20 Inspirational Quotes For College Students To Keep You Motivated

It's time to get your head in the game.

20 Inspirational Quotes For College Students To Keep You Motivated

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s a time where parents rejoice while children cry. The dreaded day comes ever-closer as supplies are bought to prepare for the new year. As a recent college graduate, I’m happy I’ll never have to hear these words again.

That’s right, it’s time to go back to school.

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Aside from being able to see your friends again that you haven’t seen in a couple months, I don’t really understand how or why anybody would be excited to go back. There are plenty of teachers that you don’t really want to see again, not to mention all of the homework they give you immediately. And unless you’re a major social butterfly, there’s bound to be a few people you could live without.

Overall, school can be a pretty miserable experience for some. You get up at 7:00 A.M. and get ready to either catch the bus or drive yourself. You sit through hours and hours of classes and then after you might be going to either a club or practice for a team.


All in all, getting back into the swing of things at the start of the semester can be pretty grueling. Looking back at the K-12 schedule while I was a college student, I don’t even know how I made it through each day without getting burnt out.

Of course, if you are a college student reading this, you’ve got a whole ‘nother set of problems. I’d hope by now you’d have where you’re going to live nailed down, but that doesn’t change the fact that you gotta be able to come up with the money to pay for everything. And have fun with that randomly required math class that there’s no reason for you to take.

Don’t get me wrong, I found ways to have fun both in high school and college, but it wasn’t like the stresses of school just vanished either. It can be tough and sometimes our own pep talks or ones from others just don’t provide enough motivation.

So if you find yourself lacking motivation to go back to school, or you’re the parent of a student like this, here are some inspirational quotes to get you focused and ready to start the year off on the right foot.


1. Do what you can.

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“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –John Wooden

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2. How strong is your drive?

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” –John Maxwell


3. You’ll never be perfect.

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” –Unknown

4. Rarely will a shortcut get you to the end.

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” –Beverly Sills

5. You gain knowledge through failure.

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“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” –Henry Ford


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6. Never give up.

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

7. Wake up determined!

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

8. Quality is a mindset.

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” –Thomas J. Watson

9. Success means going through the good AND the bad.

“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” –Mike Gafka


10. Be who you were meant to be.

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“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” –George Sheehan

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11. Success takes more than just you.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” –Edward Everett Hale


12. Believe in yourself.

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

13. Always get back up.

“It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.” –Vince Lombardi

14. Keep moving forward.

“If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

15. Don’t lose hope.

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” –Helen Keller

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16. Find your balance.

“If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.” –Jeff Bezos


17. Impossible is only a word.

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

18. In other words, you’re falling behind.

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” –Don Marquis

19. Everyone has something that only they can do.

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” –Stephen Hawking

20. Live!

inspirational quotes for going back to school


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Mahatma Gandhi

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Jesse Oakley is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care and spirituality/astrology.