60+ College Life Quotes to Get You Through the School Year (2023)

There's an old adage that says college is supposed to be the best time of your life. And in many ways it is — from living with your besties to college parties and cool classes, your four years on campus are full of amazing times. But college can also be one of the hardest times — living away from home for the first time, juggling friends, exams and papers, internships and jobs, and trying to stretch your food budget as far as you can. No matter if you need a good laugh, reassurance that all your hard work will pay off, or maybe something to make you crack a smile, the right quotes can motivate you to slay your way through college.

Historical quotes from political leaders can reaffirm the importance of education, while quotes from anonymous authors make jokes about the things we all experience on campus. Get ready for a new outlook on the semester once you check out this inspiring list of quotes to help get you through college life.

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Motivational Quotes

  • "To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States." – George W. Bush
  • "Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it." – unknown
  • "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss
  • "The best way to predict your future is to create it." – Abraham Lincoln
  • "Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work." — Usain Bolt
  • "It's not about perfect. It's about effort." — Jillian Michaels
  • "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." – Newt Gingrich
  • "Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose." — G.K. Nielson
  • "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." — Vincent Van Gogh
  • "Do something now; your future self will thank you for later." – Unknown
  • "Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you." — John Green
  • "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you haven't planted." — David Bly
  • "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." — Zig Ziglar
  • "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." — Malcolm X
  • "Accept failure as part of the process." — Unknown
  • "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
  • "Every expert was once a beginner." — Helen Hayes
  • "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." — Maya Angelou
  • "Be so good they can't ignore you." — Steve Martin
  • "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently." — Henry Ford
  • "Opportunities don’t happen. You create them." — Chris Grosser
  • "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." — Oprah Winfrey
  • "Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them." —H Jackson Brown Jr.
  • "To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe." — Anatole Franc
  • "Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it." – unknown
  • "A little progress each day adds up to big results." – Satya Nani

Funny Quotes

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  • "You will find the key to success under the alarm clock." – Benjamin Franklin
  • "You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today." – Tom & Ray Magliozzi
  • "Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood." – Bill Murray
  • "Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along." – Stephen Colbert
  • "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." – Douglas Adams
  • "I pulled an all-dayer today. It was rough." — Unknown
  • "Cumulative final exams are like fights in relationships. Why must we continue to bring up the past? What's done is done." — Unknown
  • "Don't judge a book by its cover. My math book has a picture of someone enjoying themselves on it, but I am not enjoying myself at all." — Unknown
  • "Choose a major you love and you'll never work a day in your life because that field probably isn't hiring." — Unknown
  • "When I die I want the people I did group projects with to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time." — Unknown
  • "I've got 99 problems and 97 of them are due by the end of the week. The other two were due last week." — Unknown
  • "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." — Walt Disney
  • "Definition of a College professor: someone who talks in other people’s sleep." — W.H. Auden
  • "Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things." — Mike Krieger
  • "So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you're on the right track." — Ed Helms

Heartwarming Quotes

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  • "Be yourself and people will like you." — Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • "Make yourself proud." – John Green
  • "No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning." — Donovan Livingston
  • "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
  • "Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • "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
  • "Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye." — Helen Keller
  • "College is like a fountain of knowledge and the students are there to drink." — Chuck Palahniuk
  • "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." — E.E. Cummings
  • "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

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