8 Quotes for Back to School and a Successful School Year

It’s our second school year back in public school. I can honestly say I still miss homeschooling but right now this works for our family. The mornings are still rough. When you see our very early morning bus stop stories, you’ll know why. Most of the time I include some quotes for back to school to get us all motivated for the day.

We moved partway through the school year last year, but let them finish out the year at their old school. This year it’s a new campus, new teachers and new friends. I know they’re in a good place but my mama heart still worries that they are ok. 

Each morning as they prepare to leave I remind them to dream big and make it happen. Set little goals for the day and work to knock them out of the park. I’ve also found myself reading some quotes for back to school that I know will help us all year. Here are some of my favorites. 

8 Quotes for Back to School And A Successful Year 

Inspirational quotes for kids. Back to school quote by dr. seuss.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss

Saying this one with my kids in the morning is a fun way to get them excited about their day. Sometimes I continue the thought by asking them where they choose to go today in school. Answers like “to see the humpback whales” shows just how their imagination works. And it also shows that they remember something from science. Win! 

Inspirational back to school quotes for kids

“Let Us Remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world” -Ma’lala Yousafzai

This one is more for me, my parent and teacher friends. I’ve read a short version of Ma’lala’s story to my kids but her story also reminds me that we all play a part in changing our world. Every day is a day to teach my children about empathy, love and understanding of other people. 

“Everything is a learning process; any time you fall over, it just teaching you to stand up the next time’ – Joel Edgerton 

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

These two quotes say it all. I want my kids to know that every time they try, they get closer to succeeding. I want them to know that even if they stumble along the way, dusting themselves off and trying again is all a part of the learning process. And I want them to know that having questions and being unsure is ok. Their dad and I, along with their teachers are here to help them when they need. 

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school” – Einstein 

Inspirational education quote. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela 

These two quotes almost contradict one another but that is why I love them. Nelson Mandela continued to educate himself even while in prison during apartheid. We all know the impact he had on South Africa and the world. And while education starts at home and continues in school, lots of education happens by experience in the world. Even at their young ages, life experiences have already taught them some valuable lessons. 

Inspirational quotes for kids. Back to school quote by Marvin Phillips.

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

This one is a fun one for my kids. They like saying “umph”. I like saying it too. We add a little volume or animation as we say it. “Did you add a little umph to that try?” 

Inspirational quotes for kids. Back to school quote by Katherine Hepburn. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m Possible” – Katherine Hepburn

This one is a chant worth saying daily and not just for school. But also a nice pep chant before sports practice or an event. Or even a pep chant when they are trying something for the first time. 

Me: “ Nothing is impossible” 

Kids: “I’m Possible” 

What’s your favorite quote? Try chanting some of them with your kiddos before they head off to start their school day. Have a great school year!

8 Quotes for Back to School and a Successful School Year

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Christina R says:

Love all these quotes! My oldest, who’s now in 8th grade 🤯 loves daily quotes and affermations so I usually try to put one in her lunch. I’ve also been dating this to reach one of my girls every morning before they head off to school
You are smart
You are fun
You are loved
You are beautiful
But most importantly you are kind

AmyRyb says:

I work at a university where our most well-known benefactor was George Eastman, who founded Eastman Kodak. We often use his quote, “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” When you think about it, it’s so true. We don’t progress as a society, in technology, or anything else without learning more. We did a sticker of it a few years back and I have it right on my computer at my desk so I see it every day!

Maria says:

Pretty much my only and favorite:

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
― Maya Angelou

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