34 Quotes to Perfectly Wrap Up the School Year With Inspiration

Written by Dr Lucy Russell DClinPsyc CPsychol AFBPsS
Dr Lucy Russell Founder of They Are The Future
Author: Dr Lucy Russell

I have picked my favourite inspirational quotes for the end of the school year with several aims in mind:

  • To give children and young people the chance to reflect on their learning experiences in the last year.
  • Provide an opportunity for parents and young people to consider what to aim for in the Summer months and the new school year.
  • To help children and parents recognise that the greatest sign of success is not always good grades. Your child is likely doing great things even though they may not be fully recognised at school.

I run a busy child psychology clinic, Everlief Child Psychology in Buckinghamshire (UK).

I also have two teenagers.

So I know that for many kids, getting through the school year can be tough and making it to the last day of school can be a great achievement.

happy teenage student holding books

I hope you find these quotes uplifting whether you are a parent, a teacher or a school student. If you like it, please share it with others who would like it too!

I have divided the article into categories to help you navigate it.

Inspirational Quotes For The End Of The School Year: If The Year Has Been Challenging

This academic year may not quite have panned out as you (or your child) had hoped on the first day of school all those months ago.

Perhaps since the beginning of the school year you have faced challenges in your academic life, social life or home life.

As you approach the finish line, consider this wise quote from legendary television personality, actress, and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey.

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah challenges are gifts quote

Inequality: End of School Year Quotes

I understand that you may feel like you have had to face struggles that others have not. You may feel a strong sense of unfairness.

It’s important to acknowledge this emotion.

But you also need to find ways to navigate through it.

Let’s take inspiration from Michelle Obama, who has experienced her fair share of struggles and offers valuable advice on how to leverage these experiences to your advantage:

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”

Michelle Obama

These powerful words remind us that our challenges can shape us in profound ways.

They provide us with opportunities for growth, strength, and resilience.

It’s through overcoming these obstacles that we discover our true potential.

group of 3 students deep in discussion

If you find yourself harboring a sense of injustice or bitterness towards your school experience, let’s turn to the wisdom of Oprah Winfrey for guidance:

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.”

Oprah Winfrey

This quote emphasizes the importance of shifting our perspective and finding gratitude even in the face of adversity.

It’s about recognizing that every experience, both positive and negative, contributes to our personal growth and development.

By embracing these experiences and choosing to learn from them, we empower ourselves to move forward with strength and resilience.

uk school boy teenager reflective

Now, if you have had a challenging year due to the actions of others, let me share another quote to inspire you to go the extra mile and focus on the hard work needed to achieve your goals and prove others wrong:

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

martin luther king rain on your dreams quote

These words from the great Martin Luther King Jr. serve as a powerful reminder that you have the ability to rise above negativity and doubt.

Your dreams and aspirations are yours to pursue, regardless of what others may say or do.

Channel your energy into hard work, determination, and perseverance, and let your achievements speak for themselves.

At the same time, remember that comparing yourself with others is pointless. If others have had advantages or experiences that you have not had, that’s their journey and your won’t be the same. That’s okay.

Remember, the way you respond to your experiences and the mindset you adopt can make a difference.

Embrace the strength within you, overcome adversity with grace, and continue to pursue your dreams with unwavering determination.

Your journey is unique, and you have the power to shape it into something extraordinary.

Self-Doubt: School Year End Quotes

If your school year has left you feeling low in confidence and doubting yourself, take the summer weeks as an opportunity to rest and refresh.

Make it your intention to face the new year with hope and determination.

Let’s draw inspiration from Helen Keller, a remarkable American author, disability rights advocate, and activist. She reminds us to hold our heads high and face the world with confidence:

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”

Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate and activist

Helen Keller Look the world straight in the face quote

This powerful quote encourages us to embrace our self-worth and confront any doubts or insecurities head-on.

You have the strength within you to overcome challenges and achieve your goals.

The legendary philosopher Aristotle, although of course unfamiliar with modern education, offers a quote that resonates with many who may be going through a challenging academic period.

It can be interpreted in various ways, but its essence reminds us to keep our end goal in mind and find value in the journey:

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”


These words remind us that education may present difficulties and obstacles, but the ultimate reward and growth that come from it are invaluable.

