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Inspiring Quotes for Online College Students

Words of Wisdom & Advice about Online Learning and Education



These online learning quotes will leave you inspired and motivated.

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Are you in need of a bit of inspiration as you start or continue your journey as an online student? Take a look at these famous quotes from some of the best thinkers in the field of education.

If you have a favorite education quote that isn’t on this list, let me know: distancelearn@aboutguide.com

Online Education as a Step Towards Self-Education

Being a successful online student requires you to take initiative and be in charge of your own education, rather than simply sitting back in a lecture hall. The good news is that most real learning is initiated by students that see themselves as the only ones that are ultimately responsible for their learning.

  • "All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education." - Sir Walter Scott
  • “Self-knowledge is the only basis of true knowledge.” - John Taylor Gatto
  • “No man who worships education has got the best out of education...Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.” - G.K. Chesterton

See Also: What You Need to Know About OpenCourseWare, How to Get the Most from Free Online Classes

The Importance of Curiosity & Questions

Online classrooms often vary – some seem dry and monotonous, while others are engaging. Most great thinkers agree that one of the primary purposes of education is to spark curiosity and teach people how to ask questions that matter. Even when you’re faced with a less-than-ideal online classroom, try to find ways to get interested, ask questions, and take risks.

  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein
  • “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” - Isaac Asimov
  • “The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested. - William Dean Howells
  • “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” - Ken Robinson

Working Hard & Staying the Course

Especially as mid-terms roll around, it can become difficult to stay motivated in online classes. But, persistence and avoiding procrastination are essential to your success. College graduates aren’t necessarily the smartest students, they are the ones that had the fortitude to stick it out and work hard – even during the challenging times.

  • “It's hard work that makes the difference. I don't care how smart you are or how smart you think you are. Smart simply means you're ready to learn.” - Freeman Hrabowski
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • “Procrastination is opportunity's assassin.” - Victor Kiam
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

See Also: 5 Ways to Stay Motivated, 4 Ways to Balance Family & School

The Point of Education (Besides a Diploma)

When you earn an online degree, your education doesn’t just stop. Use what you’ve learned to create a life, spark your passions, and become the kind of person you want to be. Once you’ve learned how to learn, you should be able to find the resources and have the fortitude to teach yourself just about anything.

  • "Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.” - Bill Gates
  • “Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money - in that order; it is a process, a never-ending one.” - Bel Kaufman
  • "The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions." - Creighton
  • "Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
  • “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” - Carl Rogers
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