Waking your kids up early for school after a long summer of backyard baseball, day camp, and endless playdates may not be their idea of fun—and who can blame them? To make the transition to the classroom a little easier (and a little less painful), we've rounded up some inspirational school quotes that'll hopefully pump them up for their first day. These motivating quotes about school life stress the power of education, the determination to succeed, and the importance of never giving up on your dreams. (Maybe you'll find them inspirational too!) Share this sage advice from Oprah, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others with your grumbling teenager or read aloud one or two of Dr. Seuss' inspiring rhyming lines to your elementary schooler before ushering her onto the school bus. Pro tip: Buying them a new backpack and packing them a tasty good-for-you snack is an easy way to lift their spirits too!
“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”
“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
“Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”
"I'm not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
"Don't be afraid to start over. It's a new chance to rebuild what you want."
"The difference between try and triumph is a little umph."
"Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them."
"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."
"You can never be overdressed or overeducated."
"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book."
"You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation."
"Sometimes you have to do what you don't love, so that you can do what you love."
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
"This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change."
"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"Be so good they can’t ignore you."