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Graduation Card Messages and Sentiments · Quotations for High School A motivational message is a great way to share some words of wisdom with the.

From serious and sentimental to humorous and fun, graduation sayings exist to fit whatever message you want to convey to a graduate. You can use graduation sayings as part of a special graduation speech or to add to a card, scrapbook, yearbook, graduation cake or gift for a middle school or high school graduate.

Graduation Quotes for Daughters and Sons

Tell your son or daughter how you feel with these classic quotes. You can say or write:

  • "A mother's treasure is her daughter." - Catherine Pulsifer
  • "If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you." - Author Unknown
  • "We must teach our girls that if they speak their mind, they can create the world they want to see." - Robyn Silverman
  • "You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes." - Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
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Religious Inspirational Sayings

If you're looking for a religious quote to share with the recent graduate you can use:

  • "An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate." - Reverend Charles Stanley
  • "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
  • "Don't go through life, grow through life." - Eric Butterworth
  • "What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." - Eleanor Powell

Short Graduation Sayings

Sometimes it's best to keep things short and sweet. Write or say:

  • "School's out. Memories past. Don't ever doubt. Our friendship will last." - Author Unknown
  • "Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same." - Flavia Weedn
  • "There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship." - Author Unknown
  • "We do not remember days; we remember moments." - Cesare Pavese

Motivational Graduation Messages

A motivational message is a great way to share some words of wisdom with the graduate. You can try:

  • "Never give in - never, never, never, in nothing great or small." - Winston Churchill
  • "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
  • "Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams." - Patch Adams
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
  • "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

Funny Congratulations Sayings

Put a smile on the graduate's face with some of these silly sayings:

  • "The tassel's worth the hassle!" -Author Unknown
  • "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
  • "You know that point at your graduation ceremony where everyone throws their caps? Isn't it great that we all celebrate how smart we are by throwing sharp pointy objects in the air." - Anonymous
  • "You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best "you" in existence." - Zig Ziglar
  • "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
  • "Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday" - Dale Carneg

Original Sayings and Wishes

Want a saying that is unique and has never been heard before? Use these in a graduation speech or quote.

Preschool/Kindergarten Graduates

Let your little one know how proud you are of them with these phrases:

  • You've learned your ABCS and your 123s. The rest of school will be a breeze.
  • You're a little graduate and we're so proud of you. Now it's time for you to head to the big kids' school.
  • You've learned to read your favorite rhymes and count from one to ten, but now it's time to say goodbye to kindergarten. First grade, here you come!
  • She may be little, but she be a preschool graduate.
  • We love our little graduate and we just want to say how very, very proud we are on your graduation day.

8th Grade Graduation Sentiments

Let the 8th grader in your life know how great they've done in school by saying or writing:

  • You've crossed the bridge of middle school. Now off to high school you go.
  • No longer a little boy, you've grown into a man. You're moving on from middle school with a diploma in your hand.
  • You've gotten through the middle and now you're on the top. It's time to head to high school and show them all you've got.
  • Three years ago you were our little girl, but today she is no more. Instead standing in her place is a graduate we adore.
  • You've graduated middle school. You're more than halfway done. Only four more years to go. The fun has just begun.

High School Graduation Sayings

High school graduation is such an incredible milestone to experience. Try saying or writing:

  • This little girl is all grown up and now she's college bound. We can't wait to see her use the knowledge that she's found.
  • On your high school graduation, I'd like to stop and say, how proud I am of how much you've done to become who you are today.
  • Just yesterday you were in the nest, just learning how to fly. Now it's time to spread your wings and head for the sky.
  • It has been four long years, but now the day has come. Your life is just beginning as your high school days are done.
  • For years you've dreamed about this day and now it's finally come. Buckle in and hold on tight, your life has just begun.

