44 Happy Back to School Quotes to Read to Your Child

There’s nothing quite like the mixture of excitement and dread I used to feel as summer drew to a close. My parents would get me brand new school supplies, books, and clothes. I couldn’t wait to see my classmates and hear all about their summer adventures! However, that underlying layer of trepidation would always have me looking for happy back to school quotes.

At the beginning of the school year, I’d have new classes, teachers, books, and even classmates! After being so sure of myself at the end of the previous school year and during the summer months, I’d be pushed into a completely new set of circumstances.

As adults, many of us forget ever going through that kind of turmoil. So I make it a point to remember that my kids are still going through it every year. Whether they’ve hit that point during the break where they found themselves actually missing school or not — they’re about to start a new school year, with everything that entails.

Of course, I do everything I can to prepare them, get them the best clothes and supplies I can find. But, sometimes, all kids need are some words of encouragement. And if you’re not particularly confident in your speech-making skills, you can draw inspiration from one of my favorite happy back to school quotes. So if you want to let your child know that they have wonderful times ahead, I hope you’ll use some of the following words of wisdom!

44 Happy Back to School Quotes to Get Kids Excited About the New Semester

Happy Back to School Quotes About Seeing Teachers and Friends

#1. “Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do.” — Margaret Laurence

#2. “What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.” — Terry Tempest Williams

#3. “Soon the days of swimming and playing in the sun will be a memory, but don’t worry. The new school year will bring a chance to meet new friends!”

#4. “When I say I miss school, I mean my friends and fun. Not the school.”

#5. “Back to school can seem a little scary, but it means you are growing up and becoming even more awesome!”

#6. “Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.” — Erma Bombeck

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

#8. “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.” — Gracie Allen

#9. “School teachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.” — E. C. McKenzie

#10. “No wonder the teacher knows so much; she has the book.” — Edgar Watson Howe

#11. “Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.” — Abbé Dimnet

#12. “The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

#13. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” — Kahlil Gibran

Happy Back to School Quotes About Education

#14. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” — Oprah Winfrey

#15. “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. “ — Ralph W. Sockman

#16. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

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

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

#19. “Be curious, not judgmental.” — Walt Whitman

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

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

#22. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

#23. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” — Albert Einstein

#24. “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” — Martin H. Fischer

#25. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” — Carl Sagan

#26. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” — Art Williams

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

#28. “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” — Malcolm S. Forbes

#29. “Learn as much as you can while you are young since life becomes too busy later.” — Dana Stewart Scott

#30. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler

Happy Back to School Quotes for When Your Kids Need a Pick-Me-Up

#31.“Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee this week on the treadmill, and it wasn’t even on.” — Amy Poehler

#32. “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” — Winston Churchill

#33. “We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school.” — Peter De Vries

#34. “Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.” — Doug Larson

#35. “It doesn’t make much difference what you study, as long as you don’t like it.” — Finley Peter Dunne

#36. “If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein

#37. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” — Tom Bodett

#38. “There are three good reasons to be a teacher — June, July, and August.”

#39. “School prepares you for the real world… which also bites.” — Jim Benton

#40. “If Instagram, YouTube, Google were school subjects, my parents would be so proud of me.”

#41. “School: 2+2=4, Homework: 2+4+2=8, Exam: Omar has 4 apples, his train is 7 minutes early, calculate the mass of the sun.”

#42. “3 things I’ve learned in school: 1. Texting without looking. 2. Sleeping without getting caught. 3. Teamwork on tests.”

#43. “Respect your parents. They passed school without Google.”

#44. “The human brain is special. It starts working as soon as you get up and it doesn’t stop until you get to school.” — Milton Berle

To Conclude

Ultimately, not all children have the same kind of experience with school. Even if school was the setting of some of my best memories, my child may not have such a grand time. Fortunately, all of that is covered in the happy back to school quotes I’ve selected.

Whether your kids are struggling or having the best times of their lives with their school friends, these words should give them the inspiration they need to go out and seize the day. And, of course, they’ll give them the motivation they need to actually sit down and study every once in a while!