Our boys are back in school! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers quotes to help our sons and ourselves with the transition to a new school year. Here are some quotes to remind us of the value of the educational journey, and some to encourage them as they return to the classroom. Share with your sons, and enjoy.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
Allan Bloom

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.
Bill Dodds

For Your Sons:

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher

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

If plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
C.S. Lewis