Try your best to embrace the challenges you face as opportunities for personal development and the acquisition of knowledge.


Inspirational Quotes If Your Grades Haven’t Been as Good as Hoped

If you’re a high school, college or university student, unfortunately grades can matter even if they are not a true reflection of your ability.

But these next two quotes help us see the value in “failure”.

A low grade is not the end of the story for you.

It’s just a starting point.

Once again, let’s find solace and motivation in the wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (she has given us so many inspirational quotes!), who encourages us to see the value in failure and rise above it:

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Oprah Winfrey

OPRAH WINFREY think like a queen quote

Setbacks and low grades are not the end of our stories. They serve as catalysts for growth. They pave the way toward achieving greatness.

female student wearing headphones and using an iPad

Carl Bard, also known as Carl Sandburg, an American writer and poet, offers a perspective that encourages us to start anew and shape our own endings, regardless of past performance:

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard, AKA Carl Sandburg, American writer and poet

As you can see, our past does not define us entirely. We have the power to make positive changes, set new goals, and create a brighter future for ourselves.

Let’s turn again now to the great Michelle Obama. She shows us that standardized tests and grades do not solely determine our worth or future success:

“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.”

Michelle Obama

These words from such a remarkable woman teach us that our potential extends far beyond a single measure of academic achievement. Embrace your unique talents, passions, and resilience, knowing that your worth goes beyond any numerical grade.

Michelle Obama standardized test quote

Inspirational Quotes To Remind Us That School Isn’t Everything

Education can of course open doors to a successful and fulfilling adult life. However, it’s crucial to challenge the idea that academic success is the only measure of success.

I’ve seen so many families in my child psychology clinic get totally fixated on exams, and the idea that all your hopes of a fulfilled life are pinned on one set of exams. But there are so many paths to success!

In some schools, there is an unfortunate emphasis on grades as the only thing that matters.

Please take it from me that your worth and potential extend far beyond the confines of academic performance. Getting good grades does not define your value or determine your future success.

happy, relaxed female student standing against a wall

Albert Einstein, known for his brilliance and unique perspective, offers a famous and humorous quote that encapsulates the limitations of our current education system:

“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

albert einstein everybody is a genius quote

We must resist the urge to compare ourselves to others or measure our abilities solely based on standardized expectations. Embrace your own genius and recognise that you have distinctive qualities that contribute to the world in meaningful ways.

Einstein clearly had a bone to pick with the school system of his day, and his views might feel refreshing for you if you don’t feel the school system has served you well this year.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Albert Einstein

These words invite us to reflect on the true essence of education. While formal schooling can give us knowledge and skills, the true value lies in the lessons an

d experiences that endure beyond the classroom.

It’s the ability to think critically, adapt to new challenges, and pursue lifelong learning that truly defines education.

Einstein’s dissatisfaction with the school system of his time is evident in his views.

But Oscar Wilde, another successful scholar, shared a similar sentiment:

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

Oscar Wilde

oscar wilde education quote

This quote encourages us to recognize that true wisdom and understanding can’t be confined to textbooks and lectures alone.

Knowledge we gain gain through personal experiences, curiosity, and self-discovery holds immense value.

Embrace opportunities for growth beyond the structured educational system and continue to explore and learn throughout your life.

As you navigate your educational journey, remember that grades are just one aspect of your overall development.

uk teenage boys chemistry class

End of the School Year Quotes: If You’re Feeling Disillusioned About Education

I understand that school can feel monotonous and dreary sometimes.

It can feel like too much pressure.

Sometimes it may feel like you are a square peg being pushed through a round hole.

And yet, if you can find a way to make school work for you…

If you can focus on celebrating your successes this year…

If you can rediscover an enthusiasm for learning, then you will be unstoppable next year!

“Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama education quote

These empowering words from Michelle Obama remind us of the transformative power of education.

It’s through education that we equip ourselves with knowledge, skills, and most importantly perspectives that can shape our lives and contribute to building a better world.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

This quote from Mother Teresa reminds us that even small actions can have far-reaching effects.

We are all agents of change and each of our choices and contributions can impact others positively or negatively.

Recognize the incredible potential you have to make a difference.

“In dreams begin responsibilities.”

