Helping People with Disabilities Live the Lives They Imagine in Community

Helping People with Disabilities Live the Lives They Imagine in Community

Scott Prellwitz will be the first to tell you that he loves his life! It’s full and rich with meaning and purpose—a “perfect” life he imagines for himself—one that is “good all the time”. He lives with a disability yet with just few hours of support from LSS each week, he lives independently and fully in the community.

158 Art Quotes from Famous Artists

158 Art Quotes from Famous Artists

Large paint brushes covered with bright red, purple, and blue paint

Mankind has been creating art and appreciating its beauty since its very beginnings. According to recent dating tests, the first paintings ever made by humans are the seals located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. They are 42,000 years old.

Whether it’s an ancient cave painting, the work of the famed Old Masters of the Renaissance, or at the cutting edge of Modern Art, art has the capacity to capture a moment in time and stir up our emotions. The dictionary defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

A quote about art in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

We’ve collected all the best quotes about art in one place. Whether you’re looking for inspiring quotes by the world’s most famous artists, painting quotes, photography quotes, or just something funny… we’ve got it all!

Art Quotes by Artists

Becoming an artist, like becoming a writer, can be a daunting prospect. After all, the great Van Gogh barely sold any of his paintings in his lifetime. However, whether you’re interested in acrylic paint, pottery, sculpture, watercolor, or fabric printing, it’s never too late to follow your passion and become an artist.

These quotes are from some of history’s most famous artists. Whether they were painting at the height of the Renaissance period, or are still wowing the world with their art today, they all have the same things in common: a distinct creative process, facing criticism, and a love of art. Whatever media these artists work in, get inspired by their commitment to making the world a more beautiful place.

A ballerina standing on one toe during a ballet recital making art of dancing

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.” – Henri Matisse

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” – Andy Warhol

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin

A finished jigsaw puzzle of a Gustav Klimt painting and a Gustav Klimt quote

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

“Art is coming face to face with yourself.” – Jackson Pollock

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet

“The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning.” – Paul Gauguin

“I couldn’t give you something mediocre even if that’s all you asked for.” – Michelangelo

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne

“Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.” – Rembrandt

The head and torso of Michelangelo's David statue in Florence, Italy

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.” – Michelangelo

“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” – Claude Monet

“The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.” – Banksy

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” – Frida Kahlo

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

A quote about art and a street art painting on a wall in Kansas City, Missouri

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Banksy

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy —the joy of being Salvador Dalí— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?” – Salvador Dalí

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.” – Marcel Duchamp

Several small pots of acrylic paints mixed with wooden spatulas on a table

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” – Vincent Van Gogh

“One eye sees, the other feels.” – Paul Klee

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

A Pablo Picasso quote and a small reprint of his famed Guernica painting

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso

Quotes about Painting

For many of us, painting as a child is our first encounter with art. It’s fun and it’s messy, and offers a creative outlet as we start to explore the world for ourselves.

But it isn’t just children who can enjoy painting or find it rewarding. Painting is an incredibly therapeutic activity and offers an emotional release, so it is often used as a means of therapy and rehabilitation for traumatized individuals, such as soldiers returning from war. It has other health benefits, too, because painting involves focusing all your attention on the creation of an image, which is proven to relieve stress, lessen muscle soreness, decrease tension headaches, and more.

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” – Jackson Pollock

A woman in a blue smock painting a landscape on canvas near a stream

“I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint.” – Claude Monet

“If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.” – Salvador Dalí

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” – Claude Monet

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” – Henri Matisse

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” – Leonardo da Vinci

A canvas covered with dabs of paint near some paint brushes and tubes

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing.” – Jackson Pollock

“A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.” – Joan Miro

“Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world… it must fertilize the imagination.” – Joan Miro

“Painter, paint!” – Salvador Dalí

“Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die.” – Yoko Ono

“Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal.” – Banksy

An artist palette covered with bright acrylic paints and a long paint brush

“Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression.” – Marcel Duchamp

“Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.” – Philip Guston

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.” – Jackson Pollock

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” – Edgar Degas

“If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.” – Bob Ross

A quote about painting over an orange and red slab of granite

“The best reason to paint is that there is not reason to paint.” – Keith Haring

“Intensity is all that matters in painting.” – John Piper

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“You can’t learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.” – Jackson Pollock

