Graduation Quotes

With graduation, it’s time to reflect on the incredible journey you or someone close to you has undertaken. Graduation quotes have the power to inspire, motivate, and remind you of the importance of education and personal growth. Step into your future with confidence by learning from the wise words of inspirational graduation quotes to lead you to the path of success and understand the significance of education and hard work.

Best Graduation Quotes

Your life is your adventure. And the adventure ahead of you is a journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential. Kerry Washington

Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people. Leonardo DiCaprio

Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Nora Ephron

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

Through discipline comes freedom. Aristotle

You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So, say yes. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say yes back. Stephen Colbert

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. Oprah

What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail? Eleanor Roosevelt

You don’t go to university so you can punch a clock. You go to university so you can be in a position to make a difference. Janet Napolitano

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Malcolm X

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I’m possible! Audrey Hepburn

I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is. Ryan Gosling

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin

Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world. Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it. Jennifer Garner

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch

Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Jr.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

You cannot dream of becoming something you do not know about. You have to learn to dream big. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you. Sonia Sotomayor

Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure. Aisha Tyler

If I must give any of you advice it would be say yes. Say yes, and create your own destiny. Maya Rudolph

Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself. Harvey Fierstein

Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset. Natalie Portman

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. Robert H. Schuller

Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your always and your nevers. Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. Amy Poehler

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. Steve Jobs

What we learn with pleasure we never forget. Alfred Mercier

Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Neil Gaiman

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

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When you respect the idea that you are sharing the Earth with other humans, and when you lead with your nice foot forward, you’ll win, every time. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but it comes back to you when you need it. Kristen Bell

It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. Jimmy Dugan

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Go make your big beautiful dent, and as you do so come down on the side of boldness. If you err, may it be for too much audacity, and not too little. For you really are enough. You have untold strengths and resources inside. You have your glorious self. Sue Monk Kidd

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller

It is often easier to make progress on mega ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. Larry Page

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein

Some life lessons don’t ever change. They need to be highlighted and they need to be remembered throughout our entire lives. But how you embrace them will distinguish you from the pack. Brooke Shields

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller

You and you alone are the only person who can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell. Kerry Washington

I look to the future because that is where I’m going to spend the rest of my life. George Burns

Be the hardest working person you know. Because if you’re not, someone else will be. Ian Brennan

Try not to have a good time. This is supposed to be educational. Lucy Van Pelt

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

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas. Paula Poundstone

It’s your turn to choose and define what success means to you. Now, others will try to define it for you, but yours is the only voice that matters. Octavia Spencer

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. Frank Zappa

Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are to everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on. Jerry Zucker

Do not take life too seriously you will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

I am here to tell you that whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s okay. Conan O’Brien

You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it. Robin Williams

Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. And then figure out what is the next right move. And the key to life is to develop an internal moral, emotional G.P.S. that can tell you which way to go. Oprah

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. Jane Wagner

If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses. So whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it you haven’t failed and you’re not some loser. Stephen Colbert

If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you. Steven Wright

Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self. Ed Helms

Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path; then, by all means, you should follow that path. Ellen Degeneres

We’re only here for so long. Be happy, man. You could get hit by a truck tomorrow. ​Timothée Chalamet​

Look back on the journey that brought you here. What moments challenged you most? When were you asked to step outside of your familiar territory in order to rise to the occasion of your potential? I want you to remember those moments because they will embolden you. Kerry Washington

Don’t allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on sunglasses. Lady Gaga

Just because you don’t know what you want yet, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to want. Emily Henry

Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. Brigham Young

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. Arnold Schwarzenegger

You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. Dr. Seuss

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath

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Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in. Martin Luther King

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Dr. Seuss

You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day. But it’s really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. Helen Mirren

A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward. Harvey Mackay

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

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau

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

It is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow. Barack Obama

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air. Dr. Seuss

The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. Robin Williams

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Malcolm X

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. Jackson Browne

It is our failure to become of perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. Conan O’Brien

Success is nothing if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just going to end up lonely. Selena Gomez

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. Joy J. Golliver

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. Ray Goforth

That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don’t get let go. Lin Manuel Miranda

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better. Bobbi Brown

Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end. Michelle Obama

You can’t do it alone. Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

I am a firm believer that you don’t achieve greatness on your own. There is always someone there to lend a hand. Greg Louganis

When we show up, act boldly, and practice the best ways to be wrong, we fail forward. No matter where we end up, we’ve grown from where we began. Stacey Abrams

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly I’ll do what it takes til I touch the sky And I’ll make a wish, take a chance, make a change and breakaway. Kelly Clarkson

I celebrate you as you remember the power of grace and pride, and I challenge you to choose freedom over fear. Janelle Monáe

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine Just own the night, like the Fourth of July. Katy Perry

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

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Ain’t about how fast I get there Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side It’s the climb. Miley Cyrus

You could travel with the sheep, follow everybody else’s stuff, but then you’re not you. I guess if I want to say anything it’s Be you. Be true to you, and that should make the ride a little more interesting. Whoopi Goldberg

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance Never settle for the path of least resistance. Lee Ann Womack

There will be times when your best isn’t good enough. There can be many reasons for this, but as long as you give your best you’ll be ok. Robert De Niro

School’s out for summer School’s out forever. Alice Cooper

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

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill

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

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Nora Roberts

As you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in. Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. Maya Angelou

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. This path does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus. Jodie Foster

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown

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

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

Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. Shonda Rhimes

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Gandhi

Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table. Barack Obama

The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln

We are all deserving and we don’t need permission or an invitation to exist and to step into our power. Ilhan Omar

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs

Your self worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are. Beyoncé

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. Taylor Swift

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already we have the power to imagine better. JK Rowling

There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Rihanna

My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them. Ruth Westheimer

Understand that one day you will have the power to make a difference, so use it well. Mindy Kaling

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Ella Fitzgerald

I’m continually trying to make choices that put me out of my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable it means you’re growing. Ashton Kutcher

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. John Maxwell

It’s amazing what you can get if you quietly, clearly and authoritatively demand it. Meryl Streep

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

It’s the choice. You have to wake up every day and say There’s no reason today can’t be the best day of my life. Blake Lively