101+ Graduation Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

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George Saunders Graduation Quotes

1. “Do all the other things, the ambitious things—travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes…but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness.”

George Saunders
Frederick W. Robertson Graduation Quotes

2. “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”

Frederick W. Robertson
Senator Orrin Hatch Graduation Quotes

3. “Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning.”

Senator Orrin Hatch
Henry David Thoreau Graduation Quotes

4. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau
Nora Ephron Graduation Quotes

5. “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”

Nora Ephron
Tory Burch Graduation Quotes

6. “We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success.”

Tory Burch
Malcolm X Graduation Quotes

7. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X
Kerry Washington Graduation Quotes

8. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

Kerry Washington
John Dewey Graduation Quotes

9. “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”

John Dewey
Anatole France Graduation Quotes

10. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”

Anatole France

11. “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”

Michael Josephson

12. “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Albert Einstein

13. “Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”

H Jackson Brown Jr.

14. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

15. “Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.”

Neil Gaiman
Kristian Kan Graduation Quotes

16. “In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.”

Kristian Kan

17. “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

William Arthur Ward

18. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss

19. “Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.”

Patch Adams

20. “Dream big and dare to fail.”

Norman Vaughan
Oprah Winfrey Graduation Quotes

21. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

Oprah Winfrey

22. “Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”

Arie Pencovici

23. “Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.”

Larry Winget

24. “Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education, because that would mean we had stopped growing.”

Julia H. Gulliver

25. “My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Julia H. Gulliver Graduation Quotes

26. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

27. “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”

Leonardo da Vinci

28. “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take experience first, the cash will come later.”

Harold Geneen

29. “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.”

Roger Babson

30. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt Graduation Quotes

31. “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.”

Unknown

32. “I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”

Unknown

33. “Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.”

Josh Hinds

34. “You must continue to dream the wild dream that you dreamed when you were young.”

Mike Tomlin

35. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduation Quotes

36. “It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”

George Burns

37. “The purpose of human life is to improve one’s character traits, by working on oneself every day. That’s why God gives us today—and tomorrow.”

Sara Yoheved Rigler

38. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

Benjamin Disraeli

39. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein

40. “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

Christopher Morley
Christopher Morley Graduation Quotes

41. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

David Brinkley

42. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

43. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

44. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

E. E. Cummings

45. “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”

Tom Brokaw
E. E. Cummings Graduation Quotes

46. “Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.”

Sandra Day O’Connor

47. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs

48. “When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”

Ellen DeGeneres

49. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Dr. Seuss

50. “I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Graduation Quotes

51. “Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

John Wooden

52. “Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

Art Linkletter

53. “Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

Ellen DeGeneres

54. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs . . . one step at a time.”

Joe Girard

55. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Confucius
Confucius Graduation Quotes

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

Napoleon Hill

57. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Henry Ford

58. “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”

Henry Peter Brougham

59. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

Alfred Mercier

60. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin Graduation Quotes

61. “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

62. “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.”

Michelle Obama

63. “The highest result of education is tolerance.”

Helen Keller

64. “The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”

Ellen DeGeneres

65. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe Graduation Quotes

66. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

67. “The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”

Edward Koch

68. “There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”

Jennifer Aniston

69. “The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear.”

Grace Helbig

70. “When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.”

Adlai E. Stevenson
Adlai E. Stevenson Graduation Quotes

71. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

72. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

J.K. Rowling

73. “So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.”

Oprah Winfrey

74. “The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”

Arnold Palmer

75. “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent Van Gogh
Arnold Palmer Graduation Quotes

76. “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”

Anna Quindlen

77. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

Judy Garland

78. “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Stephen King

79. “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

Charles Swindoll

80. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa Graduation Quotes

81. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

Bob Marley

82. “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”

Kyle Chandler

83. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”

Anthony Robbins

84. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers

85. “To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.”

George W. Bush
Will Rogers Graduation Quotes

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

Thomas Edison

87. “There may be days when you’ll say to yourself, ‘I can’t. I literally can’t even.’ But you can! You can even!”

Katie Couric

88. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

Theodore Roosevelt

89. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle

90. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote
Truman Capote Graduation Quotes

91. “But real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.”

Madeleine Albright

92. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

93. “Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.”

Stephen Colbert

94. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

Anne Frank

95. “You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you, and you already have.”

Meryl SJohn F. Kennedytreep
John F. Kennedy Graduation Quotes

96. “Do not pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men.”

John F. Kennedy

97. “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan

98. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

John C. Maxwell

99. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

100. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn
Princess Diaries Graduation Quotes

101. “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

Princess Diaries
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