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Classroom quotes can inspire, be funny, motivate, teach, and make children think about the meaning of words; it can change kids’ lives. We created a list of inspiring classroom quotes for all grades. Many are from famous people and many ideas you’ve seen on classroom wall posters before.

We grouped the classroom quotes into categories relating to success and their future; the importance of reading and writing; being kind; the effect of attitude; inspiring children to learn, and some funny classroom quotes for students and teachers.


Success And Future Inspirational Quotes

It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success. – Lionel Messi

it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success lionel messi

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all, it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

henry wadsworth longfellow the talent of success is nothing more than doing

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

the difference between try and triumph is a little umph marvin phillips

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enoug.

Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

never never give up winston churchill

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to thosw hoe prepare for it today. macolm x

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. – Plato

the direction in which education starts a man will determin his future life. plato

Reading and Writing Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

today a reader tomorrow a leader

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

the more that you read, the more things you will know. the more you learn, the more places you'll go. dr. seuss

Outside a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. inside a dog, it's too dark to read. groucho marx

Reading is like breathing in; writing is like breathing out.

reading is like breathing in, writing is lik breathing out

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney

there is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island walt disney

Everyone is a reader…some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.

everyone is a reader some just haven't found their favorite book yet

Writing is only reading turned inside out. – John Updike

writing is only reading turned inside out john updike

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow. – Lawrence Clark Powell

write to be understood speak to be heard read to grow lawrence clarck powell

I write to discover what I know. – Flannery O’Connor

i write to discover what i know flannery o'connor

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain

the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. mark twain


Hard Work, Learning And Education Quotations For Classrooms

Education is the key to success.

education is the key to success

The beautiful thing about learning is no one can take it away from you. – B. B. King

the beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. b. b. king

Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

nothing will work unless you do. maya angelou

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself chinese proverb

Learning: the ultimate game where you never run out of levels.

learning the ulitmate game where you enver run out of levels

Your mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open.

your mind is like a prachute it only works when it is open

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein

learn from yesterday, live for today hope for tomorrow

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going to. – Beverly Stills

there are no shortcuts to any place worth going to beverly stills

No matter how good you get, you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part. – Tiger Woods

tiger woods no matter how good you get you can always get

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson

i'm a great believer in luck, and i find the harder i work the more i have of it. thomas jefferson

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! – Thomas Edison

genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration. thomas edison

Attitude Quotations Classroom Decor

You can’t be a smart cookie with a crumbly attitude.

you can't be a smart cookie

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

whether you thnk you can or you think you can't youre rigth henry ford

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination. – Mae Jemison

never limit yourself because of others limited imagination never limit others because of your own

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. – Winnie the Pooh

you can't stay in your corner of the forest

Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush; it can color any situation.

attitude is the mind's paintbrush, it can color any situation

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference

Your attitude determines your direction.

your attitude determines your direction

Smile and Be Kind Sayings To Inspire Students

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.

kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.- Ashleigh Brilliant

be kind to unkind people they need it the most. asleigh brilliant

To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.

to the world you may be one person but to one person yuo may be the world. dr. seuss

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! – Anne Frank

you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindnes anne frank

Try to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

try to be the rainbow in someone elses cloud maya angelou

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

treat others the way you want to be treated

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. – Phyllis Diller

a smile is a curve that sets everything straight phyllis diller

Smiles are always in fashion.

smiles are always in fashion

Failure And Mistakes Classroom Quotes

If you make failure an option, it becomes a possibility.

if you make failure an option it becomes a possibillity

Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle. – John Acuff

dont compare your beginning to someone elses middle john acuff

Mistakes are proof you are trying. Correcting mistakes is proof that you’re growing. – James Anderson

mistakes are proof you are trying correcting mistakes are proof that youre growing jams anderson

You always pass failure on the way to success. ― Mickey Rooney

quote you always pass failure on the way to success mickey rooney

Mistakes are not failures. They are proof that we are making an effort.

mistakes are not failiures. they are proof tath we are making and effort. john c maxwell

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

do not be afraid to fail. be afriad not to try.

Funny Classroom Poster Ideas

Dear Teacher: I’m just calling to confirm I ate John’s homework.

calling to confirm i ate homework dog on phone

Respect your parents. They passed school without Google.

respect your parents. they passed school without google

School is a building with four walls and tomorrow inside. – Lon Watters

school is a bulidng with four walls and tomorrow inside lon watters

Being a teacher is a lot like being a rock star:

  • You work hard to keep the attention of a distracted crowd.
  • Your fans freak out when they see you in public.
  • Groupies line up to follow you everywhere.
  • You hear your name being called out all the time. – Heidi McDonald
rockstarteacherquote

High school looks so much cooler on TV.

high school looks so much cooler on tv

Time will pass, will you?

time will pass will you

Listen has the same letters as silent.

listen has the same letters as silent

Teaching is a walk in the park…if that park is Jurassic Park.

teaching is a walk in the park if that park is jurassic park

A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6. I replied, “Kindergarten.”

a police officer came to my house and asked me where i was between 5 and 6. i replied, kindergarten

Your pencil should be talking not your mouth.

your pencil should be talking not your mouth

Always taste your words before you spit them out.

always taste your words before you spit them out

More Class Room Quotes For Students

If you are interested in a STEM career, there’s no reason to try it and no real reason not to. – Njema Frazier

if you are interested in a stem career there's eveyry reason to try it and no real reason not to njema frazier

The Internet is just a world passing around notes around a classroom. – Jon Stewart

the internet is just a world passing notes around in a classroom. john stewart

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare

better three hours too soon than a minute to late

Classroom Rules: Work hard. Be kind. That is all.

classroom rules work hard be kind that is all

Which of these quotes are your favorites that will inspire a student to love who they are and inspire them to learn and prepare for their future?  Do you have any quotes you want to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below.

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