William Butler Yeats, poet

William Butler Yeats In dreams begin responsibilities quote

William Butler Yeats captures the essence of personal aspirations and the accompanying sense of duty.

Dreams hold within them the power to inspire and motivate. Developing a dream, setting a goal and putting it into action is making it real.

It takes accountability and commitment to work towards your dreams.

group of four happy students outdoors

“The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.”

Alexander Graham Bell

Are you proactive?

Do you take the initiative?

Do you persevere in the face of challenges?

I firmly believe in this quote by Alexander Graham Bell. A mindset of resilience and determination sets you apart from others and puts you on a path to inevitable success.

“There’s a fire inside of you that can’t help but shine through.”

Taylor Swift (“Invisible”)

Taylor Swift There’s a fire inside of you quote

This uplifting quote from Taylor Swift speaks to the unique spark within you.

Do you feel it?

Express yourself authentically, and you can’t help but succeed.

Inspirational Quotes For The End Of The School Year: If You Feel Like Giving Up

If you find school hard, by the end of the year you may feel like giving up. If you’re coming to a transition point (college, university, sixth form in the UK, high school perhaps) you may be thinking, “I’ve had enough”.

It’s okay to take a different path – perhaps going into employment, a more vocational career, or a different school. But make sure this is the right thing for you.

Have a rest, take time to think.

Don’t give up if happiness or success could be just around the corner.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison close to success quote

Thomas Edison’s words hold a valuable lesson for all of us.

Sometimes, when faced with challenges, it’s easy to lose sight of the progress we’ve made and consider giving up.

But remember, success may be just around the corner.

Keep pushing forward, even when things get tough, because you never know how close you are to achieving your goals.

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

Thomas Edison

I completely agree with Thomas Edison that resilience is key to success.

When you encounter obstacles or setbacks, it can be tempting to throw in the towel.

But remember, failure is not the end. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow. Of course, it doesn’t feel that way at the time. Keep trying, keep learning, and keep moving forward.

“You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.”

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama you have to stay in school quote

Michelle Obama’s words highlight the lasting value of education. Regardless of the challenges you face, remember that your education is a lifelong asset.

Embrace the opportunities to expand your knowledge, develop new skills, and explore your passions.

Education opens doors and equips you with the tools you need to navigate the world. Stay committed to your learning journey, remain curious, and embrace the knowledge that comes your way.

Of all the inspiring quotes I have chosen for this article, the next one is my favourite. It’s a motto I like to live by myself. The most successful people are those who keep showing up, even on difficult days:

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier, American author

Robert Collier’s quote reminds us that success is not an overnight achievement, but rather a result of consistent, daily efforts.

Break down your goals into smaller, manageable tasks and focus on making progress each day.

Celebrate the small victories along the way and take pride in your perseverance.

By staying dedicated and putting in consistent effort, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish over time.

Robert Collier success is the sum of small efforts quote

End of School Year Quotes: When You Want To Take A Different Educational Path

In the section above, Michelle Obama urged you to stay in school and get a college degree (university degree).

I love her passion for education and the things it can do for you. But I also know that this route isn’t right for everyone.

This is a heartfelt quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Summer may be a time when you get to truly be yourself, away from the pressure of school. It’s a great time to think through what you really want. What is your journey going to look like next year?

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.” 

Paulo Coelho, author

Paulo Coelho no two journeys quote

Your path in life will be unlike anyone else’s. Embrace your individuality and know that your journey is special and significant.

You don’t need to compare yourself to others or follow the same path as anyone else, although the school system likes to shoehorn us into a particular learning journey.

Embrace your uniqueness and let it guide you towards discovering your true passions and purpose.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

Joseph Campbell, American author and editor

Joseph Campbell’s quote emphasizes the importance of following your passion and doing what brings you joy.

But are you following your passion?

When you pursue what truly resonates with you, opportunities and possibilities will unfold.

Trust in your own intuition and take steps towards what excites you.

By staying true to your authentic self and pursuing what lights up your soul, you’ll find doors opening and new paths revealing themselves.

Inspirational Quotes For The End Of The School Year To Help You Appreciate Good Things To Come

In the Western world, I think we sometimes take our education for granted. We forget the power of good teaching and fresh knowledge to change our lives.

