Top 20 motivational quotes for PhD students

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

2. we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit., 3. do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway., 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.

6. everything is hard before it is easy., 7. our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall., 8. if you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit., 9. i never lose. either i win or learn., 10. life is a balance between holding on and letting go., 11. remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. try approving of yourself and see what happens., 12. we must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us., 13. the measure of intelligence is the ability to change., 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.

16. action is the foundational key to all success., 17. if i cannot do great things, i can do small things in a great way., 18. done is better than perfect., 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.

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Dissertation Quotes

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I spent every night until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed. Eight o'clock the next morning I was up writing again.

My early work and publications centered around expanding on the analysis of life insurance in my dissertation and its relationship to investment banking.

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say 'Gentlemen' to the person with whom he is conversing.

I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy.

I once asked a young dissertation writer whether her suddenly grayed hair was due to ill health or personal tragedy; she answered: “It was the footnotes”.

I hate set dissertations,--and above all things in the world, 'tis one of the silliest things in one of them, to darken your hypothesis by placing a number of tall, opake words, one before another, in a right line, betwixt your own and your readers conception.

If you don't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth.

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I did my dissertation on Kafka.

I said to Mr. Pavarotti once ... a marvelous man and a great artist ... I said to him ... "Maestro, I'm having trouble closing out a note so that it's almost as thin as a butter knife ... finish it out quietly like that." I said, "I have trouble doing that. What do you think I should do?" He said, "Justa close up your mouth." That's all he said, and I fell on the floor. I thought he was gonna give me a dissertation.

In poetry, and in my study in graduate school, I was drawn to a particular poet, Theodore Roethke. I did a dissertation on "The Evolution of Matter and Spirit in the Poetry of Theodore Roethke" for my Ph.D.

nothing is so pleasant ... as to display your worldly wisdom in epigram and dissertation, but it is a trifle tedious to hear another person display theirs.

It has been said in praise of some men, that they could take whole hours together upon anything; but it must be owned to the honor of the other sex that there are many among them who can talk whole hours together upon nothing. I have known a woman branch out into a long extempore dissertation on the edging of a petticoat, and chide her servant for breaking a china cup, in all the figures of rhetoric.

This is the last sentence of my dissertation: "What is soul in music if not powerfully embodied human presence?"

And if something should be found, particularly in the first part of the dissertation, that one is generally not accustomed to come across in scholarly writings, the reader must forgive my jocundity, just as I, in order to lighten the burden, sometimes sing at my work.

The true source of our sufferings has been our timidity.

Didier once told me, in a rambling, midnight dissertation, that a dream is the place where a wish and a fear meet. When the wish and the fear are exactly the same, he said, we call the dream a nightmare.

The writer who cannot sometimes throw away a thought about which another man would have written dissertations, without worry whether or not the reader will find it, will never become a great writer.

History is life; he who has not lived, or has lived only enough to write a doctoral dissertation, is too inexperienced with life to write good history.

A monumental decision such as starting a family requires persuasive dissertations, licences, spreadsheets and field research. That's what I assumed until one night when we were lying in bed and, if I recall correctly, I asked Tracy if we were ready to have a family now, and she said sure. That was it.

Dissertations are not finished; they are abandoned.

A PhD in Mathematics is three years of guessing it wrong, plus one week of getting it right and writing a dissertation.

My dissertation was on the idea of feminine-themed women's magazines, so like how the ideal woman is put across by women's magazines.

It all started in India in the late 60s when I began helping my husband George, who was in the population field, evaluate the introduction of the intrauterine contraceptive device. At that time the IUD was considered to be the panacea for India's population problem. George's dissertation was focused on population and he became interested in the question of this new technology and how people were responding to it.

We're artists. We cry out to be exploited on some level. Write a dissertation on my work. Write a biography about me.


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I started out when I was 29 - too young to write novels. I was broke. I was on unemployment insurance. I was supposed to be writing a Ph.D. dissertation, so I had a typewriter and a lot of paper. - Alan Furst

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Motivational Quotes for the PhD Journey

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The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational quotes for when the going gets tough during your PhD…

“Success requires Action”

We all procrastinate. It’s something that is easy to do especially at the beginning of your PhD when it feels like you have a lot of time. But to be successful—by this I mean successfully finishing and submitting your thesis—it’s not enough to  say  that you want a PhD, you also have to  do  the work. Doing the work means sitting down at your desk, but firmly stuck to chair, and just  doing  it. It helps to set yourself concrete goals like writing 500 words a day and trying your best to meet that target every day.

“Progress, not Perfection”

Perfectionism often gets confused with having high standards. For me, this has meant that I’d revised a chapter countless times before sending it to my supervisors for feedback because I felt that it just wasn’t right. But here’s the problem: the “right” version doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion—painfully shattered when you get back said chapter with lots of critical comments from your supervisor. Conversely, something that you think is “average” might actually be good enough for your supervisor. It’s good to have high standards, but don’t kill yourself over them. “Good enough” tends to be good enough. Check out Petra Kolber’s  TED  talk titled  “The Perfection Detox”  for some sharp insights into the perils of perfectionism.

