50 Graduation Quotes for the Latest Generation of Graduating Students

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

“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”— Neil Gaiman

“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”— Senator Orrin Hatch

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”— Arthur Ashe

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”— John Dewey

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”— C.S. Lewis

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

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

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”— Jennifer Aniston

“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

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

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”— Dr. Seuss

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”— Albert Einstein

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”— H Jackson Brown Jr.

“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

“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

“Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.’”— Cory Booker

“When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.”— Adlai E. Stevenson

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

“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”— Jim Carrey

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

“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

“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

“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

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”— Henry David Thoreau

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

“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

“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

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

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”— Thomas Jefferson

“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day because it changes the way you walk.”— Sandra Bullock

“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

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

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

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”— Stephen King

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

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”— Thomas Edison

“Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”— John Wooden

“In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”— Mother Teresa

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”— Art Linkletter

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”— William Arthur Ward

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”— Bob Marley

“You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.”— Oscar Wilde

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

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

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”— Babe Ruth

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”— Anthony Robbins

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