23 Mind Blowing Erin Gruwell Quotes

Erin Gruwell is an American teacher and writer. Sharing her unique teaching method in her publication, Gruwell has performed multiple motivational speeches and shared the knowledge she has earned from her career in working with low performing teens and guiding them to create a turnaround in their life. Here is a look at some of the biggest mind blowing Erin Gruwell quotes to remember.

“Be the kind of people that have enough passion to change the world. If we let ourselves be fire, thunder, or lightning, we could alter everything.”

“Because if they grow up holding on to such terrible feelings, it could lead to another war come time in the future when the fate of the country is in their hands.”

“Don’t let the actions of a few determine the way you feel about an entire group. Remember, not all German’s were Nazis.”

“Education is such a noble profession, it’s a wonderful way to serve.”

“Evil prevails when good people do nothing.”

“Fights don’t solve matters, they just make things worse.”


“I am a teacher born and bred, and I believe in the advocacy of teachers. It’s a calling. We want our students to feel impassioned and empowered.”

“I believe that all students, when asked to be accountable for their actions and to be socially aware citizens, will become agents for change!”

“I believe that everyone has a story, and it is important that we encourage all students to tell theirs.”

“I think a lot of teachers feel like they’re teaching to a test. Our response is you teach to a student, you really teach to the kid.”

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you tell kids they’re stupid–directly or indirectly–sooner or later they start to believe it.”

“It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.”

“No matter what race we are, what ethnic background, sexual orientation, or what views we may have, we are all human. Unfortunately, not all humans see it that way.”

“Paying to teach in the trenches was like putting my face through a cutout hole at a carnival while a quarterback threw pies at me. At least with a carnival, I’d see it coming.”

“Ruining is a gift .. it’s the way of changing.”

“Silence ensures that history repeats itself.”

“Society just doesn’t care about young people anymore, even if we are the future.”

“Some teachers feel that if they ask for emotional help, they’re a failure. But teaching is a team sport.”

“That’s the beauty of education, kids taking lessons out of the classroom and back into their own world where they can positively affect their family, their friends, and their greater community.”

“When you’re too robotic and scripted, the students tune you out. So I always tried to use different learning modalities – kinesthetic, auditory, visual, whatever might bring learning to life.”

“World peace is only a dream because people won’t allow themselves and others around them to simply be peanuts.”

“Writing is powerful. Whether it’s a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.”

“Writing really evokes empathy in a way very few things can do.”

Erin Gruwell makes an appearance at this Ted Talk where she shares how to become a catalyst for change. From becoming a teacher that believed in change in the lives of teenagers from gang related violence and teen pregnancy, take a walk through the journey of these young adolescence lives.

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