400+ Graduation Quotes – Inspirational Quotes About Graduate

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Graduation is a remarkable milestone in one’s life, symbolizing the end of a journey and the beginning of new possibilities. It is a period when people enter the world with a renewed sense of accomplishment, armed with knowledge and experiences that will define their futures.

People typically resort to inspiring graduation quotes to celebrate this wonderful milestone because they capture the essence of this changing journey. These wise comments honor the graduates’ accomplishments and provide counsel, motivation, and confidence as they embark on new endeavors.

In this post, we have compiled a collection of inspirational graduation quotes that honor graduates’ accomplishments while also igniting their spirits for the exciting path ahead.

400+ Best Graduation Quotes For Inspiration 

You don’t have to be fearless, just don’t let the fear stop you. – Charlie Day


A world where men ran half our homes and women ran half our institutions would be just a much better world. — Sheryl Sandberg

You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path.  — Steve Jobs


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


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


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela


Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. — Wendy Wasserstein


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. – J.K. Rowling

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. –  E.E. Cummings


A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success. – Robert Orben


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle


Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill


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


Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for the new graduate. – Catherine Pulsifer


We were nostalgic for a time that wasn’t yet over. ― Nina LaCour

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.  – T. S. Eliot


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


This above all: To thine own self be true. – William Shakespeare


You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. – Maya Angelou


Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too. — Patrick Ness


There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘ commencement exercises. – Orrin Hatch


The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match, each one of you is a fuse. – Ed Koch

Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey! – Jeff Moore


Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. – William Arthur Ward


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


Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them. – Marrisa Mayer


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


Your calling isn’t something that someone can tell you about…You know it inside yourself. — Oprah Winfrey


Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. – Sarah Ban Breathnach


Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius


You all have opportunities and skills and education that so many folks who came before you never could have dreamed of. So just imagine the kind of impact that you’re going to make. Imagine how you can inspire those around you to reach higher and complete their education. – Michelle Obama


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  – Eleanor Roosevelt


Just about a month from now I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars. -Richard Halliburton


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin


So many of our dreams first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. — Christopher Reeve

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.  – Dr. Seuss


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


In this outward and physical ceremony, we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman used to say: ‘We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. –  Jimmy Carter


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, then, by all means, you should follow that. – Ellen DeGeneres


Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. – Steve Jobs


Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. – Oprah Winfrey


There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. —Nelson Mandela

Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good. – Minor Myers Jr.


Do what you have to do resolutely, with all your heart. – Buddha


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


My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small and that you never need to carry more than you can hold. – Rascal Flatts


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


Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory. ― Jim Carrey


The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein

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


It was so important for me to lose everything because I found what the most important thing is. The most important thing is to be true to yourself.  — Ellen DeGeneres


The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. – Doug Larson


Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition… Stay hungry. Stay foolish. – Steve Jobs


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. – Jonathan Saran Foer


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.  – Albert Schweitzer

Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be the most opportune time to ask for money. – Gary Bolding


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


You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. — Oprah Winfrey


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. Make good art. – Neil Gaiman


It is not the size of the arena in which you find yourself that counts; it is what you do with it. – Dr. Irene C. Kassorla


The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me. – Elizabeth Blackwell


If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. – Bette Reese


Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. — Dr. Seuss


Graduation is not a single point along the continuum of life. Instead, graduation is a series of continuing steps where additional education and life experiences culminate in a life driven by a self-sacrificing desire to contribute to the well-being of those people who are around you. – Byron Pulsifer


Be allergic to failure and addicted to success. – Daniel Roberts


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


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford


Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. — Henry Peter Brougham

Coach said. the quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor. ― Sherman Alexie


Your imagination is your preview of life coming attractions. — Albert Einstein


Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourself to lead.  — Gwendolyn Brooks


The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon


Education is the best provision for old age. – Aristotle


If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.  – William Arthur Ward


Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. –Mark Twain

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


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


At commencement, you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros. – Paul Freund


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


Don’t cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it’ll be free yogurt. —Stephen Colbert


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


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


Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated. – Erma Bombeck

If at first, you don’t succeed, try to hide your astonishment. – Harry Banks


What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nothing builds self-esteem and self-accomplishment. – Thomas Carlyle


Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. — Judy Garland


There is nothing a person can’t do, and there should be nothing a human being didn’t care about. It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for. – Maya Angelou


Life is meant to have meaning and to be lived with purpose. – Dr. Ignatius K Otchere-Asamoah


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


The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future. – Plato

What we learn with pleasure we never forget. — Alfred Mercier


I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation. ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You will fail at some point in your life. If you don’t fail … you’re not even trying. Sometimes, it’s the best way to figure out where you’re goin. – Denzel Washington