“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism.” – Mark Rothko

“It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.” – Henri Matisse

“I’m never finished with my paintings; the further I get, the more I seek the impossible and the more powerless I feel.” – Claude Monet

Rembrandt quote about painting over a darkly painted canvas

“Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” – Rembrandt

“I’m in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint.” – Claude Monet

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.” – Frida Kahlo

“I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.” – Bob Ross

“One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas

“A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.” – Stephanie Perkins

Vincent Van Gough self portrait painting hanging on a pink wall

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Photography Quotes

Photography is definitely the form of artistic expression that has been around for the least amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t had a profound impact on the art world and the way we experience art.

With the availability of smartphones and their tiny, high quality cameras, photography is actually one of the most accessible means of creating and enjoying art. While photos were once about taking portraits or landscapes, now you can use this media to capture anything you want to remember. A photograph can be powerful to remind you of a special event or day, and can bring you back to the feelings, sounds, and even smells of the moment it captures.

Lights set up in a brightly lit professional photography studio

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorothea Lange

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.” – Joan Miro

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” – Amit Kalantri

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The reflection of a woman in a car mirror as she takes a photo of a farm

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” – Irving Penn

“To me, photography must suggest, not insist or explain.” – Brassai

“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.” – Andre Kertesz

“A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph.” – Man Ray

“A good photographer records; a great photographer reveals.” – Skylar Reid

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” – Jim Richardson

A man kneeling to photograph a field of bright yellow flowers in spring

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” – John Berger

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand

“A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.” – Annie Leibowitz

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus

“Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.” – Susan Sontag

Photography quote and a Canon camera against a black background

“Photography is my passion, the search for truth, my obsession.” – Alfred Stieglitz

“A picture is a poem without words.” – Horace

“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down.” – Kate Morton

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” – Amit Kalantri

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams

A quote about photography and a woman pointing a camera towards you

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Quotes about Art and Artists

It’s become something of a cliche that all artists are misunderstood, when in fact writers, philosophers, scientists, and even artists themselves, have spent a great deal of time trying to understand what makes them tick. Why are some people more creative than others? Why do some people gravitate towards certain artistic media and not others? And what inspires them? Only the artists themselves know that answer to some of these questions.

Take a look at these fascinating quotes about artists and find out more about what motivates them, and what art can tell us about the person who created it.

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” – Oscar Wilde

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

An old man mixing paint on a large table by three canvases

“The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.” – T.S. Eliot

“All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?” – Banksy

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” – Auguste Rodin

“A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.” – Salvador Dalí

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

A young woman holding a blank drawing book by two wooden easels

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Peter O’Toole

“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” – Rick Riordan

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions.” – Rembrandt

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Emile Zola

“The modern artist… is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.” – Jackson Pollock

A man reading a Paul Cezanne quote about artists by a large wall painting

“The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.” – Paul Cezanne

“An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.” – Andre Malraux

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” – James Whistler

“Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.” – Edgard Varese

“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.” – Eric Gill

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski

Two outstretched hands covered in dark green and red paint

“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” – Albert Einstein

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gailman

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.” – Henri Matisse

“The great artist is the simplifier.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece.” – Kai Green

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes

A watercolor painting and a glass of brushes next to a plastic palette

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” – James Baldwin

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” – J.D. Salinger

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola

“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” – Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. “ – St Francis of Assisi

Several bright paintings in artist's studio in in Marfa, Texas

“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.” – George Santayana

“Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” – Al Hirschfield

“An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.” – Andy Warhol

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon

Funny and Amusing Art Quotes

One of the best things about art is that we don’t have to take it too seriously! Art can make us think deeply, remember special times, make us cry… but it can also make us laugh. Paintings, photographs, and sculptures are just as likely to lift our spirits as they are to send us into fits of giggles!

These quotes are all about seeing the funny side of making art, looking at art, and being an artist. Whether you’re a connoisseur or don’t know your acrylics from your watercolors, you’ll still find something to make you laugh here!

