College Sayings and Quotes

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


A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.     

Dan Rather

When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.     

William J. Clinton

It is virtually impossible to compete in today's global economy without a college degree.     

Bobby Scott

By making college unaffordable and student loans unbearable, we risk deterring our best and brightest from pursuing higher education and securing a good-paying job.     

Mark Pocan

You didn't need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.     

Jeannette Walls

College is fun as long as you don't die.     

Tsugumi Ohba

College is a refuge from hasty judgment.     

Robert Frost

For college seniors there should be a week of being allowed to cry. Just break down and cry because you are scared and don't know what's next.     

Bill Cosby

I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star.     

Natalie Portman

College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.     

Judd Apatow

Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.     

John Green

No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls.     

Horatio Alger

I think, especially when you're in college, each book that you're reading tends to tell you who you are.     

Jeffrey Eugenides

I went to college because I didn't have anywhere else to go and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there I was exposed to this world that I didn't know was possible.     

Tom Hanks

College campuses were once a hotbed of political activity.     

Tom Ford

College isn't the place to go for ideas.     

Helen Keller

College has given me the confidence I need to fail.      

Jarod Kintz

If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college.     

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?     

David Wood

A college education shows a man how little other people know.     

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

College is a place to keep warm between high school and an early marriage.     

George Gobel

College is like a fountain of knowledge - and the students are there to drink     

Chuck Palahniuk

One of the great mind destroyers of college education is the belief that if it's very complex, it's very profound.     

Dennis Prager

Our colleges ought to have lit up in us a lasting relish for he better kind of man, a loss of appetite for mediocrities.     

William James

What school, college, or lecture bring men depends on what men bring to carry it home in.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Colleges don't make fools, they only develop them.     

George Lorimer

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.     

R.S. Ingersoll

The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.     

William James

So if a college education is indispensable, the challenge as I see it is how to make it more accessible.     

Gordon Gee

College ain't so much where you been as how you talk when you get back.     

Ossie Davis

A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself.     

Thomas Ehrlich

I accidentally forgot to graduate from college.     

Anne Lamott

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.     

Robert M. Hutchins

College isn't in everyone's hearts. I am living proof, though, that school doesn't mess up your plans. It gives you more experiences to write about.     

J. Cole

The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man.     

C. Wright Mills

A college boy cannot successfully go through life by graduating in football, baseball, or highballs, for the responsibilities of life are not ball-bearing.     

William H. Murray

A college degree is not a sign that one is a finished product but an indication a person is prepared for life.     

Reverend Edward A. Malloy

By making college unaffordable and student loans unbearable, we risk deterring our best and brightest from pursuing higher education and securing a good paying job.     

Mark Pocan

Colleges are like old age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.     

Bob Dylan

The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man.     

George Horace Lorime

I think a college education is important no matter what you do in life.     

Phil Mickelson

College inspired me to think differently. It's like no other time in your life.     

Larisa Oleynik

That's what college is for - getting as many bad decisions as possible out of the way before you're forced into the real world. I keep a checklist of 'em on the wall in my room.     

Jeph Jacques

Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn't.     

L. L. Henderson

The chief value in going to college is that it's the only way to learn it really doesn't matter.     

George Edwin Howes

Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.     

Elbert Hubbard

Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course - because, like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you.     

Alice Duer Miller

It is not my wish to lounge about the college and fatten on a fellowship all my days. I am always trying to look upon a college life as a medium not an end.     

Thomas Edward Brown