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20 Motivational Quotes for Students that Always Work!


Getting the most out of a University of the People education starts with knowing what you want to achieve and why it matters. Here are 20 motivational quotes for students that can help them identify why education matters to them and use that knowledge to help them achieve their educational goals!

1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss

Students do not always see what they are learning as relevant to them at their current life stage, but it can be helpful to keep thinking ahead to the opportunities that putting in the effort now can give them in the future.

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2. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” –John F. Kennedy

Learning more about the world around them naturally builds students’ interest in becoming more involved in that world, and the skills that they build in the classroom can provide them with opportunities for honing their leadership skills in other areas of their lives.

3. “Wisdom comes not from age, but from imagination and learning.” –Anton Chekhov

Many online learners are nontraditional students, and it can be difficult to get back into the mindset that keeps high school students and younger college students interested in learning. These lifelong learners tend to get even more out of learning in a more independent format once they determine what type of wisdom they are interested in gathering and for what purpose.

4. “Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Finding a balance between education and other areas of life is an important step in getting the most out of both, and considering both short-term and long-term goals when determining the best approach to education can more effectively help students achieve both academic and personal goals.

5. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

Learning is not always easy, but committed students understand that what comes next is just as important as what they have already achieved. Previous academic success only means so much if they do not continue to use what they learned, and previous mistakes do not necessarily mean that they cannot start over and continue working toward their dreams.

6. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” –Dale Carnegie

Likewise, even a previous failure can be used as a catalyst for wanting to try again and do better. Motivated students understand that failing once does not mean they cannot succeed in the future, especially if they are intentional about adjusting their learning strategy.

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7. “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.” –Benjamin Franklin

Many students tend to be distracted by obtaining the latest possessions, which can have a significant impact on their ability to adequately invest in the education and personal development that are more likely to benefit them in the long run.

8. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. –Winston Churchill

Education is often difficult, but students that are able to see the challenge of obtaining a degree as an opportunity instead of giving up when a class gets too hard typically get the most out of their education and are most successfully able to apply what they learned to future opportunities.

9. “To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.” –Dorothy West

Getting the most out of life starts with realizing how much you don’t know and using that information to determine what you are most interested in learning about and how to use that interest to build a potential career.

10. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” –Albert Einstein

Although formal education typically ends when a student finishes school or college, lifelong learners that prioritize continuing to increase their knowledge often have the most fulfilling lives and accomplish more than people that are no longer interested in learning after finishing school.

11. “Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future.” –Tony Robbins

Students that enter college with little idea of what they actually want to accomplish with their degree and in life are more likely to struggle to set meaningful goals than those that know how they want their lives to look after they finish learning, and knowing how to set realistic goals provides a tangible means of moving forward one step at a time.

12. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” –Jim Rohn

Successful students know how to be intentional about making strategic decisions that allow them to get the most out of each day, rather than being apathetic and unable to firmly control their lives.

13. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”-Thomas Edison

Many students struggle to immediately recognize the value of education because they do not enjoy the actual process of learning, but it is more important to focus on the opportunities that earning a degree will give them.

14. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart

Starting a degree, course, or assignment is often more difficult than actually finishing it.

15. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” –George Lorimer

Productive mornings are key when it comes to getting the most out of each day.

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16. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” –Joe Girard

Students tend to want too much at once, rather than focusing on smaller goals that will more thoroughly move them toward their end goals.

17. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” –Lily Tomlin

Students that have specific goals are much more likely to be successful than students that simply want to be successful but are not sure what they want to do or how to get there.

18. “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” –B.B. King

Students’ own motivation is what drives them to want to learn and achieve more, even if others to not want them to be successful.

19. “In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.” –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Frequently using information is a must when it comes to avoid forgetting it.

20. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” –Leo Buscaglia

Some of the most important learning goes deeper than simply remembering information or even applying it to a career. Students that prioritize learning as much as possible are the best equipped to have a meaningful impact on the world.

If these motivational quotes for students have inspired you to consider applying to University of the People, contact us today for more information about the programs we offer!