By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
Here are 81 of the best motivational quotes for students I could find. What’s my goal? To inspire you to study and work even harder. Simple right? You’ll discover authors like Einstein, da Vinci, Elon Musk, and more. Enjoy!
Good students aim for good grades. Great students aim for understanding. Maxime Lagacé
The real teacher is the student’s curiosity. Thibaut
Think for yourself and question everything. Anthony Pompliano
Study as if you know nothing. Work as if you can solve anything. James Clear
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
Don’t put in average effort and claim that you want exceptional results. James Clear
Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit. Cato the Younger
Humility precedes learning. Maxime Lagacé
Ask the questions you’re not supposed to ask, so you can find the answers you’re not supposed to find. David Perell
A good education leaves students immune to brainwashing tactics. A bad education leaves students brainwashed. Tim Urban (Source)
Don’t be the guy with all the answers. Be the guy with all the questions. Unknown
Keep things simple and remember what you set out to do. Charlie Munger
The key thing to remember about me is that I’m still a student. I’m still in boot camp. Steve Jobs
Learn. Humbly. Relentlessly. Thibaut
The best way to learn something is to do it, then to teach it. Matthew Kobach
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If you stop, it’s a failure. If you keep going, it’s an iteration. Jack Butcher
The best students in school seek to satisfy their teachers. The best students in life seek to satisfy their curiosity. Johnny Uzan
Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard but the people that work for me did. Elon Musk
Life gets better when you understand that grades never mattered but how you grade yourself does. Greg Isenberg
Changing and improving your life requires you to destroy a part of yourself and replace it with a newer, better version. Growth is therefore, by definition, painful to some degree. Mark Manson
Question everything generally thought to be obvious. Dieter Rams
Your grades don’t define your intellect. Richard Feynman
Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone else is thinking of the same question and is too embarrassed to ask it. Kevin Kelly
Life gets better when you give up on perfectionism. Greg Isenberg
Give me questions I can’t answer not answers I can’t question. Unknown
If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn. Ray Bradbury
Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets. Leonardo da Vinci
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Be in a hurry to learn, not in a hurry to get validation. Evan Williams
The good student contradicts his teacher and makes him more eager to explain and defend the truth. Baltasar Gracián
The obedient student will memorize and forget. The interested seeker will explore and remember. The Stoic Emperor
Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. Richard Feynman
The wise do while fools criticize. Maxime Lagacé
I never pay attention to anything by “experts”. I calculate everything myself. Richard Feynman
Being wrong isn’t a bad thing like they teach you in school. It is an opportunity to learn something. Richard Feynman
Today, a world class education is free online. Only a small fraction of the educated take advantage of it. Angela Jiang
Because it combines thinking, reading, connecting, and simplifying, writing is the fastest way to get smarter. Orange Book
The best learning happens through self-discovery. The things that you go out and discover yourself is knowledge that truly has meaning to you. Preethi Kasireddy
Nothing will teach you how to do something faster than trying and failing. Sahil Lavingia
He explained to me with great insistence that every question posessed a power that did not lie in the answer. Elie Wiesel
One of the causes of procrastination is a state of overwhelm. Break your task into small, easy steps that don’t look scary and complicated. Gal Shapira
The most important thing to learn in school is that you can learn almost anything, and so you shouldn’t let not knowing about something be an excuse for not doing what you want to do. Go focus and study. Sam Altman
Surround yourself with wise people and do nothing but listen. The wisdom you soak in will save you years. Or even decades. Preethi Kasireddy
Many people undermine success in the long-term by optimizing for status in the short-term. James Clear
To achieve success, you must be willing to take risks. To take risks, you must be willing to be vulnerable. Therefore, to achieve success, you must be willing to be vulnerable. James Clear
Understanding is more important than memorization! Schools should teach the students how to understand, think, doubt, and question. They should be made open to imagination and creativity. Richard Feynman
The game is to keep learning, and I don’t think people are going to keep learning who don’t like the learning process. Charlie Munger
Reading is how you learn from others. Writing is how you learn from yourself. Doing is how you truly deeply learn. Orange Book
You’ll be successful when learning becomes more important than looking good. Maxime Lagacé
It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to. Elon Musk
The obedient student seeks the approval of an authority figure. The ambitious student seeks to become an authority figure. The genuine student seeks the truth. @TheStoicEmperor
The past is in your head. The future is in your hands. Unknown
Most things you try won’t work. That’s a good thing. If everything worked, there would be nothing to do. Jack Butcher
The person who learns the most in any classroom is the teacher. If you really want to learn a topic, then “teach” it. Write a book. Teach a class. Build a product. Start a company. The act of making something will force you to learn more deeply than reading ever will. James Clear
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world. Elon Musk
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Most successful people simply had the courage to be different in their twenties. Orange Book
Increasingly, I feel curiosity and an eagerness to learn is the most crucial skill in life. If you’re not curious, I’m not sure if there is much others can do to help you. But if you’re eager to learn, even if you aren’t particularly talented, then so much is possible. James Clear
The old gatekeepers were external: credentials, approval, access. The new gatekeepers are internal: curiosity, confidence, consistency. James Clear
We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. Steven Pressfield
Creating makes you smarter. Consuming doesn’t. Traveling makes you smarter. Tourism doesn’t. Learning makes you smarter. Memorization doesn’t. Focusing makes you smarter. Mindlessness doesn’t. Humility makes you smarter. Pride doesn’t. Orange Book
Not failing in your twenties sets you for failure in your thirties and beyond. Orange Book
Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. George Iles
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Until you work as hard as those you admire, don’t explain away their success as luck. James Clear
The world is your teacher. When you are always looking to learn, you will stop underestimating others. Humility will dawn in your life. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
You can learn whatever you want, whenever you want, and do whatever you want with it. The old gatekeepers are dead. The new gatekeepers are your work ethic and ambition. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)
The most sustainable edge you can have is the enjoyment of learning. Angela Jiang (Source)
The key to learning is an awareness of where you lack understanding. James Pierce
A friend more successful than you is a great asset. But it’s one that most people resent. Johnny Uzan
Don’t lower your ambition to the level of your skills. Build your skills to the level of your ambition. Johnny Uzan
The internet is widening the gap between the curious and the non-curious. The former added hundreds of hours a year of podcasts, blogs and books. The latter mostly news and pictures of other people’s food. Johnny Uzan
Learning happens at the edge of your ability. Endurance builds at the edge of your stamina. Breakthrough comes at the edge of your patience. Anything worthwhile is found on the edge. Johnny Uzan
Always ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Paulo Coelho
To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive. Paulo Coelho
Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself. Thibaut
The past is in your head. The future is in your hands. Unknown
All rules for study are summed up in this one: learn only in order to create. Friedrich Schelling
A man must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise he would not try to fathom it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (wikipedia.org)
To remember what you read, don’t reread or highlight it. Summarize it and share it with others. Adam Grant
You don’t have to have the kind of ability that quantum mechanics requires. You just have to know a few simple things and really know them. Charlie Munger
In school, we learn to not question authority. In the real world, we should question everything. Ana Lorena Fabrega
A true master is an eternal student. Master Yi (League of Legends)
- Want to be a good student? Learn how to learn.
- Want to be a great student? Learn self-discipline.
- Ask lots of questions. Be smart enough to ask dumb ones. Let curiosity be your guide.
- If you need to memorize it’s because you don’t understand well enough. Focus on the latter.
- If you’re truly motivated and break down your challenge into smaller chunks, you can solve anything.
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