15 Inspirational Quotes for Students

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

What better way to put life’s challenges into perspective than a simple quote like this? Feeling uncertain about the future or need motivation for a big challenge ahead? Then an inspirational quote is perfect. It captures so much in a small package: feeling, passion, memories, and smart advice.

Everyone needs to feel inspired and motivated from time to time, and students are no exception.

In a busy and competitive world, students face many challenges: packed schedules, tons of activities, work, and everything else that life throws at you.

Whether you’re a student, have a student in your family or group of friends, or work with students on a daily basis, finding ways to support and energize them no matter the age takes some creativity - how can you connect and uplift them, now and in the future?

The inspirational quotes for students that we are sharing in today’s post will help you help you or your students to do the very best work possible.

Why inspirational quotes do the trick

An inspirational quote encapsulates a message (or a few) in a motivational and inspiring way and it can easily evoke a mental image or stir a feeling that may not translate the same way as if someone said had just the same thing in a conversation or a long-winded story. If the quote was said by a well known person or someone the student looks up to, the quoted person’s passion and mark on the student is that much more impactful.

And quotes are typically brief and succinct, a perfect vehicle to deliver important words of wisdom to those often hard-to-reach students in our lives who may or may not be eager to listen to a lecture.

Bite-sized messages with a big impact may be just what students need to hear to approach the school year with positivity and motivation.

15 inspirational quotes for students

Here are 15 inspirational quotes for students that can motivate you or the students in your lives:

  1. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George Lorimer
  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. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says IM Possible.” Audrey Hepburn
  4. “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday.” Charles F. Kettering
  5. “There is no substitute for hard work.” Thomas Edison
  6. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill 
  7. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
  8. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” John Maxwell
  9. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford
  10. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sasoon
  11. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
  12. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou
  13. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Wishing is not enough, we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  14. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
  15. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” Chinese Proverb 

    Sharing and incorporating inspirational quotes for students

    Once you’ve found inspirational quotes that you like and you think your student in mind will like, how will you share it with them? What is the best way for them to receive the quote(s)?

    Start by thinking about how you might like to receive a quote or how you would want to see them in your daily life; chances are, one of those ways will be a winner for sharing it with a student. Or try a variety of ways over a period of time, you don’t have to pick just one and stick to that. And you don’t have to pick and send only one quote either.

    We’ve brainstormed some ideas below to get you started, but let your creativity take the lead because there’s no wrong way to share inspirational quotes with your student:

    • Send a text message or email with the quote typed out as part of a message you may already be sending.
    • Share the quote through a social media platform. If you found the quote on Pinterest, you can share it that way, or if you saw it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you could tag the student in the comments of the post so they see it too.
    • Write out the quote on a pretty piece of paper, stationery, or as part of a letter in fun font or pretty colors. This takes a little more time, but the results are more personal and it’s something that can be hung up in their room or slipped into a planner.
    • Incorporate the quote alongside or as part of a drawing or little doodles, maybe one that shows what the quote is describing or is just a pretty backdrop.
    • Use the quote as a starting point for a conversation, if the opportunity arises. Whether you or the student are intrigued by the person who said the words or are curious about the different meanings behind the words, use the opportunity to discuss inspiration and motivation more deeply.
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