“Eat the Elephant one bite at a time”

I don’t remember where I heard this quote. But it came handy in the late stages of my PhD when I felt tired and frustrated that no matter how much and how fast I was writing and revising, there still seemed to be no end in sight. Finishing a thesis can feel like having a huge elephant in front of you that you’re supposed to eat in its entirety. Of course, if you mainly focus on how massive this elephant is and when you can finish eating it up, you will feel overwhelmed. But if you take the elephant bite by bite, and not think about how much of it is left, one day the elephant will be all gone. The same goes for your thesis: break it down to small actionable tasks and do one task after another, until it is done and ready for submission.

“Enjoy Climbing the Mountain”

Doing a PhD is extremely challenging work. While we do it for the intellectual stimulation, sometimes we might wonder: why do we put ourselves through such difficulty? If you need a reminder of why you have chosen to do this, here is a quote by  Tadashi Yanai , the founder of Uniqlo, which I have found helpful: “I’m never really satisfied with anything because the world is ever-changing. If you keep climbing up, then you see another, higher mountain. You climb up that peak and see another. I will pass away eventually because that is life. But I am climbing mountains because I enjoy the process of climbing a mountain.”

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What challenges have you faced in your PhD so far? What motivational quotes did you find helpful when you had to face these challenges? Tweet us at  @ResearchEx , email us at [email protected], or leave a comment below.

Jenny Mak  is a PhD researcher in the English and Comparative Literary Studies department at the University of Warwick. Her research looks at embodied experiences of globalisation in contemporary world literature. She has a background in creative writing, journalism, publishing, and sports training.

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Motivational Quotes for the PhD Life

Motivational Quotes are not just sayings, it moulds people each and every day to keep track of themselves in a positive way. Being or becoming a successful person in grade school is not an overnight process. A great career, purpose, wealth, and happiness is the end product of facing continues struggle, rejections, and failures in the PhD life. Yes, PhD is not a degree for many of the scholars it almost a life.

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PhD is not like other types of graduation, It requires extreme self-motivation, focus, enthusiasm towards the research work and peacefulness. To be successful in a PhD life, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals.

In this article, ilovephd provides a powerfull Motivational Quotes to create confidence, keep your passion on the track, achieve your goals, and have a successful PhD Life .

Check this Motivational quotes for researchers, phd students, doctoral students, biotechnology,and graduate students.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do!
Your limitation – It’s only your imagination if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'ilovephd_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_4',340,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-medrectangle-4-0');
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success!
Be mature enough to accept failures and rejections! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[250,250],'ilovephd_com-box-4','ezslot_11',260,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-box-4-0');
Be believing, Be happy, Don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[336,280],'ilovephd_com-banner-1','ezslot_12',360,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-banner-1-0');
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it’s happened! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[250,250],'ilovephd_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_13',550,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-large-leaderboard-2-0');
A powerful attitude awakens inner strength, energy, motivation, and initiative! -Motivational Quotes
One day i will say i did it!
Trust the process. your time is coming, just do the work and the results will handle themselves!
Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace!
A fake teacher doesn’t do what they teach. A real teacher teach what they do! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[250,250],'ilovephd_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_14',703,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-large-mobile-banner-1-0');
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'ilovephd_com-leader-2','ezslot_16',704,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-leader-2-0');
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[336,280],'ilovephd_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_15',706,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-large-mobile-banner-2-0');
Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful! if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[250,250],'ilovephd_com-leader-3','ezslot_17',707,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-ilovephd_com-leader-3-0');
Give the world a reason to remember your name!
All i can control is myself and just keep having a positive attitude!
Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new!
The most complicated skill is to be simple!
If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment!
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough!
Solve the problem, or leave the problem. Do not live with the problem.
Who else got a PhD in imagining themselves in a situation that will never happen?
Do more things that make you forget to check your phone. -Motivational Quotes
The common facts of today are the products of yesterday’s research!
The only thing that separates two people are excuses.
What you think, you become. What you feel , you attract. What you imagine, you create.
The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence!
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration!
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go!
Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.
It’s important to learn and not to repeat the same!
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending!
At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure!
Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot fun until you get the bill!
The true happiness is not in the destination, It lies in the journey!
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated
It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life!
If reading is difficult. Read more!
I alone cannot change the world, but i can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples!
Some people dream of success while others wake up and work!
Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done!
Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart! -Motivational Quotes
It’s better to focus on your subject rather than worrying about the background!
Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.
Live each day as if your life had jous begun!
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached!
A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks!
Collect moments! not things!
I changed my thinking. It changed my life!
If you want to be strong learn to fight alone!
Research is an organized method for keeping you reasonably dissatisfied with what you have.
Procarstination is the thief of dreams!
Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams!
Being alone has a power only few can handle!
Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful!
Do what is right! not what is easy!
Believe you can and you’re halfway there!
If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun!
Where focus goes! energy flows!
One day the pain will make sense to your!

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