100+ Best College Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational college quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous College Quotes

I went to college on a classical piano scholarship. My grandmother made me practice one full hour a day. Every day. Man. I thought all she wanted was for me not to have any fun. Next thing you know, you have a career in music. Now, not everybody’s going to go on and be Mozart or Michael Jackson. But music makes you smarter. — Jamie Foxx

I studied the cello for a long time, from when I was little up through college. — Lev Grossman

I went to art school in Chicago for a year at Columbia College. I had this whole master plan of getting into sustainable development and green architecture and construction, so I wanted to go to business school and then get my masters in construction and development. — Nico Tortorella

I went to Harvard College and determined right away when I was a junior that I was unemployable, since I think I applied to 300 jobs and didn’t get any of them, so I decided that I would stay in school and go to Harvard Business school, and that’s my background. — Hamilton E. James

I graduated from college in Ohio and bummed around for a while, and then I joined VISTA, which was a domestic Peace Corps kind of thing, and they sent me to Colorado. — Mojo Nixon

No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability to pay for a college education. — Bobby Scott

I was a hotshot as a junior. When I was 18, I really got into fiddling around. I completely lost interest in golf, and I guess all I could think about was going to college, getting married and having babies. — Hollis Stacy

That’s the value of a college education… I don’t know anywhere in the world where you can make an investment and make that kind of return. — Gaston Caperton

Athletes who take to the classroom naturally or are encouraged to focus on grades should be able to do well in the classroom. I believe the reason you go to college is to get your degree. It’s not a minor league or an audition for the pros — Rebecca Lobo

I tried out for another show while I was in college so I could pay off my student loans, and it sort of led to The Real World. The same people that were casting that show were casting The Real World, so they asked me to do it. — Trishelle Cannatella

I worked at my high school newspaper at Andover, which came out weekly, unusual for a high school paper. Then my first day at Penn I went right to the ‘Daily Pennsylvanian’ and pretty much spent most of my college career working both as the sports editor and then editor of the editorial page. — Buzz Bissinger

Universities used to prepare young adults for the real world. I dare say the graduates today go in without a clue and graduate without a clue. It’s time to acknowledge the college degree is not worth what it was in the past. Times are changing, and so is the way we prepare our youth to survive in a competitive world. — Dale Archer

My favorite thing is still journalism. I’m almost 50. This has been my life ever since I was in college. — David Talbot

I might say that in retrospect, looking at where the community college system is today, I think we may have gone too far. The community college system is so big, so broad, so consuming of tax money. — Daniel J. Evans

Reed College required a thesis for a Bachelor’s degree. Normally a Bachelor’s is sort of like being stamped ‘Prime US Beef.’ They just walk you through, hand out the diplomas and you fill in your name later on. — David Eddings

I had gone to nursing school at Northampton Community College in my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. And nursing didn’t feel quite right, and an old boyfriend gave me a 35-millimeter camera just to play with. So, I took a darkroom class. — Carol Guzy

I grew up watching my dad scout games live. They played on Saturday. Sometimes they wouldn’t get the films until Monday. Sunday air shipping from wherever the college team was located – Starkville, Mississippi, or wherever the film was coming from. It took two days. — Bill Belichick

I’m a big sports fan. College football is my favorite. — Verne Troyer

I was 22 and stopped writing plays, and I didn’t start again until I was 25. I was writing badly. In college, I attempted to write these more conventional plays, but the theater I loved was downtown experimental theater. I didn’t feel like I could do that either. It didn’t occur to me to do my own thing. — Annie Baker

So while I was in college I did a little study on the freight industry, the air freight industry. And I looked at this company called Flying Tiger. And I actually put a thousand dollars in it and I remember I thought this air cargo was going to be a thing of the future. — Peter Lynch

I wrote a lot of fiction, but it was just college stuff. It seems to me you have to be so confident in yourself to become a writer. — Robert Loomis

Education is the key to the future: You’ve heard it a million times, and it’s not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better-educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects. — Alex Tabarrok

I didn’t really escape that gravity until I moved 300 miles south to go to college at 18, where authorship no longer seemed something liable to induce vengeful punishment. — David Knopfler

In college, I was always disappointed by lectures that covered social problems but failed to identify what I could do to change them. Part of the problem was that many professors simply didn’t believe they had a role in converting awareness to action. — Ben Rattray

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day. — Andy Samberg

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul. — Louis Kahn

I think if I were a college professor, no one would say I was uncomfortable about being shy because that might be expected. But I think because of people’s stereotypes, they think of a football player as someone who is very outgoing and I’m not. — Ricky Williams

The difference between our family and other poor families was that my mother actively chose to be poor. She was highly literate, and she had a college degree, but after my father left, she took the first secretarial job she could find and never looked for other employment again. — Said Sayrafiezadeh

The Small Business ‘common app’ would function much like the one that students complete to apply to multiple colleges and universities simultaneously. It would ensure that small businesses across the country can concentrate on growing and creating jobs – not wasting time, filling out mountains of repetitive paperwork. — Kay Hagan

I think the colleges should be free to give athletes less than a full scholarship, no scholarship and more than a scholarship. And the athletes should be free to bargain. — Taylor Branch

