Jobs-Related Inspirational Quotes for College Students

By Alexis Angelini on March 18, 2017

Hey, collegiates! I know it can be intimidating and scary to think about goals — especially ones involving dream jobs!

I collected my favorite quotes that will help inspire you and give you the confidence to go out and try to accomplish your dream jobs and lifestyles. I hope that these quotes will also give you hope to accomplish whatever you want in life.

Enjoy these inspirational quotes for college students!

Following Your Dreams

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Finding Success

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs … one step at a time.” – Joe Girard

“If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.” – Jen Welter

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

Overcoming Adversity

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” – Arthur Golden

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in endless boundless grace and things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn

“In my moments of doubt, I’ve told myself firmly, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’” – Emma Watson

“Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” – Rae Smith

Believing in Yourself 

“Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

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

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” – Jennifer I. Freeman

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon

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

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Making a Difference

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Dealing with Change

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing Fear to stop you from Growing, Evolving, and Progressing.” – Mandy Hale

“The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

“Don’t let the concept of change scare you as much as the prospect of remaining unhappy.” – Timber Hawkeye

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” – Caroline Myss

Good luck with all of your hopes and dreams collegiates! Comment below with your favorite quotes.

Alexis Angelini is a freshman at the University of Connecticut. She is majoring in English and loves to read and write. You can find her eating Cheez-its, watching How I met Your Mother, or spending time with friends. She hopes to write professionally for larger media outlets and you can currently find her pieces on

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