A pink, blue, and purple abstract water color painting

“Art is art, isn’t it? And water is water and east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like apple-sauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.” – Groucho Marx

“What is an artist? For every thousand people there’s nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who’s the artist.” – Tom Stoppard

“The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will spark off a revolution.” – Paul Cezanne

A man painting and ponterind an Oscar Wilde quote about art and artists

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can’t stand Picasso, those who can’t stand Raphael, and those who have never heard of either.” – John White

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

“There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.” – Charles Dickens

“Van Gogh would have sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them.” – Tom Hobbes

“I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

15 cupcakes with green icing and sprinkles atop a pink table in a bakery

“If you have a burning restless urge to paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.” – Fran Lebowitz

“An amateur is an artist who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.” – Ben Shahn

“Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.” – Samuel Butler

“A sculpture is just a drawing you fall over in the dark.” – Al Hirschfield

“Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.” – John Ciardi

“Rembrandt painted 700 pictures. Of these 3,000 are in existence.” – Wilhelm Bode

A pomegranate in a bowl being painted by a master artist

“If the old masters had labelled their fruit, one wouldn’t be so likely to mistake pears for turnips.” – Mark Twain

“He was our greatest living painter, until he died.” – Mark Twain

“The more you look at modern art exhibits, the more everything begins to look like an exhibit, including the attendant’s chair and the fire extinguisher.” – Brian Sewell

“I hate flowers. I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend.” – John Singer Sargent

“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

An impasto oil painting of a fall scene in yellow and red colors

“I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.” – Bob Ross

We hope these art quotes have inspired you to look at art in new ways, or even try doing something artistic yourself. Whether you love painting, sculpting, sewing, printing, or taking photographs, unleash your creativity and have fun!

Published at Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:21:39 +0000

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116 Educational Quotes about Teaching and Learning

116 Educational Quotes about Teaching and Learning

Whether it’s starting a new grade after summer break, or returning after a vacation, going back to school is a really exciting time.

Many of us thrive on the routine that the school day brings. Different lessons, recess, lunch break, homework, after school sports… it gives us structure and helps us to make the most of each day.

More than anything, we love that school offers us the opportunity to learn something new everyday! It pushes us out of our comfort zone, teaches us to dream big, and encourages us to achieve our potential.

In celebration of all the amazing things that education and learning has to offer, we’ve put together a list of the very best quotes to get you excited – and inspired – to go back to school.

So whether you’re a parent looking for the perfect quote to encourage your child as they start school, you’re moving from one grade to another, or you’re a teacher looking to inspire young minds – we’ve got you covered.

School Quotes

A new desk, a handful of freshly sharpened pencils, the first page of a new workbook… there are no days quite like school days!

Though starting a new school, or even just a new grade, can be daunting, it is also a great opportunity to shake things up and try something new. Whether it’s a new sport, a new subject, or a new hobby, there are so many ways to make sure that this school year is the best yet.

Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and beyond, celebrate all these amazing institutions – and the role they play in shaping our future – with these quotes about school.

An empty classroom with a whiteboard covered in equations

“School is a place that provides education, and education is the key to life.” – Unknown

“Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.” – James E. Faust

“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 difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” – Marvin Phillips

“I think school is a place where thinking should be taught.”– Edward de Bono

Quotes about School

“Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.” – Josie Bisset

“School prepares you for the real world… which also bites.” – Jim Benton

“The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book for everything.” – Robert Frost

“The pathway to educational excellence lies within each school.” – Terrance Deal

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

An elementary school geography classroom with wooden desks and a map

“Those who get lost on the way to school will never find their way through life.” – German Proverb

“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

“A long time ago, there was no such thing as school, and children spent their days learning a trade, a phrase which here means “standing around doing tedious tasks under the instruction of a bossy adult.” In time, however, people realized that the children could be allowed to sit, and the first school was invented.” – Lemony Snickett

“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

A schoolgirl writing in cursive with chalk on a chalky blackboard in school

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.” – Ray Bradbury

“Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods. “ – Unknown

“She got on with her education. In her opinion, school kept on trying to interfere with it.” – Terry Pratchett

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” – Carol Burnett

An education quote from Dr. Seuss.

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

“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

“I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times.” – Chet Holmes

“You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.”– Henry Ford

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

Learning quote from Eleanor Roosevelt on a white background

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” – George Evans

“If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learning anything.” – Muhammad Ali

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Buddha

Education quote about schooling and three golden delicious apples in a row

“I have never let schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

Inspirational Education Quotes

Take it from us, an inspirational saying can go a long way to motivate and encourage you as you embark on something new! For centuries, people have been inspired and encouraged by reading the words of others; oftentimes, they have been led down their own path to greatness.