Graduation Banner Sayings

A graduation banner is a great way to decorate a graduation party, or your home after the ceremony. You can write or have the following options printed:

  • ConGRADulations you superstar!!!!
  • You're Gonna Soar You Smarty-Pants!
  • Hip Hip Hooray You've Graduated Today!
  • Your Amazing Journey Begins Today!
  • You've Worked Hard to Get Here, Finals Are Over You're in the Clear!

Graduation Cake Sayings

A graduation cake is a fun way to celebrate such a major milestone! You can write or have the bakery write:

  • Happy Graduation Day to Our Favorite Person in the World!
  • Here's to You on This Special Day! You've Grown into an Amazing Person in Every Way!
  • Graduation=Party Time!!
  • Off to College You Go to Learn a Lot and Grow!

Yearbook Sayings

If you're lost on what to say in a yearbook, you can try:

  • Can't believe this day has finally come. Let's celebrate our graduation and have lots of fun!
  • Graduation is a time to reflect on yourself. Enjoy every moment of this incredible experience.
  • You've graduated with success. Off to college to do your best!
  • What an epic moment you've seized! You've graduated high school with ease!

Sayings for a Daughter Graduating

If your daughter is graduating, you can say or write:

  • Happy grad day to our incredible daughter. We are so proud of the person you've turned into.
  • You've grown into an amazing, graceful, and kind woman.
  • Your transformation into adulthood has been an honor to be a part of.
  • It's been a true joy to raise you. We (I) can't wait to see what you go off to do.

Sayings for a Son Graduating

When your son graduates, let him know how you feel by saying:

  • What a special man you've turned into. We are so proud of you!
  • As a son, you're the best. Your graduation is a time to celebrate your accomplishments.
  • You've changed from a curious boy to a thoughtful man. Today we celebrate your amazing journey!
  • As a son, you're simply the greatest! Your graduation today is something to be incredibly proud of.

What to Write in a Graduation Card

Although there are lots of quotes about graduation, the most meaningful may be a phrase or saying you come up with yourself. If you're writing a letter or card to a special grad, what was a piece of advice or a bit of inspiration you wish someone would have shared with you when you were a graduating high school student? For sentiments about education and commencement, take a fresh look at the event of graduation itself and note what strikes you as special about it. For tips on writing your own as sayings pertaining to graduation:

  • Congratulate the graduate on his hard work and any specific accomplishments he achieved. You can't go wrong with heartfelt wishes.
  • Offer a piece of unique advice.
  • Write a series of inspirational words or phrases with bullets or periods in between for emphasis (i.e. Believe. Dream. Always be your best...).
  • Write a saying about the gifts the graduate has, and what you appreciate in his or her personality.
  • Share special religious or Bible verses or personal mottos with the graduate.
  • Offer a saying about the insight you've gained on facing difficult circumstances. Begin with a saying such as, "Going to college/ pursuing your career/ going out on your own/etc. may not always be easy, but one thing I've learned when going through difficult times is..."

Celebrating the Graduate

Sharing your thoughts with the recent graduate can be an incredibly meaningful moment for you two. Whether you decide to use a famous phrase or a personalized saying to express graduation sentiments, memorable graduation quotes can play an important role in celebrating this culmination in education.

High school graduation quotes to inspire and amuse. Great for The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Best Humorous and Inspirational Graduation Quotes

high school graduation words of wisdom

Graduation day brings with it a roller coaster of emotions for grads and their families alike. It’s a time of celebration and achievement. There is reflection on past trials and successes as well as hope for the future.

As a relative or close friend of the grad, you’ve already done your job of shaping their mind and filling their heart. Now it’s time to take a step back and let them shine. All their hard work has trained them for what is to come.

Whether your student is in high school or college, crafting the perfect advice for a speech at the graduation party or thoughtful wishes for a graduation card can be a challenge. If this exciting time has you at a loss for words, here are over one hundred graduation quotes that will help you share wisdom and knowledge with your graduate.

College Graduation Quotes

As your grad transitions from being a student to entering the real world, wish them well with these quotes about the merits of higher education.

