TOP Quotes About College

College can be so stressful sometimes, and it can often leave you thinking, “why am I paying this much money to cry in the library once a week?” Don’t worry, we have literally all been there. Next time you need a laugh, a little motivation, or a reminder of why you’re working your butt off, check out these 30 college life quotes.

Whether you are a new college student, a graduate, prepping for your finals, or in the middle of a semester still trying to get through your classes, being a student can be stressful.

However, sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration and wisdom to find the motivation to kill it in your college classes. To save you from endless research and homework, we’ve put together a list of the 75 best graduation, and college student inspirational quotes of all time.

Quotes About College

From Freshmen 

“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Jillian Michaels

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

“Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any direction but ahead.” -unknown

“You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.” – Daniel Milstein

“Do something now; your future self will thank you for later.” – unknown

“Don’t try to be perfect. Just try to be better than you were yesterday.” – unknown

“Keep going. Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.” – unknown

“Even the greatest were beginners. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.” – unknown

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”– Steve Jobs

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”– Maya Angelou

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Swati Sharma

“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

“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

Quotes About College to Help You Study Harder

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani

“It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.” – unknown

“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”

“Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” – Usain Bolt

“You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined.” – unknown

“Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Dan Kennedy

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things.” – Mike Krieger

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

Quotes About College That Help Build Determination

“Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.” – unknown

“It never gets easier. You just get better.” – Jordan Hoechlin

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Nicole

“You don’t want to look back and know you could have done better.” – unknown

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson

“Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.” –  unknown

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

Quotes for College Graduation

“Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too.” — Patrick Ness

“There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. —Nelson Mandela

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match, each one of you is a fuse.” — Ed Koch

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” — Mahatma Ghandi

“Education is something we have to keep pursuing day after day.” — Premier Brian Gallant

“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

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning.” — Donovan Livingston

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” —H Jackson Brown Jr.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings


Heartwarming Quotes

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

“College has given me the confidence I need to fail.” —Jarod Klintz, This Book Has No Title

“Education is the best provision for life’s journey.” —Aristotle

“A college degree is not a sign of a finished product but an indication a person is prepared for life.” —Reverend Edward A. Malloy, Monk’s Reflections

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond, cauliflower is nothing but cabbage without a college education.” —Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson

“Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey.” —Kristi Barlett

“Educating yourself does not mean you were stupid in the first place, it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” —Melanie Joy

“The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“College is like a fountain of knowledge and the students are there to drink.” —Chuck Palahniuk

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin

“A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.” —Plutarch

“College is the reward for surviving high school.” —Judd Apatow

“College inspired me to think differently. It’s like no other time in your life.” —Lara Oleynik

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” —Abraham Lincoln.

“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed).” —Dr. Seuss 

An investment in knowledge

“The typical meaning of investment is in stocks and bonds. However, Franklin aptly pointed out that investing in yourself is by fair the greatest investment you can make. Education can lead to a better quality of life. During good economic times, a degree usually equates to greater earning potential.” – Benjamin Franklin

“More important than any specific facts you may memorize at college is the development of a thirst for knowledge and the skills necessary to learn more in the future.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This quote espouses a similar idea to Emerson’s quote. One of the greatest skills a student can take away from college is the skill for problem-solving and a love for learning.” – George Horace Lorimer

“From the limitless reaches of space to the complex workings of the human body, there is so much still to be discovered. It would be tragic if graduates left college thinking they knew everything.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer

“Many students discover their true passions while at college that can lead to fulfillment through jobs and an undying thirst to learn more.” – Plutarch

“Forever the wise man, Twain aptly explains that life experience is by far the best education you can receive.” – Mark Twain

“Keller understood that college is a training ground that teaches students how to reach beyond college. If a college does its job properly, then graduates gain the tools to help them to manifest their ideas into reality.” – Helen Keller

“For many students, college is taken very seriously. They feel all that hard work in high school, as well as the growing pains of teenage years, have been rewarded when they step onto a college campus as a first-year student.” – Judd Apatow

“This quote is similar to the proverb, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Having the opportunity to attend college requires active participation and taking responsibility for learning. If the student isn’t interested in learning, there is nothing anyone can do to force that mental interaction.” – Elber Hubbard

College can be stressful. It’s easy to get into a cycle where you can lack motivation, confidence, and drive. Hopefully, these quotes from noteworthy people have given you some confidence to push through college or encouragement to take on the post-college world. If you’re looking for some more college advice check out our blog!