Whether you’re at the beginning of a new year or semester of learning, or aren’t quite sure where your knowledge will take you next – look no further than these quotes. From Renaissance geniuses to modern day scientists, award-winning writers and incredible human rights activists, we’ve got something to inspire everyone on their educational journey.

A long school hallway with backpacks and coats hanging outside classrooms

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman

“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

“Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.” – Shakuntala Devi

The eraser ends of 5 yellow Number 2 pencils ready for a new school year

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

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

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

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.” – G.K. Chesterton

A stack of old books and a blank notebook and Bic pen ready for writing

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers

“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.” – Ray Congdon

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” – Immanuel Kant

“Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.” – Philip J. Runkel

A school library shelf filled with hundreds of books for its students

“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” – Harold Howe

“It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.” – Wendell Berry

“Perfect is the enemy of good. “ – Voltaire

“School made us ‘literate’ but did not teach us to read for pleasure.” – Ambeth Ocampo

“It is clearly absurd to limit the term ‘education’ to a person’s formal schooling.” – Murray N. Rothbard

“Yesterday I was clever, so I changed the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

“Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.” – Bruce Lee

“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” – Martin Fisher

A bank of multicolored lockers in a New Jersey middle school corridor

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Quotes about Learning

Learning something new everyday has to be one of the best things about going back to school!

Whether you’re preparing for a math test, writing a paper, or representing your school in the National Spelling Bee, the challenge of acquiring new knowledge can be both exciting and daunting.

But we don’t just learn in the classroom. Reading independently, practicing a musical instrument, carrying out scientific experiments, and learning the theory behind your favorite sports game all contribute to your knowledge and experience of the world. Let’s honor knowledge in all its forms with these amazing quotes about learning!

A quote about reading and a stack of children's books on a gray school desk

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

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

“The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching.” – Richard Dufour

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” – Alexander Pope

A girl drawing a picture on a low table in her kindergarten class

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

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. “ – Abigail Adams

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein

“All learning has an emotional base.” – Plato

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” – Albert Einstein

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

A girl carrying books and walking to the first day of school this year

“Even the genius asks questions.” – Tupac Shakur

“Wisdom is learning what to overlook.’” – William James

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The doer alone learneth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Development is a series of rebirths.” – Maria Montessori

“I’m still learning.” – Michelangelo

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. “– Henry Ford

A college study group reading from highlighted books at an outdoor table

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

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” – Vernon Howard

“Ideas without action aren’t ideas. They’re regrets.” – Steve Jobs

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha

Problem-solving books on a cherry wood library shelf in a private school

“A problem well-put is half-solved.” – John Dewey

Quotes about Teaching

Teachers have the amazing power of being able to inspire young minds! But with that power comes great responsibility – good results, progress in learning, and needing to keep them focused on the task at hand.

According to a 2019 study by the National Foundation for Educational Research, teachers have more job-related stress than other professionals. Although teachers’ working hours across the year were similar to those in other professions, working so intensively over fewer weeks of the year led to a poorer work-life balance and higher stress levels. As well as the hours spent teaching, educators devote their time to preparation and grading; and make an emotional investment in the success and wellbeing of their students.

Celebrate those who help children and young people achieve their potential with this collection of quotes about teachers and teaching!

Saying about great teachers and five red delicious apples on a desk

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz

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

“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.” – John C. Maxwell

A young brunette girl reading intently from a large hardcover book

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

“A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrik Clarke

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Transfer is important, but think first about the learner, then about their native environments. Then, further, let’s hope for the self-initiated application of knowledge. Unprompted. Unformatted. The spontaneous, personal, and creative application of understanding in dynamic physical and digital environments.” – Terry Heick

“Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing ourselves.” – Paul Solarz

“A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.” – Eric Hoffer

Three students smiling from their classroom desks with pencils and papers

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.” – Cicero

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun

“A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.” – Ruth Beechick

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

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy

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

“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.” – Dr. Seuss

A new box of Crayola Crayons at the start fo a new school year in America

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” – Chuck Grassley

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.” – Madeline Hunter

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.” – George Carlin

Kindergarten students sitting in a group on the floor on their first school day

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” – Thomas Carruthers

We hope you’re feeling inspired and excited to go back to school! Share your favorite things about learning, teaching, and educating with us in the comments.

