10 Quotes to Inspire Students to Believe in Themselves

by Dr. Punita Rice Teaching

Part of a series on quotes to inspire students.

Read on for 10 of the best quotes that inspire students to believe in themselves.

 Quotes to Inspire Students to Believe in Themselves

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

THIS IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE QUOTE for the classroom! In fact, I have it printed and laminated (you might be able to get a side-shot glimpse of it in my classroom tour). Much like Bruce Lee’s advice (quote #8), this reminds you to take control of your own life and destiny. Cultivate your existential perspective and realize how much control you really have. Internalize your locus of control and reclaim your power. Live the best version of your life.

“This above all: To thine own self, be true.
– Shakespeare

“If you want to be happy, be.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”
– Buddha

Take responsibility for your actions, your thoughts, your destiny. It’s all in your own hands.

“The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
– Helen Keller

Teach your students (and yourself) that people overcome all kinds of troubles and obstacles. This is a testament to how powerful we all are, and is such a testament to how powerful perspective really is. This world is what we choose to see in it — so are our own individual lives.

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
– C.S. Lewis

I love this — yes it’s a touch spiritual for public schools, but it needn’t be. It is as simple as this: you are not limited to the things you think you’re limited to. You’re able to accomplish whatever you can dream up. And while we’re at it, yes, take care of your body, and yes, hone your intelligence. But don’t forget to take care of the most important thing of all — the health and growth of your soul. Feed it, nurture it, and help to elevate it. Believe in yourself.

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Elliot

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
– Albert Schweitzer

Love the life you live — and define success as living a life you love — and you will always be happy and successful!

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
– Oscar Wilde

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Author

Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.