122 Motivational Quotes for Students to study hard

At my kid's school, they talk a lot about our children becoming independent learners and they spend time teaching them skills to support them in studying, but what happens when they make the jump from primary to secondary school or then onto university? 

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122 Motivating kids to study quotes

They need to be self-motivated to study hard and as a parent it can be hard to get that motivation going. 

Since my eldest has just started secondary school (high school) I am all about this right now and I am trying to set him up for success from the start.  One of the ways I am doing this is printing and sticking motivational quotes for students to study hard on his wall.

In this post I have included 122 motivational quotes for students to study hard for you so whether you are a student yourself looking for a motivational quote or a parent, like me, then this list will be useful for you. 

They are also great motivational study quotes for instagram captions so enjoy.  The categories are below so just click to jump to the section you like the sound of best:

Quotes to stop procrastination

Heroes quotes about working hard

Quotes to inspire the student

Productivity Quotes

Growth Mindset Quotes

Learn from your mistakes quotes

Quotes to help overcome fear and start taking action

Quotes To Deal With Failure

Inspire Lifelong Learning Quotes


I have also included some links to print designs of some of my favourite quotes about studying hard so you can stick them on your kid’s wall or get them printed and framed.

Seeing these positive study quotes every day can help them to get the best start to being back studying at the start of this new year.


OK so let’s get into the positive study quotes and start motivating those students.

Quotes to stop procrastination

Procrastination is one of my main hobbies so I know how hard it can be for students to get started.  Procrastination is the enemy of those studying hard so these motivational quotes for study are all about overcoming the inclination to put off till tomorrow what you should be doing today...

motivational quotes to help you study hard and overcome procrastination

“The earlier you start working on something, the earlier you will see results.”

“Do what is right, not what is easy.”

"A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large." Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

“You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar

motivational quotes to help students study hard

"We generate fears while we do nothing. We overcome these fears by taking action.”

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

"Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something." E. L. Simpson

"Action will destroy your procrastination." Og Mandino

"Someday is not a day of the week" 

Janet Dailey

"Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today." Thomas Jefferson

“Be stronger than your excuses.”

"The greatest amount of wasted time is time not getting started." Dawson Trotman

motivational quote for studying hard.

"The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." Alexander Graham Bell

"Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing." William Arthur Ward

Heroes quotes about working hard

One thing that I have found makes an impact with positive study quotes is when they are things that have been said by those you respect or admire. If you see someone that you know worked hard and achieved talking about how they got there is can be hugely motivating.

So, this next set of motivational quotes for students studying are those said by current heroes of our time. 

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” ― Pelé, Brazillian pro footballer

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” — Muhammad Ali

“The people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison

“For me, sometimes it’s more important to perform well in training and know that I am improving rather than scoring in a game. It’s doing the hard work, day in, day out.” – Marcus Rashford

“After some point it’s like you feel like you should quit but you want it so badly you just keep going.” – Jimmy Donaldson (Mr Beast)

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You have to fight to achieve your dreams. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it. - Lionel Messi

“All you can do in this life is follow your dreams. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.” David Walliams

"Life's full of lots of dream-stealers always telling you you need to do something more sensible. I think it doesn't matter what your dream is, just fight the dream-stealers and hold onto it." Bear Grylls

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

“Being the fastest isn’t the best if you’re always wrong.” Spiderman

“If you’re passionate about something then it will definitely work out for you.” Ariana Grande

Quotes to inspire the student

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

“A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.”

“To change your life, you must first change your day.”

“Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.” –William Crawford

“There’s no traffic after the extra mile.”

“Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

“Work as hard as you can and then be happy in the knowledge you couldn’t have done any more.”

"One day, all your hard work will pay off.”

“Life is short. Live it. Fear is natural. Face it. Memory is powerful. Use it.”

“If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo da Vinci.

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

“You may see me struggle but you will never see me quit.”

“Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise.”

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

“The thing about motivated people chasing their dream is they look crazy to lazy people.” — Albert Einstein

“Vision without execution is just hallucination.”

“You have three choices: give up, give in or give it everything you have got.”

“Successful people are not gifted. They just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”
“The distance between dreams and reality is called action.”

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” - William Arthur Ward

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” - Christopher Reeve

“If you have self-esteem, you give yourself the audacity to dream big.”

“Never let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”

Productivity Quotes

“Doing things properly in the first place is the best way to be more productive later. You simply have less to do.”

“Productivity is about looking forward. Looking back too much, or trying to be too much of a perfectionist, can destroy that productivity. So, keep going. Keep creating. Keep building.”

“Infinite striving to be the best is Man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A system is only as effective as your level of commitment to it.”

“What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.”

“Productivity boils down to two steps: identify the essential, then eliminate the rest.”

“The goal is not simply to get more done, but also to have less to do.”

“You were born to win. But to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.” - Zig Ziglar

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly, a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” — Thomas Edison

Growth Mindset Quotes

“All the water in the sea can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, all the negativity in the world can’t get you down unless you allow it inside you.”

“Worrying is silly. It’s like wandering around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.”

“Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion.”

“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.”

“Winners will fail over and over again until they succeed.”

"Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try." Sherman Finesilver

“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”

"You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better." John Wooden

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." Confucius

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.

“Someone else is happy with less than what you have.”

"You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way." - Carol Dweck

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.”

Learn from your mistakes quotes

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.” — Harold J. Smith

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” - Richard Branson

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.” - Nikki Giovanni.

“Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow.” - Mary Tyler Moore.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw

 “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein

“I gave myself permission to make mistakes. I wouldn’t ever give myself permission not to try.” — Steve Pavlina

“One of the most common causes of failure is quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.” – Richard Branson

“The lessons you learn on your journey towards your destination will always be more valuable than the destination itself.”

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” — James Joyce

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein

Quotes to help overcome fear and start taking action

“Fear is most commonly an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real.”

“Great things never come from comfort zones.”

“Don’t let the fear of failure be greater than the excitement of success.”

“To overcome fear, you must go through it, not around it.”

“FEAR – forget everything and run… or… face everything and rise. It’s your choice.”

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

“It’s not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” — Seneca

“Fear is the brain’s way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome.”

“Most of the things you worry about never even happen.”

Quotes To Deal With Failure

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”

 “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” - Ken Robinson

“Behind every successful person, there are a lot of unsuccessful years.”

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” - Denis Waitley

“Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will.”

“Nothing you do now can change the past. But I promise you, everything you do now will determine your future.”

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy

“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”

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“Failure defeats losers. Failure inspires winners.”

“Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” — Confucius

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Inspire Lifelong Learning Quotes

“The person you will be in 5 years is based on the books you read and the people you surround yourself with today.”

“Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.”

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” — Dalai Lama

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” - Henry Ford

“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” -B.B. King.

“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

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