70 Powerful Motivational Quotes for Student's Success

18 November 2020

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Have you felt a need to watch motivational videos, stories, or quotes to give you that extra push to study?

Motivation is the internal impulse that drives a person to perform and excel in any task. Without motivation, no task can be performed efficiently.

Students require this motivation to learn and develop their skills by using the numerous resources that are available to them.

If you are feeling a bit low or discouraged, don't worry! It is normal and happens with most of us.

You need to relax, take a deep breath, and decide your future strategy. 

A very important tool to boost motivation is quotations. So if you are in need of that extra push, we have compiled a list of 70 famous motivational quotes that will get your adrenaline up again..

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70 Powerful Motivational Quotes for Student's Success


Types of Motivation

Intrinsic motivation:

An impulse that is developed within a person when he confronts something that inspires him/her. Eg:-Motivation imbibed after reading quotations or books.

Extrinsic motivation:

This type of motivation gets developed because of some external factors like rewards or appreciation upon doing a particular task properly.

Why do we need Motivation to Study?

The importance of motivation cannot be denied. It is like an internal catalyst to the working system of a human being. Motivation helps to:

  • Increases the Productivity of a task

  • Ensures efficiency both individually and for the group

  • Provides a direction or a blueprint as to how to perform and divide the task

  • Helps to achieve higher standards of goals

  • Helps to lead a balanced study life

  • Increases the performance level

  • Reduces absenteeism

Children hold the key to everyone’s future. Providing them with motivation helps them to grow and make this world a better place.

It is important to make sure that kids are inspired and encouraged to have a positive mind.

Instilling positive messages in students can help them go a long way while boosting their self-confidence and ability to connect with others.

Therefore, we have compiled a set of 70 motivational quotes for students which will drive them to their path to success.

Motivational Quotes for Students


  1. “I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself.” – Pietro Aretino

Developing a resilient mindset is what we would hope for all children. A resilient child is emotionally healthy, equipped to confront all the challenges and bounce back from setbacks successfully.

In short, they know how to rule themselves to achieve their goal.

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  1.  “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” – Malcolm Forbes

Every child is unique and special. Accepting children for who they are and appreciating their different temperaments, parents can successfully set expectations and goals consistent with their child’s temperament.

  1. “Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph.” – Tim Notke

When children discover their strengths, they are more willing to confront even those areas that are challenging for them.

We will be pleasantly surprised and impressed by the ability of children to think about effective and realistic ways of managing goals.

  1. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

Though the responsibility of bridging the gap between dreams and reality falls on children’s shoulders, it is also important that parents work collaboratively with children to develop appropriate goals and expectations.

Keep reminding children that the best companion who can help them with all their needs is themselves.

  1. “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to where you want to go.” – Karon Waddell

In frustration, many parents respond to mistakes in ways that damage a child’s confidence.

If parents are to reinforce a resilient mindset in their children, their words and actions must communicate a belief that ‘we can learn from mistakes’.

Instead, listen to what the child has to say before making any decision. It is challenging to reinforce a resilient mindset in our children when the home atmosphere is filled with tension, anger, and mistrust.

You love your children a lot then why can’t that love be shown to them? Shower them with love and appreciate their every step.

  1. “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” – Ralph Marston

The fear of making mistakes is one of the most potent obstacles to growth. If we are not making mistakes, then we have not tried anything new.

  1.  “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Walter Bagehoto

There will always be people who will try to sabotage your efforts. They might tell you that you won’t be able to do it, or that it is not worth it.

However, never let their harsh words get you down, instead use them to motivate you to work better.

You will feel like you are at the top of the world when you disprove these demotivating people.

Never let your children to be demotivated by others’ words. Rather, encourage them to prove others wrong by working hard towards their goal.

  1. “Secret behind success is to keep working even when no one is looking.”

You should be more concerned about your character than reputation because your character defines what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.

Your real character will be put to the test when we are alone. So never look for appreciation from the outside world for our efforts.

  1. “Every day is a second chance.”

Focus on improving and building on yesterday’s hard work and be humble. Every day is your second chance to build on and go up on the ladder using the lessons learned from past mistakes.

  1.  “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

While most people are just dreaming of success, winners wake up and work hard to achieve it. Hard work does not necessarily guarantee success. But success is not possible without hard work.

