Graduation Quotes That Will Inspire You Deeply
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415 Graduation Quotes That Will Inspire You Deeply

Graduation is an exciting opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments that signifies many things. It indicates progress, growth, and transformation. When you graduate, it means you’re more mature being who is ready to start a new chapter in life. Celebrate their significant accomplishment by passing along a note with one of these meaningful graduation quotes from the likes of Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and so many more. Whether you want to give them advice that will stick with them for life or lighten up the mood and provide them with a laugh, you’ll find graduation quotes for every grad below. These quotes for graduation can help you express how you feel. We hope these inspirational graduation quotes will help you become more confident about your dreams and goals at such an essential time in your life!

415 Inspirational Graduation Quotes to Read


“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and never leave. These measure our lives.” – Susan B. Anthony


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


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


“If you choose to walk in love and keep a positive, faith-filled focus, your trials will graduate you to a higher level of operative grace-life following that season.” – Patricia King


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


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


“You don’t need to change yourself. Ever. You need to come home to yourself. And that changes everything.” – Scherer


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan


“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi


“Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


“Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it when you’re having it.” – Dick Costolo


“She believed she could, so she did.” – R. S. Grey


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


“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


“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin


“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


“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso


“A person soon learns how little he knows when a child begins to ask questions.” – Richard L. Evans


“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


“Each one of us has the ability to lead a dynamic life by pursuing our unique goals and dreams. There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you know who you are and have faith in what you can do.” – Stedman Graham


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


“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


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


“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


“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” – Andrew Shue


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


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


“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living— to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff, even if you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead, because you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead.” – Daniel Pink


“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.”


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


“The morning after my high-school graduation found me up early job hunting. The dream of college I put on the back burner.” – Martha Reeves


“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


“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 treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used.” – Amy Poehler


“Men (women) who know exactly what they want of life, and are determined to get it, do not stop with wishing. They intensify their wishes into a burning desire, and back that desire with continuous effort based on a sound plan.” – Andrew Carnegie


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


“Everybody wants you to do good things, but in a small town, you pretty much graduate and get married. Mostly you marry, have children and go to their football games.” – Faith Hill


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


“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


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


“Graduation is the same thing as taking that first baby step as a child. It is only the beginning, not the end. Thus, take the advent of graduation as that first step where life’s difficulties or failures only spark new attempts with the full understanding that nobody can discourage your progress except you.” – Byron R. Pulsifer


“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“All the dreams I prayed you’d be, are all the things you are. You were once my little girl, and now my shining star.”


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


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


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


“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy


“The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope…. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully, and transparently.”


“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


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


“You don’t raise heroes, and 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.


“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama


“Nobody likes to fail, but failure is an essential part of life and of learning. If your uniform isn’t dirty, you haven’t been in the game.” – Ben Bernanke


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


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Bobby Kennedy


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


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


“Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation. Do what needs to be done and then ask whether it was possible.” – Wade Davis


“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


“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 vintage point.” – Harold B Melchart


“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” – Sarah Brown


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs


“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


“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare


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


“Pursue whatever it is that you want to do with your life. It is the only secret to happiness that I know except for maybe true love, that and maybe having the amazing health insurance plan that our congressmen have.” – Lewis Black


“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller


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


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


“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” –Anonymous


“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” – Francois Rabelais


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


“Sucess is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… Err in the direction of kindness.” – George Saunders


“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” – George Bernard Shaw


“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


“The man realized that what counted was not where a person lived, but how a person lived.” – Spencer Johnson


“Don’t buy society’s definition of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for the cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure.” – Arianna Huffington


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


“Be clear about what you want to accomplish, and whether the circumstances surrounding you are actively helping you toward the goal.” – Wally Amos


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


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


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


“Follow your arrow, wherever it points.” – Kacey Musgraves


“Success leads to the greatest failure, which is arrogance and pride. Failure can lead to the greatest success, which is humility and learning.” – David Brooks


“We have the choice, the ability to acknowledge that being ‘scared’ is not who we are.” – Paul Glaser


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


“At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini


“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


“When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.” – M. H. Abrams


“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


“Don’t always worry what your next line is going to be.” – Richard Costolo


“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” – Louisa May Alcott


“Do not worry too much about your lawn. You will soon find if you haven’t already that almost every adult American devotes tremendous time and money to the maintenance of an invasive plant species called turf grass that we can’t eat. I encourage you to choose better obsessions.” – John Green


