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Inspirational and Motivational Quotes for Students and Teachers

Updated on June 17, 2015

Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

As a teacher, I do not only see myself as having the responsibility to teach and impart knowledge about different subject matters to my students; but, I also strive to motivate them to aspire to achieve excellence, and the best in whatever they do.

The start of a new school is always a challenging and overwhelming for most students. Some students see themselves achieving their best in all their subjects; others see themselves as failures, while still another small percentage of students show no interest in their education.

The challenge for me as a teacher is not only to keep the motivated students motivated, but also to motivate and to inspire hope in the those who see themselves as failures. On the other hand, one of my goals is to get that small percentage of non-achievers to leave at the end of the year with a sense that they have achieve something that will make them a better person, ready to contribute something worthwhile to the world.

Over the years I have collected and used motivational and inspirational quotes as one of the strategies to inspire and motivate my students to achieve their best. Here is a collection of some quotes I have used with different age groups during my teaching career:

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true;believe in yourself and they will come true.”

- Author Unknown

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering

“I believe that every person is born with talent.”Maya Angelon

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George Sheehan

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”. – Vincent Van Gogh

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the ways; implicitly and unquestionable”.

- Walt Disney

“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement”.

- Henry Ford

“Talk doesn’t cook rice”. - Chinese Proverb

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often”. - Mark Twain

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions”. - Confucius

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and insspire good actions in others”. - Plato

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once”. - Calvin Coolidge

“When fate hands us lemon, let’s try to make lemonade”. Dale Carnegie

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first”. - Mark Twain

“A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job” - Zig Ziglar

“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you”. - Satchel Paige

“Well done is better than well said”. - Benjamin Franklin

“Age doesn’t matter unless you’re cheese”. - John Paid Getty

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”.

- Henry Ford

There are two things a person should never be angry at; what they can help, and what they cannot”. - Plato

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come”. – Oprah Winfrey

“Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future”. - Denis Waitley

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.” - Anthony Robbins

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall”.

- NelsonMandela

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”. - Confucius

“In book of life, the answers aren’t in the back”. - Charles Schulz

“Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world”. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade”. - Tom Peters

“Positive thinking wii let you do everything better than negative thinking will”. - Zig Ziglar

“Great effort springs naturall from a great attitude”. - Pat Riley

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity”. George Patton

I am sure many of you may be able to add some of your favourite inspirational and motivational quotes to this list because there are countless others that one can always use to inspire hope in the lives of others.

Teachers are given one of the most life changing jobs in the world; that of shaping , molding, and imparting knowledge to lives. It is a great and wonderful opportunity! I do hope as teachers we have been able to make great and lasting impacts in our students’ lives. Each day I ask God to help me to make a positve difference in the lives of those He has entrusted in my care.

© 2011 jean2011


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    • KBEvolve profile image

      Kenneth Brown 

      4 years ago from United States

      I love that Plato quote!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      So many great quotes. I enjoyed reading through them.

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      5 years ago

      keep up the good work

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      Ram niwas 

      5 years ago

      Really inspiring

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      Iza Fe Dejacto :) 

      6 years ago

      Really Great! your quotes inspires me a lot :)

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      6 years ago


    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments sara amjad !

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      sara amjad 

      6 years ago

      soooooo nice

      good quotes

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your comments, I am glad that you enjoyed reading these inspirational quotes.

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      7 years ago

      beautiful.........thank u............

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you icountthetimes for your kind comments.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of quotes, Jean. It's enough to spur on even the most practiced procrastinator :).

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you mariajob for your comment, Iappreciate it very much.

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      8 years ago from Nigeria


    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Kenneth for stopping by!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      jean, A GREAT HUB. My grandkids should read this. We teach them, even though we are grandparents, to respect God, God's people, and those who are not in God's Kingdom, as well as authority and people from all walks of life. This is a delightful hub. I can take this advice, especially the 'all live under the same sun, but do not all have the same horizon," to myself. Thank YOU!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, these were really good quotes, but this one has to be my favorite, Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail' it is simple and to the point, and I think, says it all, cheers nell

      and thanks for the email and tweet! resiprocated with this one too! lol

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you James for stopping by. That's a great quote from Calvin Coolidge.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once”. - Calvin Coolidge

      I have always admired Silent Cal.

      Your article is excellent. All of the inspirtational quotes you use are very good. Thank you for a good read and Welcome to the HubPages Community.

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      James Agbogun 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for Dale Carnegie. He really affected me.

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you TroyM for your comments. I am glad you are using them at home; they are great quotes!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! I like all quotes. I must use some of these for my home...Thanks!

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Chin chin for stopping by. Indeed that a great verse to teach your kids.

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      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      What a wonderful list of motivational quotes. Teachers really play a big part in the lives of their students one way or another. I always tell my children "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I know it is applied to something else when it was mentioned in the Bible but I believe it also applies to studying. God bless.

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Stigma31 and justateacher for your kind comments; I appreciate them both.

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you heart4theword for stopping by!

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      8 years ago from hub

      Thanks for sharing some positively motivational quotes! Always have liked hearing what Zig Ziglar has to say:).

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      LaDena Campbell 

      8 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Lot's of great favorite (don't know where it came from) is "Wish it..Dream it...Do it!"

    • Stigma31 profile image


      8 years ago from Kingston, ON

      The more things that you do wrong in life, the faster you will learn to do them right. Never fret on your mistakes, correct them and move forward. ~ John Pountney

      Great article, we all need inspiring! Voting Up!

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your kind remarks !

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      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Good piece of writing .keep it up.

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      A M Lehrer 

      8 years ago from Southern United States

      You are the teacher they all need! I love inspirational quotes too! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! ;)


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