  1. “Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.”

Give children some responsibilities in the day to day’s activities and let them get involved in them. They will feel happy and contented after the completion of the activities.

  1.  “Don’t decrease the goal, increase the effort. Be thankful for the hard times for they have made you.” – Tom Coleman

Don’t decrease the goal means not giving up on your dreams. Instead, increase the effort and work harder rather than changing your goal.

Be thankful to the hard times as they transform you completely.

  1. “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who is not trying.” – Tony Robbins

The very nature of resilience requires that your children learn that mistakes and setbacks are natural occurrences in all-round personality development.

  1. “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis

The tsunami that hit the coastal areas of Chennai caused immense damage in terms of property as well as life loss.

During that, all the victims suffered some loss. There were lots of people who could not handle the loss, while some grieved over the loss and started their new journey of life with what they were left with. 

  1. “If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.” – Banksy

No human being works 24/7. Research suggests that a good sleep of a minimum of 7 to 8 hours is required for longevity.

When you sleep, you give rest to the body as well as the mind and start the next day with greater zeal and new ideas.

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  1. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H Schuller

Life is full of ups and downs. Irrespective of what we are going through currently, nothing will last forever.

Tough times are there to strengthen us to make us ready for anything that comes our way.

Keep working hard and keep moving forward with self-confidence. Always remember, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going'.

  1. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

You are the only one who can do something to see the growth in you, whether physically or intellectually. Don’t look for temporary solutions to the situations, look for permanent ones.

  1. “Push yourself. Because no one else is going to do it for you.”

In order to achieve something, you sometimes have to go through a lot of pain and overcome the obstacles in the journey to success.

Only those who dare to overcome the setbacks will achieve success.

  1. “We will be, what we want to be.”

Always think positively. When you train your mind to strive hard for what you want to achieve and dedicate time to reach that goal, then it is easier to accomplish and persevere..

  1. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

You should not compare yourself with themselves with anyone else. The journey is always different for different people.

So never stop your good work, and look from where you have started. That will surely boost your confidence in all your endeavors.

  1. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden

Even though when things become complicated, try to maintain your focus on what you can do rather than thinking about what you can't do.

  1. “The more you give away the happier you become.” 

Giving away something makes us happier than receiving something. Therefore we all must focus on becoming socially responsible.

  1. “I think I can. I know I can.”

Believe in yourself. Don't think that you can’t do something. Rather make yourself believe that you can do that thing.

  1. “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

Compete against yourself. When you know things in a better way than you did before, you tend to perform those things in a much better way.

  1. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Satisfaction is the key to success. You must do what you can with the resources which are available to you at that particular time.

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  1. “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

Every person must learn something from their failures. Failures are the part and parcel of their life.

  1. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Make it a simple rule to focus on what you are doing at the moment and perform it to the best of your ability.

  1. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vault Starr

Don't fear your imagination. Dream big, aim high, and work hard towards getting close to that aim.

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  1. “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.”  – Wolfgang Riebe

Remember, it is very common for a person to make mistakes. No one is born perfect.

  1. “Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.”  – Oprah Winfrey

The people you spend your time with have a great impact on your success. Therefore, you must choose your company wisely.

  1. “There is a voice inside of you, that whispers all day long, I feel this is right for me, or I know that this is wrong.”

Believe in your intuitions. Every person has a heart and a brain to think about what is right and what is wrong for him/her.

  1. “You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” –Dr. Suess

Your life is completely upon you. You are the driver of your life and you have to choose the direction you want to move to.

  1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Reading will open up new doors for you. It will create new opportunities for you to grow and develop and become more knowledgeable. 

  1. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. This helps you to climb greater steps of success.

  1. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead

In today's world, there are a lot of topics to think about, and a lot of resources to gain information. Children must be taught how to filter this information for their best use.

  1. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

Every person must strive to compete against their own selves. You performing better than the last time is itself a winning or an achievement for you.

  1. “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” – Henry Ford

Breaking down a complex task into simpler smaller versions is the key to overcome any obstacle.

  1. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The change that you want to see in the world should begin by bringing that change within yourself first.

  1. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” ― Bette Midler

You must be happy with your success. You should never go out and try to find someone who will share the same happiness with you for your success.

  1. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ― Joyce Brothers

Only when you start thinking about your success, will you get the path to achieve it.

