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Professor Says…25 Motivational Quotes about Studying

We’ve scoured and crawled through endless droves of digital archives to find the top 25 motivational quotes about studying. Here there are. And…you may want to take some notes!

1. “A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.” Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein

2. “Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.” Warren G. Bennis

3. “There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.” Samuel Johnson

4. “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” Albert Einstein

5. “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” Richard P. Feynman

6. “If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” C.S. Lewis

7. “The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.” Mahatma Gandhi

8. “No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly…and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.” Murasaki Shikibu

9. “I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln

10. “Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes.” Chinese Proverb

11. “No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation” Horace

12. “You don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.” Richard Bach

13. “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Mark Twain

14. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” Theodore Roosevelt

15. “No student knows his subject: the most he knows is where and how to find out the things he does not know.” Woodrow T. Wilson

16. “Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.” Joseph Addison

17. “Wealth and honours, which most men pursue, easily change masters; they desert to the side which excels in virtue, industry, and endurance of toil, and they abandon the slothful.” John Milton

18. “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordon

19. “Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.” Samuel Smiles

20. “Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age. Walter Savage Landor

21. “Recruit your pet as a study partner. Cats are usually more than happy to do this – in fact, you may have trouble keeping them off keyboards and books – and dogs will often serve as well. Few things are more relaxing than having a warm, furry creature next to you as you study.” Stefanie Weisman

22. “No policeman had ever arrested anyone for over-reading; but ignorance prosecutes those who under-read. You begin to stop growing on the day you stop learning, so why not keep learning and keep growing!” Israelmore Ayivor

23. “Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.” Lord Chesterfield

24. “Whoever raises his voice while studying will find that his learning endures, but one who reads silently will soon forget” Unknown

25. “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” Wendell Berry

How about you? We all see things differently, so what quote out there has helped propel you through some grueling studying?