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”
    —Henry Peter Brougham
  • “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
    —Alfred Mercier
  • “Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”
    —Louisa May Alcott
  • “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”
    —Frederick W. Robertson
  • “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
    —Benjamin Franklin
  • “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”
    —Nora Ephron
  • “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
  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
    —B.B. King
  • “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.”
    —Joseph Addison
  • “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
    —Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “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 is absolutely still possible to make a difference.”
    —Michelle Obama
  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.”
    —Helen Keller
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
    —Malcolm X

High School Graduation Quotes

High school graduation is exciting—it sparks hope for the future and invites graduates to dream big. Encourage them with these optimistic high school graduation messages.

  • “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
  • “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

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

Graduation can feel like the first day of the rest of your grad’s life. Let that day be a confident, motivating one with these inspirational quotes.

  • “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.”
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The 50 Best Graduation Quotes of All Time

high school graduation words of wisdom

The life of a college student is a special time where one gets to acquire all the knowledge of the world we live in. Many of us enter a university as a shy individual afraid of the shortcomings that await us.

Once we open ourselves to a wonderful friendship with our colleagues, that’s when we truly get to sit on the rollercoaster ride and have an adrenaline rush of emotions.

While life is a bundle of joy and sadness, certain magnificent people have caught these precious academic moments and frozen them into powerful phrases that have lasted through time. These quotes have recently been given the tag — Graduation Quotes.

They are aptly named as they give confidence to students and can provide us with the thought process that will forever remain in our minds.

GRADUATION QUOTES AND WHAT THEY TRULY MEAN

What are Graduation Quotes?

We all need that extra push when our aspirations have run out of gas. Graduation quotes are meaningful phrases put together to evoke feelings of inspiration and to awaken our ambitions that are locked deep within our minds. These quotes act as a shield to protect students from the constant negativity that is thrust upon their academic and personal lives.

When the mind is clear, no amount of external force can extinguish our aim. Hence, graduation quotes were specifically compiled to help students chase their dreams and live out their knowledge. Much of the quotes were spoken by historic figures and individuals that hold great influence on the younger generation.

When and Why are Graduation Quotes Utilized?

The sole purpose of graduation quotes to exist is to fill the empty soul of a student’s life with ambition and aspiration. Without a goal, a student can end up ruining their life with depression and other negative solutions. A simple and powerful phrase can change the way they think and act and hence, graduation quotes were utilized to bring back the positivity and be an eternal teacher when needed.

If the student idolizes a certain figure, by taking their words into consideration, the student can reshape their aspiration and motivate themselves to achieve their goals. By introducing prominent and influential people, the student is introduced to new ways of thinking and solving challenges without resorting to suicide and other demotivating acts.

Graduation Quotes have a variety of utilization to demonstrate brilliance

Graduation quotes aren’t necessarily meant for students but can be utilized by individuals of all ages. Knowledge isn’t something that is learned from within the four walls of an institute, it thrives around us and waits to be understood. Through these meaningful quotes, we unlock the doors to understanding the value of knowledge and begin a journey to become valuable members of society.

Graduation quotes are generally utilized in social-media platforms, magazines, museums, etc. to spread the thought process to a large audience. Many students have even utilized a graduation quote in their yearbook album to showcase their unique perspective on life.

During exams, a simple quote can awaken the motivation we need to achieve greater grades and we quickly understand the importance of succeeding in life through knowledge.

To raise your spirits up a notch, here is a video containing 12 inspiring quotes for students to deeply consider.

35 GRADUATION QUOTES TO INSPIRE ACADEMIC SUCCESS WITHIN YOU

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

The quote implies that the world would truly be a wondrous place if gender equality became a reality. It goes on to state that men should take equal responsibility in taking care of their home while women should also have a hand in running the business operations of the company. It signifies the necessity of role reversal.

