Are you lacking the motivation to study? You’re not alone. Many students sometimes lack the drive to study. Maybe you’re tired, lack inspiration or face a mental block; whatever the reason, you can push through it. Sometimes all we need are some words of wisdom, so here are some of the best book quotes to help motivate you to study.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
If studying is getting too hard, take Ginny Weasley’s advice and toughen up. While it may feel like you’re trying to do the impossible, you need to believe you can achieve it anyway. All you need is a little nerve.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Studying too much can turn something you once enjoyed into a chore, like reading books. If you used to enjoy books but don’t like studying them, take a step back and think why this is. It’s important to remember it wasn’t always this way and doesn’t have to be this way in the future.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
This quote by Victor Hugo tells us that studying history teaches us to learn from past mistakes. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, it’s important we learn from them.
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
It’s important not to get bogged down thinking about all the mistakes you made. While it’s important to learn from the past, worrying about it can lead to anxiety. Take Robin Hobb’s advice and look forward, not back.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Feel like you’re taking too long to finish a project or an essay? Or do your study methods differ from those of your peers? Stop comparing yourself to what’s normal. Think of it like taking the scenic route. As long as you get to the destination, it shouldn’t matter how you got there.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Are you going through a study session that doesn’t seem to end? Have you given up hope of ever finishing? Remember this quote from The Hunger Games trilogy. No matter how hard it is, in order to get through something, you have to accept that you must go through it.
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
When studying, it’s important to have a positive mindset. So even when it all seems miserable and hopeless, remember to look for the positives.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Procrastination. The enemy of students everywhere. Chances are if you’re reading this article, you’re procrastinating about studying. Take Dickens’ advice and stop putting things off that can be done today. Now get back to work!
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
If you’ve left an assignment too late, stop thinking about what you could have done yesterday. There’s no point living in regret, it’s just a waste of time. Accept that you were a different person yesterday and move on. Yesterday, you didn’t do your assignment. Today, you will.
Point Omega by Don DeLillo
Ever get stuck on a problem and no matter how you try, you can’t seem to get it? This is a sign you might be doing it wrong. Go back to the beginning and try it a different way. Remember there’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you don’t understand something.
My Life and Work by Henry Ford
Don’t spend your energy worrying about failing something, it’s just a waste of time. If you do fail, it’s something to learn from. As long as you get back up again, you’ll be okay.
Rabbit Redux by John Updike
Thinking about studying but never get around to it? The only solution is to get up and start studying. It may seem like common sense, but a lot of students get stuck procrastinating and wonder why they aren’t getting anywhere.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Don’t underestimate the power of books. They have every book to answer you problems. They have librarians to help you. And they have books to read when you just need a break.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There will always be times when you feel like giving up. When life gets too hard. You might break down in tears, you might just want to hide in your bedroom. Just know that tomorrow is another day. So if you’re ever feeling down, know you will survive and it will get better.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Whatever you’re studying, it’s good to remind yourself why you’re doing it. Studying is an important step to reach your dreams. One of the best motivations to study is to dream about your future. What do you picture yourself doing? In most cases, it takes a lot of hard work to get there. We are all capable of achieving our dreams if we try hard enough.
The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas
Education is one of the greatest pursuits in life. It’s important to remember how lucky we are to be able to receive an education.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Albus Dumbledore said some wise words to Harry Potter when he was found at the Mirror of Erised. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” While study and education is important, don’t let it take over your life. See your friends, watch a movie, go for a walk, read a book. Doing things for yourself is just as important as studying.
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
When you’re in your 20s, it’s natural to want to fit in. But we lose a part of ourselves when we do that. Be brave and proud of what makes you different. When it comes to studying, don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and experiment. Take a risk. Who knows? It might pay off in the best way possible.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Be fearless. Work and study as hard as you can so you don’t live in regret. You hold all the cards in your hand, it’s up to you what you do with them. Approach your studies with confidence and bravery. The future is uncertain, but it’s up to you to try your hardest to achieve your dreams.
What book quote do you find most motivating? Tell us in the comments below!
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