9 of the Best Inspirational and Motivational Quotes for Students

Learning isn’t a game plan or a mandatory process to be followed by all students. Instead, it’s a way of life; it’s a part of our routine. To actively engage in constant learning, we need self-motivation and to find inspiration from the environment around us.

Students have a lot on their plate with their studies, after-school activities, internships, and social commitments. It becomes easier to balance all this when a student’s focus is in the right place and they’re free of self-doubt.

Take inspiration from these motivational quotes spoken or penned by real people who’ve faced the problems you’re facing and have built character out of hardships:


Quotes About Learning


“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

– Sheryl Sandberg

A leader should be willing to learn – constantly to enrich his or her awareness as well as to empower the team. When a leader learns, the team learns too.


“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Resistance to learning and over-confidence that you already know all that needs to be known can make you stagnant.


“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”

– Louisa May Alcott

We become truly old only when we think we have nothing more to learn. Formal education and life are two distinct streams of learning and we need both to truly live.


Quotes About Perseverance


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

– Thomas A. Edison

And Edison should know, for he had failed at least a 1,000 times while trying to make his light bulb work. Just imagine what we would’ve lost if he’d given up then!


“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

Never allow skepticism to control your abilities; you may never realize what you’re truly capable of and that’s a whole life of opportunity lost.


“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

– Steve Jobs

This, from the creator of Apple. Did you know it took almost two decades for Steve Jobs to become an “overnight” millionaire? And this involved tremendous hard work and willpower too.


Quotes About Character

“Most people say that it’s the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

– Albert Einstein

Your character is your true identity. Building a strong character that never deviates from the path to be followed is just what will make you human.


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s easy to just mimic someone you admire or bend to the desire of people who want to influence you, but to be who you are and to be proud of it is a constant challenge. That is where self-esteem shines through.


“You have to be odd to be number 1.”

– Dr. Seuss


When the going gets tough, when everything seems against you, when nothing you do seems to succeed, all you have to do is see the lighter side. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but when there’s nothing else you can do, you can as well relax and see the funny side of your situation. Don’t worry, this too will pass.