Back To School Quotes & Poems

back to school, school, quotes, poemsIt’s back to school time, and here are some great quotes and poems to use on those adorable back-to-school layouts!


“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”
– Lydia M. Child

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.”
– Mohandas Gandhi

“Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
– Will Durant

“The important thing is never to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein

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

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”
– Lao Tzu

“Purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
– Malcolm Forbes

“Learning is not compulsory … neither is survival. ”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
– William Shakespeare

“Knowledge exists to be imparted.”

“The only educational aspect of television is that it puts the repair man’s kids through college.”
– Joan Welsh

“The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“I care not what subject is taught, if only it be taught well.”
– T.H.Huxley

“I do not teach. I relate.”
– Montaigne

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”
– Albert Einstein

“When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.”
– Mark Twain

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
– Mark Twain

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”
– Mark Twain

“Nothing grieves a child more than to study the wrong lesson and learn something he wasn’t suppose to.”
– E.C. McKenzie

“Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.”
– E.C. McKenzie

“Education helps you earn more. But not many schoolteachers can prove it.”
– E. C. McKenzie

“Schoolteachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.”
– E. C. McKenzie

“Sign on a High School bulletin board in Dallas: Free every Monday through Friday–knowledge. Bring your own containers. “
– E. C. McKenzie

“Education is wonderful – it helps you worry about things all over the world.”
– Joey Adams

“In elementary school, many a true word is spoken in guess.”
– Henny Youngman


A Circle of Friends
by unknown

We’ve joined together as classmates

as the new year begins…

A year full of learning

while we become friends.

We’ll share and be kind

as we work and play.

And our friendship will grow

with each passing day.

Starting Kindergarten
by unknown

A, B, C, D, E Kindergarten’s where I want to be

F, G, H, I, J Learn to read and write each day

K, L, M, N, O Boys and girls we like to know

P, Q, R, S, T Sharing books with you and me

U, V, W, X, Y Now it’s time to say goodbye

Z, Z, Z, Z, Z Kindergarten’s where I want to be!

The First Day of School
by Aileen Fisher

I wonder if my drawing will be as good as theirs

I wonder if they’ll like me, or just be full of stares

I wonder if my teacher will look like mom or gram

And I wonder if my puppy will wonder where I am.

by Shelley Plum

On my back a pack I carry

In it, all my treasures.

It’s what I need

So I can be

One class higher!

Crayons, ruler, scissors too,

And yes a little Elmer’s glue

Paper, pencils, in my bag…

Wonder what made mom so sad?

Trapper keeper, nice and neat

Will it really stay this clean?

On my back a pack I carry

In it, all my treasures!

Today I’ll be

Just watch and see

One class higher!

by Kathy Maitland

I like school.

I read

I work

And play.

I like school.

I learn

New things

Each day.

I like school.

I write

I sing

And run.

I like school.

It’s great

To have

Such fun.

Back To School
by Unknown

Today I hurry off to school,

To work and learn and play.

I’m in a brand new grade this year.

What a happy day!

My School Promise
by unknown

Each day I’ll do my best

And I won’t do any less.

My work will always please me,

And I won’t accept a mess.

I’ll color very carefully,

My writing will be neat.

And I will not be happy,

Till my papers are complete.

I’ll always do my homework,

And try my best on every test.

I won’t forget my promise,

To do my very best!