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

The phrase signifies that although work is important to our existence, it’s second only to life. Life takes precedence over long working hours and not being able to spend precious time with our families. Money is meaningless if you cannot fully experience the pleasure of life.

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

Let no one else dictate the terms of your life, you understand yourself much better than the rest. If you have a passion, follow it to the end of the world if need be. Life is full of adventures and every passion opens the door to various opportunities.

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

Every time you close your eyes and visualize a happy moment, it brings a smile to your face. As humans, we have the potential to make a mental image into reality by sheer hard work and effort. Never kill your dreams and aim for the stars.

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

While most students think their journey is complete on the last day of graduation, the truth is — the journey has only just begun. Now you begin to enter the real world and utilize the skills learned through your graduation years and put them to test.

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

By bringing the lighted match closer to the fuse, the countdown for a grand celebration of fireworks begins. The phrase translates to a student receiving his or her diploma and being over the moon in celebration.

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

Education provides the much-needed clarity to an otherwise empty mind. We wouldn’t pass a second glance at a block of marble as we pass it, but if we were to look at a magnificent sculpture, we would certainly spend several minutes admiring the beauty of it.

Similarly, education adds personality and intelligence to an individual’s life and he converts himself from a boring individual to a charming personality.

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

Without education, we wouldn’t know how to perform advanced calculations or procure the knowledge to solve the challenges of the future.

Hence, every student needs to be trained and educated to equip themselves with the best of skills to ensure their future remains bright and insured.

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

Time is a ticking time bomb for the human body. It’s a resource that expends itself with or without our permission. Hence, compared to money and any other resource on the planet, time is extremely valuable. We need to utilize our time by absorbing knowledge and aim to become outstanding figures in society.

10. 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

In life, we have two ways to live — we either go out into the open world and face the challenges while enduring risk or we cower in fear while hiding from the dangers of life and tell ourselves that tomorrow is another day to start.

Life is an adventure and should be lived without fear and with the aim of accomplishing our goals. With the right education and knowledge, we can minimize our risks and experience the joy of life.

11. 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

If you are someone that is afraid to do what you love because of what society thinks, remember that people who love and protect you will always continue to support you.

It doesn’t matter if society accepts you or not, in the end, what matters is you get to do what your heart wants and the people that matter in your life, continue to love you.

12. 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

Mistakes are a part of life, they are a stepping stone to achieving the greater things that life has to offer. If you’re afraid of mistakes, you will never reap success.

However, if you want to taste success, then go ahead and indulge in making mistakes and not thinking too much of it. After all, the evolution of life isn’t perfect, there are plenty of mistakes to be found in nature itself.

13. 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

Count your mistakes as well as your rewards. As an individual, it’s obvious that mistakes aren’t something to be remembered often and should be forgotten as quickly.

But failure is just as important as success, it teaches you to never repeat the same mistake twice and this helps you grow as a person every day.

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

If you have a passion, then put it on paper and create a checklist to achieve it. Every individual should have the freedom to chase their dreams, being fearful can cause a lot of regret down the years. Hence, don’t be afraid to have a little fun and life your life to the fullest.

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

You’ve often been a witness to people complaining about how unfair life was to them and that they have been dealt a bad hand. Life is always going to be unfair unless we make a stand for it.

There is no use complaining over spilled milk, it’s best to dust yourself off and count the blessings in our life and make full use of what we have.

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

There are often optimistic individuals who don’t do much and wait for an opportunity to knock at their door. Unfortunately, the wait could be a very long time for such individuals and by the time opportunity presents itself, it would be too late.

It’s important to create opportunities for ourselves by going out into the real world and make a career out of our lives.

17. If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. — Betty Reese

While a mosquito is a small insect, it can give us a lifetime worth of trouble in a dark room where we are unable to see the pesky scoundrel.

Similarly, our current situation might look small when compared to that of our dreams but by chasing towards it, we can eventually prove our worth in the long run.

