65 Graduate Student Quotes On Success In Life

These graduate student quotes will inspire you. A graduate student is someone who has earned a bachelor’s degree and is pursuing additional education in a specific field.

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

Best Graduate Student Quotes

  1. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers
  2. “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
  3. “Living well is the best revenge.If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ Max Eastman
  4. “Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” ~ Tom Brokaw

  5. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ Milton Berle
  6. “Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
  7. “Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.” ~ Garry Trudeau
  8. “Go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” ~ Neil Gaiman

  9. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs
  10. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ~ Mark Twain
  11. “If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
  12. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

  13. “Make glorious and fantastic mistakes.” ~ Neil Gaiman
  14. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  15. “You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  16. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C. S. Lewis

  17. “Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” ~ Neil Gaiman
  18. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” ~ Steve Jobs
  19. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
  20. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  21. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
  22. “Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” ~ Bernard Baruch
  23. “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” ~ Tom Brokaw
  24. “To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you too can be president of the United States.” ~ George W. Bush

  25. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
  26. “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  27. “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
  28. “My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out.” ~ Ruth Westheimer

  29. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
  30. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald
  31. “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.” ~ Robert Orben
  32. “If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” ~ Nora Roberts

  33. “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” ~ Nora Roberts
  34. “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” ~ Roger Babson
  35. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  36. “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 Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  37. “A clever graduate student could teach Fourier something new, but
    surely no one claims that he could teach Archimedes to reason
    better.” ~ Paul Halmos
  38. “I would not say I am looking for God. Or, I am not looking for God precisely. I am not seeking the God I learned about as a Catholic child, as an 18-year-old novice in a religious community, as an agnostic graduate student, as – but who cares about my disguises? Or God’s.” ~ Mary Rose O’Reilley
  39. “When a professor insists computer science is X but not Y, have compassion for his graduate students.” ~ Alan Perlis
  40. “I feel like a 1960s graduate student. I still work on note cards. I’ve never found a better system.” ~ Lawrence Wright

  41. “I had been offered fellowships to enter as a graduate student at either Harvard or Princeton. But the Princeton fellowship was somewhat more generous, since I had not actually won the Putnam competition… Thus Princeton became the choice for my graduate study location.” ~ John Forbes Nash
  42. “You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students, to become friends with one of them. I don’t mean anything erotically charged, just a friendship.” ~ Marilyn Hacker
  43. “Things that I can do myself, I either do by myself, or teach a willing undergraduate who doesn’t know how to do those things by doing it for me. Things that I can’t do myself, my graduate students should be doing.” ~ John Maeda
  44. “I used to tell women graduate students, half-seriously, that the role of slightly rebellious daughter was one of the better roles for women living in patriarchy.” ~ Carol Gilligan

  45. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.” ~ Nora Roberts
  46. “I didn’t study writing in school, I studied biology as an undergraduate and graduate student. So I think that I write fiction in the scientific way. I love invention, obviously; I love creation of character. But I do feel very rooted in the real world, even in the way that I create characters.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
  47. “The proper aim of education is to promote significant learning. Significant learning entails development. Development means successively asking broader and deeper questions of the relationship between oneself and the world. This is as true for first graders as graduate students, for fledging artists as graying accountants.” ~ Laurent A. Daloz
  48. “As a graduate student at Oxford in 1963, I began writing about books in revolutionary France, helping to found the discipline of book history. I was in my academic corner writing about Enlightenment ideals when the Internet exploded the world of academic communication in the 1990s.” ~ Robert Darnton

  49. “Surveying the way viruses have been discovered in the past, I came to the conclusion that I could use my technology that I developed as a graduate student – DNA microarray technology – to create a chip that would simultaneously screen for all viruses ever discovered, and furthermore have the built-in capability of discovering new viruses.” ~ Joseph DeRisi
  50. “There was one thing more than any other that turned this New York, liberal, Jewish, Columbia University graduate student away from modern liberalism: its use of moral equivalence to avoid confronting evil during the Cold War.” ~ Dennis Prager
  51. “I have graduate students who have developed this ability to love and want to perfect it. Those are the students I spend a lot of time with because at this time they need that.” ~ Frederick Lenz
  52. “I was once a graduate student in Victorian literature, and I believe as the Victorian novelists did, that a novel isn’t simply a vehicle for private expression, but that it also exists for social examination. I firmly believe this.” ~ Margaret Atwood

