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40 Inspirational Quotes Every Graduate Student Should Know

40 Inspirational Quotes Every Graduate Student Should Know

Are you one of the many graduate students out there looking for some motivation in order to boost your life? It’s not going to a peace of cake to figure out what you want out of life but each day, trust that you are getting closer and closer to finding and doing what you love. I collected forty inspirational and motivational quotes that every graduate student should know to get that shot of encouragement to achieve your goals and find your calling.  If you can find only one quote that inspires you, it’ll be well worth it!

  1. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work – Thomas Edison
  2. Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  3. Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them – Anonymous
  4. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert B. Swope
  5. If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. – Charles Kettering
  6. Being different is one of the most beautiful things on earth. – Anonymous
  7. Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einsten
  8. The expert in anything was once a beginner. – Helen Hayes
  9. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  10. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison
  11. A journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
  12. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller
  13. I believe that every person is born with talent. – Maya Angelou
  14. Always desire to learn something useful. – Sophocles
  15. Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen. – Anonymous
  16. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Anonymous
  17. Learning is not a spectator sport. – D. Blocher
  18. Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B. F. Skinner
  19. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein
  20. Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese Proverb
  21. Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. – Henry L. Doherty
  22. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain
  23. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  24. 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
  25. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis
  26. If you never try, you’ll never know. – Anonymous
  27. You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for. – Anonymous
  28. Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better. – Bohdi Sanders
  29. Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get. – Anonymous
  30. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
  31. Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen. – Anonymous
  32. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
  33. If you want to be successful as bad as you want to breathe than you will be successful. – Eric Thomas
  34. Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it. – Anonymous
  35. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Anonymous
  36. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Anonymous
  37. Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have. – Anonymous
  38. Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1. – Anonymous
  39. One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life. – John Green
  40. Be yourself, everyone else is taken! – Oscar Wilde
  41. It doesn’t matter if you are a graduate student or you are a company leader, these quotes are for everyone. Let me know if you have any other motivational or inspirational quotes in your mind that I missed from this list that can inspire and motivate graduate students.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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