I even lived on campus to get the college experience. I had five roommates and I still keep in touch with them while I’m on the road. — Tatyana Ali

You can be 24 and continue to live like you’re at college, or even continue to live like you’re in high school. Or you can put on a shirt and tie and pretend to be an adult. — Ezra Koenig

It was like a heart transplant. We tried to implant college in him but his head rejected it. — Barry Switzer

I think I’m mostly looking forward to the college life. I’m looking forward to more freedom. Here everything is really structured and scheduled, but in college you’ve got to be more responsible and you can get things done on your own time. I’m really looking forward to that. — Nerlens Noel

So if a college education is indispensable, the challenge as I see it is how to make it more accessible. — Gordon Gee

My parents weren’t stereotypical and pressuring me to go to college. They mentioned it a lot and constantly, but it wasn’t a do or die thing, like, ‘You have to do this or you’re done. — Harry Shum, Jr.

I always wanted to play a mental patient. I was fascinated with playing crazy people in college, and I don’t know if I ever quite perfected it. — Alison Brie

I majored in geology in college but have majored in Herbert Hoover ever since. — Lou Henry Hoover

My very first acting job ever, the first time I got paid to be an actress, was in 2001, right between my sophomore and junior year in college, when I was just 19 years old. I got paid $250 every two weeks, 10 shows a week, to be in the Utah Shakespearean Festival. I was Calpurnia in ‘Julius Caesar.’ — Katy Mixon

Education, in K-12, technical college and universities needs to be a top priority in Wisconsin. — Tom Barrett

I had a tremendous horror of going into the Army. That is probably why I went to college for so long. — Bruce Conner

We should all feel confident in our intelligence. By the way, intelligence to me isn’t just being book-smart or having a college degree; it’s trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it. — Tabatha Coffey

Recently my publicist asked me for a college photo, and I realize how chubby I looked. I know this sounds totally shallow, but my advice is don’t fall prey to the freshmen fifteen! — Cecily von Ziegesar

The institutions of college athletics exist primarily as unreality fueled by deceit. The unreality is that universities should be in the business of providing large spectacles of mass entertainment. The fundamental absurdity of that notion requires the promulgation of the various deceits necessary to carry it out. — Charlie Pierce

One suggestion my wife and I have used in our personal finance courses we teach at college is simply writing down all expenditures and seeing where the money goes. That alone will cause heads of households to think twice about x, y or z expenditure, and to consider carefully whether they really need something or not. — Mark Skousen

Fully 57 percent of American college students are women. Life insurance companies sell more policies to women than to men. As women continue to draw on experience and education, they’re accelerating their numbers in upper management, too. — Suzanne Fields

I was a fine arts major in college, and a painter for many years. And I found that, like writing, art is very similar. — Kami Garcia

When I was at college, I worked in a department store called Brit Home Stores, which is a pretty lackluster department store, selling clothes for middle-aged women. My job was to walk the floor and find anything that was damaged, take it to the store room and log it. — Dominic Monaghan

I’m in college at North Carolina State University. I’m about to start my sophomore year and have an apartment on campus with three buddies I’ve grown up with. I get to be normal when I’m there, and then I tour Thursday through Sunday. — Scotty McCreery

My mama told me in college, ‘I love you, and you’re God’s child, but natural beauty will only take you so far.’ — Robin Roberts

By making college unaffordable and student loans unbearable, we risk deterring our best and brightest from pursuing higher education and securing a good paying job. — Mark Pocan

My father was a trained accountant, a BCom from Sydenham College and a self-taught violinist. In the 1920s, when he was in his teens, he heard a great violinist, Jascha Heifetz, and he was so inspired listening to him that he bought himself a violin, and with a little help from an Italian teacher, he learned to play it. — Zubin Mehta

Everyone has a different path. I knew no one in the acting industry growing up. I never did a play until college. I was not outspoken when I was younger and I hated being the center of attention. But I had a dream of being an actor. I went to NYU and studied theatre. I learned a craft. And began my career straight out of college. — Peter Facinelli

Almost every college playwright or sketch or improv comedian was sort of aware of Christopher Durang – even kids in high school. His short plays were so accessible to younger people and I think that was inspirational to me. — Mindy Kaling

The result was, when Congress convened in January 1971, everyone was now an environmentalist. They had seen a new force, college students, who favored the environment. — Pete McCloskey

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. — Brooks Atkinson

Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are good times for anyone with a college degree today, particularly African Americans. With a college degree today, you really breach the unemployment rate. — Alexis Herman

No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls. — Horatio Alger

My friends love to tease me about the fact that I won’t be able to drive until I’m a sophomore in college. — Noah Gray-Cabey

I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is. — Roy Blount, Jr.

