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Top 20 motivational quotes for PhD students

Everyone needs some extra motivation from time to time. PhD students are no exception. Here is a list of the 20 best motivational quotes for PhD students.

1. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

– Maya Angelo

2. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

3. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

4. If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

– Kenneth Goldsmith

5. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

– William James

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6. Everything is hard before it is easy.

– Goethe

7. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

– Confucius

8. If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

– Unknown

9. I never lose. Either I win or learn.

– Nelson Mandela

10. Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

11. Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

– Louise L Hay

12. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

– Joseph Campbell

13. The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

– Albert Einstein

14. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

– George Eliot

15. If you don’t write, nothing will change.

– Unknown

16. Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

17. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

18. Done is better than perfect.

– Sheryl Sandberg

19. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

20. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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