14 Best Motivational Quotes for College Students


Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up, especially during the first few months of classes. Have no fear and do not fret! These motivational quotes for college students are designed to inspire and push you to be the best you can be. Bookmark this page whenever you find yourself needing an extra boost of confidence and kind words! You can also purchase a few motivational posters to keep yourself surrounded by positivity in your dorm year round.


“Do something now; your future self will thank you for later” —unknown
College is designed with your future in mind. Take a class, learn a new language, travel abroad, or even eat an apple instead of the cafeteria junk!

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” —Ayn Rand
You may feel as if you have to always be better than your classmates. That isn’t true. The only one you have to best is your yesterday’s self.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” —C.S. Lewis
It’s not too late to change your majors or set your sight on a different path. You are the master of your own fate.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney
Sometimes, having a dream alone can be terrifying. But if you truly believe in it and yourself, there is no stopping you!

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison
If first you don’t succeed…trial and error is part of the learning process. Allow yourself to fail proudly. At least you tried, which is success in itself.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
Don’t let others tell you what you can or cannot do or make you feel bad for who you are. College is the time to explore the real person inside of you.

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —unknown
If your dream is to learn how to make a difference in your community, country, or world, never think that your contributions are too small or insignificant.

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” —Louisa May Alcott
When times get rough or your feel bogged down in work, do not forget that all of this prepares you for what is to come.

“The most wasted of days is the one without laughter.” —e.e. cummings
Don’t take yourself so seriously! After all, you also decided to go to college for all the fun and joy you knew it would bring you.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” —unknown
College is the best opportunity to put your learning to work by exploring your world. Step outside campus and discover something new.

“What if I fail? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” —Erin Hanson
You will never know or understand your potential until you let yourself go.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?” —A.A. Milne
Make friendships so meaningful that will make your goodbyes between school breaks a challenge.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill
Smile, be grateful, and never forget that the journey isn’t going to be a short one.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.” —Christian D. Larson
You can do this!

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Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter

Hi I'm Katherine! I love DIY projects, especially ones that I can use to make my dorm room pop! My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, especially when it's on a cone. I love hanging out with my sorority sisters and giving back to the community. Always remember to live, laugh and love!