I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn’t play in the NBA. There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored. — Bill Cartwright

After graduating college in 2001 with a B. A. in Political Science and Speech Communications from Texas State University – San Marcos, I realized that my generation and those younger had been given no future and had been maliciously robbed of the knowledge of principles and methods necessary for building one. — Kesha Rogers

Some people are just really goofy kind of guitar acts, and they go out and do these colleges and start making a fortune pretty early on. And other people – I know guys who are great comics, who’ve done the Letterman show many times, who still barely pay their bills. — Greg Giraldo

At our college we were taught a universal approach to find out about a person: what problems the person has, what difficulties, what personal tendencies and likings. — Markus Wolf

My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of accepting defeat, she refused this fate and went on to become the West African Womens Singles tennis champion in college. — Uzo Aduba

When I got to Grinnell College, I was part of the black turtleneck sweater and Camel cigarette crowd of poets and writers. — Peter Coyote

When I enrolled in college at age 19, I had a total of eight years of formal classroom education. As a result, I was not comfortable with formal lectures and receiving regular homework assignments. — Philip Emeagwali

This sounds like a brag, but I know how to make good fried rice. I learned in college. There are two secrets – take the rice after you cook it and let it get cold in the fridge. Then cook the egg like you’re making a fried egg and just before it’s done, dump the rice and veg on it and swirl it around. — Patton Oswalt

My parents told me that education was the path to success – and they showed me, taking me to Head Start while they were pursuing their own college degrees. — Denise Juneau

If you have four years to complete your college education, do it. — Bo Jackson

I stopped eating beef in high school, and in college I stopped eating poultry. I am not a huge fan of factory farming and what we’re doing to animals. I try to eat as clean as possible because I want to know what I’m putting into my body. — Susanna Thompson

I’ve always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time – I married. — Debbie Macomber

It wasn’t until my last year of college, 1976, that I decided well, maybe he’s right. Delbert had been pushing me since high school to put 100% into my music. — Cheryl Lynn

In the ’50s and ’60s, journalism wasn’t a profession. It wasn’t something you went to college for – it was really more of a trade. You had a lot of guys who came up working in newspapers at the copy desk, or delivery boys, and then they would somehow become reporters afterward and learn on the job. — Matt Taibbi

I told my parents, ‘You’ve taken care of me all my life, helped me through college. You’ve been awesome, but now it’s my turn to be my own man.’ — Eric Close

I’m afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps. I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician, though I’m glad I am not any of these. — Tom Glazer

Most people have an aversion to risk, my college economics professor told me. Which means they have to be rewarded to take on that risk. The higher the risk, the higher the possible payout has to be for people to jump. — Michael Arrington

I had always wanted to retell a Shakespeare play. It was an ambition from college days. But in order to be able to do it… the circumstances in my life didn’t come together for a long time. — Chris Adrian

I got a gymnastics scholarship to college, fell in love with my true love of my whole life – who I’m married to now – and he was a virgin too. It was very romantic. — Victoria Jackson

In college, I faced an interesting problem. I wanted to play music all the time and yet I wasn’t ready for anyone to hear it. To remedy this, I took to retreating to stairwells as a safe place to sing and write music. It was there that I wrote most of my songs in college and really grew into an artist. — Kina Grannis

Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country – this music contained the real history of the people of this country. — Jackson Browne

Kids go to school and college and get through, but they don’t seem to really care about using their minds. School doesn’t have the kind of long term positive impact that it should. — Howard Gardner

Texas is now a cornerstone of the electoral college for Republicans. — Ed Gillespie

I spend a lot of time on college campuses, a lot of time mentoring young women in all sectors of business, because I don’t want them to spend as much time to get their voice as I did. — Pat Mitchell

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles. — Paul Fussell

And when I started college, I think I was good at two things: arguing and asking questions. — Karen Hughes

There was only one elective at my college for acting, but thank God for that elective because we had a great teacher who introduced me to the Meisner technique for acting. Once I read that book, I said, ‘Wow, if I could do that and have that honest moment on stage, that would be amazing.’ — Nestor Carbonell

I was resolved to sustain and preserve in my college the bite of the mind, the chance to stand face to face with truth, the good life lived in a small, various, highly articulate and democratic society. — Virginia Gildersleeve

I started out, coming out of college, I had my Realtor’s license, and I did real estate full time for a number of years. — Bill Huizenga

I went to Moorehouse College. There was no track and field there. — Edwin Moses

I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis’ birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days. — Otis Blackwell

African American children can’t be educationally disadvantaged for 12 years and then experience a miracle cure when it comes time for admission into college. — Chaka Fattah

I hated school. After 15, you went off to college if you were good enough. It didn’t appeal to me so I left school. I did what everybody did – get a job. — Tony Iommi

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises. — Ken Thompson

Going through college a Red Sox fan and knowing the history behind everything that was going on back in the ’80s and finally getting a chance to win a World Series for this great city and bringing it back after 86 years, it was truly special, and it’s one of the highlights that I’ll remember for a long time. — Tim Wakefield

I was small but slow as a college tackle. — S. Robson Walton

When I was in college there was a girls’ flag football league. The girls were extremely aggressive. — Lynn Swann

I went to a college in New York called New Paltz. I studied theater there for four years. I also studied privately in NYC with a teacher named Robert X. Modica. — Aida Turturro

In college, I took an acting class as a lark. I was surprised by how much it interested me. It seemed like something I could do my whole life and always try to get better at. — Ebon Moss-Bachrach

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows. — J. Robert Oppenheimer

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