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5 Study Quotes that will Motivate You to Study Harder and Learn More

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The life of a learner, as one may imagine, is full of wonder and enlightenment. While this may sound ideal, a learner’s journey will never be complete without mental blocks, lazy days, and uninspiring moments. The good news, however, is that the downs are all part of it, and you can always work your way to gaining back the motivation you need for you to study harder! And sometimes, all you need to do is to read a good set of study quotes to fuel your learning interests.

Gathered from a variety or references—writers, artists, known figures, cultures, philosophies, and many more—here are a few quotes that can help boost your motivation to study harder and learn more:


1.“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

John Maxwell

From this quote, you can imply that each and every one of us might have more or less the same capabilities and resources to learn more. But if we want a higher chance of being successful, we should not stop—we should use our desires to learn and know things to study harder. This desire, while it may not be a tangible material like books, will go a long way in our path to success.

In a similar manner, Brian Herbert, an author, also says “the capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” So, it might not matter if you’re from a fancy school with new fancy books wearing fancy uniforms; as long as you have this choice and the desire to study, trust that you’ll never turn astray from gaining great knowledge.


2.“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

– Pablo Picasso

If you’re on a procrastinating stage, then always remember this quote from Pablo Picasso, a remarkable, influential, and famous 20thcentury artist, notably known for his works on cubism. Surely, Picasso have used this quote as he worked on various pieces in his career—never pausing on an artwork as if his life was to end the next day. While death isn’t pretty much a positive thought, you can use this to motivate yourself to live life to the fullest in every waking day you get—making masterpieces that can contribute weight to your legacy or learning more than you already know about a wonderful world.

Still, even if it’s a simple math problem set or a short essay in your literature class, do it today as long as you can. And maybe use tomorrow to learn other things!

As Mahatma Gandhi further says: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 


3.“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.”

– Mortimer Adler

What better way to motivate yourself to learn more than knowing the fact we never stop learning in the full span of our lives? And as we learn new things every day, our soul and mind goes through growth that transcends changes in our physical bodies. Don’t you ever stop and get amazed by that? Surely, you do once in a while!

We may have studied a lot of things at school. Indeed, learning things by the book gives us a grasp of what we are about to face after leaving the academe. But the toughest and also the best lessons will be taught to us as we enter the real world—where there exist societal struggles and also triumphs.

The current pandemic, for example, gives us the idea that we should always strive to study and learn more so that we can contribute to current scientific journals written by scholars. Since it’s a novel virus, by knowing its nature through scientific research, we will be able to understand it better and make the proper medical solutions for humanity to survive.

In connection to this, a Chinese proverb teaches us: “Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.”If we are to stop the production of knowledge, we may as well be walking backward steps as mankind. So, as long as we have the energy, the resources, and the desire to continue, let’s always look forward to unravelling the mysteries of this world.

Study harder today more than ever and gear yourself up with knowledge as you prepare for tomorrow. Make the most out of learning as you live your life because there will always be something new!


4.“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill

Just like learning, success doesn’t stop as well. Everyone goes through small kinds of success—whether that’s walking our first steps, passing a short exam, researching well for a paper, graduating college (with honors or not!), or getting a promotion. They may seem insignificant at first but as we take a closer look at our lives, we will realize that it is the increments we make, not the colossal deeds that defines our success. And so if we fail, we should never forget that we will always have another triumph as long as we work hard for it.

Never lose motivation for failing in class, for not graduating on time, or for getting fired. Instead, use them to work your way to another success. Study harder to pass the next time you take a subject, do better at school so that you’ll graduate the next semester, and work harder in your next job! A World War II hero like Winston Churchill carrying such mindset might have helped him a lot in never giving in to an oppressive system and always fighting for the better good, right? Because he always knew the sun will shine again for the masses.

Overall, don’t let hardships and failures dishearten you. Always have the courage to do better next time and never lose hope for a better tomorrow.


5.“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

– Nelson Mandela

Every student will experience having too much deadlines in a day that it’s almost impossible to finish everything without compromising the output’s quality. Similar to climbing a really high mountain, you might see your deadlines and your mountain-stacked papers as dispiriting. If you feel this, think about Nelson Mandela and how he started the journey to break the tall and strong walls of oppression as he fought for the democracy of his people. At first, it should really feel hopeless and futile. But as long as you start working on it, even with just small steps, you’ll be surprised by how much progress you’ll make. Who knows, you might find yourself succeeding at the finish line without even noticing it!

And for a change, let’s innovating and modifying the quote: “It always seems impossible UNTIL YOU START DOING IT.”

Whatever it is—a research proposal, a presentation, or a speech—start one sentence, one page, or one slide a time. Don’t let mountains and walls of pressure consume you. Just start walking, go with the flow, and enjoy every step. Eventually, you’ll arrive to where you want to be.


Providing Words Weight through Actions

Of course, these words are strong and powerful, especially coming from known figures across the globe who had impacted history in great magnitude. But they will only transcend as etches in paper to something more significant if and when they are spoke and asserted with action.

So keep these quotes in mind and in heart to boost your motivation to study harder and learn more. Soon enough, by properly acting on the beliefs and principles implied in these words, you’ll be making a wonderful difference to the course of the world.


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