Motivational quotes for students

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Joanne Barwell
Motivational quotes for students
Main Subject
Key stage
PSHE and wellbeing
Resource type
Form tutor

Inject a bit of Monday motivation into tutor time with our set of inspirational quotes for school students.

We’ve curated 38 motivational quotes from a range of famous and successful people from the past and present. Display them on your whiteboard at the beginning of the week or laminate the set for display around your classroom.

Quotes include those from Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss, Michael Jordan, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Taylor Swift. They have been picked to appeal to a broad audience, to develop self-confidence and a growth mindset, to understand that to err is human, to discourage procrastination and to challenge students to step outside their comfort zone, study hard and try new things!

Sample inspirational quotes to inspire hard work and a growth mindset:

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.’ Arthur Ashe

The expert in anything was once a beginner.’ Helen Hayes

You don't have to be perfect to achieve your dreams.’ Katie Perry

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.’ Wayne Gretzky

Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself.’ Chinese proverb

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.’ Les Brown


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