170 Great Scholars Quotes To Keep You Learning

Oluwatosin Michael
Dec 12, 2023 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Mar 10, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Scholars are the backbones of society in regard to all aspects of education.

Each of them specializes in a particular field in which they possess a significant amount of knowledge. There are scholars in every field of life, be it music, sports, literature, philosophy and more.

Thus, it is only natural for every academic student to aspire to try and become a scholar. Hopefully, reading these quotes below will give you the inspiration every day to achieve your ambitions.

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Inspirational Quotes For Scholars

Take a look at these inspirational quotes for scholars and students.

1. "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination."

- Albert Einstein.

2. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

3. "You learn something new everyday if you pay attention."

- Ray LeBlond.

4. "Do you want to fit in, or do you want to embark on the lonely pursuit of greatness?"

- Ray Allen.

5. "The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise... Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers."

- Dr. Abdul Kalam.

6. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

- Steve Jobs.

7. "What we have learned from others becomes our own reflection."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

8. "I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time."

- Michael Jordan.

9. "If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even If I didn't have it in the beginning."

- Mahatma Gandhi.

10. "Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea."

- Swami Vivekananda.

11. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus."

- Bruce Lee.

12. "No man can teach another self-knowledge. He can only lead him or her up to self-discovery – the source of truth."

- Barry Long.

13. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela.

14. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

- Steve Jobs.

15. "The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."

- Norman Vincent Peale.

16. "Any librarian or scholar will tell you: Close is not the same as accurate."

- Libba Bray.

17. "Education is one thing no one can take away from you."

- Elin Nordegren.

18. "The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

19. "Scholars can be very useful and necessary, in their own dull and unamusing way. They provide a lot of information. It's just that there is something more, and that something more is what life is really all about."

- Benjamin Hoff.

20. "Knowledge helps its enemies, but ignorance harms its friends."

- Matshona Dhliwayo.

21. "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

- Rumi.

22. "Your job is not to figure out how it’s going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head."

- Jim Carrey.

23. "You are never too young to lead and you should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not."

- Kofi Annan.

24. "Intelligence is not expecting people to understand what your intent is; it is anticipating how it will be perceived."

- Shannon L. Alder.

25. "You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward."

- Conrad Hall.

26. "A scholar has to know a little of everything."

- Jules Verne.

27. "If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment."

- Henry David Thoreau.

28. "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better."

- Maya Angelou.

29. "There are two levers for moving men - interest, and fear."

- Napoleon Bonaparte.

30. "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity"

- Dorothy Parker.

31. "Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

32. "You could be the world's best garbage man, the world's best model; it don't matter what you do if you're the best."

- Muhammad Ali.

33. "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

- Bill Gates.

34. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower.

35. "If you're going through hell, keep going."

- Winston Churchill.

36. "The only limit of our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

37. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

- Robert Louis Stevenson.

38. "In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond."

- Malala Yousafzai.

39. "Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Don't be discouraged if you fail a few times."

- Napoleon Hill.

40. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

- Albert Einstein.

Wise Quotes About Scholars

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These quotes on scholars are filled with wisdom and a little bit of humor.

41. "The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

42. "As a scholar, you don't want to repeat yourself, ever."

- Drew Gilpin Faust.

43. "A scholar must not only be capable of hard, often totally resultless work - he must actually relish it."

- Richard D. Altick.

44. "Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar."

- William Drummond.

45. "A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar."

- Lao Tzu.

46. "The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything."

- George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

47. "They're so cold, these scholars! May lightning strike their food so that their mouths learn how to eat fire!"

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

48. "You never replace a great scholar who retires. If you try to do that, you end up with burnt-out volcanoes."

- Guido Calabresi.

49. "A scholar's heart is a dark well in which are buried many aborted feelings that rise to the surface as arguments."

- Natalie Clifford Barney.

50. "The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people."

- Geoffrey Chaucer.

51. "The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith."

- Confucius.

52. "The truth of the scholar, alone in his study, does not always accord with what the world at large considers to be true."

- Eiji Yoshikawa.

53. "The scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age."

- C.S. Lewis.

54. "No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar."

- Donald Foster.

55. "A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it."

- William Hazlitt.

56. "The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research."

- Stephen King.

57. "Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much."

- Francis Bacon

58. "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr."

- Nazr Mohammed.

59. "Truth, which is important to a scholar, has got to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies, burps and bottles, frogs and mud."

- Jeane Kirkpatrick.

60. "A scholar is a candle, which the love and desire of all men will light."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Scholars Quotes That Are Motivational

Take a look at these quotes from various scholars and experts that will keep you motivated.

61. "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

62. "The best and most beautiful things in the world must be felt with the heart."

- Helen Keller.

63. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it."

- Henry Ford.

64. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."

- Aristotle Onassis.

65. "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

- Rosa Parks.

66. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

- Steve Jobs.

67. "So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality."

- Jim Carrey.

68. "The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

69. "Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant."

- Dharmesh Shah.

70. "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

- Colin Powell.

71. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

72. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better."

- Jim Rohn.

73. "Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out."

- John Wooden.

74. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

75. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."

- Rumi.

76. "The purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."

- Sydney J. Harris.

77. "I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go."

- Sheng-yen.

78. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

- Maimonides.

79. "One who learns from scholars is intelligent, but one who learns from fools is wise."

- Matshona Dhliwayo.

80. "Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it."

- Jim Carrey.

81. "I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it."

- Maya Angelou.

