10 Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes

10 Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes

When in Manila has featured fun adventures, concerts, and getaways for the past two months. But all good things come to an end, including the summer vacation. It’s finally time for the crazy deadlines and hell weeks that seem to have no end. 

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What I usually do before the start of the academic year is to have this annual ritual of writing down my goals, getting new school supplies, and looking for quotes online. 

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I know there are people who are skeptical about setting goals and resolutions, and looking for inspiration through quotes. But let’s say out of the 10 goals a person makes, he achieves only one. Still, that’s one more goal from where he started.

These quotes and inspiring words do not solve problems and homework for us, but at least they help us rememeber the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing. 

Through the many years of being a student, there are then quotes that have stood out. I hope they inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me. <3

10 Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes

1.) This quote is perfect for choosing a course in college. It’s from this fabulous guy who taught me how to spell B-E-A-U-tiful.

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So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality… You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

– Jim Carrey

Take it from Jim Carrey, who took a chance on doing what he loves and looks really happy now (as proven by this GIF) :)) 

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2.) For when we wonder why we have to learn and memorize so many useless things that have no practical use in the “real world.”

“In school, you learn how to learn.”

Some lessons we were forced to memorize became practically useful and indispensable after school. Some never did. But while studying these things, we did know how to learn. Our characters and habits were developed, and friendships were formed. We had a greater sense of self after identifiying likes, hobbies, and weaknesses. 



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The most valuable part about you is your brain. Get an education; don’t let anybody tell you that your body or the size that you wear or any of that BS matters, because it doesn’t. Your brain matters, so be the smart girl in the room. Because, to be funny, you have to be smart, because you have to get the joke.

I think the sexiest thing on anybody is intelligence. I respect somebody who has a brain and wants to use it more than a pretty face and status.

– Sophia Bush

4.) During the summer before the senior year of high school, I went to a review center. Instead of giving lofty promises about how the review center was going to miraculously get us into our dream schools, the proctor said:

“You don’t start preparing for the college entrance exams here. You strated preparing for it on your first day in pre-school.”

5.) “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

– Unknown author

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6.) For when we question whether or not we should join extracurricular activities we are truly passionate about.  This is from the valedictory speech of Erica Goldson:

“But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.”

(See the whole speech here.)

Her speech is a reminder for us not to simply be a “great test-taker,” but to learn as much as we can about our passion, and to live creatively. 

(See “10 Ways on How to be More Creative” here.)

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7. ) For when we delay the fulfillment of our dreams to a later day “when we have more time.”

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

– Karen Lamb




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“I have felt for the last 10 years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult.”

– Emma Watson

9.) “Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that… Be true to yourself and everything will be fine.”

– Ellen DeGeneres

10.) And finally, the Holstee Manifesto. I’ve never seen a photo that summed up the way I want to live my life, including my life as a student. 

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Note: There were some images that were shared and reblogged many times online, that their original sources could not be found. I don’t claim ownership to any of the photos used. These are some of the photo sources: https://designspiration.net/, https://www.zieak.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/testing_cartoon.jpg, senorgif.com

The fire that does not spread out will eventually fade out! I hope you could share with what words you live by as you enter this academic year. Feel free to comment below, or tweet me @rebeccaallee. <3 Looking forward to more good vibes and inspiring words! 🙂 

 10 Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes