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22 motivational quotes for students for distance learning success

18th June 2024

Studying a degree requires hard work, nobody disputes that, but if you put in the study time the rewards are there for the taking. Rewards such as recognition at work, career advancement, personal satisfaction, renewed professional confidence, and increased skills. With some undergraduate and postgraduate online degrees taking years to complete, it can often feel like the rewards are far away. We’ve put together our top 22 list of motivational quotes for students and explain how, as a distance learner, you can apply it to your online studies for success.

Inspirational quotes for students who want change

Do you yearn for a change in your life? Our experience has told us that distance learners often start their online degree because they’re looking to make a change. Perhaps you want to switch your career to something completely different and need to learn new skills. Perhaps it’s a change in perception you need, such as gaining more recognition at work which requires upskilling or reskilling. Whatever the reason, it takes a lot of motivation to go from researching degree courses to starting one. These inspirational quotes for students tell us that if we want change to happen in our lives, then it’s up to us to make it happen.

1. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." _ Maya Angelou

2. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” _ Abraham Lincoln

3. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” _ Eleanor Roosevelt

4. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” _ Barack Obama

Motivational quotes for students to avoid procrastination

Procrastination: we’ve all done it. For the potential distance learner, it could be delaying applying for that online degree telling yourself that it’s not the right time because of XYZ. For the distance learner, it could be rearranging your desk space or colour coding your notes over and over again, anything other than studying that topic you’re struggling to understand! These motivational quotes for students about procrastination warns us of the dangers of procrastinating and how it can stop you achieving your goals.

5. “Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.” _ Mason Cooley

6. “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” – Victor Kiam

7. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” _ Walt Disney

Motivational quotes for students to persevere

For the university student, whether in the classroom or distance learning, studying a degree is a big commitment taking years to complete. For the distance learner who is also working and bringing up a family, juggling their studies alongside, the task can feel huge. These encouraging quotes will help students to keep going. It will be worth it in the end!

8. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." _ Albert Einstein

9. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”– Walter Elliot

10. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” _ Beverly Sills

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B. King
motivational quotes for students about education

Motivational quotes for students to understand the importance of education

We tend to think about education as something that is strictly ‘in the classroom’ when we were at school, but these quotes about education show us that education is so much more. It shows is that education is lifelong learning beyond the classroom and has the power to change our destinies and society around us.

11. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” _ Malcolm X

12. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” _ B.B. King

13. “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” _ Chinese proverb

Motivational quotes for students about hard work

Just when you feel like you’ve done enough, you realise there’s more to do. Perhaps another chapter to read or extra hours to prepare for that all-important exam. Distance learners know that you can’t escape the hard work needed to succeed and gain your undergraduate or master’s degree. These quotes about hard work can help distance learners understand that conscientiousness can pay dividends in the long term.

14. "Nothing will work unless you do." _ Maya Angelou

15. "It's not that I am so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." _ Albert Einstein

16. “Genius is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.” _ Thomas Edison

Positive quotes for students to believe in yourself

Self-belief is crucial for the distance learner for many reasons. Belief that you can manage your studying alongside your life commitments; belief that you learn and get your degree; belief that you use your degree to make the changes you want in your life. These inspirational quotes will help instil self-belief when you feel it wavering.

17. "Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them." _ Albert Einstein

18. "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." _ Confucius

19. "With realisation of one's potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." _ Dalai Lama

Motivational quotes for students on success

Top athletes use a technique of imagining success to help them achieve success. It’s useful for distance learners to remind themselves of what it takes to succeed, particularly when facing projects, exams and years of study.

20. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." _ Confucius

21. "I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

22. “A winner is a loser who tried just one more time.” - George Augustus Moore

Motivational quotes for students about success

"Once we accept our limitations, we go beyond them." Albert Einstein

How you can use this list to inspire you through your studies

Use these motivational quotes to inspire you through your studies. When things get tough and you feel like giving up, turn to the wise words of those who struggled through adversity and succeeded before us.

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