'Tis the season! 

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Quickly and without delay, the sunshine of summer inevitably fades into a new school year. The sound of beach waves hitting the shore is replaced with the ring of a bell–indicating homeroom is about to begin. Students exchange their bicycles and boogie boards for backpacks and ink pens, and fresh-cut watermelon by the picnic table is replaced with a hot cafeteria lunch.

Transitioning from the summer season back to the classroom can be daunting; it’s easy to lose sight of the exciting opportunities that come with the start of a new school year. These first day of school quotes are sure to inspire and motivate students as they begin learning fresh curriculums, making new friends, and meeting their school teachers. Witty and clever or encouraging and profound, there is truly something for everyone in this collection of back-to-school quotes. Write one down on a notecard and slip it into your child’s lunchbox or read it to them before they hop on the school bus!

Back-To-School Quotes About Education

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life." - Unknown

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” - Kofi Annan

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

“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
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” - Anthony J. D’Angelo

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated." - Oscar Wilde

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” - Robert Frost

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” - Victor Hugo

“Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” - George Weah

“A good education is a foundation for a better future.” - Elizabeth Warren

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“ - Marian Wright Edelman

Back-To-School Quotes About New Beginnings

“You're off to great place, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss

"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one." - Unknown

"Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them." - Josie Bisset

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” - Taylor Swift

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"Sometimes we're all too quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count." - Unknown

"If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done." - Unknown

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

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas Edison

"Don't be afraid to start over. It's a new chance to rebuild what you want." - Unknown

Back-To-School Quotes About Making A Difference

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

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

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” - Claire Fagin

"Be curious, not cool." - Unknown

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

"Be so good they can't ignore you." - Steve Martin

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

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

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

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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