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


You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.  — Rahm Emanua


Now that you’ve graduated, just remember: Bosses don’t usually accept notes from your mother. -Melanie White


You can lead a boy to college, but you can’t make him think. – Elbert Hubbard


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.  – Milton Berle

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. –David Frost


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


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


When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.  – Adlai Stevenson


If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. – Jim Rohn


We can do not great things, only small things with great love. — Mother Teresa


Share your sparkle wherever you are.  – Dodinsky


I will reach for the stars no matter how hard it seems, and fly like a bird with the knowledge this journey brings. – Semetra C. Vanison

This man used to go to school with his dog. Then they were separated. His dog graduated! – Henny Youngman


Rule Number 1: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule Number 2: It’s all small stuff.  – Robert Eliot


To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization. – Harriet Beecher Stowe


Take it all one day at a time, and enjoy the journey. – Kristi Bartle


You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. — Mahatma Gandhi


You can complain about the direction of your life all you want, but until you sit in the driver’s seat and begin to drive yourself, you aren’t going to get where you want to go! – Les Brown


Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh


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

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


Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! — Louisa May Alcott


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


Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. – Steve Jobs


What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. — Joseph Addison


Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable. — Drew Houston


Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

College professor: someone who talks in other people’s sleep. – W.H. Auden


You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan


Hitch your wagon to a star.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


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


Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed. – Erma Bombeck


A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. – Horace Mann


If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it. —Steve Jobs


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


There are no regrets in life. Just lessons. – Jennifer Aniston


For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.  – Plato


You’ll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player to make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.  – Woody Hayes


Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill


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


The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it? — Benjamin Franklin


Without a doubt, the best graduation speeches captivate the audience, heart and soul. They enchant us without smothering. They advise us without being didactic. – Randy Howe


True happiness comes from designing a life that works for you. –  Dave Evans


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


Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right. – Henry Ford


Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life. — Frederick W. Robertson


The road may be rough, the journey may be tough and the experience may be bitter, but they are stepping stones to our future thrones. ― Bamigboye Olurotimi


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye. – Helen Keller


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


You get to make your own luck. 80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up…not those who wait to be asked.  — Steve Blank


The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after. – Newton D. Baker


The important thing is the educational experience itself – how to survive it. – Donald Barthelme


If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Alva Edison


Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson


Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross the chasm in two small jumps. -David Lloyd George


You have the gift of time. Use it to do what you love. Believe anything is possible and then work like hell to make it happen. – Julianna Margulies


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


It takes most men five years to recover from a college education and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. – Brooks Atkinson


Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try. – Sheryl Sandberg


It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. — Gabriel García Márquez


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


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


It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree. – John F. Kennedy


Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.  – Gary Trudeau


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


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Sun Tzu


Don’t underestimate the power of your dreams. — Corinna Kong


List your strengths and don’t be shy. Celebrate the things you do well. Trust your decisions. Take action. – Erica Hudson


If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. –  Ronnie Lott


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


The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. – Jon Stewart


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


You won’t be able to do this ten years from now—just leave everything behind and go. ― Rachel Kapelke-Dale


You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself . – Alan Alda


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


You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us. — Gabrielle Giffords


Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair


The man who has done his best has done everything. – Charles M. Schwab


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein


Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese Proverb


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


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


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


A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. —Yoko Ono


I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. – Denzel Washington


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe


When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. – Ray Bradbury


Do not make your goal to be the best. ‘Best’ is a label. It’s something someone else decides for you. ‘Better’ is more personal.  – Baryshnikov


If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped. – Melinda Gates


Education is something we have to keep pursuing day after day. — Brian Gallant


You are graduating, but don’t think school is over, the school of life is just beginning. Keep learning! –Catherine Pulsifer


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


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


The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. – Dale Carnegie


The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. — B.B. King


How do we deal with all the people we’ve been? What happens when we have to confront them? ― Rachel Kapelke-Dale


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


Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face — and there will be barriers — be external, not internal. Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try. — Sheryl Sandberg


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost


Always do more than is required of you. – General George S. Patton


There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them. – Charles D. Gil


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris


Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely onshore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. – Alan Alda


It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock. – Woody Allen


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


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo


I accidentally forgot to graduate from college. – Anne Lamott


That diploma you hold in your hands today is really just your learner’s permit for the rest of the drive through life. Remember, you don’t have to be smarter than the next person, all you have to do is be willing to work harder than the next person.  – Jimmy Lovine


This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change. – Meryl Streep


No, the sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning. — Donovan Livingston


Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay. – Dalai Lama


The purpose is what drives you. It offers the deepest sense of fulfillment. – Joanna Barsh


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


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


It is absolutely still possible to make a difference. — Michelle Obama


Let your only graduation be in the grave. ― Lailah Gifty Akita


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


Last year in San Francisco a young woman told me she was about to become a teacher, and did I have any advice for her. The only thing I could think of at that moment — I think I knew it all along — was to find what you love and do it. If you don’t love what you’re doing, you’re dead. Take out insurance. You’re dead.  — Frank McCourt


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


Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next. – G.K. Chesterton


Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius. –  Robert Brault


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! – Andy McIntyre


If you’re willing to stand for what you believe in … you won’t need advice from me because you will be able to handle whatever comes. – Whoopi Goldberg


You may not know where you’re going, but so long as you spread your wings the winds will carry you. – C. JoyBell C.


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy


Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. – G.K. Chesterton


The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. – James Madison


As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.  – Michael Dell


Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things. – T.S. Eliot


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. – Francis Bacon


Don’t make excuses, don’t blame the past. The rest of your life can be the best of your life! – Joel Osteen


Everyone learns more from your actions than from what you say. – Barb Bailey


Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.  – Harold B Melchart


As you set off into the world, don’t be afraid to question your leaders. But don’t ask too many questions at one time or that are too hard, because your leaders will get tired and/or cranky. – Will Ferrell


The highest result of education is tolerance. — Helen Keller


My name had lost its ring of familiarity and I had to be nudged to go and receive my diploma. ― Maya Angelou


Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Albert Einstein


Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown


Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. – Roger Babson


Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. – Frederick Buechner


I leave you to love…. I leave you to hope…. I leave your faith. – Mary McLeod Bethune


You cannot but learn more of the world’s heft, as you take it now into your hands. – John Updike


So how do you know what is the right path to choose to get the result that you desire? And the honest answer is this. You won’t. – Jon Stewart


For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences. – Miguel de Cervantes


Kid, you’ll move mountains.  – Dr. Seuss


Life loves the liver of it. – Maya Angelou


Surround yourself with doers. Be around people who demonstrate their boldness. — Wayne W. Dyer


If I had only one message to impart that might help you be successful, it would be simply to start. To find your confidence, get out of your comfort zone, overcome your fears, and begin the journey to discover and accomplish what you want to do with your life. – Doretha Dingler


Education is the ability to meet life’s situations. – Dr. John G. Hibben


Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.  – Muhammad Ali


It’s always a good move to listen to that inner voice…if it doesn’t lead to a crime. – Lisa Kudrow


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


Now they seemed not ready to give up the old school, the familiar paths and classrooms. ― Maya Angelo


Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. — Maya Angelou


Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasow


Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy — they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. – Jeff Bezos


Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Kongzi


Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again; it’s the only way to achieve your goals in life. – Michael Uslan


Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open. – Thomas Dewar


Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman


Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. – John Wooden


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. — Samuel Johnson


Never doubt you were born to do great things! – Catherine Pulsifer


Whatever you conceive in your thought world, and express through words, you bring into being. -Joyce Kramer


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


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison


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


But I made it. And for some reason, I’m not worried about my job prospects. I truly believe I will be okay. ― Katherine Reay


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


Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money. – William Lyon Phelps


It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days. – Isabel Waxman


I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back. – Fred Allen


The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness. – Robert M. Hutchins


I have actually five honorary degrees. – Katherine Dunham


I think I’m quite ready for another adventure! – Bilbo Baggins


It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. — William Shakespeare


Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success: your children would do better than you had. – Anna Quindlen


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. – Seneca


Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde


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


Empires rose and fell, and still, the speaker droned on in his cicada-like monotony.. ― John Green


There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills


In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen


Remember that there’s no one way of doing things … If you just get a hammer and hit it really hard, whatever it is, I guarantee you it’ll open. – Fred Armisen


I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school. – Christina Aguilera


Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote


Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do, and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. — Frederick Douglass


And they also deserve from our gratitude for undertaking the rigorous education which they have, for pushing themselves to the limits and now for going into the world ready to use their talents.  – Hillary Rodham Clinton


When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. – Samuel Goldwyn


Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.  – Larry Winget


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


If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. — THOMAS JEFFERSON


If you graduated from higher education, you should feel proud and not allow your grades to define who you are. Regardless of your cumulative GPA, you will always have opportunities to find a career that suits your skills and interests. ― Saif Alam


Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda


I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. – Muriel Strode

Graduation is not just an end; it is a new beginning filled with endless opportunities for growth and success. As we step into the next chapter of our lives, let these graduation quotes inspire and motivate us to reach for the stars and make our dreams a reality. Congratulations on your graduation, and may these words resonate with you as you pursue your passions and make a difference in the world.

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