10 Quotes to Inspire Students to Change Their Outlooks

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 change their outlooks.

10 Quotes to Inspire Students to Change their Outlooks

“Do not believe anything that you’ve been told, unless it agrees with your own common sense.”
– Buddha

This is my favorite for students — because it goes so wildly against what they think the point of school is. My favorite “skill” to teach middle school history students is skepticism — taking anything they’re told or taught with a grain of salt, because the nature of history is so perspective-heavy and thus never entirely objective. It’s so important for students to know how to question things in an intelligent way.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
– Bruce Lee

Never give up, and never let yourself think you can do less than you really can. Similar advice from Henry Ford advises you to take responsibility for your own beliefs about yourself…

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
– Anais Nin

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, life’s gonna seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.”
– Garden State

“Things are rarely just crazy enough to work, but they’re frequently just crazy enough to fail hilariously.”

When all else fails — laugh at yourself, and then try again. Failure, after all, is an opportunity to try again.

“I’m going to tell you something really subverse. Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it… It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, and risking everything for. And if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.”
– Erica Jong

“Everything worthwhile is worth the wait.”
– Yentl Reynders

Teaching kids to be patient is a gift.

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
– Buddha

“Know this: It is okay for you to have everything you want.”

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
– Aesop

Be kinder than necessary — you never know what battle someone else is fighting.

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.