185+ Graduation Quotes to Inspire Big Adventure

185+ Graduation Quotes to Inspire Big Adventure

Graduation day is not just a time of celebration and achievement, but also it brings with it a roller coaster of emotions. Because of that, graduation quotes contain a heavy dose of advice for finding their passions, chasing success, and thriving in the real world. These sayings also are the reflection on past trials and successes as well as hope for the future.

These quotes about strength and courage are surely helpful to let us realize what we must do to achieve our goals in life and encouraging words can help us have a better perspective on life as we start our journey. Graduation wishes aim to fill graduate’s mind and heart after the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Quotes of All Time

  • “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
  • “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 to Syracuse University in 2013
  • “Graduation day is finally here, your dreams you did pursue. All your hard work has paid off, we are so very proud of you.” —Catherine Pulsifer
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  • “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
  • Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” —One of the meaningful quotes, Oprah Winfrey to Howard University in 2007
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  • “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
  • “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
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  • “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin
  • “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
  • “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” —Nora Ephron
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  • “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
  • “And how do you know when you’re doing something right? How do you know that? It feels so. What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you’re supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know. The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead.” —Oprah Winfrey
  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” —B.B. King
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  • “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.” —Joseph Addison
  • “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
  • “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
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  • “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
  • “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
  • “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.” —Michelle Obama
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  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.” —Helen Keller
  • “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
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” —Malcolm X
  • “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
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  • “You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship.” —David Foster Wallace
  • “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
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  • “What lies behind us and what lies before we are small matters compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A world where men ran half our homes and women ran half our institutions would be just a much better world.” —Sheryl Sandberg
  • “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
  • “From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” —Toni Morrison
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  • “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
  • “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 every day like a photograph coming into focus.” —Jodie Foster
  • “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
  • “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” —Anna Quindlen
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  • “Kid, you’ll move mountains.” —Dr. Seuss
  • “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” —Albert Einstein
  • “There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.”
  • “Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” —H Jackson Brown Jr.
  • “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 do.” —Madeleine Albright
  • “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
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  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

  • “When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.” —Adlai E. Stevenson
  • “I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.” —Words by Maya Angelou
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill
  • “Thankfully dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses. So whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it, you haven’t failed, and you’re not some loser. But just as importantly—and this is the part I may not get right and you may not listen to—if you do get your dream, you are not a winner.” —Stephen Colbert
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  • “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
  • “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.” —JEllen DeGeneres
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” —Steve Jobs
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  • “The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.” —Neil Gaiman
  • “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
  • “God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.” —Bernie Siegel
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  • “And when your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, or you should just settle—you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years: Yes, we can.” —Barack Obama
  • “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
  • “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
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  • “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
  • “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
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”—Henry David Thoreau
  • “Be compassionate to everyone. Don’t just search for whatever it is that annoys and frightens you, see beyond those things to the basic human being. Especially see the child in the man or woman. Even if they are destroying you, allow a moment to see how lost in their own delusion and suffering they are.”—Alice Walker
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  • “The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” —Arnold Palmer
  • “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
  • “The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.” Newton D. Baker
  • “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
  • “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.” —Conan O’Brien
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  • “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
  • “In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make the reality.” —Kristian Kan
  • “Last but not least, I would say you should have big dreams, full dreams, not half dreams. You know, it’s very simple. You can’t put a large box in a small box. Well, you cannot put a full life in a small dream box.” —Elias Zerhouni
  • “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson
  • “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
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  • “It’s harder to build than destroy. To build is to engage and change. In jazz, we call progressing harmonies changes. Changes are like obstacles on a speed course. They demand your attention and require you to be present. They are coming… they are here… and then they are gone. It’s how life comes. Each moment is a procession from the future into the past and the sweet spot is always the present. Live in that sweet spot. Be present.” —Wynton Marsalis
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Sayings from Dr. Seuss
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  • “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
  • “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.” —Westheimer
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  • “Find opportunities in change, especially in today’s world where change is moving at a fast pace, don’t let change overwhelm you, let change help you find opportunities you may have never seen!” —Catherine Pulsifer
  • “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

Graduation Sayings About Life

  • “Get busy living or get busy dying.” —Stephen King
  • “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” —Charles Swindoll
  • “You have learned a lot, but there is still lots of learning for you as you journey through life. Never stop learning.” —Kate Summers
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas Edison
  • “Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.” —John Wooden
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  • “Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just live to make your absence felt!”
  • “In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa
  • “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
  • “Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” —Art Linkletter
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  • “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”—William Arthur Ward
  • “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” Quote by Bob Marley
  • “Be the author, not the reader, of your own life.” —Paul Gibbons
  • “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
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  • “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
  • “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” —Oscar Wilde
  • “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” —Kyle Chandler
  • “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
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  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” —Dr. Seuss
  • “Congratulations! You made it! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work that led to this joyful occasion. The road to graduation is a long, steep climb, so take a moment at the summit to be proud of your accomplishments.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” —Babe Ruth
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  • “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” —Anthony Robbins
  • “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” —Grandma Moses
  • “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” —Confucius
  • “Follow your fear.” —Tina Fey
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” —Milton Berle
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  • “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” —Truman Capote
  • “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” —Shakespeare
  • “The tassel’s worth the hassle.”
  • “One of the most important lessons of my life forced itself on me at about the time I was graduating from grammar school. It was a lesson that turned into a major principle: You are subject to your environment. Therefore, select the environment that will best develop you toward your desired objective.” —W. Clement Stone
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  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us.” — Gabrielle Giffords
  • “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” —Charles Kettering
  • “Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.” —Patch Adams
  • “Dream big and dare to fail.” —Norman Vaughan
  • “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
  • “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” —Francois Rabelais
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  • “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” —Albert Einstein
  • “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” —Oprah Winfrey
  • “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” —Maya Angelou
  • “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
  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” —Henry Ford
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  • “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” —Alexander Graham Bell
  • “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
  • “Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.” —Larry Winget
  • “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” —Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education; because that would mean we had stopped growing.” —Julia H. Gullivergraduation words
  • “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
  • “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
  • “You can never plan the future by the past.” —Edmund Burke
  • “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” —Confucius
  • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” — Jim Rohn
  • “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
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  • “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become the character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” —Lao-Tze
  • “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
  • “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill
  • “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” —Vince Lombardi
  • “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” —Harold Geneen
  • “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
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  • “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” —Roger Babson
  • “The important thing is this: to be able to give up at any given moment all that we are for what we can become.” —DeSeaux
  • “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
  • “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
  • “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” —E.E. Cummings

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