Studying for exams is stressful. It is HARD to stay inspired and keep going. Maybe you’ve forgotten why you’re doing this at all?

I get it, I’ve been there.

Which means that I’ve got a sure-fire way for you to find a powerful boost to your exam study motivation:

Sometimes all you need is some inspirational exam quotes.

Even better – a quote you can print (or write!) out, big and bold, and stick somewhere you’ll see every time you sit down to revise. Sound ideal?

Perhaps this is all you need to hear:

“If you don’t do your revision properly, you know what’ll happen? YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

actor Sir Ian McKellen, channelling Gandalf from Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, speaking to students at a high school in Somerset, England

If not, keep reading for an additional 48 powerful, inspirational exam quotes that I have compiled just for you!

Use these handy links to find the best quote to inspire YOU:

Which quote is your favourite? Let me know in the comments section below!

Quotes for investing in self-belief

Maybe self-belief doesn’t come naturally to you. So, until it does, trust ME instead – you CAN do this. Choose one of these inspirational quotes to remind you that you can succeed in your exams:

Inspirational exam quote

2. Fake it till you make it

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”

Venus Williams, the first African American World No. 1 tennis player in the modern era

3. On overcoming obstacles

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ―  Christian D. Larson, author and teacher

4. Believe in yourself

“Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” ― Virat Kohli, Indian cricketer

5. Trust yourself

Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do” ― Benjamin Spock, paediatrician and author

6. Power of mindset

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” ― Henry Ford, industrialist founder of the Ford Motor Company

7. Coping with limiting beliefs

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John Wooden, basketball player and coach

8. Everybody is a genius – according to Einstein

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

9. You got to keep going

“Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.”

― Chantal Sutherland, Canadian jockey and model

10. Keep your dreams alive

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

Gail Devers, American Olympic champion in track and field

Quotes to inspire you to chase your goals

Find some exam inspiration by reminding yourself what you are working TOWARDS with these quotes:

11. How badly do you want it?

Inspirational exam quote

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

John Maxwell, author and leadership expert

12. Nobody said this was going to be easy…

“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.”


13. Remember what you’re here for

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

―  Malcolm Forbes, entrepreneur

14. Work smart, not just hard

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

John F. Kennedy, 35th US president

15. What’s your destiny?

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

―  Henry Ford, industrialist founder of the Ford Motor Company

16. Finding meaning in life

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstance, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

―  Viktor Frankl, neurologist, philosopher and Holocaust survivor

17. Find reasons to say YES

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”


18. Go live your dreams!

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

―   Unknown

Quotes to inspire you overcome your exam fears

Has exam season got your nerves frayed? Repair your confidence with a boost from these powerful quotes:

19. The power of possible

Inspirational quote for students

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible’.”

― Audrey Hepburn, actress and humanitarian

20. You have to take action

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”

Jules Renard, author – French

21. Being afraid just means it matters

“Fear, inherently, is not meant to limit you. Fear is the brain’s way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome.”


22. Bounce back

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.”

General George S. Patton, WW2 commander in the US Army

23. Imagine the possibilities…

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

Jamie Paolinetti, pro bicycle racer and film maker

24. Play to your strengths

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist

25. Be the best version of yourself – like Arianna Huffington

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post

Quotes to give you the courage to persevere

Giving up now might seem easier, but these inspirational quotes will help you KEEP GOING and conquer your exams!

26. The courage to continue

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

27. Go again, one more time

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

―  Thomas A. Edison, businessman and inventor of the phonograph and electric lamp

28. Keep going!

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

29. What is perseverance?

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives

30. You’re almost there

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author

31. Patience and perseverance

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams, 6th US president

32. Do you want to be hard to beat?

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

 Babe Ruth, pro baseball player

Quotes that prompt you to get prepared for exams

Find a quote to remind you to MAXIMISE your chances in your exams by preparing thoroughly:

33. Power of preparation

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“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin, scientist, author and Founding Father of the United States

34. Sharpen the axe

“A woodsman was once asked, ‘What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?’ He answered, ‘I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

Anonymous woodsman, popularly attributed to Abraham Lincoln

35. Play wisely

“Your life is not a simulation; it’s the real game. Play wisely.”

Richelle Goodrich, author

36. You were born to win

“You were born to win. But to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.”

―  Zig Ziglar, ace salesman and motivational speaker

Quotes for eliminating your study excuses

Defeat the urge to procrastinate and get ready to study SMART with some help from these inspirational quotes:

37. Stop making excuses

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“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist and inventor

38. Procrastination = regret. JUST DO IT.

“My biggest regret could be summed up in one word, and that’s procrastination.”

Ron Cooper, American artist

39. Don’t look for explanations

“It’s not the time to look for excuses.”

Rafael Nadal, pro tennis player

40. You can excuse others, but not yourself

“The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.”

―  Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, speaker and clergyman

Quotes to help you just get started

Sometimes the hardest thing is just getting started! These inspirational exam quotes will help you dive in and get MOVING:

41. The secret to greatness

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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

―  Zig Ziglar, ace salesman and motivational speaker

42. Overcome procrastination – like Charles Dickens

“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

― Charles Dickens, author, in ‘David Copperfield’

43. You can’t get ahead until you get started

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

 Mark Twain, writer, novelist and author

44. Start where you are

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe, pro tennis player

45. It’s quicker once you start!

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes the longest to finish.”

― author J.R.R. Tolkien in ‘The Lord of the Rings’

46. Don’t wait for all the lights to go green

“If we wait for the moment when absolutely everything is ready we shall never begin.”

Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist

47. How to move a mountain – according to Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Confucius, Chinese philosopher and politician

48. Make a new ending for your life – today

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

 Maria Robinson, child development and early years education author

To round up…

…here’s one final, and very crucial, exam tip from author Terry Pratchett:

49. Concluding exam quote!

“Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.”

author Terry Pratchett, in “Moving Pictures”

I hope that you’re feeling inspired to get to work and ace your exams! Good luck!

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