkins

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

Kurt Vonnegut

There is something in me maybe someday
to be written; now it is folded, and folded,
and folded, like a note in school.

Sharon Olds

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.

Pauline Kael

You know, sometimes kids get bad grades in school because the class moves too slow for them. Einstein got D’s in school. Well guess what, I get F’s!!!

Bill Watterson

I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts.

Stephanie Perkins

I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

Ray Bradbury

Books on SchoolingI was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.

J.D. Salinger

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Albert Einstein

Life, I’ve learned, is never fair. If they teach anything in schools, that should be it.

Nicholas Sparks

You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.

J.K. Rowling

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

Stanley Kubrick

There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in. And definitely get out of high school and make everyone sorry.

Chris Colfer

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo

It’s easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.

Laurie Halse Anderson

It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.

John Waters

I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.

Bill Watterson

It was like when you’re a little kid and you run into your teacher or librarian at the grocery store or Wal-mart and it’s just so startling, because it never occurred to you they existed outside of school.

Sarah Dessen

I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.” – Greg Heffley,

Jeff Kinney

Most schools have a loud system of loud bells, which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems.

Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

I go to a school for spies.

Ally Carter

Nudge: “I look like prep school Barbie. (looks at Max) Actually, you look like prep school Barbie. I’m just Barbie’s friend.

James Patterson, School’s Out—Forever

There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.

Ray Bradbury

You can drag my body to school but my spirit refuses to go.

Bill Watterson

Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.

Frank Zappa

I hadn’t been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.

John Green

High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.

Stephen King

I didn’t have any friends at school, didn’t want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me.

Charles Bukowski

Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational televison without the aid of caffeine.

Heather Brewer

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.

Mahatma Gandhi

Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore.

Lady Gaga

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Mark Twain

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I went to school in drag, in art school and my day was completely different because everybody thought I was a chick.

Gerard Way

…The church, the state, the school, the magazine, think they are liberal and free! It is the freedom of a prison-yard.

Henry David Thoreau

The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse.

Orhan Pamuk

Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.

Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I’m not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.

Mark Haddon

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.

Harold Howe

I’ve loved you ever since that day you broke your slate over my head in school.

L.M. Montgomery

What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?

Lynette Mather

A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, the downside of attending a fictional school is that our lacrosse team sucks.

Ally Carter

Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.

Peter S. Jennison

Sometimes I think high school is one long hazy activity: if you are tough enough to survive this, they’ll let you become an adult. I hope it’s worth it.

Laurie Halse Anderson

When asked “What do we need to learn this for?” any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.

David Sedaris

I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library.

Isaac Asimov

You know . . . a lot of kids at school hate their parents. Some of them got hit. And some of them got caught in the middle of wrong lives. Some of them were trophies for their parents to show the neighbors like ribbons or gold stars. And some of them just wanted to drink in peace.

Stephen Chbosky

Rules and school are tools for fools! I don’t give two mules for rules.

Trenton Lee Stewart

This is the Wilderness School. ‘Where the Kids are animals

Rick Riordan

When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.

John Taylor Gatto

NO PDA,school rules. And besides she’s my partner dickhead.” said Alex.

Simone Elkeles

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.

Martin Luther

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 Bodett

I believe in teaching, but I don’t believe in going to school.

Robert Frost

Once you leave out all the bullshit they teach you in school, life gets really simple.

George Carlin

High School. Society’s bright idea to put all their aggressive, naive youth into one environment to torment and emotionally scar each other for life.

Chris Colfer

When I was in school the teachers told me practice makes perfect; then they told me nobody’s perfect so I stopped practicing.

Steven Wright

High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship – nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.

John Green

In high school, I used to think it was like sooooo cool if a guy had an awesome car. Now none of that matters. These days I look for character and honesty and trust.

Taylor Swift

High School is like a spork: it’s a crappy spoon and a crappy fork, so in the end it’s just plain useless.

John Mayer

I wasn’t aiming at the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway.

Rick Riordan

If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!

J.K. Rowling

Most people felt lost after high school. Sometimes I felt like I’d never really been found in the first place.