Often, it’s those who have had such opportunities taken away who appreciate these things the most.

Malala Yousafzai’s wonderful quote helps us appreciate what we have:

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai One book one pen quote

Every book we read, every lesson we learn, and every teacher who guides us contributes to shaping our understanding of the world and our ability to make a difference.

You will also find these powerful quotes motivating.

I hope they will help you feel inspired about all the good things to come in your education.

Which is your favourite quote?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Education is the most powerful weapon quote

Recognize that your education equips you with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to make a positive impact on the world.

Embrace your role as a changemaker, using your education to promote justice, equality, and progress.

group of uk primary school kids on wall

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

Rather than waiting for things to happen, be proactive and shape your own path.

Set goals, work hard, and make choices that align with your aspirations.

Your future isn’t predetermined. It’s a canvas waiting for you to paint your dreams on it.

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”

Chinese proverb

This ancient proverb underscores the enduring impact of education.

What you learn and the way you apply it in your life can have a ripple effect that extends way beyond your own lifetime.

When The Ending Is Also An Exciting New Beginning

I love Dr Seuss’s books, and next I am going to share three of his most brilliant quotes with you.  They are so uplifting, and so meaningful if you are heading for a new adventure in your education.

Let’s delve into three of his brilliant quotes that capture the spirit of excitement and possibility:

“Kid, you’ll move mountains!”

Dr. Seuss

Those words have actually made me cry!

Dr. Seuss’s words remind us of our immense potential and the power we hold within.

Embrace the adventure of education with the confidence that you have the ability to move mountains and make a meaningful impact in the world.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss brains in your head quote

Dr. Seuss’s quote highlights how much you can shape your own educational journey.

Your mind is a powerful tool, and your choices and actions will guide you on the path that aligns with your dreams and aspirations.

Take ownership of your education, make informed decisions, and follow your passions. Trust in your abilities and embrace the endless possibilities that lie before you.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s words encapsulate the excitement and promise of new beginnings.

Each day is an opportunity to embark on your educational journey, to explore, learn, and grow.

Embrace the sense of adventure that awaits you!

dr seuss quote you're off to great places

End of School Quotes To Help You Make The Most Of The Long Summer

teenage girl relaxed summer

Finally… as you enter this well-deserved Summer break, I encourage you to take the time to relax, recharge, and have some fun!

This is your opportunity to create beautiful memories and step out of your comfort zone. And what better way to capture the essence of joyful experiences than through these inspiring quotes?

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American lecturer, poet, and essayist

Ralph Waldo Emerson Live in the sunshine quote

Notice the simple pleasures this Summer and embrace the beauty of nature.

Take advantage of the sunny days, dip your toes into the refreshing waters, and savor the freedom of the great outdoors.

Allow the Summer breeze to invigorate your spirit and create a sense of awe and wonder in you!

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone and say yes to new challenges or experiences.

Summer is the perfect time to try something different, something that pushes your boundaries and helps you grow.

Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, or simply facing a fear, each courageous step you take will expand your horizons and empower you in ways you never imagined.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the Summer.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby)

F. Scott Fitzgerald And so with the sunshine quote

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words capture the essence of Summer’s transformative power.

As the world blooms with vitality and energy, you also have the opportunity to embrace a fresh start.

Allow yourself to let go of the past, to leave behind any worries or disappointments, and to approach each new day with a new sense of possibility.

Embrace the vibrant energy of Summer and let it inspire you to embark on new adventures and embrace new beginnings!

I hope you have enjoyed these inspirational quotes for the end of the school year, whatever your situation.

If you have enjoyed it, make a note of your favourite quotes so you can look back on them in the future.

Please share this article with others who may be inspired by it!

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Dr Lucy Russell is a UK clinical psychologist who works with children and families. Her work involves both therapeutic support and autism assessments. She is the Clinical Director of Everlief Child Psychology, and also worked in the National Health Service for many years. In 2019 Lucy launched They Are The Future, a support website for parents of school-aged children.

Through TATF Lucy is passionate about giving practical, manageable strategies to parents and children who may otherwise struggle to find the support they need.

Lucy is a mum to two teenage children. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, children, rescue dog and three rescue cats. She enjoys caravanning and outdoor living, singing and musical theatre.

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