Inspiring Quotations to begin your SOP (Statement of Purpose)

It’s a reasonably good idea to begin your SOP with an inspiring quote and relate it with your vision towards life and career. Here are some highly inspiring quotes.

  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  • There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  • Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

Hope this helps you.

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8 thoughts on “Inspiring Quotations to begin your SOP (Statement of Purpose)

  1. The Tantrik of Tamasya

    This is good. By the way, I wanted to know is it always advisable to begin the SOP with a quote? This might just set the tone for the rest of the body which seems to be good. But what if the remaining body of the SOP is not fitting of the expectations that the quote already set for the reader?

    1. Thanks for the read and asking this very valuable question. I believe nothing is “always” advisable. After all the ultimate purpose of an SOP is to portrait “you”…who “you’ are and what “you” want to be. And if a quote fits well into your paradigm, only then it must be used. Regards Rupesh

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