  53. “It is a mistake to think of these men as visionary dreamers, playing around at Philadelphia with abstract conceptions of political theory, pulling a whole scheme of government out of the air like a rabbit out of a hat. True, many of them had read and studied enough about the science of politics to put the average statesman of today to shame. But political science was to them an extremely practical topic of discussion, dealing with the extremely practical business of running a government–not, as today, a branch of higher learning reserved for the use of graduate students.” ~ Fred Rodell
  54. “Economic analysis is the first principle of Marxism. Professors who were genuine leftists would have challenged the entire economics-driven machinery of American academe the wasteful multidepartmental structure, the divisive pedantry of overspecialization, the cronyism and sycophancy in recruitment and promotion, the boondoggling ostentation of pointless conferences, the exploitation of graduate students and part-time teachers, the subservience of faculty to overpaid administrators, the mediocrity and folly of the ruling cliques of the Modern Language Association.” ~ Camille Paglia
  55. “I believe that we can still have a genre of scientific books suitable for and accessible alike to professionals and interested laypeople. The concepts of science, in all their richness and ambiguity, can be presented without any compromise, without any simplification counting as distortion, in language accessible to all intelligent people. I hope that this book can be read with profit both in seminars for graduate students and if the movie stinks and you forgot your sleeping pills on the businessman’s special to Tokyo.” ~ Stephen Jay Gould
  56. “We need to align the incentives so that colleges have an incentive to keep down their costs… to graduate students on time with degrees in areas where they’re going to be able to get jobs and going to be able to pay back those loans.” ~ Elizabeth Warren

  57. “Science itself is badly in need of integration and unification. The tendency is more and more the other way … Only the graduate student, poor beast of burden that he is, can be expected to know a little of each. As the number of physicists increases, each specialty becomes more self-sustaining and self-contained. Such Balkanization carries physics, and indeed, every science further away, from natural philosophy, which, intellectually, is the meaning and goal of science.” ~ Isidor Isaac Rabi
  58. “I spent eighteen months as a graduate student in physics at Columbia University, waiting unhappily for an opportunity to work in a laboratory and wondering if I should continue in physics.” ~ Sidney Altman
  59. “There was a golden period that I look back upon with great regret, in which the cheapest of experimental animals were medical students. Graduate students were even better. In the old days, if you offered a graduate student a thiamine-deficient diet, he gladly went on it, for that was the only way he could eat. Science is getting to be more and more difficult.” ~ George Wald
  60. “As a graduate student, I wrote a long paper connecting the dots between mathematical models of learning and language development in children. It was published in a major journal.” ~ Steven Pinker

  61. “When you start in science, you are brainwashed into believing how careful you must be, and how difficult it is to discover things. There’s something that might be called the ‘graduate student syndrome’; graduate students hardly believe they can make a discovery.” ~ Francis Crick
  62. “And then there is Pythagoras. The legend is that the founder of theoretical mathematics was so outraged when one of his students, the haplessly gifted Hippasus, discovered irrational numbers that he sent the poor fellow out on a raft to drown, initiating a venerable tradition of professors mistreating their graduate students.” ~ Rebecca Goldstein
  63. “Almost all of my graduate students say that they got interested in dinosaurs because of ‘Jurassic Park.'” ~ Jack Horner
  64. “If you believe in what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.” ~ Connie Sellecca
  65. “American universities are organized on the principle of the nuclear rather than the extended family. Graduate students are grimly trained to be technicians rather than connoisseurs. The old German style of universal scholarship has gone.” ~ Camille Paglia

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