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Back to School Quotes: Motivation for Your Best Year Yet

Originally Published Jun 03, 2024Updated Jun 03, 2024

Inspirational Back to School Quotes for Success and Motivation

The 30 best back to school quotes for your first day and beyond!

New pencils and first-day jitters! We're in need of some motivation and inspiration now more than ever! Plus, a great first-day-of-school outfit Instagram pic needs a great caption... what better way than with some fabulous back to school quotes?

Put your best foot forward with these 30 Back to School Quotes for students, teachers, and parents alike. We already have plans to frame them and put them in every corner of the office! Turning them into canvas prints or posters? Basically the equivalent of offering your teacher an apple #Winning.

Back to School Quotes for Students, Teachers, Parents and more

  1. "Make today the day to learn something new."
  2. "I think that everyone has the power to make a change in the world." — Bella Thorne
  3. “If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway." – Chimamanda Ngozi
  4. "Teach, love, inspire."
  5. "You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
  7. "Dream + work = success"
  8. "You and you alone are the only person that can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell. And the world needs your story because the world needs your voice." - Kerri Washington
  9. "Be yourself, love yourself no matter what, no matter what anyone tells you. You don’t have to try to fit in and be someone that you’re not." - Skai Jackson
  10. "Come on kid, this is your dream."
  11. "I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message." – Steve Irwin
  12. "I've always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings." – Jenny Han
  13. "Mindset is everything" - Carol Dweck
  14. "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
  15. "Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." - Oprah Winfrey
  16. "The secret to your future is in your daily routine."
  17. "Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education." - Martin Luther King Jr
  18. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” – Charles Dederich
  19. "Go the extra mile, it's never crowded."
  20. “You’re off to great to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss
  21. “The first day of school: The day when the countdown to the last day of the school begins.”
  22. "Be the person you want to have in your life."
  23. “School bells are ringing loud and clear; vacation’s over, school is here.” - Winifred C. Marshal
  24. “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” - Taylor Swift
  25. "It's okay not to know, but it's not okay not to try."
  26. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin
  27. “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.” – Regina Brett
  28. "It takes a big heart to shape little minds."
  29. “Work hard, nap hard.” - Demi Lovato
  30. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” - Robert Collier

How to Use Your A+ Back to School Quotes

Get inspired, change the world, keep those summer good vibes going even as you head back into the classroom! The best way to use these quotes and captions is to keep the messages close to heart (or to your eyes so you can soak in the motivation). 

  • Create a vision board and use some of these quotes to add in inspirational sayings to keep the perfect grades going all year long! 
  • Want to decorate a binder for your least favorite subject to make it more exciting? Use photo prints and create a one-of-a-kind binder cover with one of these school quotes! 
  • Snap the perfect back to school selfie with your gang and use a quote for the perfect Instagram caption! 

Personally, I think some of these back to school quotes would make great classroom wall art. From canvases to posters to wood hangers and more... we've got it all. Inspire the kids and teachers alike! And the best part? They're ready the same day, that's less time than it takes to plan your Back to School bulletin board!

        I can hear the cheerleaders in the school hallway now ... "P-I-C-T-A... go Picta!


Leah from Picta

Written by Leah from Picta

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Leah is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, "word artist", and brunch connoisseur. 
By day, she makes a living by creating all this content you know and hopefully love for Picta on the blog, in your inbox, or on social media. 
By night, she enjoys cooking up something new in the kitchen, hopping on her road bike, and painting watercolors with a glass of rosé (or two or three)!

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