Lish McBride

Creativity is as important as literacy

Ken Robinson

O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school; And though she be but little, she is fierce.

William Shakespeare

Everyone in our school has afterschool activities. mine is going home.

David Levithan

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

Ruth Beechick

Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.

Max Brooks

You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.

John Kennedy Toole

Whoa. If high school was suppose to be the best years of my life – at least so far – I was truly destined to have a sucky adulthood.

Meg Cabot, Airhead

Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.

Richard Yates, A Good School

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.

Dyslexic, Agatha Christie

Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe.

R. Buckminster Fuller

I find myself daydreaming about him when I wake up in the morning, in school when something reminds me of him, and when I fall asleep at night

Simone Elkeles

When I tell people I went to library school, the most common reaction is either “You’re joking, right?” or “They have schools for librarians? Do they teach you how to properly sssh people?

Scott Douglas

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.

Woody Allen

In high school I barely made the rodeo team. But I wasn’t good enough to start, so I just rode the bench.

Jarod Kintz

She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.

Terry Pratchett

They spent the first three years of school getting you to pretend stuff and then the rest of it marking you down if you did the same thing.

Margaret Atwood

School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.

Ivan Illich

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

George Santayana

A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.

Albert Einstein, Dyslexic Genius, Dyslexic Creative

I’ll show you Obama’s birth certificate when you show me Sarah Palin’s high school diploma.

Bill Maher

School made us ‘literate’ but did not teach us to read for pleasure.

Ambeth R. Ocampo

It was only high school after all, definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon ‘in service,’ which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.

Neal Shusterman, Bruiser

It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.

Murray N. Rothbard

I don’t want to go to school and learn solemn things.

J.M. Barrie

To educate the peasantry, three things are needed: schools, schools and schools.

Leo Tolstoy

I prefer the school of life.

Cassandra Clare

We learn not in the school, but in life.


Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.

Mae West

You don’t have to go to some special private school to be an artist. Just look at the intricate beauty of cobwebs. Spiders make them with their butts.

Jenny Lawson

You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.

Henry Ford

Many public-school children seem to know only two dates—1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.

Mark Twain

It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people.

Michel Foucault

One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.

Thomas More

As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.

Erma Bombeck

Somehow it always comes back to coal at school.

Suzanne Collins

I make it through the first two weeks of school without a nuclear meltdown.

Laurie Halse Anderson

I want to tell them all; the world is bigger than high school.

Abigail Haas

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know where their high school yearbook is and those who do not.

Sloane Crosley

We, who are so schooled in the art of listening to the voices of others, can often hear our own voice only when we are alone. . . For many women, the first choice, then, is to give ourselves the necessary time and space in which to renew our acquaintance with our lost voice, to learn to recognize it, and to rejoice as we hear it express our truth.

Florence Falk

You mean he came to your school? The scandalous rodent-loaf!

Laini Taylor

Teenagers read millions of books every year. They read for entertainment and for education. They read because of school assignments and pop culture fads.

Sherman Alexie

Wow. I thought I was the only person at this school faking every moment.

Katie McGarry

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 don’t understand German myself. I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since.

Jerome K. Jerome

School prepares you for the real world… which also bites.

Jim Benton

You will not remember much from school.
School is designed to teach you how to respond and listen to authority figures in the event of an emergency.


A Student is the most important person ever in this school…in person, on the telephone, or by mail.
A Student is not dependent on us…we are dependent on the Student.
A Student is not an interruption of our work..the Studenti s the purpose of it. We are not doing a favor by serving the Student…the Student is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.
A Student is a person who brings us his or her desire to learn. It is our job to handle each Student in a manner which is beneficial to the Student and ourselves.

William W. Purkey, Becoming an Invitational Leader

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other.

Mark Twain

In high school I got voted most likely to get voted for something.

Jarod Kintz

Raven! What are you doing up so late? You have school tomorrow!”…”But I thought it was just the one time?

Ellen Schreiber

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Edward Gibbon

School used to be an escape. Now it’s just another place with too much pressure, too much confrontation, & so not enough joy.

