38 Inspiring Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated Through College


By Dustin Groves Published on January 20, 2017

Staying motivated is key to graduating college, getting a job, and achieving your dreams. We know sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated, which is why we’ve compiled 38 quotes from some of the world’s most inspiring individuals.

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Studying: Quotes to Help You Study

Procrastination is the thief of time quote
1. Procrastination is the thief of time. – Edward Young

 

No secret to success quote - Colin Powell
2. There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – General Colin Powell

 

Success without hard work quote
3. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.David Bly

 

No Elevator to Success quote
4. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. – Zig Ziglar

 

Success is the sum of small efforts quote
5. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier

 

Feeling Down: Quotes When You Need A Pick-Me-Up

Martin Luther King Jr quote
6. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

It is well to remind ourselves that anxiety signifies a conflict, and so long as a conflict is going on, a constructive solution is possible.
7. It is well to remind ourselves that anxiety signifies a conflict, and so long as a conflict is going on, a constructive solution is possible. – Rollo May

 

Education is the passport to the future quote
8. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

 

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him quote
9. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

 

Feeling good: Quotes to Help You Stay Motivated When You’re in the Clouds

Anne Frank quote
10. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

 

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
11. Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. – Ralph Marston

 

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
12. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Lorimer

 

Maya Angelou quote
13. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou, Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989) by Jeffrey M. Elliot

 

Steve Jobs Quote
14. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.

 

Giving Up: Don’t Back Down With These Inspiring Quotes

Albert Einstein quote
15. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. … Don’t stop to marvel. – Albert Einstein

 

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'.
16. 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

 

Vincent van Gogh quote
17. 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

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt quote
18. When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
19. Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh

 

Set Goals: Quotes That Help You Shoot For the Stars

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
20. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts

 

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
21. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve

 

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves
22. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary

 

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday.
23. You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday. – Charles F. Kettering

 

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

 

Hard Work: Get Back to Work With Inspiration From These Quotes

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
25. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson

 

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
26. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown

 

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
27. Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen

 

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
28. Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. – Julie Andrews

 

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
29. Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N. Vail

 

Self-Confidence: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others With These Quotes

Quality is not an act, but a habit.
30. Quality is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

 

There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.
31. There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition. – Steven J. Ross

 

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
32. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian D. Larson

 

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
33. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – Jackson Brown Jr.

 

35. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. - Washington Irving
34. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. – Washington Irving

 

Stay Positive: Look Forward to The Future With These Motivational Quotes

All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.
35. All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak

 

Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
36. Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan

 

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
37. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. – Dale Carnegie

 

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
38.Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Ryun