20 Motivational Quotes for College Students



It’s once again that time of year when it feels like everything is piling on. As finals inches closer and closer, it can feel as if you’re sinking further and further underwater. We totally understand and feel your pain. That’s why we have collected our absolute favorite motivational quotes for students. These helpful bursts of inspiration will help keep you going when you feel as if you could quit.


 Top 20 Inspirational Quotes for College Students

  1. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
  2. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” — Steve Jobs
  3. “The way to get started is quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  4. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” — Fred Rogers
  5. “Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise.” — Frank Ocean
  6. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King
  7. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” — C.S. Lewis
  8. “The meaning of life is to find your purpose. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare
  9. “You’re only given one spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams
  10. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou
  12. “Be sure to put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm.” — Abraham Lincoln
  13. “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other. You refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” — Elizabeth Taylor
  14. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” — Neil Gaiman
  15.  “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort
  16. “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” — C. JoyBell C.
  17. “I ask not for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within.” — Louisa May Alcott
  18. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. — Thomas Edison
  20. “Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.” — Ned Vizzini


Now that you’re inspired, it’s time to get out there. While your fall semester may be tough, you can get through with just a little hope and some motivation to keep you going. Be better. Do better. And continue chasing after your dreams — no matter how wild and crazy they may be. Because, after all, you only have one life to live, and this is it! Go make the most of it!

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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!