18. 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

During our lifetimes, it’s important to step back and marvel at all the events that made us what we are today. The small joys and distresses have been life-changing and it’s important to give yourself a pat on the back for coming this far. It’s also equally important in having faith in yourself to achieve even more success in the future.

19. 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

Life is like an open sea, people would rather anchor their ship by the dock and marvel at other ships in the distance.

You have a chance to join the others in open waters, you just need to pull up the anchor by driving your ambitions and set sail for a world of adventure that awaits you. Life is about exploration, dreams, and discovering happiness like that of a ship.

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

Education isn’t just about acquiring knowledge and gaining intellect. A man or woman should seek to improve their character and personality by becoming better individuals in society. Make a mark in your career, help your fellow brethren, or win a sports game, education shows a person how to live.

21. 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

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could magically change our life with the touch of a wand? While many individuals don’t believe in the magic of having a fairy tale ending, the magic happens within each one of us. Our hard work and imagination is all the magic we need to build a better world and work towards a conservative future.

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

People are usually found recollecting fragments of the past or dream big of the future, the real strength lies in our capability and our willpower to change the present. Once we thrust our minds to accomplish a goal, anything can be achieved.

23. 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

We have the power to control our thoughts and movement, there isn’t anything we can’t do unless we restrict ourselves from doing it. Free your mind and let it wander through imagination, find the thing that you want most and then prepare your physical body to achieve it.

24. 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

While the future looks bright with convenient access to all forms of entertainment and career options, there is something that can’t be designed to be inside an app — our success.

There isn’t any secret app that can recreate success, nor can we find a shortcut to achieve success in the future. To achieve it — we need to take small steps and work towards our goals.

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

Although our days in the university may soon come to an end, the knowledge we acquire through education stays with us for the rest of our lives. Utilizing this knowledge, we need to become responsible citizens and play our part in society.

26. 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

While education can get you a great job and set you up for a lavish lifestyle, it isn’t why it truly exists. Education was created with the main goal to change the way the world functions— to decrease crime, to eradicate poverty, and to enjoy a peaceful existence.

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

A small trickle of information every day is like an investment that grows into a fountain of knowledge over a period. Spend time in acquiring new skills as a hobby and these skills will surely help you in your future goals.

28. 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

Life is a comedy of errors that people learn from and develop into better individuals. Life has a simple goal and that is to free your mind from stress and celebrate both your accomplishments and your failure. It’s what makes you — human.

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

Never underestimate the type of people you meet, everyone has something useful to impart even if they don’t look the part. It’s necessary to maintain an open-minded nature and try and understand the other person’s opinion. Knowledge can be acquired from anywhere, even in a cave — it’s where we humans have evolved from.

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

No dream is too big that you can’t reach for it, if your imagination can create a mental picture, you can surely make it a reality. If you have a dream of owning a yacht and sailing the Mediterranean seas, then maybe it’s time to begin with some swimming classes and move up one goal at a time.

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

While many successful men leave their trails for others to follow in their footsteps, it takes great courage for someone to start their own trail and make a successful path. Be unique in your endeavors, if society laughs at you for starting something new, let them. Soon they will bask in your glory when you’ve successfully accomplished what you set out to do.

32. Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Albert Einstein

Creativity is the ember of our intelligence, without creativity, there is no room for intellect. Similarly, playing around with our imagination can bring forth a great idea that we can use to project our goals. It’s always fun to imagine new and distinct things.

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

Trying to climb a ladder with our hands in our pockets is an extremely frustrating thing to do and can even hurt us. Instead, try using both your hands to hold the ladder steady and climb the ladder of your dreams and success in a confident manner.

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

Society can create a negative effect on our dreams and aspirations. Our aspiration is like a warm light that comes from without our soul, this light remains with us for the rest of our lives. We can either burn mighty like the wings of a phoenix or it can remain confined inside us. The bottom line is no one can extinguish our dreams.

