10 Quotes to Inspire Students to Live Courageously

by Dr. Punita Rice Teaching

Part of a series on quotes for the classroom.

According to the Brain Based Teaching model, to a classroom environment should be comfortable and appealing, so as to support student learning. To take it a step further, that environment should promote positivity and student growth. This includes promoting students to live courageously. Read on for 10 of the best quotes that inspire students to live courageously.

 10 Quotes to Inspire Students to Live Courageously

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
– E.E. Cummings

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

This is one of those quotes that can be really powerful in your adolescent years. What a liberating idea — that one can form their own persona — and even their own destiny?

“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.”
– John A. Shedd

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
– Albert Einstein

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Be strong — forgive and forget. Let go of grudges and past stresses — they do nothing but weigh you down and waste space in your mind and heart. Release your anger in a healthy way, and simply move forward. Your life will be simpler for it, and your health will thank you for it.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness — only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hatred — only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

Hearing it said in such simple words is incredibly moving and seems very intuitive. Even if you don’t examine what this means about the connection of all humanity, think of what it says about your own relationships with the people you love, when they are lashing out or being frustrating. Do you meet their negativity with more negativity (as if that will cancel itself out)? Or do you use positivity to drive away their pain?

Meeting frustration with frustration will not diminish it — but meeting someone’s frustration with kindness and understanding is incredibly powerful. Meet adversity with courage and hope. Meet anger with understanding and compassion. Meet cruelty with empathy and concern. Meet worry with reassurance. Love deeply and thoroughly and you will find your world is alive and brighter than you could ever have imagined.

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
– Albus Dumbledore

Isn’t it lovely that some of the most genuine, sweet, and applicable, ideas today have come from Harry Potter?

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
– Mark Twain

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

That’s the beauty of the whole thing… you get to decide.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs

Much of the wisdom in this collection is meant to guide your students and you to live courageously and fearlessly.

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.