82. "A scholar is committed to building on knowledge that others have gathered, correcting it, confirming it, enlarging it."

- Parker J. Palmer.

83. "The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind."

- Dr. Wayne Dyer.

84. "If anyone makes himself his own master in the spiritual life, he makes himself scholar to a fool."

- Bernard of Clairvaux

85. "The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."

- Mortimer Adler.

86. "A scholar knows no boredom."

- Jean Paul.

87. "Every morning like a scholar at his first class, I prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon."

- Bruce Lee.

88. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them."

- Chris Grosser.

89. "Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat."

- Ralph Ellison.

90. "A scholar’s pen is more valuable than a warrior’s sword."

- Matshona Dhliwayo.

91. "Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form."


92. "Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom."

- George Washington Carver.

93. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi.

94. "The word 'intention', I believe, is really important, because it doesn't leave any room for doubt or maneuvering."

- Wayne Dyer.

95. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."

- John D. Rockefeller.

96. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."

- Vidal Sassoon.

97. "To be successful, you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate."

- Michael Jordan.

98."Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

- Winston Churchill.

99. "Any fool can know. The point is to understand."

- Albert Einstein.

100. "Do one thing every day that scares you."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Best Quotes From Scholars Of Arts

The field of art and culture have many scholars and here are some of their inspirational quotes.

101. "The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."

- B. B. King.

102. "Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."

- Coco Chanel.

103. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

- Walt Disney.

104. "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

- Oprah Winfrey.

105. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

- Mae West.

106. "Over the years my mom has become a self-taught Biblical scholar."

- Kathie Lee Gifford.

107. "Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates."

- Werner Herzog.

108. "I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young."

- Leonard Cohen.

109. "There's no success like failure, and failure's no success at all."

- Bob Dylan.

110. "Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."

- Will Durant.

111. "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

- Groucho Marx.

112. "Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning."

- Anton Chekhov.

113. "Literacy is at the heart of sustainable development."

- Kofi Annan.

114. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone."

- Michael John Bobak.

115. "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

- Coco Chanel.

Wonderful Quotes From Scholars Of Science

Scholars of science have been at the forefront of change and they have some amazing inspirational quotes.

116. "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

- Albert Einstein.

117. "The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom."

- Dr. Abdul Kalam.

118. "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success."

- Alexander Graham Bell.

119. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

- Thomas Alva Edison.

120. "For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy but active experience in mathematics itself that can alone answer the question: What is mathematics?"

- Richard Courant.

121. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."

- Marie Curie.

122. "Our virtues and our failures are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."

- Nikola Tesla.

123. "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."

- Richard P. Feynman.

124. "Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated."

- Rosalind Franklin.

125. "Children [are] born with a zest for knowledge, aware that they must live in a future molded by science, but so often convinced by their culture that science is not for them."

- Carl Sagan.

126. "What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance."

- David Eagleman.

127. "Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done."

– Robert A. Heinlein.

128. "I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine."

- Neil Armstrong.

129. "Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model."

- Dr. Abdul Kalam.

130. "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

- Albert Einstein.

Best Quotes From Literature Scholars

Literature has been a melting pot of ideas for scholars and these quotes are proof of that.

131. "Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art. "

- Susan Sontag.

132. "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

- Dr. Seuss.

133. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

- Herman Melville.

134. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

- Robert Frost.

135. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

- Charles Dickens.

136. "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

137. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."

- George Bernard Shaw.

138. "He was a rake among scholars and a scholar among rakes."

- Thomas Babington Macaulay

139. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

140. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

- Napolean Hill.

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

- William Butler Yeats.

142. "If you steal from one book you are condemned as a plagiarist, but if you steal from ten books you are considered a scholar, and if you steal from thirty or forty books, a distinguished scholar."

- Amos Oz.

143. "What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul."

- Joseph Addison.

144. "The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

145. "One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges."

- Rudyard Kipling.

Intriguing Quotes From Scholars Of Philosophy

Philosophy is a popular subject for scholars and if you read these quotes, you'll find out why.

146. "It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."

- Albert Camus.

147. "Each day is the scholar of yesterday."

- Publilius Syrus.

148. "An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched."

- Albert Camus.

149. "The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly."

- Henry David Thoreau.

150. "Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us."

- Plotinus.

151. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

- Seneca.

152. "Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly."

- Plutarch.

153. "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

- John Dewey.

154. "A good decision is based on knowledge and not numbers."

- Plato.

155. "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead."

- Aristotle.

156. "Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power."

- Lao Tzu.

157. "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."

- John Cotton Dana.

158. "When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind."

- Seneca.

159. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

- Henry David Thoreau.

160. "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."

- Socrates.

Quotes From Spiritual Scholars That Are Inspirational

Spiritualism and its scholars help us think as well. These inspirational quotes will surely change the way you think. In this section, you'll find quotes on education by Muslim scholars, Hindu scholars, Buddhist scholars, and Christian scholars.

161. "A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily."

- Alan W. Watts.

162. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

- Confucius.

163. "Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you."

- Gautama Buddha.

164. "It is not the knowledge which should come to you, it is you who should come to the knowledge."

- Imam Malik.

165. "Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others."

- Swami Vivekananda.

166. "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."

- Gautama Buddha.

167. "Our concept of education has to go beyond manufacturing cogs for the economic engine."

- Sadhguru.

168. "The stain of ink on clothes is the trademark of scholars."

- Abdullah ibn Mubarak.

169. "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached."

- Swami Vivekananda.

170. "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."

- Mother Teresa.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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