The secret to having the best year ever begins with having the right mindset. This mindset is rooted in the values of excellence in education and service. Education as a value focuses on learning and growing as a leader.
Each day, offers the opportunity to gain new insights, expand one’s knowledge, and create innovative solutions. Education is an exploratory process of imagining, innovating, and developing ideas. Service provides an opportunity to combine education and action by making an impact in the global community.
Education and service are the foundational tenets of the type of mindset that recognizes the power of each student to leave the world a better place than how you found it.
Looking for a little motivation for the best year ever? Here are 100 inspirational quotes for students like you:
Encouraging Quotes for Students on Education
Classrooms are the learning laboratory where students can create solutions to some of the most pressing social issues of our time, whether it be promoting environmental justice or ending mass incarceration.
They can draw upon their technical training, critical thinking skills, and analytical skills to engage in creative problem solving. Students can also gain the tools needed to develop as leaders and change agents.
1.) “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
2.) “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
3.) “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.” -Frederick Douglass
4.) “We may explain success mainly by one word and that word is WORK! WORK!! WORK!!! WORK!!!!” – Frederick Douglass
5.) “Read! read! read! And never stop until you discover the knowledge of the Universe.” – Marcus Garvey
6.) “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey
7.) “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
8.) “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein
Motivational Quotes for Students on Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity is needed to bring together the brightest minds to create solutions to business, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
Diversity creates an atmosphere where students come together and exchange ideas from diverse perspectives- life experience, cultural backgrounds.
This lays the foundation for professional development since all careers require teamwork, effective communication, and collective engagement.
9.) “We must cherish our samenesses because we have many more samenesses than we do differences…and our main sameness is they we are all God’s children.” – Max Heller
10.) “He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices.”- Carlo Goldoni
11.) “The earth is too small a planet and we too brief visitors for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.” – Coleman McCarthy
12.) “Diversity and Inclusion is a key business imperative for us.” – Antonio Perez
13.) “The whole barrier exists because most people never come together and sit down at the table…join together, break bread together, and celebrate their differences and their likenesses.” – Oprah Winfrey
14.) “[The] spirit of brotherhood, or solidarity, is precisely what the world needs more of today. Solidarity with our fellow humans, solidarity between nations, and solidarity towards our planet Earth.” – Oscar Arias Sanchez
15.) “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” – Henry David Thoreau
16.) “[People] may look different or be dressed differently, or may have a different education or position. But they are all the same. They are all people to be loved. They are all hungry for love.” – Mother Teresa
17.) “If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from peace.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
18.) “Indeed, the challenge of the new millennium is surely to find ways to achieve international – or better, intercommunity – cooperation wherein human diversity is acknowledged and the rights of all are respected.” – The Dalai Lama
19.) “We were not born with the unhealthy habits we carry. We had to learn them. So we can unlearn them, and help others do the same.”- Riane Eisler
20.) “Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared. Love has to be put in action. You have to love without expectation, to do something for love itself, not for what you may receive. If you expect something in return, then it isn’t love, because true love loves without conditions and expectations.” – Mother Teresa
21.) “[in the human family] there are no outsiders. All are insiders. Black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, Jew and Arab, Palestinian and Israeli, Roman Catholic and Protestant, Serb and Albanian, Hutu and Tutsi, Muslim and Christian, Buddhist and Hindu, Pakistani and Indian- all belong.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
22.) “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”– Malcolm Forbes
23.) “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inspirational Quotes for Students on Leadership Development
Leaders are learners. Leaders seek opportunities to broaden their horizons. They learn and grow through their experiences and interactions with others.
24.) “A leader is someone who is self-directed and does not allow anyone to place barriers.” – Paulette Brown
25.) “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr.
26.) “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – James Crook
27.) “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead
28.) “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.” – Author Unknown
29.) “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Horace Lorimer
30.) “While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
31.) “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
32.) “The function of freedom is to free someone else.”- Toni Morrison
33.) “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
34.) “Leadership is the ability to see a problem and then seek a solution and ACT – without sitting back and hoping and waiting for someone else to tackle it.” – Evangeline Mitchell
35.) “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
36.) “Leaders are a repairer of the breach. A partner across cultures and oceans.” – Judge LaJune Lange
37.) “.. and justice is really love in calculation.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
38.) “Love creates hope and embraces future possibilities.” – John Hope Bryant
39.) “I had learned early in life that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” – Malcolm X
40.) “The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
41.) “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” – Horace Mann
42.) “Until we are all free, none of us are free.” – Emma Lazarus
43.) “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Khalil Gibran
44.) “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican Proverb
45.) “Liberty for all; chains for none.” – Frederick Douglass
46.) “We cannot be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
47.) “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” – Malcolm X
48.) “Men must not only know, they must act.” – W.E.B. Dubois
49.) “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
50.) “The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.” – Paul Robeson
51.) “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
52.) “Love is manifested through service to others.” – John Hope Bryant
53.) “The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.” – Justice Thurgood Marshall
54.) “Everyone wants a voice in human freedom. There’s a fire burning inside of all of us.” – Lech Walesa
55.) “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West
56.) “If you join a fight for social justice you may win or lose, but just by being part of the struggle, you win, and your life will be better for it.” – Howard Zinn
57.) “You lose nothing when fighting for a cause… In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.” – Muhammad Ali
58.) “It’s time for those of us who have a voice to speak out for life, for love and for justice […]” – Chaka Khan
59.) “When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” – Bayard Rustin
60.) “The new definition of freedom today is self-determination.” – John Hope Bryant
61.) “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou
62.) “A focus on services begs the question: what do you have to give others?” – John Hope Bryant
63.) “If it is true, if it is beautiful, if it is honorable, if it is right, then claim it.” – Rob Bell
64.) “You receive from the world what you give to the world.” – Oprah Winfrey
65.) “Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself and about yourself.”- Iyanla Vanzant
66.) “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou
67.) “The reality is, you either stagnate or you grow.” – Justice Alan C. Page
68.) “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn
69.) “Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu
70.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy
71.) “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi
72.) “We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” – Dr. Wangari Maathai
73.) “Leaders can change the world if they are willing to take a courageous stand.” – Saran Crayton
74.) “If there is something you care about, make a commitment to do something now- starting with today. And choose to live a meaningful and purpose-driven life where you care about people and issues that are much greater than yourself.” – Evangeline Mitchell
75.) “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” – Robert Greenleaf
76.) “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
77.) “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mohandas Gandhi
78.) “Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.” – Rabbi Heschel
79.) “My life is my message.” – Mohandas Gandhi
80.) “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou
81.) “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that, then I realized “I AM SOMEBODY.” – Lily Tomlin
82.) “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree
83.) “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John Maxwell
84.) “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
85.) “I wish you power that equals your intelligence and your strength. I wish you success that equals your talent and determination. And I wish you faith.” – Betty Shabazz
86.) “I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” – Sidney Poitier
87.) “What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.” – Ralph Sockman
88.) “I’ve only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it,
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
But it’s up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give an account if I abuse it,
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it.”
– God’s Minute
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Each of these quotes for students can serve as inspiration during this school year. Start each day by reading any of them. Then pause and reflect on how you can make this year the best ever.