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50 Motivational Quotes for Students to Succeed in School (2020)


To succeed in school, it is essential that you stay motivated. Today, we are featuring motivational quotes for students to help you through periods of procrastination, study sessions, and beyond. 

What’s your favorite subject in school? 

Dealing with school can be a struggle, whether you are in graduate school or elementary school. You are juggling extracurriculars, family life, and friends along with your studies. At Everyday Power, we are here to provide you with nuggets of knowledge from profound people throughout history. On this list, you will find authors, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. 

50 Motivational Quotes for Students to Succeed in School

Get inspired by the insightful quotes listed below. And don’t forget to also check out these education quotes about the power of learning.

Motivational quotes for students

1. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

2. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

3. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard

4. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

5. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

6. “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” — Henry L. Doherty

7. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

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

9. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”— Goethe

10. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones..” – Confucius

11. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

12. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

Motivational quotes for students about perseverance 

13. “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.” – John Maxwell

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

15. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

16. “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” – Charles Spurgeon

17. “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” – George Augustus Moore

18. “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.” – Lord Chesterfield

19. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott

20. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Motivational quotes for students about success

21. “Success doesn’t come to you, you’ve got to go to it.” – Marva Collins

22. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell

23. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan

24. “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” – John C. Maxwell

25. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

26. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

27. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller

Motivational quotes for students about procrastination

28. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

29. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” — William Butler Yeats

30. “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Philip Stanhope

31. “If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale

32. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

33. “Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young

34. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

35. “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

36. “Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” – Donald Gardner

37. “Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” – William Arthur Ward

38. “Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.” – Ida Scott Taylor

39. “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” – Mason Cooley

40. “The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Motivational quotes for students about studying

41. “Preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

42. “Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body.” – Brian Tracy

43. “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar

44. “Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.” — Chinese Proverb

45. “It is wiser to find out than to suppose.” — Mark Twain

46. “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” — B. F. Skinner

47. “Acquiring knowledge is the most fruitful effort.” ― Eraldo Banovac

48. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

49. “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”―  Marilyn Vos Savant

50. “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” — Mortimer Adler

How do you deal with procrastination? 

I’m a chronic worrywart. That being the case, I have dealt with procrastination issues my entire life. What finally helped me was concluding that my worries weren’t reality. For example, just because I thought a math assignment was too difficult to work through doesn’t mean that is destined to be what happens. 

Reality rarely is worse than your imagination. Once you work through that math assignment, completing it will give you the confidence boost you need to not let fear get in the way of your accomplishments. 

Which of these motivational quotes for students is your favorite? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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