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Awesome 101 Student Success Quotes Ever

by EJ Carrion on January 24, 2012 · 10 comments

Schools do not use enough quotes. One quote can make all the difference in a student’s life.

Here is a list of the top 101 quotes for student success. The quotes are broken into five parts: student development, student leadership, parenting, education, and mentoring. I broke down the quotes into these five segments because a student’s chances of succeeding depends on how much knowledge and support they have in these five areas.

Student Development Quotes

1. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
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2. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” – Lydia M. Child
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3. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost
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4. “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will      take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
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5. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry
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6. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes
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7. “Live like no one is watching” -Robert Nicholson
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8. “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” – George Burns
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9. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
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10. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” -Bill Cosby
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11. “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” -Ross Perot
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12. “One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” -Benjamin Disraeli
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13. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
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14. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” -Bill Gates
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15. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” -Jon Bon Jovi
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16. “Never say never!” -Justin Bieber
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17. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” -William Feather
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18. “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” -John Foster Dulles
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19. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” -Theodore Roosevelt
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20. “The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.” -Irving Berlin
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21. “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” -Margaret Thatcher
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22. “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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23. “Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” -Thornton Wilder
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24. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
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25. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. 
Willing is not enough; we must do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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26. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
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27. “The boundaries which divide life from death
are at best shadowy and vague.
Who shall say where one ends,
and the other begins?” -
Edgar Alan Poe
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28.”It is better to be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington
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29. “It always seems impossible until its done.” -Nelson Mandela
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30. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden.
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31. “I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” -MLK Jr.
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32. “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose minds is filled with falsehoods and errors.” -Thomas Jefferson
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33. “Adversity is like a big red brick wall in the middle of the road. You just have to go straight through it!” -Michael Benko
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34. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” -Sir Ken Robinson
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35. “If you don’t dream big, there’s no use of dreaming. If you don’t have faith, there’s nothing worth believing.” -Justin Bieber
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36. “There are two rules for success. 1) Never tell everything you know.” -Roger H. Lincoln
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37. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon
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38. “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” -Joe Penna
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39. “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” -Will Smith
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40. “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” -Thomas J. Watson
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41. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” -Thomas J. Watson
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Student Leadership Quotes

42. “If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.” -Claude McDonald
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43. “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” -Earl Wilson
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44. “The road to success is always under construction.” -Arnold Palmer
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45. “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill
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46. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill
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47. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
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48. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington
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49. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -Albert Einstein
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50. “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” -Mahatma Gandhi
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51. “When I meet somebody I want to leave a better impression than when I got there.” -Tim Tebow
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52. “Action expresses priorities.” -Mahatma Gandi
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53. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Nelson Mandela
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54. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” -Mother Teresa
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55. “And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.” – Steve Jobs
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56. “You don’t work you don’t eat. You don’t grind you don’t shine.” -Mike Jones
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(This was my favorite quote growing up. As you can see, I had a bad taste in music.)

57. “I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.” -Lady Gaga
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58. “When guys say ‘I’m not a role model’. Well, yes you are. You’re just a bad one.” Tim Tebow
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59. “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” -Tony Dungy
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60. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” -Martin Luther King Jr
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61. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” -Steve Jobs
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Parenting Quotes

62. “Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.” -Ron Taffel
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63. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.” -Sue Atkins
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64. “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” -Knights of Pythagoras
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65. “As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel” -Kevin Heath
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66. “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” -H. Jackson Brown
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67. ”Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” -Robert Fulghum
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68.“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” -Abigail Van Buren
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69. “Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” -Roger Lewinz
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70. “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.” -Shakespeare
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71. “Lucky parents who have fine children usually have lucky children who have fine parents.” -James A. Brewer
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72. “Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” -C. Everett Koop
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Educational Quotes

73. “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” -Sir Ken Robinson
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74. “People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.” -Bill Vaughan
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75. “Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.” -Claus Moser
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76. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” -Victor Hugo
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77. “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” -Horace Hann
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78. “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” -Joseph Albers
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79. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein
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80. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” -Plutarch
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81. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” -B.B. King
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82. “Learning never exhausts the mind.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
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83. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” -Lloyd Alexander
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84. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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85. “‎Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” -Jim Rohn
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86. “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” -Will Durant
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87. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin
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88. “Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.” -Ernest Dimnet
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89. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” -Benjamin Franklin
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90. “I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.” Steve Irwin
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Mentoring Quotes

91. ”Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” -Mother Teresa
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92. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”
 -Benjamin Disraeli
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93. “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” -John Crosby
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94. “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” -Unknown
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95. “One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.” -Dick Gregory
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96. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life  by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
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97. ”One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each others stories.” -Rebecca Falls
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98. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” -Whoopi Goldberg
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99. “One thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer
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100. ”Do all the good you can,
 By all the means you can,
 In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
  To all the people you can
, As long as ever you can
.” -John Wesley
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101. “The truth is that it takes more guts and courage to ask for help than to shun it.” -Bert Gervais
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There you have it. The Awesome 101 Student Success Quotes.

Which quote did you like the most? Tweet it out and share it with the world.

Do you know one that should have been added to the list? Leave a comment with the suggested quote so I can add it to my database for next year.

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Fred February 6, 2012 at 6:06 am

I really like the quotes you have here. I have always liked: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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Avatar of EJ Carrion EJ Carrion February 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Fred that is one of my favorites as well! Mark Twain’s discipline to writing and creating value for others was incredible.

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bulbul ahmed September 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

never trust who cheat you but trust who never lied you

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Debra Malik November 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

Life is not an mp3 player but it is a radio where you have to enjoy what is played – Zayn malik

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jagadeeswari December 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

super ………..super quotes ..wonderful .I like It

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nuyu January 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

superb! I LIKE this..never say never!.

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Kyle Thornton February 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Throughout my teaching career, these are quotes I have given to various groups of Diagnostic Radiology students:
1. Learning is a state of agitation. It has the potential to change who we are, and what we think we know. It messes with our value system.
2. Learning is a process. It comes in incremental stages, but rarely all at once.
3. If you are in a state of confusion by what you’ve just learned, you are just where you should be. Your confusion means you need more time. It does not mean you can’t learn it.
4. Fear, doubt and anxiety often accompany learning. Embrace them, make them your friends. If they become your friends, you can tell them to go away when you’d rather be alone.

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yaser April 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

hardwork is key of success

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Padma Thinley June 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

Superb ..
.I really like it..

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