The 50 Best Graduation Quotes of All Time

The 50 Best Graduation Quotes of All Time.

Graduation is the beginning of a brand-new chapter in your life! Whether you are graduating from high school or college, you’re bound to have a lot of feelings about the big day.

With all the excitement for all you’ve achieved and all the possibilities ahead, it also marks an ending and a lot of unknown for the future. Graduation quotes help to inspire you to look forward to a better future and never give up. Here are some of those quotes below.

Graduation Quotes about Success 

  • “Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger 
  • “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.” – Anatole France 
  • “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 
  • “Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… Err in the direction of kindness.” – George Saunders 
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill 
  • “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 

Graduation Quotes about Failure 

  • “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 Emanuel 
  • “Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are… To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on.” – Jerry Zucker 
  • “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 
  • “I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey 
  • “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 

Graduation Quotes about Challenges 

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

Graduation Quotes about Trusting Yourself 

  • “For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.” – Tim Cook 
  • “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 
  • “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 
  • “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 
  • “The person who you’re with most in life is yourself and if you don’t like yourself, you’re always with somebody you don’t like.” – Mark Lewis 
  • “So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.” – Oprah Winfrey 
  • “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 

Graduation Quotes about Change 

  • “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 
  • “Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course… We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night, and we watch television.” – Paul Hawken 
  • Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” – Senator Orrin Hatch 
  • “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis 
  • “The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” – Edward Koch 
  • “When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.” – Adlai E. Stevenson 

Graduation Quotes about Life 

  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey 
  • “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 
  • “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 
  • “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein 
  • “Don’t always worry what your next line is going to be.” – Richard Costolo 
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs 
  • “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 
  • “You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day because it changes the way you walk.” – Sandra Bullock 
  • “It doesn’t matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping.” – Jerry Zucker 

Motivational Graduation Quotes 

  • “Kid, you’ll move mountains.” – Dr. Seuss 
  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe 
  • “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 
  • “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson 
  • “And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” – Neil Gaiman 
  • “When people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say “Why?”, say “Why not?” – Billie Jean King 
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau 
  • “In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make a reality.” – Kristian Kan 
  • “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 

Graduation Quotes about Hard Work 

  • “All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.” – Author Unknown 
  • “The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer 

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