52 Inspirational Quotes for College Students

College can be a fantastic experience where you can meet lifelong friends, make life-lasting experiences, and get a degree that will help set you up for a great job. However, there are times for everyone in college when you can feel down, be stressed, or just not feel happy. During these moments, one thing that can help a lot as well reading daily affirmations or quotes to help ground yourself. Below are my favorite 52 Inspirational Quotes for College Students.

Remember you can do this whether it’s a great day or a bad day; they will always cheer you up. I also recommend you try to surround yourself with friends, talk to a therapist if you are able to, and start exercising daily to help you feel better both mentally and physically.

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52 Inspirational Quotes for College Students

As Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think.” So, let’s jump into the 2022 college school year with a list of inspirational and motivational quotes.

The first step to staying focused, happy, and having a successful college career is to choose to make it happen!  As Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.” “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

Here are my 52 affirmations and quotes to use during college life to turn to in tough times or to manifest great things and even a good grade. As Michael Jordan said, “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”


52 Inspirational Quotes For College Students 

Kerry Washington quote

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

2. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani 

3. “Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Dan Kennedy 

4. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney 

5. “So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you’re on the right track.” – Ed Helms

6. “It never gets easier. You just get better.” – Jordan Hoechlin 

7. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn 

 8. “No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning.” — Donovan Livingston 

9. “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.” – Benjamin Franklin

10. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln 

11. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs 

12. “Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

13. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you haven’t planted.” – David Bly 

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

15. “College is fun as long as you don’t die.”  -Tsugumi Ohba

16. “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” -Natalie Portman

17. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

18. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

19. “Education is the best provision for life’s journey.” -Aristotle

20. “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond, cauliflower is nothing but cabbage without a college education.” -Mark Twain

Carl Sagan quote

21. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan 

22. “I pay no attention whatsoever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

23. “The optimist is a pessimist with a plan.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana 

24. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway 

25. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe 

26. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”– Chris Grosser 

27. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

28. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington 

29. “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde 

30. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare 

31. “Be yourself and people will like you.” – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 

32. “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” – Richard Bach 

33. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footsteps in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

34. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller 

35. “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – J.W. Stephens 

36. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams 

37. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky 

38. “Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood.” – Bill Murray 

39. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson 

40. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan 

41. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra 

42. “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk 

43. “While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou 

Pablo Picasso quote

44. ”My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter and became Picasso.” – Pablo Picasso 

 45. “Make yourself proud.” – John Green 

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

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

48. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison 

49. “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Jillian Michaels

50. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford 

51. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis 

52. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” – Mary Anne Radmacher 

The most important thing is to put some of these quotes into real-world application. So, choose a few of your favorites and print them out or keep them on your phone or somewhere you can see them often. You can even tape them to your mirror.

Keep your own best interest at heart; because the only way to build a happy and motivated life is if you put the steps into motion. This is the result of preparation! Put the energy into staying motivated by saying just one of these quotes each day!

As Dan Kennedy said, “Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.”

And before we end this article, one more quick quote from William Butler Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

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