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


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


“The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become.” – DeSeaux


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale


“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


“You can never plan the future by the past.” – Edmund Burke


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


“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.” – Oscar Wilde


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


“Nothing is going to be handed to you. You have to make things happen.” – Florence Griffith-Joyner


“Creativity is a renewable resource. Be as creative as you like, as often as you like, because you can never run out!” – Biz Stone


“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


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


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


“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


“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”


“Don’t ever rob a bank. Enjoy life. Have fun. Choose to be happy now; don’t wait until you’re ‘successful,’ because honestly, I was as happy when we were unemployed and scrounging around for a buck.” – Peter Farrelly


“All real education is the architecture of the soul.” – William Bennett


“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” – C. Everett Koop


“In the game of life, when the final buzzer sounds, the only stat you carry with you is the number of assists you made. So help other people put some points on the board.” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg


“It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.” – Norman Cousins


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


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


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


“Success is not final, and failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


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


“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


“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


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


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


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


“It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.” – Michelle Obama


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


“Take action. Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance, or you can be the active hero of your own life.” – Bradley Withford


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


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


“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle


“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein


“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” – Frank A. Clark


“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


“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


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


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


“If at first, you don’t succeed, do it as your mother told you.”


“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses


“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


“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm S. Forbes


“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


“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs


“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden


“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


“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates


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


“If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.” – Maya Angelou


“My father, who was from a wealthy family and highly educated, a lawyer, Yale, and Columbia, walked out with the benefit of a healthy push from my mother, a seventh-grade graduate, who took a typing course and got a secretarial job as fast as she could.” – George Weinberg


“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


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


“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” – Max Lucado


“Moment by moment you are building the story of your life. You control your thoughts and acts as an author of a novel controls the thoughts and actions of the characters in his story. No matter what happens to you in the pages of time, you have the power to react like a hero.” – Wilfred Peterson


“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” – Nora Ephron


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


“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie


“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser


“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell


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


“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


“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


“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.


“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 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


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


“As a lot of us have found out, graduation only means that you are ready to keep learning, to keep your skills advanced and growing because you never know when you will find yourself out on the street.” – Byron Pulsifer


“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill


“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama


“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


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


“Life has a very simple plot: first you’re here and then you’re not.” – Eric Idle


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


“Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss…you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown


“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau


“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.” – Dick Costolo


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


“Today is a milestone. It tells you how far you’ve come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing, and keep venturing on through your journey. Congratulations!”


“So the history we share should give you hope. And the future we share should give you hope. You’re graduating into a job market that’s improving. You live in a time when advances in technology and communications put the world at your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success unlike any before it.” – President Obama


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


“You start to live when you commit to a cause higher than yourself. You must learn to depend on divine power for the fulfillment of a higher calling.” – Lailah Gifty Akita


“Commencement. These graduates go out to a new season, and our paths will never cross again in the same way. But while they have journeyed here in this season, they have impacted my life; and even though new students will come I will never be the same.” – Marsha Woodard


“Your generation has inherited circumstances that point to a highly uncertain future. Recent economic turmoil, geopolitical shocks, and social shifts indicate you will face many difficult challenges in the years ahead. “But in every crisis lies opportunity. So as you graduate today, I have one simple message: be really, really good at hockey.” – Wayne Gretzky


“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama


“I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” – Martha Stewart


“. . .isn’t about being smarter than anybody else- it’s about working harder than anybody else.” – Barack Obama


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


“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 was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.” – J.K. Rowling


“When you find yourself in need of spiritual nourishment, it is in the opportunities to serve others that you will find the abundance you seek.” – Steve Maraboli


“There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your way.” – Christopher Morley


“Follow your fear.” – Tina Fey


“It’s fascinating, if you look at a study that was done by the Brookings Institute back in 2009, they determined that if Americans do three things, they can avoid poverty. Three things. Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children.” – Rick Santorum


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


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


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


“Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.” – Larry Winget


“Everything is in your mind. Your ability to succeed, to fail, to win, to loose is just a matter of attitude.” – Scott Oteri

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