Exam Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old exam quotes, exam sayings, and exam proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Do It Once, Do It Right. Get It Over With!


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.     

Jack Canfield

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.


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

Fennel Hudson

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

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

Lao Tzu

Few minds wear out; most rust out.

Christian Nextell Bovee

We all knew the exam we were going to sit this week.

Paul McGinley

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

Winston Churchill

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

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.     

Marvin Phillips

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

General Colin Powell

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 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

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


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

Swami Sivananda

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

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

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

Lailah Gifty Akita

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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


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

Samuel Beckett

Failure is success if we learn from it.

Malcolm Forbes

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