Top 55 Pupil Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Pupil Quotes from famous people such as Arthur Koestler, Joseph P. Bradley, Eugen Herrigel, Douglas Hodge, Layla Moran, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Creative activity could be described as a type of learn

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Arthur Koestler
In teaching, regard must be had to the faculties possessed by the pupil. In childhood, memory; in youth, the understanding; in mature life, the reason is the predominating faculty.
Joseph P. Bradley
Far from wishing to awaken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft.
Eugen Herrigel
The only way I survived at school was by doing impersonations of teachers and pupils. That led to me winning a talent competition when I was 16; the prize was three or four gigs in working men’s clubs. I was just showing off: at the time, I thought that’s what acting was.
Douglas Hodge
From a young age, pupils are put under immense amounts of pressure in high-stakes exams. Often, they’re made to feel like their whole future depends on how they perform in these narrowly focussed tests.
Layla Moran
The fitness of the pupil is shown in his love for the acquisition of knowledge, his willingness to receive instruction, his reverence for learned and virtuous men, his attendance upon the teacher, and his execution of orders.
Dayananda Saraswati
To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education. I call it intrusion.
Muriel Spark
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
I started as a working pupil in a yard, mucking out and doing all the duties… and I just never gave up on my dream.
Charlotte Dujardin
It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching.
Douglas Hurd
Her pupils were at once her salvation and her despair. They gave her the means of supporting life, but they made life hardly worth supporting.
P. G. Wodehouse
The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Horace Mann
Don’t say I was an inspirational teacher – my former pupils would laugh their heads off. I was grossly incompetent, but I hope I didn’t do the children a disservice.
Greg Davies
Good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.
Maria Callas
All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.
Emma Goldman
Of course, the damaging pressure of competition and high-stakes testing isn’t limited to the impact on children themselves. It filters down to pupils because of the pressure on school leadership and teachers in turn, to perform well in Ofsted inspections and league tables.
Layla Moran
It is only when light is reduced that the pupil opens and feeling goes out of the eyes like touch.
James Turrell
A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils. But while runners differ, basic principles never change. So it’s a matter of fitting your current practices to fit the event and the individual. See, what’s good for you might not be worth a darn for the next guy.
Bill Bowerman
What kind of pupil was I? Well, I was a swot, but I was allowed to be without any ill effects by my contemporaries because I was excused from games due to my asthma. So being a swot was something to compensate for not being to play football.
Peter Higgs
We do recognise the need to move towards the publication of information showing the progress made by pupils from one stage of their education to another.
Estelle Morris
I was a good pupil at primary school: in the second class I was writing with no spelling mistakes, and the third and fourth classes were done in a single year.
Jose Saramago
As to the ‘St. Michael,’ the subject is very fine, but very difficult, so I doubt that I shall find easily amongst my pupils one capable of carrying it out satisfactorily even after my own drawing. In any case, it will be necessary for me to touch it up carefully with my own hand.
Peter Paul Rubens
My world was completely different to other boys my age. When I was six I was earning money, and by 10 I was paying more tax than the parents of other pupils. I feel a lot older than my years. Because I was working with adults, I had to mature a lot quicker.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
We’re made for the light of a cave and for twilight. Twilight is the time we see best. When we dim the light down, and the pupil opens, feeling comes out of the eye like touch. Then you really can feel colour, and experience it.
James Turrell
We do not want to see teachers teaching their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt.
Kemi Badenoch
All my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl of an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.
Muriel Spark
When I spoke to pupils at Sydenham School in London, I was shocked and saddened to hear some of the teenage girls say they felt pursuing a career in television was not even worth the effort as a Black woman.
A. J. Odudu
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.
Amos Bronson Alcott
I don’t know a single conservative donor who is not fervently trying to improve urban schools or provide scholarships in order to liberate pupils from that educational wasteland.
Heather Mac Donald
Whoever resorts regularly to the lessons of Holy Scripture as an apt pupil will take the Savior into her group, and the children will perceive that He is present and that He assists in their work; thus, He will take possession of their souls.
Edith Stein
I wasn’t a good school pupil. I was interested in business.
Philip Green
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
Hector Berlioz
Maybe I was unpopular a bit because I was a teacher’s pet. But even the teachers complained about me. They would say to my parents, ‘For every one question any pupil asks, Walter asks 10.’
Walter O’Brien
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
Horace Mann
When we deal with death, the pupils will always be fixed and dilated, which indicates that there is no longer brain activity or response.
Ann Hood
I could undertake to be an efficient pupil if it were possible to find an efficient teacher.
Gertrude Stein
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
Leonardo da Vinci
The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them.
Tom Stoppard
As the true object of education is not to render the pupil the mere copy of his preceptor, it is rather to be rejoiced in, than lamented, that various reading should lead him into new trains of thinking.
William Godwin
I have discovered that my interest in my dear pupil, Mabel, has ripened into a far deeper feeling than that of mere friendship. In fact, I know that I have learned to love her very sincerely.
Alexander Graham Bell
Teaching, I find, is not the most amusing thing on earth; in fact, with a stupid lump for a Pupil, it is about the most irksome.
Jane Welsh Carlyle
I get an awful lot of people coming up and saying they went to school with me. There must have been 80,000 pupils at that school!
James Nesbitt
On certain, delicate subjects, bringing in outsiders to talk about values is pertinent because pupils listen to them more attentively.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I was a drama teacher, so I had the opportunity to show off in front of a captive audience. I essentially did 13 years of stand-up. Whether my pupils would agree that I was remotely interesting or not is another question.
Greg Davies
We will expect every pupil by the age of 11 to know their times tables off by heart, to perform long division and complex multiplication and to be able to read a novel. They should be able to write a short story with accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Nicky Morgan
I can remember visiting one school in Nottingham – where there were about 10 pupils on the brink of exclusion. They had about a term-and-a-half to go and I said to them that – if they didn’t miss another day – I’d get them football tickets at the end of their studies.
Jermaine Jenas
Nationally, overwhelmingly non-white schools receive $1,000 less per pupil than overwhelmingly white schools.
Jonathan Kozol
From the age of about five to twelve I was very bad, a hideous little terror who beat people up. I was a member of the Rough Gang – we went around and terrorized all the pupils in school.
Joseph Fiennes
That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.
Maria Callas
I’d propose that each central-city child should have an entitlement from the state to attend any school in the metropolitan area outside his own district – with per pupil funds going with him.
James S. Coleman
Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain, there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead of the pupil on his road to mastery.
Eugen Herrigel
In my school, racism was ubiquitous and unrelenting, and not just from the pupils. For a year I was terrorised by one of my teachers.
David Olusoga
I belong to Helmut Kohl’s political pupils.
Viktor Orban
When I was growing up, I wasn’t an extrovert. If anything, I was an introverted kid and a very average pupil at school. I was very quiet.
Clint Eastwood