70 Powerful Motivational Quotes for Students Success

May 14, 2020

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Motivation is the internal impulse that drives a person to perform and excel in any task. Without motivation, no task can be performed.  Students require this motivation to learn and develop their skills by using the numerous resources that are available to them. A very important tool to boost motivation is quotations. We have brought in this article, 70 such quotations to help our readers. But before that, we are providing an introduction as to why we need the motivation to study or to do any task. This will help you understand those quotations in a better way. These quotations can also be termed as the motivational quotes for a student’s success.

Motivation is of two different types

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:

Motivation that gets developed because of some external factors like rewards or appreciation upon doing a particular task properly.

Why 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

  • Ensures a loyal workforce and helps to build the team spirit

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

  • Helps to achieve higher standards of goals

  • Brings stability in the workforce

  • Helps to lead a balanced life

  • Helps to build friendly relations

  • Increases the performance level

  • Reduces absenteeism

Therefore, keeping everything in mind, It becomes of utmost importance to properly understand the meanings of the motivational quotes for the students by our readers. Children hold the key to everyone’s future. Providing them with motivation and inspiration helps them to grow and make this world a better place. What kids learn today influences not only their future but this world’s future. 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 bought 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.

One of my Cuemath students was easily distracted by her batch mates. I kept on insisting her to concentrate on her work and achieve the day’s target. Instead of monitoring her all the time, I had set her mind to rule herself healthily and work towards her goal. I had asked her to set a goal for herself according to her capability. On initial days, she was struggling a bit to set goals, but later she realized her strength and went on to scale greater heights. It worked well, not just with her but with all the other students. Now, all my students feel responsible and work towards their achievable targets.

  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 by appreciating their different temperaments, parents can successfully set expectations and goals consistent with a 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.

I always tell my children that, “you have got a wonderful box, before reaching out for help from the outside world to unlock it, try to open the magic box by yourself. It will not disappoint you as it has a lot of options and fresh ideas which you can easily opt!”

  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’. I always greet the students and energetically start the class by asking about their day. Sometimes the children tend to share more with teachers than their parents. Some time ago, one of my students, was upset while entering the class. I had to cheer him up before starting the class and inquired about what went wrong. He told that his parents were always finding faults in him and not trusting him. Instead of guiding the child, I felt that I should talk to his parents and advised them not to converse in an accusatory manner.

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. We love our children a lot and why can’t that love be shown to them? Shower them with love and appreciate their every step. Get them on track in a gentle way. Above all, we parents would like to be treated lovingly, and so do the children.

  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. We should be positive that a doer makes mistakes.

In my CueMath class, when the kids attempt new tab activities, there will be mistakes. I always encourage the kids to review incorrect answers and analyse why and how they went wrong. This ‘why’ and ‘what’ helps the kids to connect the problems and understand the logic in a better way. I applaud when the kid reviews the mistakes correctly in the same way I applaud the kid who scores 100%. This way, all my children enjoy their class and their learning and are never worried about making mistakes.

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

Never let our children to be demotivated by others’ words. Rather, encourage them to prove others wrong by working hard towards their goal. We should mold our kids from a young age to work for their goal and not for others’ appreciation. This way others’ opinions do not matter to them when they are stuck to their goals.

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

We should be more concerned about our character than our reputation because our character is what we really are, while our reputation is merely what others think of us. Our real character will be put to the test when we are alone. So never look for appreciation from the outside world for our efforts. We should always work towards our goal, even when no one is watching.

  1. “Everyday is a second chance.”

Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Just work hard. Focus on improving and building on yesterday’s hard work and be humble. Everyday is our second chance to build on and go up on the ladder using the lessons learnt from past mistakes. Mistakes give us a scope to learn, explore and grow.

Children do not remember what we teach but surely register what we are and what we do. Before inculcating a growth mindset, we should also grow ourselves and engage ourselves in a constructive way.

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

While most of the 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. Everyone needs difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

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

Young children are strongly motivated to be helpful. They take great pleasure in helping us and beam bright smiles when their contribution is complemented and appreciated. Give them 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

This is the mindset everyone should adopt. Don’t decrease the goal and don’t give up on your dreams. Instead, increase the effort and work harder rather than changing your goal. Last but not least, be thankful for all those hard times that you went through. These are the times that have transformed you and made you who you are.

  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 we help our children learn that mistakes and setbacks are natural occurrences in the all round personality development. Let the child have the belief that, “at times, I will make mistakes and suffer setbacks. I can learn from these mistakes and become a stronger person, better able to handle future challenges.” We do know that our children’s accomplishments will be great if the fear of mistakes and failure does not burden them.

  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. In that, all the victims suffered some or the other loss. There were lots of people who could not handle the loss, while some grieved over the loss and started their journey of life with what they were left with – emotionally and physically. We will have loads of happy moments and difficult times. While we cherish our joyous moments, we shouldn’t be devastated during difficult times. Rather think about what can be done and rise up with full energy.

I often tell my students to handle all the chapters equally as they are designed to enhance their knowledge. Kids enjoy doing the chapters which they find easy while resist to work on the ones they feel tough. In my class, kids challenge the tough chapters and make themselves comfortable with those chapters with the aid of CueMath learning methodologies.

  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 minimum 7 to 8 hours is required for longevity. When we sleep, we give rest to the body as well as the mind and start the next day with greater zeal and lots of new ideas.

I always cheer up my students by engaging them in a relaxation day by means of indoor Math games or a Mathbox day wherein kids will demonstrate the Mathbox manipulatives to fellow students.

  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. As I have already mentioned, tough times will increase the thirst for success.

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

I insist my students to change their mindset who are keen to get the work done from peers. 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.

As the saying goes, ‘you can only lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.’ Same way in the class, you have got all the resources required for learning, grab them and grow. You decide what’s best for yourself and work accordingly!

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

In order to achieve something , we have to go through a lot of pain and overcome the obstacles in the journey to success. We will definitely have setbacks. Only those who dare to overcome the setbacks will achieve success. A quote in my class says – “Focus on your goal and don’t look in any direction but ahead.” Children get geared up more than adults through motivation.

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

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

Things will not get better by just reading this article. It requires time and patience to set your child up for success. Once they are aligned, they will not be distracted easily. As we insist on kids, we should also strive to cultivate a positive growth mindset.

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

I always encourage slow learners by using the above quote. I ask them not to compare themselves with anyone else but their records and accomplishments. It’s always like the hare and tortoise story in life. 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 towards 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 anything. 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, 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. We must do what we can with the resources which are available to us at that particular time.

  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.

  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 yourself must be happy for your success. You should never go out 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 maybe.” – 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 of 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.

  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.

We hope this article has helped young minds to acquire some motivation and draw up their path of success.

Self-belief and motivation are all that it takes to solve any difficult problem. We at Cuemath, encourage students to keep on trying until they reach a logical conclusion. We guide our students to converting data into logical frameworks and these logical frameworks into understandings and decisions. Just like every lock has a key, every problem has a solution. It is upon us to figure out the correct path that will lead us to the solution. Through the step by step approach, we make sure to explain to our students each and every step in detail.

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