Part of a series on quotes to inspire students.
Here is a collection of 10 quotes that encourage students to put in more effort. These quotes also promote growth mindset, and can be valuable for attribution retraining. Read on for 10 of the best quotes that inspire students to put in effort.
Quotes to Inspire Students to Put in Effort
“It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.”
– Babe Ruth
This is one of the most inspiring classroom quotes I know, and I have it printed, laminated, and proudly displayed on my growth mindset bulletin board (click here to see it!). Persistence is probably one of the most exhausting qualities a person can have. It’s also one that almost always predicts how likely a person is to succeed
“Life will pay what ever price you ask of it.”
– Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins’ presentations on living courageously and choosing to demand the most of life are inspiring.
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”
– Winston Churchill
Use adversity to move higher.
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
– Chinese proverb
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney
And that’s from the dream-maker himself.
“In order to succeed, the desire for success must be greater than the fear of failure.”
– Bill Cosby
Focus on what you want to accomplish — and forget the doubts. Motivation without doubt is almost always a recipe for success.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela
Read more on Nelson Mandela here.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Try your best. Study. Ask questions. Be bold. Write a book. Read a hard book. Join a new club. Try snowboarding. Call your Grandmother. Start a website. Join a writing club. Research a new topic. Try Sushi. Declare your love. Ask for help. Make a new friend. Because you can!
“Out of clutter, find simplicity, from discord, find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
– Albert Einstein
Teach students to find ways to succeed without blaming distractions or making excuses. Strive for harmony every day. Look for the opportunities hidden within anything that seems less than perfect. Less than perfect is far more interesting than perfect — and in any case, its a better reflection of reality. You can’t have perfect silence every time you’re working — teach students to find their own moments of zen in the midst of the classroom environment.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”