Latter-day Saint Life

10 Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes from Church Leaders


It's that time of year again. We wanted to help those who are pursuing their education to get back into the swing of things by finding some classic quotes from past and modern-day prophets and apostles to motivate you as you continue your education—in whatever way, shape or form that may be. Enjoy!

1. "Knowledge is the power of God unto salvation. Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is."—The Prophet Joseph Smith
2. "Most people stop learning out of fear. They are afraid they cannot learn. You need never have that fear if you are faithful. . . . I want you to know with absolute certainty that you can learn whatever God would have you learn. Great learners believe that. They have the attitude that they can learn."—President Henry B. Eyring
3. "Our Creator expects His children everywhere to educate themselves.… And He assures us that knowledge acquired here will be ours forever."—President Russell M. Nelson
4. “In our educational choices, we should prepare to support ourselves and those who may become dependent upon us. It is necessary that we have marketable skills. Education is mandatory to personal security and well-being."—President Dallin H. Oaks 5. “Resolve now, while you are young, that you will get all of the education you can. We live in a highly competitive age, and it will only grow worse. Education is the key that will unlock the door of opportunity.”—President Gordon B. Hinckley
6. "Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life."—President Brigham Young
7. “The tuition of diligence and learning by faith must be paid to obtain and personally ‘own’ such knowledge.”—Elder David A. Bednar 8. “For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment.”—Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf 9. "Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life -- and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain."—President Ezra Taft Benson
10. “My young brothers and sisters, don’t take counsel of your fears. Don’t say to yourselves, ‘I’m not wise enough, or I can’t apply myself sufficiently well to study this difficult subject or in this difficult field, so I shall choose the easier way.’ I plead with you to tax your talent, and our Heavenly Father will make you equal to those decisions.”—President Thomas S. Monson

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