12 Deeply Motivational Quotes For Students

motivational quotes for students

I feel that it is my duty to post these motivational quotes for students who are in a state of anxiety or fear of failing their courses.

It took me 5 years to finish a 3 year degree. 

Not because it was too difficult for me to get through, or that the conditions of study were below average... far from it!

I was simply lazy, unfocused and directionless.

No, I am not being hard on myself. It was God's honest truth.

4 years into my degree, I had managed to fail 12 of the 14 modules I was doing.

It was devastating, truly, looking at my transcript, and reading, in disbelief, the spectacular failure that I had managed to achieve!

It was even more gut wrenching, as I spoke to my peers, that almost 100% of them had achieved their goals, passed all their modules and were going to graduate... 

I actually recorded a video about my experience below. 

So because I completely understand what it feels like to be in a state of total despair and desperation, I feel it very important to post some of my favourite motivational quotes for students who may need them.

You need all the help you can get, boys and girls, and take it from me, all these experiences turned into valuable life lessons for me.

Enjoy the quotes. 

P.S. Notice, btw, that I have used three main public figures for these quotes, and these are Caroline Dweck - of the Growth Mindset persuasion, Cal Newport, author of "Deep Work" among other phenomenal works, and Sean Covey, son of Stephen Covey, author of "7 Highly Effective Habits for Teenagers."

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“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work” ~ Thomas Edison

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“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).”
Cal Newport

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“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“We learn from failure, not from success!”
~ Bram Stoker

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“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.” 

~ Steve Maraboli

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“We become what we repeatedly do.”
Sean Covey


“Education must be a lifelong pursuit. The person who doesn't read is not better off than the person who can't.”
~ Sean Covey

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“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
​~ Sean Covey

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“Now think deeply.
What have you done with your life over the past year?
How do you feel inside?”
​~ Sean Covey

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“The primary purpose of going to college isn't to get a great job. The primary purpose of college is to build a strong mind, which leads to greater self-awareness, capability, fulfillment, and service opportunities, which, incidentally, should lead to a better job.”
​~ Sean Covey

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“Never stop dreaming,
never stop believing,
never give up,
never stop trying, and
never stop learning.”
​~  Roy T. Bennett

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"If you can't learn, you can't thrive."

~ Cal Newport