100+ Best High School Graduation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational high school graduation quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous High School Graduation Quotes

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. — Eleanor Powell

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

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. — B. F. Skinner

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. — Taylor Swift

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. — Conan O’Brien

At my high school graduation, I graduated from home school, so it was pregnant teens and gang members. But, when I got on stage, there were kids in the background who all screamed, Marry me!, very loud. — Portia de Rossi

Openness isn’t the end. It’s the beginning. — Margaret Heffernan

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. — Steve Jobs

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. — Zig Ziglar

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. — Dr. Seuss

A modern school where football is taught. — Ambrose Bierce

The things taught in schools & colleges are not an education but the means of education. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Do not follow where the path may lead. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you. — Robert F. Goheen

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. — George W. Bush

Nothing worth knowing can be taught. — Oscar Wilde

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘commencement exercises’. Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. — Orrin Hatch

My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. — Ruth Westheimer

We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade. — Caroline Norton

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined… — Henry David Thoreau

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

Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. — Neil Gaiman

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

People will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous! — Gabby Douglas

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best you in existence. — Zig Ziglar

Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. — Neil Gaiman

Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. — Patch Adams

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

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. — Charles Stanley

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

Listen. I may not be much, but I’m all I’ve got. Maybe you need a magnifying glass to find my face in my high school graduation photo. Maybe I haven’t got any family or friends. Yes, yes, I know all that. But, strange as it might seem, I’m not entirely dissatisfied with life… I feel pretty much at home with what I am. I don’t want to go anywhere. I don’t want any unicorns behind fences. — Haruki Murakami

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. — George Washington Carver

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? — Dr. Seuss

Harry taught me that death isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. — Jennifer Love Hewitt

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

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Don’t settle, as with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it — Steve Jobs

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

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

Living well is the best revenge.If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Max Eastman

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

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. — Derek Bok

You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. — David Lloyd George

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. — e. e. cummings

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

Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind. — Albert Einstein

Always be a first-rate version of yourself. — Audrey Hepburn

Success is the best revenge for anything. Keep ya head down and work hard to achieve. — Ed Sheeran

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. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. — Dr. Seuss

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

We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world. And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before. — Barack Obama

Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. — Bernard Baruch

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

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

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

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. — John Lennon

It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realized I’d become an actor. — James D’arcy

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

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

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. — Aristotle

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. — Ambrose Bierce

Throw in the intensity of emotions that come with that bittersweet summer sandwiched between high school graduation and the rest of your life. — Emily Giffin

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. — Wayne Dyer

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

A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep. — W. H. Auden

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. — Vince Lombardi

Name it… and if you can dream it… you can achieve it. — Wayne Dyer

We do not remember days, we remember moments. — Cesare Pavese

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. — Maya Angelou

All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. — Brian Tracy

Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun. — Joss Whedon

If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

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

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

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. — Garry Trudeau

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

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

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

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

You are the guy who’ll decide where to go. — Dr. Seuss

Stay hungry, stay foolish. — Steve Jobs

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. — John Lennon

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

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. — Dr. Seuss

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

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. — J. K. Rowling

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. — Daniel J. Boorstin

If you can dream it, you can make it so. — Belva Davis

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. — Oscar Wilde

I thought I should go to New York because it was the place to go to study. I went and tried to get an application from the Juilliard School but they wouldn’t even give me one because I didn’t have my high school graduation. — Maureen Forrester

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

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. — Walt Disney

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

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

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. — Steve Jobs

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 A. Freund

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