55 Quotes about learning (in different categories)

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Published 19 May 2022

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Quotes about learning can be inspirational and motivational. Whether you're a student or a professional trying to learn a new skill, reading inspirational quotes can encourage you to persevere and continue learning. Consider placing inspirational quotes for learners in your study room or office as a visual reminder to help you grow as a professional or an individual. In this article, we share famous quotes for learners to help you develop a positive attitude and motivate you to keep learning.

Quotes about learning

The best way to remain relevant and successful in your job or business is to keep learning. Consider staying up to date with changes in your community, your industry and the world around you. Learning may not always be easy as it requires time and commitment, but the following inspirational quotes for learners could help encourage you:

Quotes about working hard

Learning often takes a lot of hard work and time. Consider these inspirational quotes to motivate you to work harder:

  1. ‘If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.' ― Malcolm Gladwell

  2. ‘You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections and you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.' — Marsha Evans

  3. 'All things are difficult before they are easy.' ― Thomas Fuller

  4. ‘Successful people begin where failures leave off. Never settle for ‘just getting the job done.' Excel!'― Tom Hopkins

  5. ‘I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty near.'― Margaret Thatcher

  6. ‘Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.' — John Carmack

  7. ‘Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn't guarantee success, but without it, you don't have a chance.' — Alex Rodriguez

  8. ‘Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.' — Winston Churchill

  9. ‘Success is not a destination, but the road that you're on. Being successful means that you're working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That's living your dream.' — Marlon Wayans

  10. ‘If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less—than—excellent work.' — Thomas J. Watson

  11. ‘If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.' ― Michelangelo

  12. ‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.' ― Pelé

  13. ‘Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.' — Jim Rohn

  14. ‘Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.' — Henry David Thoreau

  15. ‘Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' — Chris Grosser

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Quotes about persistence and believing in yourself

To keep learning, you may want to be confident and believe in yourself through the learning journey. Here are some quotes to consider regarding believing in yourself:

  1. ‘Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.' ― John Wooden

  2. ‘There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don't want to make mistakes.' ― John Maxwell

  3. 'It's not knowing what to do, it's doing what you know.' ― Tony Robbins

  4. ‘Nothing we ever imagined is beyond our powers, only beyond our present self-knowledge.' — Theodore Roszak

  5. ‘It's ok to try things out, to ask questions, to feel unsure, to let your mind wander, to daydream, to ask for help, to experiment, to take time out, not to know, to practise, to ask for help again — and again, to make mistakes, to check your understanding.' — Jane Revell & Susan Norman

  6. ‘Learning is never done without errors and defeat.' — Vladimir Lenin

  7. ‘Winners aren't those who lose the least, but rather those who learn the most from their losses on their way to victory.' ― Orrin Woodward

  8. ‘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

  9. ‘That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.' ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. ‘If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.' — Thomas Alva Edison

  11. ‘I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.' — Thomas Edison

  12. ‘It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.'― Confucius

  13. ‘A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.'― Christopher Reeve

  14. ‘The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.' — Franklin D. Roosevelt

  15. ‘If you can't fly then run; if you can't run, then walk; if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.'― Martin Luther King Jr.

Related: How to improve soft skills in the workplace

Quotes about education

Most people learn through education. Here are some quotes about education that can motivate you to learn:

  1. ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.' — Dr. Seuss

  2. ‘An organisation's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage. ‘— Jack Welch

  3. ‘It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.' — Wendell Berry

  4. ‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.' — Abraham Lincoln

  5. ‘Without question, students need to practice, review, and drill skills, but they should do so only in the spirit of working towards more complex mastery of those skills. Redundant drill of skills is inherently boring and insulting to the learner, and it is one of the most effective methods for turning students off to learning.' — Heidi Hayes Jacobs

  6. ‘We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.' — Peter Drucker

  7. ‘One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.' — Frank Herbert

  8. ‘You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.' — Marvin Minsky

  9. ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.‘ — Plutarch

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

  11. ‘Unless you're continually improving your skills, you're quickly becoming irrelevant.' — Stephen Covey

  12. ‘The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.' — Aristotle

  13. ‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.' — Derek Bok

  14. ‘Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.' — Anthony J. D'Angelo

  15. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.'— Nelson Mandela

Related: How to develop your skill set for career success

Quotes about procrastination when it comes to learning

When it comes to learning, you may want to start as soon as you realise the need for it. Procrastinating learning can delay your success. Here are some quotes about procrastination when it comes to learning:

  1. ‘All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.' — Michael John Bobak

  2. ‘Often I feel that projects overwhelm us when we look at how many hours are involved until completion. But just getting started is usually not that difficult.' — Emily Giffin

  3. ‘Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.' — Pablo Picasso

  4. ‘You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.' — Zig Ziglar

  5. ‘If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' — Jim Rohn

  6. ‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.' — Jim Ryun

  7. ‘If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it—teach yourself to be impatient.' — Gurbaksh Chahal

  8. ‘The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.' — Ray Kroc

  9. ‘The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.'— Josh Waitzkin

  10. ‘There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.' — Jim Lovell

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