Ellen Hopkins

Everyone at school seems to go by a nickname. Kat, Frosty, Bronx, Boo Bear, Jelly Bean, Freckles.

Gena Showalter

it’s back to school time. or as home-schoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time.

Stephen Colbert

What do they teach them at these schools?

C.S. Lewis

In every school I’ve gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together.

J.D. Salinger

[Homeschooling]…recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons.

Raymond S. Moore

The men on the trading floor may not have been to school, but they have Ph.D.’s in man’s ignorance.

Michael Lewis

The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school.

Ray Bradbury

School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age.

Ivan Illich

I hated high school. I don’t trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there’s something wrong with you.

Stephen King

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

William Shakespeare

Mean girls go far in high school. Kind women go far in LIFE.

Mandy Hale

The high-school English teacher will be fulfilling his responsibility if he furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present.

Flannery O’Connor

Only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.

Kurt Vonnegut

All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.

George Whitman

My mom did what school didn’t. She taught me how to think.

Trevor Noah

When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

Ambrose Bierce

I don’t know why I go to school unless for kicks, oh well might as well do dissect a frog.

S.E. Hinton

Go to College,
Stay in school,
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread,
they can sure make something out of you.

Muhammad Ali

The higher my GPA gets the more I realize high school is useless

Megan McCafferty

Your pain is a school unto itself–– and your joy a lovely temple.


School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s pefect why practice?

Green Day

I never learned anything at all in school and didn’t read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.

Stanley Kubrick

You may flunk your exams in school and still make it in life, but if you flunk life’s exams, you’re sunk!

Chris Oyakhilome

Time is the school in which we learn

Joan Didion

If there’s a Hell on Earth, it’s high school.

Lisa Desrochers

My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.

Herbert Hoover

Experience is a good school. But the fees are high

Heinrich Heine

Your words and actions made me hate coming to school. They made me uncomfortable in my own home.

Penelope Douglas

One school is finished, and the time has come for another to begin.

Richard Bach

There are teachers and students with square minds who are by nature meant to undergo the fascination of catagories. For them, ‘schools’ and ‘movements’ are everything; by painting a group symbol on the brow of mediocrity, they condone their own incomprehension of true genius.

Vladimir Nabokov

I dropped out of school and congratulated myself for my diligence. Few realize how hard one has to work to resist the pressures of conventional success.


A lot of kids think high school represents the best years of their lives, but others recognize that it’s mostly irrelevant bullshit, and that life doesn’t even begin until afterward.

Paula Stokes

What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.

Terry Tempest Williams

It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.

Liane Moriarty

I failed angst in high school. They let me graduate anyway.

John Scalzi

My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.

Margaret Mead

Those kids aren’t dumb. But the people who run these schools want to make sure they don’t get smart: they are really teaching the kids to be slaves.

James Baldwin

Don’t let your life outside of school dictate your future.

Simone Elkeles

Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

Delmore Schwartz

Public schools were not only created in the interests of industrialism

Ken Robinson

School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.

H.L. Mencken

School would be way more tolerable if everyone wasn’t so afraid to be who they really are. And if everyone else would let them.

Susane Colasanti

Can teachers successfully educate children to think for themselves if teachers are not treated as professionals who think for themselves?

Diane Ravitch

Prison is like high school with knives.

Raegan Butcher

All the things I’ve read in my school books about England and the Queen were okay, but my eyes are the greatest book in the world.

Michael Jackson

The human heart is my school.

Anne Rice

The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.

Abraham Lincoln

To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid.

John Holt

Behind the parents stands the school, and behind the teacher the home.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it’s teaching.

Salman Rushdie

Every high school has its Romeo and Juliet, one tragic couple. So does every generation.

Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

All the geography, trigonometry, and arithmetic in the world are useless unless you learn to think for yourself. No school teaches you that. It’s not on the curriculum.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has — I’m not kidding.

J.D. Salinger

I never learned hate at home or shame. I had to go to school for that.

Dick Gregory

I miss school.
What’s wrong with me?

Wendelin Van Draanen

I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

Neil Gaiman

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