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

And finally, to end the list we have one of the world’s most popular quotes. The statement shows the two different mentalities. On one side a person who is ready to quit who sees “Impossible” while a successful person sees the same word as “I’m possible”.

If you still looking for more quotes, here’s a video highlighting a set of memorable quotes that you can utilize in your day-to-day life.

CONCLUSION

If you know someone with a stomach full of butterflies due to an examination they are about to take, try introducing them to a few quotes and relieving them of their anxiety. Quotes have a way of inducing relaxation when we read them, hence, it’s necessary to get into the habit of reading at least one quote every morning.

Beginning the day with positivity can usually lead to a pleasurable existence. Every graduate looks for fresh opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead in life. Graduation quotes can help an individual’s stressful mind in coping with the struggles of day-to-day life with their inspiring messages.

Here are some of the best and most inspirational graduation quotes of the last 20 . This isn't always the piece of advice that wide-eyed graduates want to at a high school graduation ceremony, these words are particularly.

55 Graduation Quotes

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Graduation is a big occasion that calls for big sentiments. Whether you’re writing a commencement address or just sending graduation wishes, you’re searching for words that are profound, poetic, inspirational, funny, and preferably, brief. But hey, no pressure.

This is when it might be a good time to lean on the eloquence of others. Fortunately, many people have offered their pearls of wisdom to high school and college graduates over the years. In fact, you could probably fill a hefty book with sage words of advice for graduating students.

Consider this the Cliffs Notes version. To save you from endless research, we’ve put together a list of the best graduation quotes of all time. Note that while many of these sayings are well-known, we’ve taken the road less traveled and avoided some of the more obvious choices.

Inspirational | Short | Funny | For Daughter | For Son | Toasts

Inspirational

It’s called “commencement” because graduates are beginning something new. Here are some inspirational graduation quotes to motivate them toward greatness.

  • “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.”
  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
  • “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
  • “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
  • “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.”
  • “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
  • “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
    attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “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.”
  • “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
  • “The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
  • “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.”
  • “You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us.”
  • “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.”
  • “Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”
  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
  • “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.”

Short

Hey, there’s only so much space on a graduation card. Here are some graduation messages that say a lot in a few words.

  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
  • “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  • “Life loves the liver of it.”
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
  • “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”
  • “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”
  • “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!”
  • “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
  • “Share your sparkle wherever you are.”
  • “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
  • “In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.”
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
  • “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
  • “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Funny

Graduation is a solemn and ceremonious rite of passage, which makes it a perfect target for humor. Here are some funny graduation quotes to keep things loose.

  • “You have the power. You are your own professor now. Which I know is a little creepy because that means you’re showering with your professor. But you have tenure. They can’t fire you.”
  • “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
  • “If you’re still playing beer pong five years from now, you may be on the wrong track.”
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
  • “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.”
  • “Life has no remote… get up and change it yourself!”
  • “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.”
  • “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 follow that path.”
  • “To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.”
  • “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

For Daughter

Graduation is an emotional time for the proud parents. Here are some quotes to share with a daughter who’s graduating.

  • “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.”
  • “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”
  • “She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.”

For Son

Here are some quotes to share with a graduating son.

  • “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
  • “A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.”
  • “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.”

Graduation Toasts

Let us not forget that graduation is a time of celebration. Raise your glass to these graduation toasts.

  • “May you live long enough to see your hair grayed, your grandchildren grown, and your student loans paid off!”
  • “Here’s to the parents who adored us
    The teachers who bored us
    The assignments that wore on us
    And the friendships that restored us!”
  • “Here’s to the graduate. She’s leaving classes, but staying classy.”
  • “Here’s a toast to the graduate, because toast is about all he can afford to eat with the cost of tuition these days.”

Of course, graduation is also a time for saying goodbye – to classmates, teachers, and sometimes parents. If that’s your focus, see this list of the best farewell quotes.

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