124+ Best High School Graduation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

High school is a school in the US for older children, usually children from grades 9-12, or aged approximately 14-18. Profoundly inspirational high school graduation quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous High School Graduation Quotes

Your life is your adventure. And the adventure ahead of you is a journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential. Kerry Washington

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

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people. Leonardo DiCaprio

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

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  E.E. Cummings

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

My father always told me: Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.  Jim Fox

You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say ‘yes.’ And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say ‘yes’ back. Stephen Colbert

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.  Carol Burnett

You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. Oprah

There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.  John Adams

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

Use your knowledge and your heart to stand up for those who can’t stand, speak for those who can’t speak.  Julie Andrews

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

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

I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is. Ryan Gosling

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

Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world. Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it. Jennifer Garner

Knowledge is power.  Francis Bacon

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

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot dream of becoming something you do not know about. You have to learn to dream big. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you. Sonia Sotomayor

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

If I must give any of you advice it would be say yes. Say yes, and create your own destiny. Maya Rudolph

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

Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset. Natalie Portman

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

Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible  Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. Amy Poehler

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! 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

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. Steve Jobs

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.  The Dalai Lama

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

You will throughout your life have people who will tell you that you’re not good enough. Maybe they’re jealous. Maybe they think you aren’t. Maybe they’ve had a bad day. But ultimately you have to believe in yourself. Meredith Viera

When you respect the idea that you are sharing the Earth with other humans, and when you lead with your nice foot forward, you’ll win, every time. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but it comes back to you when you need it. Kristen Bell

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

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah

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

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali

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

Go make your big beautiful dent, and as you do so come down on the side of boldness. If you err, may it be for too much audacity, and not too little. For you really are enough. You have untold strengths and resources inside. You have your glorious self. Sue Monk Kidd

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream, but also believe.  Anatole France

It is often easier to make progress on mega Ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. Larry Page

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

Some life lessons don’t ever change. They need to be highlighted and they need to be remembered throughout our entire lives. But how you embrace them will distinguish you from the pack. Brooke Shields

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

You and you alone are the only person who can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell. Kerry Washington

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

Be the hardest working person you know. Because if you’re not, someone else will be. Ian Brennan

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.  Brooks Atkinson

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

 The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford. And I was afraid the day I walked out.  Carly Fiorina

It’s your turn to choose and define what success means to you. Now, others will try to define it for you, but yours is the only voice that matters. Octavia Spencer

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

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

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.  A.A. Milne

I am here to tell you that whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s okay. Conan O’Brien

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

Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. And then figure out what is the next right move. And the key to life is to develop an internal moral, emotional G.P.S. that can tell you which way to go. Oprah

Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire.  William Butler Yeats

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. Stephen Colbert

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

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

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

We’re only here for so long. Be happy, man. You could get hit by a truck tomorrow.​Timothée Chalamet​

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.  Henry Ford

Don’t allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on sunglasses. Lady Gaga

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

Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

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

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

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

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath

The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Albert Einstein

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.  Jawaharlal Nehru

You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day. But it’s really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. Helen Mirren

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

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

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  Nelson Henderson

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

Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  Henry Ford

The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin

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

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. Robin Williams

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

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. Jackson Browne

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.  Ralph W. Sockman

Success is nothing if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just going to end up lonely. Selena Gomez

Life is not easy for anyone. Sometimes you don’t see the challenges on the outside, but every single one of us has both those and everything that goes on inside as well. Give it your all. Dare to be all you can be.  Hillary Clinton

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. Joy J. Golliver

You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it. John Updike

That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don’t get let go. Lin Manuel Miranda

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

No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better. Bobbi Brown

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

You can’t do it alone. Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

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

When we show up, act boldly, and practice the best ways to be wrong, we fail forward. No matter where we end up, we’ve grown from where we began. Stacey Abrams

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  Anthony J. D’Angelo

I celebrate you as you remember the power of grace and pride, and I challenge you to choose freedom over fear. Janelle Monáe

Don’t waste time learning the tricks of the trade. Instead, learn the trade. James Charlton and H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.  Steve Jobs

You could travel with the sheep, follow everybody else’s stuff, but then you’re not you. I guess if I want to say anything it’s ‘Be you.’ Be true to you, and that should make the ride a little more interesting. Whoopi Goldberg

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

There will be times when your best isn’t good enough. There can be many reasons for this, but as long as you give your best you’ll be OK. Robert De Niro

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

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

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.  Harold Geneen

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

First class in life has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the house you live in. First class is and always will be about the content of your character, the quality of your ideas and the kindness in your heart.  Mayor Cory Booke

As you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in. Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money. Gary Bolding

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

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

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

It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.  Ernie Harwell

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

Education is what remains when one has forgotten everything he learned in school.   Albert Einstein