Exam Sayings and Quotes

Nothing causes anxiety quite like an unexpected exam or pop quiz. In a perfect world, we’d always be ready for whatever test life throws our way, but that is not realistic. Get motivated to tackle life’s obstacles with the insightful and humorous exam quotes below.

Exams test your memory, life tests your learning; others will test your patience.     

Fennel Hudson

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

Michelle Obama

When you do exams you never want to be the one who finishes first and you never want to be the one who finishes last.     

Anthony T. Hincks

There's more to life than passing exams, and paper qualifications can only take you so far. A lot depends on luck, and on being in the right place at the right time, which was certainly true in my case.     

Terry Wogan

May your final exam grades be less damaging to your employment prospects than everything else you've done in college.     


In years to come, Harry would never quite remember how he had managed to get through his exams when he half expected Voldemort to come bursting through the door at any moment.     

J.K. Rowling

Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.     

William A. Ward

Good luck passing the bar exam and my deepest early condolences if you don't.     


If you fail an examination, it means you have not yet mastered the subject. With diligent study and understanding, you will succeed in passing the exams.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.     

Marvin Phillips

To be better equipped for the tests that the year will bring – read a textbook. To prepare for the tests that life will bring – read a book.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Few minds wear out; most rust out.     

Christian Nextell Bovee

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.     

Herman Cain

The best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started.     


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.     

Samuel Beckett

Failure is success if we learn from it.     

Malcolm Forbes

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.     

General Colin Powell

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.     

Edward H. Harriman

Prove yourself to yourself not others.     


You might not make heaven if you cover your script during an exam. Sharing is caring!     


Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.     

David Bly

If you believe in what you're doing, you'll be successful.     

Connie Sellecca

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.     

Alexander Pope

You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.     

Stephen C. Hogan

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.     

Winston Churchill

Because so often when we say we're unqualified for something, what we're really saying is that we're too scared to try it, not that we can't do it     

Jen Sincero

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.     

George Bernard Shaw

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.     

Swami Sivananda

School exams are memory tests. In the real-world, no one is going to stop you from referring to a book to solve a problem.     

Amit Kalantri

Our brains can only handle so much information at once without exploding, so by looking at each task separately, the larger task suddenly becomes more manageable     

Jen Sincero

It’s very easy to be number one: find the guy who is number one, and score one point higher than he does.     

Paul Kalanithi

A lot of us would like to move mountains, but few of us are willing to practice on small hills.     


A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.     

Richard Bach

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.     

Christian D. Larson

Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.     

Chantal Sutherland

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.     

John Wooden

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.     

William Butler Yeats

Don't stop when you are tired, stop when you are done.     


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.     

Napoleon Hill

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.     

Karim Seddiki

Doubt whom you will, but never doubt yourself.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

Dream big and dare to fail.     

Norman Vaughan

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.     

Will Rogers

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.     

Albert Einstein

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.     

Jules Renard

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.     

Winston Churchill

Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.     


Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.     

William Durant

Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.     

Dr. Benjamin Spock

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great.     

Henry IV of France

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.     


He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.     

Chinese Proverb

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.     

Stephen Hawking

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.     

Estée Lauder

I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.     

Bill Gates

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.     

Thomas Jefferson

I had never passed a single school exam, and clearly never would.     

Mary Leakey

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.     

Thomas Edison

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.     

Art Williams

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.     

Maya Angelou

Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.     

Tony Robbins

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.     

Thomas Edison

If you are going through hell, keep going.     

Winston Churchill

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.     

Rev. Martin Luther King

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.     

Nora Roberts

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.     


If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.     


In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.     

Bill Cosby

In the middle of ever difficulty lies opportunity.     

Albert Einstein

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.     

J. K Rowling

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.     

Albert Einstein

It’s not the time to look for excuses.     

Rafael Nadal

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.     

Proverbs 17:22

Life begins where your comfort zone ends.     

Neale Donald Walsch

Life has two rules: Number one, never quit; Number two, always remember rule number one.     

Duke Ellington

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. it’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.     

Margaret Thatcher

Low self–confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self–confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered–just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.     

Barrie Davenport

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Thomas Edison

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.     

Jim Rohn

My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.     

Charles Dickens

Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never.     

Winston Churchill

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.     

George Washington Carver

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

No! Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.     


Nothing happens until something moves.     

Albert Einstein

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible.     

Audrey Hepburn

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.     

Tony Robbins

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.     

Carol Burnett

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.     

Pablo Picasso

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

Thomas Edison

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.     

Zig Ziglar

Procrastination is the thief of time.     

Edward Young

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.     

Mahatma Ghandi

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.     

James A. Michener

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.     

Matthew 6:28-34

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.     

Arthur Ashe

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start thinking of what could go right.     


Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it.     

Marva Collins

Success is 99% failure.     

Soichiro Honda

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.     


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

Robert Collier

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.     

Conrad Hilton

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desire to reach their potential.     

John Maxwell

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top.     

O.J. Simpson

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.     

Robert Hughes

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.     

Elbert Hubbard

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.     

Chinese Proverb

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.     

Tony Robbins

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.     

Steve Jobs

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.     

John D. Rockefeller

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.     

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

There is no substitute for hard work.     

Thomas Edison

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending!     

Carl Bard

We become what we think about all day long.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We become what we think about.     

Earl Nightingale

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.     

Max Depree

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.     


When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.     

Bernard Shaw

When you say ‘It’s hard’, it actually means ‘I’m not strong enough to fight for it. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!!     


You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.     

David Allen

You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there is no joy in living your whole life on the ground.     


You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.     

Ed Cole

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.     

Maya Angelou

You may never know what results come from your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.     

Mahatma Gandhi

You’re never a loser until you quit trying.     


Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.     

Shiv Khera