Get These Back-to-School Quotes Tattooed on Your Brain

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Photo credit: John Francis
Photo credit: John Francis

From Cosmopolitan

I know you’re feeling some type of way about going back to school soon. Don’t lie—you clicked on this story for a reason. Maybe it’s your love of highlighters (same) or just seeing your friends on the reg. Or maybe it’s because you know that back-to-school szn 2020 is going to be weird.

Regardless, if you’re here because you’re looking for a quote to write in your planner, caption a ’gram, or create some fun DIY art to deal with those feels, we got you. (Even if you’re stuck at home for another semester instead of on campus with your Twin XL sheets.)

Here, we gathered more than 30 (!!!) quotes to turn up your school spirit again. Your 6-hour study sessions, 20-page papers, and finals week are no match for this positivity boost to go alongside your 3,210,328th cup of coffee.

To put on your binder:

  • “School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.” —Lon Watters

  • “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” —Oprah Winfrey

  • “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” —Ray LeBlond

  • “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” —Malala Yousafzai

  • “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” —Abraham Lincoln

  • “Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” —Vladimir Lenin

  • “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” —Plutarch

  • “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” —Chinese proverb

Motivation for 8 a.m. classes:

  • “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” —Beyoncé Knowles Carter

  • “A good education is a foundation for a better future.” —Elizabeth Warren

  • “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” —Zig Ziglar

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

  • “I’m not going to school just for the academics. I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.” —Emma Watson

  • “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” —Dolly Parton

  • “Everything is a learning process: Any time you fall over, it’s just teaching you to stand up the next time.”—Joel Edgerton

  • “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” —Sydney J. Harris

  • “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” —Nora Roberts

  • “The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.” —Alexander Graham Bell

If you’re low-key worried about the future:

  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “When we empower girls hungry for education, we cultivate women who are emboldened to effect change within their communities and globally.” —Meghan Markle

  • “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou

  • “Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” —Claire Fagin

  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

  • “Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.” —Shakuntala Devi

If you’re completely stressed out:

  • “Don’t try so hard to fit in and certainly don’t try so hard to be different…just try hard to be you.” —Zendaya

  • “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” —Helen Hayes

  • “You’re perfect when you’re comfortable being yourself.” —Ansel Elgort

  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

  • “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’” —Audrey Hepburn

  • “If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • “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 Radmache

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