  1. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”  ― Martin Luther King Junior

It is not important to do great things in life. Rather it is important to do small things in a way that becomes remarkable and great.

  1. “I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” – Natalie Portman

Don't study because someone is forcing you to. Study in order to learn something, to learn something beautiful.

  1. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison

Hard work is the key to success. If you don't work hard, you won't be successful.

  1. “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare

Every person knows what he/she is. What takes pain is to understand what he/she is capable of becoming.

  1. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

No person must be treated small or big. Everyone is equal.

  1. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

The first step towards starting anything is to dream about it. Once you have a definite dream, work hard to achieve that.

  1.  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

Don't worry about the results. The secret to becoming successful is to first start doing a task.

  1. “Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” – Aslan

Don't keep yourself in a veil. Don't doubt your own world. Be self-confident and emerge victoriously.

  1. “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa

Every person must diligently fulfill his/her social responsibility.

  1. “You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.” ― Robert Tew

You are responsible for your own deeds, no matter what you feel about them.

  1. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ― Dalai Lama

Don't let the behavior of other people destroy your inner calm and kindness.

  1. “A man’s own manner and character are what most becomes him.” – Cicero

Your own manner and character will define your personality.

  1. “Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.” – Margaret Walker

Money can't make you buy things that good friends and good manners can.

  1. “The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.” ― Harry Wong

The most important day of a person in their life is when they start their education and not when they end it.

  1. “A good education is a foundation for a better future.” – Elizabeth Warren

The stepping stone towards becoming successful and having a bright future is a good education.

  1. “Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding”. –William Paul Thurston

The more you practice and understand the language of maths, the easier it will become.

  1. “Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” –Shakuntala Devi

From simple household tasks to complex business assignments, the application of mathematics is limitless.

  1. “Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.” –Anonymous

Only when you stop thinking about your negatives and start focusing more on your positives, you will become successful.

  1. “The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” –Paul Halmos

Math is a practical subject. The more you practice, the more knowledgeable you become in this subject.

  1. “Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” -Stefan Banach

Mathematics is considered to be the most beautiful of all human creations.

  1. “Mathematics may not teach us to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution.” –Anonymous

Having a good mathematical mind helps you to solve problems at every stage of your life.

  1. “In mathematics, the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.” –George Cantor   

If you are understanding something, questions tend to arise. Your questions are of more worth than the answers which you derive.

  1. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”-Albert Einstein

If you are undergoing a new lesson, you are sure to make new mistakes.

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  1. "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."-Albert Einstein

Mathematics teaches you to derive logical reasons for a complex problem.

  1. ”Your limitation—it’s only your imagination.”

Don't limit yourself. Your limitations are only an imaginary boundary that is created by yourself.

  1. ”Success doesn’t just find you. You have to go out and get it.”

You must work hard to be successful. Success would not be served to you on a plate with a spoon.

  1. ”It’s going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible.”

The path to becoming successful is hard but it is not impossible.

  1. ”Don't wait for the opportunity. Create it.”

Opportunities won't come knocking at your door. They are hidden. It is upon you to find them and create them.

  1. ”The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.”

Don't worry about the obstacles that you are going to face in the path you choose towards your success.

  1. “Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Try to complete all your works within the deadlines given. Start today and don't wait for tomorrow.

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Motivation is very important in one's success. In this article, you read about why do you need motivation and 70 powerful quotes that can get your motivation up in an instant.

You can paste your favorite motivational quotes in front of your study table so that you can look at them from time to time and get motivated. You can also use the pictures of the famous personalities that you find inspiring.

The most important thing now is to start up and get studying again. You can watch tons of motivational videos or read lots of articles, but if you don't get to work after it, it is useless.

Motivation will give you that extra push that you need to get working hard but your success will be decided by your dedication and perseverance.

You can send us your favorite motivational quotes on Twitter and we would love to add them to this list.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the different types of motivation?

There are two types of motivation: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation comes from within while extrinsic motivation comes from external factors.

Why do we need motivation?

  • Increases the Productivity of a task

  • Ensures efficiency both individually and for the group

  • Provides a direction or a blueprint as to how to perform and divide the task

  • Helps to achieve higher standards of goals

  • Helps to lead a balanced study life

  • Increases the performance level

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