College Quotes For Students: Funny, Famous, Inspirational

College quotes provide food for thought to students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The importance of education shines through in this fun series of insights from the likes of Mandela, Gandhi, and Van Gogh.

Quotes About College

So if a college education is indispensable, the challenge, as I see it is how to make it more accessible.
Gordon Gee

I think a college education is important no matter what you do in life.
Phil Mickelson

A college education shows a man how little other people know.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.
L. L. Henderson

I think, especially when you’re in college, each book that you’re reading tends to tell you who you are.
Jeffrey Eugenides

College isn’t the place to go for ideas.
Helen Keller

One of the great mind destroyers of a college education is the belief that if it’s very complex, it’s very profound.
Dennis Prager

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Funny College Quotes

College ain’t so much where you been as how you talk when you get back.
Ossie Davis

Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.
Bob Dylan

They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.
Orson Welles

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?
David Wood

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Humorous Sayings

College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.
Judd Apatow

The chief value in going to college is that it’s the only way to learn it really doesn’t matter.
George Edwin Howes

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.
Gloria Steinem

In university, they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Doris Lessing

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
R.S. Ingersoll

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Inspirational Sayings

There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
General Colin Powell

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
Kurt Vonnegut

What school, college, or lecture bring men depends on what men bring to carry it home in.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our colleges ought to have lit up in us a lasting relish for the better kind of man, a loss of appetite for mediocrities.
William James

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it.
Vincent Van Gogh

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Dr. Wayne Dyer

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.
Mary Anne Radmacher

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Famous College Quotations

When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.
William J. Clinton

The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man.
C. Wright Mills

I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.
Natalie Portman

College is a refuge from hasty judgment.
Robert Frost

I went to college because I didn’t have anywhere else to go, and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there, I was exposed to this world that I didn’t know was possible.
Tom Hanks

I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice, you’ll never be successful.
Shia LaBeouf

College Quotes

College isn’t in everyone’s hearts. I am living proof, though, that school doesn’t mess up your plans. It gives you more experiences to write about.
J. Cole

College inspired me to think differently. It’s like no other time in your life.
Larisa Oleynik

Let me say no danger and no hardship ever makes me wish to get back to that college life again.
Joshua Chamberlain

No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls.
Horatio Alger

It is not my wish to lounge about the college and fatten on a fellowship all my days. I am always trying to look upon college life as a medium, not an end.
Thomas Edward Brown

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Motivational Quotes for Students

A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself.
Thomas Ehrlich

That’s what college is for – getting as many bad decisions as possible out of the way before you’re forced into the real world. I keep a checklist of ’em on the wall in my room.
Jeph Jacques

College has given me the confidence I need to fail.
Jarod Kintz

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
Christian D. Larson

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day out.
Robert Collier

College is like a fountain of knowledge – and the students are there to drink.
Chuck Palahniuk

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The Old College Try

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
George Lorimer

For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou


A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.
Dan Rather

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
William James

If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college.
R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake.
Elbert Hubbard

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education but the means to an education.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own.
Michelle Obama

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and founder of Greeting Card Poet.


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