Published at Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:05:03 +0000

25 Inspiring People Who Overcame Their Disabilities

25 Inspiring People Who Overcame Their Disabilities

Some people may see disabilities as a limitation. However, there are others who see these disabilities, not as a limitation, but an opportunity. A chance to strive for more and accomplish what many only dream of. These brave men and women faced what most would consider an unbearable sentence and triumphed over mediocrity. From quadriplegics on surfboards to deaf composers, these are 25 Inspiring People Who Overcame Their Disabilities!

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Helen Keller
Stevie Wonder
Lenin Moreno
Marlee Matlin
Ralph Braun
Frida Kahlo
Sudha Chandran
John Hockenberry
Stephen Hawking
Bethany Hamilton
Marla Runyan
Ludwig van Beethoven
Christopher Reeve
John Nash
Vincent Van Gogh
Christy Brown
Jean-Dominique Bauby
Albert Einstein
John Milton
Lord Nelson
Tanni Grey-Thompson
Francsico de Goya
Sarah Bernhardt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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8 Essential Books All Graduate Students Must Read

8 Essential Books All Graduate Students Must Read

We all know that graduation is an incredible rite of passage, but what if that isn’t the end of your academic career?

In the U.S.A, an estimated 5.5 million people hold a doctorate of some kind. That’s around 1.77% of the population, and I’m one of those people.

Even for the most passionate and organized student, studying for a PhD is a relentless, difficult, and lonely road. It’s a decision that oftentimes cannot be understood by those who are close to us, with friends, family members, or people we meet on a daily basis, questioning why we on earth we would want to undertake yet another degree.

If you search on Google, chances are you’ll stumble across a myriad of articles containing all the reasons you absolutely shouldn’t do a PhD, why graduate school is unnecessary, and the many stories of those who struggled to meet the demands of higher education.

And yet, the pursuit of knowledge – the thirst to know more, to investigate the uninvestigated, and expand our horizons – keeps thousands of us going back to graduate school for more, every year. Graduate school offers unparalleled opportunities for learning new skills (including languages), foreign travel, public speaking, teaching, and more. For me? My genuine love of research and writing made the four years of my PhD some of the best of my life so far.

I’ve put together a definitive list of the most helpful and encouraging titles I encountered during my time at graduate school, mostly because I wish someone had been able to recommend them to me when I needed them. So whether you’re just embarking on a PhD, or are almost ready to submit your thesis, you’ll find something of interest here.

1. One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned along the Way, William M. Chace

William Chace entered graduate school in English at the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. He was just one of an astonishing 120 new students who embarked on graduate study that year – in his department alone. Among his cohort, however, just 12 students ended up receiving their PhD. The professors who taught him were unsurprised that only 10% of the 1961 cohort actually completed their studies, a fact Chace puts down to their view of graduate school as a calling. “Graduate students were being considered for membership in a secular priesthood,” he writes – and those of you who are already at graduate school today might empathize with his sentiments.

In One Hundred Semesters, Chace combines incisive analysis with his personal memoir to create a larger picture of the way American higher education has evolved during the past half century. We journey with Chace through the decades of his own education, from his undergraduate degree at Haverford College; the boredom and confusion he felt as a graduate student during the Free Speech movement at Berkeley; a trip to jail following his support of his own students at a civil rights protest at Stillman College, Alabama; his days as a professor at Stanford; and his later appointment as president of both Wesleyan University and Emory University.

Chace’s memoir – and his research – is born out of his own rich, varied, and incredibly complex experience; portraying the unique importance of the classroom with as much insight and vigor as the peculiar rituals, rewards, and difficulties of administrative office. One Hundred Semesters is vital reading for students today, because it reminds us that although there is much to despair over (costs, underfunding, institutional marketing) the true purpose of higher education remains the same.

2. The Dissertation Warrior: The Ultimate Guide to Being the Kind of Person Who Finishes a Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis, Guy White

There are so, so many dissertation writing guides that I could’ve pointed you to here, but I also know it’s highly likely you’ve already found them on your own. So, I chose Guy White’s Dissertation Warrior instead, for several reasons.

