11 Inspirational Quotes for First Year Graduate Students

First of all, congratulations on starting your first year of graduate school!

You are embarking on a wild, whirlwind adventure that will push your mind and your will (and maybe even your body) further than you have ever gone before. You are on a noble quest to extend the boundary of human knowledge.

I salute you.

After two full years of graduate school, I can tell you that the first few months are the hardest. Here are 11 of my favorite inspirational quotes to get you started.


“There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about” – Winnie the Pooh

“Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”~Goethe

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“Only those who risk going too far will see how far they can go.” T.S. Elliott

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 “It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuous intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.” – Ernest A. Fitzgerald

“Whatever you do today do it better tomorrow.” ~Robert Shuler

“Its not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary

“There is a way to do it better. Find it”. ~Thomas Edison

“Only those who risk going too far will see how far they can go.” – T.S. Elliott

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin


Good luck this year, and check back for helpful tips!


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