Quotes That Bring Back School Memories

Remember the good ol' school days

Best Memories of School
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Schools are special places where your best childhood memories reside. You probably met your best childhood friend at school and can remember the funny things that happened during class. You may have had a favorite teacher. You acted in a play, ran a marathon or had an embarrassing moment. You can never forget your first crush, your first date and your first dance at school. Growing up with your friends gives you lifelong memories. The droning lectures, the fun in the cloakroom, mischief, and pranks, and the companionship of friends—these memories make school a special place.

These school quotes emphasize the values of school education. Bring back old school memories with the writings of politicians, educators, poets, and writers. Relive the joy of childhood when you read their thoughts on school.

Benjamin Franklin

"Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other."

Vince Lombardi

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize."

Robert Frost

"The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything."

Henry Ford

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

Victor Hugo

"He who opens a school door closes a prison."

William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Bear Bryant

"If I miss coaching that much, I could go to some little school where they didn't recruit, where all the kids wanted to go. I believe I could find somewhere to coach."

Mike Krzyzewski

"Basketball was not my main sport in grade school or even the first year of high school."

Edmund Burke

"Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him."

Patrick White

"I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt."

Carl Jung

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child."

A.B. Alcott

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence."

Joseph Joubert

"Education should be gentle and stern, not cold and lax."

B.F. Skinner

"Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten."