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Remember how hard it was to swap those lazy summer days for early mornings, algebra homework and pop quizzes? The classroom setting may have changed (hello, iPads), but going back-to-school can still feel like a chore. Here, 16 inspirational quotes to motivate your kids for the academic year ahead, so they can reach their full potential (and then some).

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1. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

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3. “Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

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

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5. “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

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6. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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7. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

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

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

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10. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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11. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo

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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

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13. “Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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14. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

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15. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’’ – Audrey Hepburn

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16. “I'm not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.” – Emma Watson

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