45 Dropout Quotes On Success In Life

These dropout quotes will inspire you. Dropout, to not do something that you were going to do, or to stop doing something before you have completely finished, or stop participating or being involved in something.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging dropout quotes, dropout sayings, and dropout proverbs.

Best Dropout Quotes

  1. “The dropout crisis is just the tip of an iceberg. What it doesn’t count are all the kids who are in school but being disengaged from it, who don’t enjoy it, who don’t get any real benefit from it.” ~ Ken Robinson
  2. “I ended up dropping out of high school. I’m a high school dropout, which I’m not proud to say, … I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. But I had other teachers who said, ‘You know what? This dream of yours is a hobby. When are you going to give it up?’ I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there” ~ Hilary Swank
  3. “Our society is filled with runaways, dropouts, and quitters. The epidemic of walking away has hit our land with effects as devastating as the bubonic plague, and it has destroyed millions of effective lives and relationships. We are so self-centered that we have ceased to lay down our lives for others. We have seen others faint or walk away and we have followed in their weakness. We have fainted when we could have persevered by exchanging our strength for His! With His strength, not only could we have kept on walking, we could have run!” ~ Kay Arthur
  4. “High school dropouts are forfeiting their opportunity to pursue the American Dream.” ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  5. “Eighty-two percent of prisoners in the United States are high-school dropouts. A high-school dropout between the ages of 30 and 34 is two-thirds more likely to be in jail, or to have been in jail, or to be dead.” ~ Kamala Harris
  6. “I’m a skinny, geeky, high school dropout – it works, kids! Sensitive guys always get the girl. You’ll get laid 10 times as much as that guy on the football team ’cause he’s on steroids and he’s gonna get fat.” ~ Dave Grohl
  7. “If one defines the term ‘dropout’ to mean a person who has given up serious effort to meet his responsibilities, then every business office, government agency, golf club and university faculty would yield its quota.” ~ John W. Gardner
  8. “There are a lot of stats and a strong correlation between dropout rates and crime as well as poverty.” ~ Cedric Richmond

  9. “The schools play an important role when it comes down to protecting children against violence.Violence is one of the principal reasons why children don’t go to school. It’s also one of the causes of the alarming school dropout rates.” ~ Shakira
  10. “In the current world, with the skills needed, dropouts [like no secondary education] are condemned to being members of the underclass. In my view, this is a fault of the American school system, which is a government monopoly.” ~ Milton Friedman
  11. “We are looking for ways to decrease the dropout rate. I am pretty sure, if we eliminate career and technical education, we are going to increase the dropout rate.” ~ Michael Enzi
  12. “I’ve listened to Preachers, I’ve listened to fools. I’ve worshipped the dropouts, who’ve made their own rules.” ~ Ozzy Osbourne

  13. “Right now, in every big city ghetto, tens of thousands of yesterday’s and today’s school dropouts are keeping body and soul together by some form of hustling in the same way I did.” ~ Malcolm X , Hustle dropout quotes
  14. “The young love and cherish people and places from which they receive the skills and the emotional support which enable them to make it in the world or to meet their basic human needs. The same people and places are often the first recipients of the frustration and anger–violence, vandalism, disrespect–of young people who are not making it well in the world. I suspect that this is the reason that personal and school property violence is increasing more rapidly than school burglary and dropout rates.” ~ James P. Comer
  15. “Today, you have achieved something special, something only 92 percent of Americans your age will ever know: a college diploma. That’s right, with your college diploma you now have a crushing advantage over 8 percent of the workforce. I’m talking about dropout losers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg.” ~ Conan O’Brien , College dropout quotes
  16. “No member of our generation who wasn’t a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

  17. “Within the black community, roughly 60 percent of children are born to single moms. Moms don’t have the emotional wherewithal to deal with their children. Their English is atrocious. Their speaking is atrocious. The dropout rate is horrendous.” ~ Walter Dean Myers
  18. “Where you see immigration competition play out most clearly is among high school dropouts. I’d say there’s clearly immigrant competition among the least-skilled workers, but natives are a shrinking share while immigrants are a growing share.” ~ Jared Bernstein
  19. “Bluntly put, there’s no chance that your doctor, dentist, or attorney is a high-school dropout. Your stockbroker, however, just might be.” ~ William J. Bernstein
  20. “High school dropout rates nationally – Not enough is being done on this issue.” ~ Cedric Richmond

  21. “Crime is a social problem, and education is the only real deterrent. Look at all of us in prison; we were all truants and dropouts, a failure of the educational system. Look at your truancy problem, and you’re looking at your future prisoners. Put the money there.” ~ Wilbert Rideau
  22. “While learning to code may have once been an arduous or expensive process, the college dropouts who developed Codecademy have democratized coding as surely as Gutenberg democratized text. Anyone can go to Codecademy and start learning and creating code through their simple, fun, interactive window, for free.” ~ Douglas Rushkoff
  23. “I’m not a film-school guy. I was a high-school dropout. I was on a nuclear submarine. I was an electrician. I was a house painter. So if you get in my face, I’m going to fight you.” ~ David Ayer
  24. “Some of the best projects to ever come out of Atari or Chuck E. Cheese’s were from high school dropouts, college dropouts. One guy had been in jail.” ~ Nolan Bushnell