Though the ‘classic’ guides like Destination Dissertation and Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day are still interesting and relevant – and indispensable if you aim to familiarize yourself with the full breadth of dissertation writing advice – they have also become somewhat outdated. In addition, the interactive, online only challenge of AcWriMo has essentially rendered the latter unnecessary. But White’s book is different, because it reaffirms what I now know to be true: that doing a PhD is a transformative process that leads to being the best version of yourself, not about just finishing your thesis.

While he does talk about conquering your introduction (the hardest part!), creating alignment in your argument, and tackling the literature review, White goes far beyond providing tips for attacking the thesis. He provides an important – and much needed – sense of perspective on the actual process of getting a PhD; transforming yourself into a scholar with something to say, and maintaining your personal relationships along the way.

Though this book isn’t a dissertation how-to, it’s the perfect gift for a friend or relative who is about to embark on the PhD process. It’s motivational yet realistic, and it’ll get anyone into the kind of mindset that’s necessary for getting through graduate school.

3. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D, Robert Peters

Some books are classics for a reason, and Getting What You Came For fits into that category nicely. First published in 1997 and subsequently revised, you might find that some parts of this book – including an appendix on buying a computer – are a little irrelevant, but others are worth their weight in gold.

Unlike many other guides, it starts at the very beginning – asking questions like, is graduate school right for you? Should you get a Masters or PhD? How can you choose the right school? At almost 400 pages, this is a substantial book that covers all the bases, from selecting a school and applying, to defending your thesis, graduation, and beyond. Based on interviews with career counsellors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is full of real-life experiences that have, surprisingly, stood the test of time. The experience of going to graduate school – from applying for grants and financial help to dealing with departmental politics – has actually changed very little in the last twenty years or so.

Don’t read Peters’ work if you’re looking for a reassuring, motivational title that will take you by the hand and tell you that everything is going to be OK. Every chapter is a reminder of the commitment you’ve made – to yourself, your education, your supervisor, and your institution – and the hard work that will be necessary to graduate at the end of it.

Nonetheless, whatever you’re studying – from science, to humanities, education, and beyond – you’ll find some valuable insights to help you get what you came to graduate school for.

4. Playing the Game: The Streetsmart Guide to Graduate School, Frederick Frank & Karl Stein

If you’re looking for a realistic, down to brass tacks guide to going to graduate school, this is for you. Both Frank and Stein graduated from prestigious doctoral programmes, and used their combined experience in publishing, researching, conference presentations, doctoral committee service, consulting, grant writing, and teaching graduate school to write this no-nonsense guide.

One reviewer described Playing the Game as “lewd and rude,” but it’s also incredibly helpful and insightful. It’s broken down into three sections: getting in, getting through, and getting the hell out. Whatever stage of the PhD process you’re at, you’ll find something relevant among the boys’ own brand of intelligent, humorous wisdom.

Frank and Stein simplify the process of getting into graduate school, translate the complex jargon you’re expected to know from day one, and impart a series of personal, relevant, but comedic stories based on their own experiences. Personal experience has taught me that it’s easy to get caught up in, well, the game of graduate school, which encourages competitive spirit, unhealthy habits, and self-doubt. Reading Playing the Game is a reminder that everyone working towards a PhD feels – and goes through – the same things, even if they are more successful at hiding it from other people.

When you’re knee deep in literature or trying to learn an entire semester’s worth of teaching material, this is welcome light relief. I guarantee you’ll pick it up again and again during your graduate school journey, and find something of value every time.

5. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, Paul J. Silvia

Whatever your discipline, one thing is for certain: if you’re studying for a PhD, you’re going to have to write – a lot. The sheer volume of writing, as well as the many distractions we face along the way (teaching, conferences, and other commitments) can make it really difficult to fill our graduate school word quota.

Paul Silvia wrote his book – now in its second edition – in recognition of the fact that though all academics have to write, many struggle to finish their dissertations, articles, books, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be all consuming – surely there has to be a way to write and still have a life? How to Write a Lot covers bad habits, common excuses, and practical strategies to help students, researchers, and professors become more prolific writers.

Silvia draws on his own experiences to explain how to write, submit, and revise academic work, without sacrificing your evenings, weekends, and vacations. This edition has new sections on writing grant and fellowship proposals, which is helpful for post-doctoral researchers and early career fellows. It’s pretty much universally loved among academics of all ages, and it’s easy to see why.

How to Write a Lot is a really useful guide – probably the most useful on this list – wherever you are in your graduate school career. At some point, everyone faces the infamous writers block, but reading this makes it both less likely that you’ll end up there, and more likely that you’ll break out of it faster. It’s ideal for all PhD students, as his advice is universal and transcends disciplinary boundaries.

6. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

Though graduate school is about finding your written voice and learning to articulate your own argument clearly, reading other people’s work is equally – if not, for a while, more – important. The often dreaded literature review will form a crucial part of your thesis, as well as informing the other papers, talks, lectures, and proposals you write.

For that reason, the classic How to Read a Book is an important addition to this list. With over half a million copies in print, this is an enormously successful guide to why and how we should read books. Originally published in 1940 by Adler, a philosopher, it was heavily revised in 1972 when editor Van Doren came on board. Though it provides guidelines for critically good reading books of all types, the sections on analytical reading, speed reading, and extracting the author’s message from a given text are particularly useful to graduate students.

I’d argue that How to Read a Book is a must-read for anyone, but it’s especially important when you’re studying for a PhD. It’s no surprise that some of the best writers are avid readers, because we learn, assimilate, and create our own writing style based on what we read and our responses to it (if it was clear, concise, florid, wandering, dense, and so on and so forth).

You might think that writing and writing well is the skill you need to focus on honing during graduate school, but I’d argue that reading well is just as important. This isn’t a short book, but it’s something you can dip in and out of at will.

7. Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students, Norman Eng

Whatever your course of study, chances are you’ll need to do some teaching at some point in your PhD. Presenting at conferences is also a vital method of disseminating your research, networking, and entering the job market – so it’s important that you can do it well.

Norman Eng is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a background in teaching and marketing. Working as a marketing executive, he realized that his clients needed to know and engage with their target audience in order to communicate effectively and be successful. Eng then went on to be an elementary teacher, and was nominated as one of the Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers in the mid 2000s. Later a college professor, he found that much of his experience in marketing and elementary teaching held true for college instructors – that students, undergraduate or graduate, need to see the value of what you are teaching to their lives.

Teaching College is an approachable blueprint for learning the necessary graduate school skills of presenting, lecturing, teaching, and engaging students. Eng’s goal is that adjunct professors, lecturers, assistant professors, and graduate assistants alike can learn effective teaching methods – and in that, he’s incredibly successful.

Whatever the level of the reader, Eng’s guide has been highly praised and recognized as a stellar resource. His practical tips and down-to-earth advice make this an excellent, approachable read, whether you currently have teaching experience or not.

8. The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job, Karen Kelsky

I hate to say it, but the long and arduous journey of getting a PhD might be just the beginning. Sure, some people see getting a PhD as a personal academic challenge, but the vast majority go through graduate school with the aim of securing the job at the end of it.

As Kelsky tells us, “for every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts, and many more who simply give up in frustration.” The small minority who don’t fall within these two groups have one thing in common: a plan. The Professor Is In is a definitive guide to setting yourself up for success when you already have a PhD in hand. Kelsky covers a myriad of valuable topics; providing the lowdown on academic job searches, the common mistakes made by unsuccessful applicants, and when and how to point your PhD to other, non-academic options.

This is a wonderful, non-judgemental book that is essential reading for new PhDs. Learn when, where and what to publish; how to write a grant application; tips for job talks and campus interviews; creating the perfect Curriculum Vitae and more. And if you don’t land the perfect tenure-track job, or become disenchanted with the process along the way? Don’t worry about it. You aren’t alone, and there are many, many things you can do with a PhD outside academia. The Professor Is In and she is here to help!

A college library full of graduate students reading books they must read

I set about writing this article with the aim of helping students find the resources necessary to support and encourage them on their journey through graduate school. Doing so helped me to relive some of the many highlights – and low points – of the years I spent working towards my PhD. It remains one of my biggest achievements, and the thing I am most proud of.

Graduate school isn’t always easy, and sometimes you won’t see all the positives until the PhD is defended and done. But wherever you are now, good luck. And in case no-one else has told you this lately: what you are doing is relevant, your argument is valid, and you deserve to be right where you are.

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Published at Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:32:13 +0000

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Keane – Everybody's Changing (Official Video)

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