  25. “I think it’s a scandal what has been happening in the school system so far as lower income classes. The dropout rates, the illiteracy rate, you know literacy in the United States was a lot higher in 1890 than it is now.” ~ Milton Friedman
  26. “Most poor people in America are white. The family breakdown issue is an issue that crosses all sorts of racial lines. High school dropout issues. But because of the flow of events which involve the racial component, we’ve sometimes confused racial issues with other issues which are trans-racial.” ~ David Brooks , School dropout quotes
  27. “In racing marathons, one does not see the dropouts make fun of those who continue; failed runners actually cheer on those who continue the race, wishing they were still in it. Not so with the marathon of discipleship in which some dropouts then make fun of the spiritual enterprise of which they were so recently a part!” ~ Neal A. Maxwell
  28. “Jefferson thought schools would produce free men: we prove him right by putting dropouts in jail.” ~ Benjamin Barber

  29. “To be quite honest, along with thinking and such when it comes to writing, I’m not into words like “theory.” I’m a PhD dropout. No matter how many twenty-five-page papers I wrote, I never felt like I was saying much. I didn’t feel like the writer of the book, whose work I was analyzing, would have been impressed. It didn’t matter how much time or effort I put in.” ~ Mary J. Miller
  30. “I think Berklee College of Music had the highest dropout rate of any college – or pretend college – in the United States. Because I think most people think they’re going to be in Green Day or whatever, and you actually have to learn about music you don’t care for, too. I mean, I cared for a great deal of music; it’s just that I didn’t want to submerge myself into the well of fusion jazz.” ~ Brendon Small
  31. “The bottom line is that if I did it, you can do it. I got rich without the benefit of a college education or a penny of capital but making many errors along the way. I went from being a pauper.. a hippie dropout on the dole, living in a crummy room without the proverbial pot to piss in, without even the money to pay the rent, without a clue as to what to do next.. to being rich…” ~ Felix Dennis
  32. “Someone thought that I dropped out of Harvard. I am a college dropout, but I dropped out of Temple University in Philadelphia.” ~ Paul F. Tompkins

  33. “Ferdinand was a gold trader. He was a lawyer for mining companies. When he entered politics in l949, he had tons and tons of gold. When Bill Gates was a college dropout, Ferdinand already possessed billions of dollars and tons of gold. It wasn’t stolen.” ~ Imelda Marcos
  34. “In the terms of our Great Society the Hell’s Angels and their ilk are losers – dropouts, failures and malcontents. They are rejects looking for a way to get even with a world in which they are only a problem.The Hell’s Angels are not visionaries, but diehards, and if they are the forerunners or the vanguard of anything it is not the “moral revolution” in vogue on college campuses, but a fast-growing legion of young unemployables whose untapped energy will inevitably find the same kind of destructive outlet that “outlaws” like the Hell’s Angels have been finding for years.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
  35. “The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has ordered a Christian club to allow non-Christians as leaders. While we’re at it, let’s put high school dropouts in charge of the University.” ~ Fred Thompson
  36. “Before I moved to Brooklyn to pursue music, I was a high school dropout and speed freak who’d been living with her dealer boyfriend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania at 16.” ~ Britta Phillips

  37. “I think of my father growing up in South Jersey, the son of second-generation German immigrant glassblowers. The opportunities for him of feeling that aspiration, that yearning, get out of the small town, connect to a larger world, get yourself to New York, wanting to play the piano at every opportunity, bonding with people who were on a similar path, ending up in Provincetown, which was kind of nexus for nonconformity, and artistic dropout reality.” ~ Anne Waldman
  38. “We know that they cannot bear their share of the taxes to help pay for their education. And unless those children get a good education we know that they become dropouts and they become delinquents and they become taxeaters instead of taxpayers. We know that they will join the unemployed. That is why we put top priority on breaking the vicious cycle that today threatens the future of 5 million children in this great land of opportunity which we talk about so much.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
  39. “I was 19 years old, pumping gas and going nowhere. I was kind of a high school dropout at that point because I had left school to play hockey, but no one drafted me.” ~ Adam Oates
  40. “If you go looking for loonies and religious fanatics and dropouts and freaks, I dare say you’ll find it.” ~ Stephen Fry

  41. “Although a life-long fashion dropout, I have absorbed enough by reading Harper’s Bazaar while waiting at the dentist’s to have grasped that the purpose of fashion is to make A Statement. My own modest Statement, discerned by true cognoscenti, is, “Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won’t Be Naked.” ~ Molly Ivins
  42. “In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.” ~ Jared Leto
  43. “I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there.” ~ Hilary Swank

  44. “Blackwater USA has already taken in more than $1 billion from the public coffers. All in all, that’s not a bad take for Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Naval Academy dropout who served less time under the colors of the nation, in uniform, than my most recent pair of boots.” ~ Robert Bateman
  45. “The hippie is the scion of surplus-value. The dropout can only claim sanctity in a society which offers something to be dropped out of–career, ambition, conspicuous consumption. The effects of hippie sanctimony can only be felt in the context of others who plunder his lifestyle for what they find good or profitable, a process known as rip-off by the hippie, who will not see how savagely he has pillaged intricate and demanding civilizations for his own parodic lifestyle.” ~ Germaine Greer

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